Fellowship Profiles

Inaugurated in 2006, the Fellowship Program offers full or partial student and post-doctoral fellowship support to a small number of scholars pursuing research in areas related to the IGLP’s ongoing work. The number of Fellowships awarded each year depends upon the available funding. In general, the IGLP encourages the development of progressive and alternative ideas about international law, society and political economy by supporting original, provocative and challenging intellectual work that might not otherwise find support from mainstream institutional resources and which contributes to the emergence of new approaches to international law and global social justice.

2014-2015 Residential Institute Fellows:

The Institute is pleased to welcome Lina M. Céspedes-Baez , Julia Dehm ,Tomaso Ferrando and Maja Savevska as 2014-2015 Residential Institute Fellows.

Fellow 2014 Lina Maria Cespedes-Baez

Lina M. Céspedes-Baez (Colombia)

Idealized Women, Idealized Harms: Governance Feminism and the Narrowing of Women’s Experiences in Colombia’s Armed Conflict

Lina M. Céspedes-Baez is a Colombian lawyer, currently pursuing her S.J.D. degree at the James E. Beasley School of Law, Temple University as a Fulbright Scholar. Her research has focused on the interactions between private law, international law, human rights and gender. Lina received her law degree from Universidad del Rosario (Colombia). She has a specialized degree in tax law from Universidad del Rosario, a Masters in Gender Studies from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and an LL.M. with a concentration in international law from Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. She has been a law professor at Universidad del Rosario since 2005, where she teaches Obligations (Obligaciones), Sources of Obligations (Fuentes de las Obligaciones), and Legal Theory, and where she has been a member of the university’s Democracy and Justice Research Group since 2011. She is currently part of the Colombian Observatory of Rural Real Property Restitution and Regulation (Observatorio de Restitución y Regulación de Derechos de Propiedad Agraria), an academic initiative among Colombian universities and scholars to monitor and conduct research about the implementation of land restitution measures approved by the Colombian government in 2011 to redress harms to victims of Colombia’s internal armed conflict.

Lina’s research explores the impact the theoretical body of radical feminist scholarship has had on the identification, understanding and management of harms women face in the Colombian armed conflict and in transitional justice initiatives in Colombia and other post-conflict settings. She is interested in how radical feminism has narrowed the scope for understanding what constitutes gender-based violence in conflict. Her work explores how radical feminism has limited this understanding to sexual violence and related offenses, and how the overarching employment of the sexual domination matrix is used to explain the full range of harm women experience in this setting. In particular, Lina’s project focuses on how the radical feminist narrative has been deployed in the context of women’s land deprivation and massive displacement in the Colombian conflict, and advances alternative explanations to comprehend this phenomenon through the exploration of the intersection between feminism, theories of property and transitional justice.

 

Julia Dehm 2014 IGLp Fellow

Julia Dehm (Australia)

Climate Justice or Carbon Governmentality: Law, Life, Limits and Growth in Crisis

Julia Dehm is a Ph.D. Candidate at Melbourne University Law School, and was a 2014 IGLP Workshop Participant. Among others, she works in the areas of environmental law, law and development and legal theory. She has worked for the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and was a member of the Steering Committee of the Activist Legal Rights Website project at the Fitzroy Legal Service. Julia’s most recent publication is ‘REDD faces all around’: Implementing reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in Indonesia (Local-Global Journal, 2012).

Julia’s research engages with dominant international legal and policy responses to the climate crisis and presents the climate crisis as a critical challenge for the global community. Where collective failure to respond to climate change with effective and equitable policy will accentuate already existing structural inequalities the ecological crisis simultaneously presents an opportunity for rethinking and reimagining global planetary co-habitation. The climate crisis is not simply a scientific or a technical challenge but ultimately a political and ethical social problem in which law and legal responses have the capacity to play a critical role. Julia’s research examines legal responses to the climate crisis through the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other transnational forums in order to ask pertinent questions about the adequacy and equity of these approaches. A fundamental concern of her research is the increased marketization of transnational environmental governance and the centrality of carbon emission trading schemes to international mitigation and adaptation measures and how such responses may foreclose possibilities for ‘environmental justice.’ Her doctoral thesis examines the social implications of a specific carbon offset scheme under the UNFCCC umbrella called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in order to investigate contemporary reconfigurations of imperial control by the global North over forested land and biological resources in the global South.

Tomaso Ferrando 2014 IGLP Fellow

Tomaso Ferrando (Itlay)

The Financialization of Global Agricultural Production: How Private Equity Funds, Private Development Funds and Pension Funds are changing the Global Food Chain

Tomaso Ferrando is a Ph.D. Candidate at Sciences Po Law School and has been an Italian barrister since 2011. He was also a 2012 IGLP Workshop Participant. During the last two years he has been a visiting researcher at Universidade de São Paulo (Commerce Law Department) and the University of Cape Town (Public Law Department). Tomaso holds a Master of Science in Comparative Law, Economics and Finance from the International University College of Turin, and has been a visiting researcher at both the law and anthropology departments of UC Berkeley. In 2010 he worked as a pro bono lawyer for Racimos de Ungurahui, a Peruvian NGO specialized in providing legal support to local communities affected by development projects and resources extraction. Since that time he has cooperated with local and international NGOs dealing with resource-related large-scale investments, including Greenpeace and Action Aid. When he wears the academic hat, Tomaso takes advantage of his multidisciplinary background to refuse the rigid separation between legal areas, in particular the public-private distinction that occupies Western legal thought and teaching.

Tomaso’s doctoral research project starts from the assumption that any critical analysis of global value chains must reckon with the “increasing role of financial motives, financial markets, financial actors and financial institutions in the operation of the domestic and international economies.” As such, legal scholars should analyze the interplay of neo-liberalism, legal globalization and financialization both in terms of their interconnection and in terms of the use of law as a privileged proxy through which the expansion of finance, the internationalization of capital, and the globalization of markets are achieved. During his time as an IGLP Fellow, Tomaso plans to study the increasing financialization of the food regime as an ongoing process with multiple socio-economic implications. In particular, his research aims to determine the role of law in both favoring and constraining the consolidation and worldwide reach of finance within the food Global Production Network. He will focus on three different manifestations of the financialization of the food regime, each characterized by peculiar legal aspects, and relatively underestimated by the general debate: the financialization of agricultural development; the direct involvement of private funds in the food production system; and the role of institutional investors in the global food regime.

Maja Savevska 2014 IGLP Fellow

Maja Savevska (Macedonia)

A Polanyian Critique of the Political Economy of the European Union

Maja Savevska is a Ph.D. Candidate at the GEM PhD School, Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate on Globalization, EU and Multilateralism, where she was awarded a full scholarship by the European Commission. She was also a 2014 IGLP Workshop Participant. Her mobility program includes holding simultaneous registrations at the University of Warwick and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). She received her undergraduate training in political science from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje. Maja received a full scholarship from the Open Society Institute to participate in an exchange program at the University of Washington Seattle, where she completed a minor in International Relations. She completed an M.Sc. in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford, where she was awarded the Open Society Institute/Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening scholarship. Her experience includes TA work at the Univerité Libre de Bruxelles and Humboldt University and extensive NGO work in Macedonia.

Maja’s research interests fall within the remit of critical and heterodox political economy. Her project offers an interdisciplinary intervention that draws on the canonical texts of Karl Polanyi and the burgeoning Polanyian literature. Maja’s main object of inquiry is the morphology of the contradictions that underpin the socio-economic transformation of the European Union. She seeks to juxtapose the disembedding and embedding tendencies of this transformation. First, she is concerned with excavating the self-regulating market logic inscribed in the EU edifice by looking at historical development across three policy fields: competition, financial integration and education, and also by appraising the post-crisis macroeconomic reforms instigated by the Six-Pack, the Two-Pack, the Fiscal Treaty and the Euro-Plus Pact. She argues that the latter represent a missed opportunity for a U-turn in the course of competitive austerity, i.e. a lost kairos. This part of her research aims to problematize the policy solutions implemented in the aftermath of the Great Recession, which are predicated on a crisis narrative that entrenches the monetary orthodoxy. Second, Maja endeavors to examine emerging socio-environmental legislation that, despite its protective invocation, falls short of embedding the economy because it is predicated on deepened commodification. In doing so, she recuperates a critical Polanyian reading that highlights the unresolved ambiguities within these supposedly protective dynamics.


 

2014-2015 Senior Institute Fellows:

 

Arnulf_BeckerArnulf Becker (Chile/United States) Arnulf is currently a Visiting Faculty member at the Watson Institute for International Relations at Brown University. Arnulf received his S.J.D. from Harvard Law School. His areas of expertise include public international law, laws of war, the history of international law, comparative law and international legal theory. He has been a lecturer in public international law at King’s College London and a Pembroke Center Post-doctoral Fellow at Brown University. His research traces the global intellectual history of international law focusing on the role non-Western international lawyers have played in the construction of the international legal order between the second half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. His forthcoming book, Mestizo International Law: A Global Intellectual History, 1842–1933, will be published by Cambridge University Press.

 

ZinaZinaida Miller (United States) is a doctoral Candidate in International Relations at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. She joins the IGLP again this year, after serving as a Residential Doctoral Fellow from 2012-14. Her work examines the law and policy of post-conflict reconstruction, focusing on the interplay between ideas and institutions in the fields of transitional justice, state- and peacebuilding, human rights, and humanitarian aid. Using Palestine and Rwanda as case studies, her dissertation maps the allocation of power and authority among national and international actors in the aftermath of conflict, the ways in which ideas about how to reconstruct states both influence and are altered by institutionalization on the ground, and the effects of post-conflict discourses on resistance and political struggle. This work builds upon her previous studies of transitional justice, which examined the field’s systematic occlusion of economic inequality and structural violence. Her publications include Perils of Parity: Palestine’s Permanent Transition (Cornell International Law Journal, forthcoming 2014) and Effects of Invisibility: In Search of the ‘Economic’ in Transitional Justice (International Journal of Transitional Justice, 2008). She holds a B.A. from Brown University, a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


 

2013-2014 Institute Fellows:

In 2013 the Institute was pleased to welcome Zinaida Miller, Yun-Ru Chen, and Heidi Matthews as fellows.

ZinaZinaida Miller (United States) is a doctoral Candidate in International Relations at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. She joins the IGLP again this year, after serving as a Residential Doctoral Fellow from 2012-14. Her work examines the law and policy of post-conflict reconstruction, focusing on the interplay between ideas and institutions in the fields of transitional justice, state- and peacebuilding, human rights, and humanitarian aid. Using Palestine and Rwanda as case studies, her dissertation maps the allocation of power and authority among national and international actors in the aftermath of conflict, the ways in which ideas about how to reconstruct states both influence and are altered by institutionalization on the ground, and the effects of post-conflict discourses on resistance and political struggle. This work builds upon her previous studies of transitional justice, which examined the field’s systematic occlusion of economic inequality and structural violence. Her publications include Perils of Parity: Palestine’s Permanent Transition (Cornell International Law Journal, forthcoming 2014) and Effects of Invisibility: In Search of the ‘Economic’ in Transitional Justice (International Journal of Transitional Justice, 2008). She holds a B.A. from Brown University, a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

chen_yun-ruYun-Ru Chen’s academic research focuses on the intersection of law, family, and East Asia studies in a global setting. Her dissertation, The Emergence of Family Law in Colonial Taiwan: A Genealogical Perspective, analyzes the genealogy of the dichotomous construction of family law and market law starting from early 19th century Germany, to late 19th century Japan, and all the way to early 20th century Taiwan. It examined various family law discourse of legal thinkers ranging from European legal advisors seeking to draft the Japanese codes, to German-trained Japanese jurists opposing French-inspired codes, to anti-colonial Taiwanese activist journalists resisting legal assimilation, all of whom worked within different legal regimes to formulate their own visions of family law. She argues that the distinctiveness of family law and universality of market law were interdependently related.  Family law was designed to safeguard national culture, be it neo-traditionalist or progressive. In contrast, market law was formulated to promote commerce and trade on an international scale. One of her next projects will focus on the modernization of Chinese family law and its relation to Chinese nationalism starting from the late 19th century. It will explore the series of debates revolving around the neo-Confucian family ideology, considered the essential core of Chinese culture, and its relationship with family law. She also has launched another research project on how 19th and 20th century Bostonian family corporations participated in the expansion of Euro-American law to Asia along with the growth of a global market for tea, silk, and opium, and on their encounters with the Chinese legal system.

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Heidi Matthews is a doctoral (S.J.D.) candidate at Harvard Law School where her research focuses on the intersection of criminal law, the law of war, and human rights law. Her dissertation undertakes a political theory of modern international criminal law, with a view to understanding how the criminalization of political violence depoliticizes the subjects of international law. Heidi is a Fellow at the Film Study Center at Harvard University and a Byse Fellow at Harvard Law School. She has been a Graduate Fellow at the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, a Doctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, a John Peters Humphrey Fellow of the Canadian Council on International Law, and a Research Fellow at the Project on Justice, Welfare and Economics at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Heidi holds a B.A. from Mount Allison University, an LL.B.-B.C.L. from McGill University, and an LL.M. (waived) from Harvard Law School. She has worked at the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

 


 

2012-2013 Institute Fellows:

In 2012 the Institute was pleased to welcome Zinaida Miller and Lisa Kelly as Institute Fellows.

Zinaida Miller is a doctoral candidate in International Relations at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. Her dissertation analyzes international intervention and the construction of the ‘international community’ by examining the framing and institutional design of, as well as resistance to, international activity from the League of Nations until the contemporary era. Her research interests include critical examinations of transitional justice, international intervention, human rights, and the politics of humanitarian aid.  Her publications include Effects of Invisibility: In Search of the ‘Economic’ in Transitional Justice (International Journal of Transitional Justice, 2008). She holds a B.A. from Brown University, a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Lisa Kelly is a doctoral (S.J.D.) candidate at Harvard Law School where her research focuses on family law, education law, and law and sexuality.  Her doctoral dissertation analyzes the legal regulation of the child at school and the law and politics of universal schooling.  Lisa is a Trudeau Scholar, a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow, and a Doctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  She holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia, a J.D. from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and an LL.M. (waived) from Harvard Law School.  After law school, Lisa articled with the Department of Justice in Ottawa and also clerked for Justice Marshall Rothstein of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Past Post-DocFellows of the Institute have included:

  • Arnulf Becker Lorca (Chile)
  • Yun-Ru Chen (Taiwan)
  • Iain Frame (Scotland)
  • Ermal Frasheri (Albania)
  • Havva Guney-Ruebenacker (Turkey)
  • Moria Paz (Israel)
  • Hengameh Saberi (Iran)
  • Hila Shamir (Israel)