Rustam B. Atadjanov, LLB, LLM, PhD (born in Nukus, Uzbekistan) received his undergraduate degree in law from the Karakalpak State University named after Berdakh back in 2003. Having acquired a practical legal experience as an Assistant Lawyer in the Bar Association of the Republic of Karakalpakstan and Senior Legal Consultant in the Juridical Help and Advice Center, he subsequently graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law with an LLM degree in International Human Rights Law in 2006. Prior to joining the University of Hamburg Faculty of Law's doctoral programme in 2014, Rustam worked as a Programme Responsible for National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law and further on as Legal Adviser in the Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Central Asia for several years. Rustam's background combines both academic and practical experience, with the main focus on international legal topics. His research interests include foremost the substantive and procedural issues pertaining to Public International Law, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, Constitutional Law, Theory of State and Law, and others. Besides, he speaks several languages (Uzbek, Kazakh, Russian, English, French and basic German and Ukrainian) and publishes in a number of academic journals on a wide range of topics in the sphere of international law. Previously, Rustam taught the foreign language course "An Introduction to International Criminal Law" as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Hamburg's Faculty of Law. He presently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Public and International Law at the KIMEP University School of Law, Almaty, Kazakhstan, where he teaches Theory of State and Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Public International Law, Law of International Treaties and other Public Law-related courses.
PhD thesis: “Humanity” as Humanness: a Constituent Element of International Law Applicable to Crimes against Humanity (defended 6 June 2018, earned "magna cum laude"), supervisors: Prof. Dr. iur. Florian Jessberger, Prof. Dr. iur. Rainer Keller and Prof. Dr. Nora Markard. Rustam's doctoral research deals with the concept of "humanity" as it pertains to crimes against humanity. His thesis' analysis considers this particular concept in its different aspects starting from its historical development and role in international law, to contemporary state in international criminal law, and to its place in various doctrinal theories of crimes against humanity. That analysis plays a key role in reviewing the exact nature of "humanity" as acquiring its own standing of a fully valid legal interest within the meaning of the Rechtsgut theory ("protection of legal good"). His manuscript has been published with the T.M.C. Asser Press and Springer in June 2019 as a monograph titled "Humanness as a Protected Legal Interest of Crimes against Humanity: Conceptual and Normative Aspects", under the International Criminal Justice Series (vol. 22).
Aydin Atilgan received his undergraduate degree in Law from Ankara University (2004) and MA degree from Marmara University EU Institute in Istanbul, Turkey (2008). He practiced law for a few years, and participated in several projects as legal adviser, author and translator. He has been a Ph.D. candidate in Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law since November 2012. He was a guest fellow at the University of Bremen as a DAAD fellow in 2011-2012 and at the University of Macerata in the summer of 2013. He took part in various short term trainings, conferences, summer courses and seminars regarding his study fields.
Global Constitutionalism: A Socio-legal Perspective
His dissertation is titled “Global Constitutionalism: A Socio-legal Perspective”. He deals with global constitutionalist theories, which approach a number of developments towards cooperation and unity in global domain by interpreting them as indicators of a constitutionalisation process. He examines these theories by a socio-legal perspective where he draws on theories of classical scholars of this field.
Kilian Ertl was born 1989 in Henstedt-Ulzburg. After his Abitur 2009 he studied law at the University of Hamburg with a focus on social law. He graduated with the first Staatsexamen in 2015 and is currently working as a research assistant at the University of Hamburg (Faculty of Law – Prof. Dr. Felix, Professorship for social law). In October 2015 he joined the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law.
His doctoral thesis focuses on the evaluation of medical treatments in the different parts of the German legal system. In particular the law of public and private health insurance couverage, the law of taxation and liability law will be analysed with regard to the evaluation of medical treatments.
Thiago A. Fauvrelle
Monetary & fiscal policy framework; Business cycles; Institutional economics; Contract law & economics; International law & finance;
Law & Economics analysis of the international sovereign bond market
2014-2015: LL.M. European Master in Law and Economics (Erasmus University of Rotterdam & University of Hamburg);
Master in Business, Law and Economics (Aix-Marseille University);
2009-2013: Bachelor of Economics with first class honors (Federal University of Paraíba);
2009-2014: Bachelor of Laws with first class honors (University Center of João Pessoa);
Summer courses in Boston University (2013) and Perpignan University (2011)
2015-2015: Consultant for the European Commission;
2014-2014: Associate lawyer (Advocacia Carlos Aquino & Associados);
2012-2013: Undergraduate teaching assistant in Tax Law (University Center of João Pessoa);
2010-2013: Junior researcher on Economic Development, Monetary and Fiscal policy (Brazilian National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development)
Xenofon Kontargyris, LL.M.
Xenofon Kontargyris was born in Doumbia, Halkidiki, Greece in 1984. He entered the Aristotle’s University Law Faculty (Thessaloniki) in 2002 and obtained his LLB in 2007. He then moved on to pursue an LLM in International & EU Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (2008). He has worked as a legal assistant for NATO’s Greek Combat Unit and as a Communications & Training officer for the European Commission.
As an academic, he has focused on intellectual property and competition law, with his dissertation in the context of his LLM being an analysis of the ‘Microsoft vs. the European Commission’ case before the CJEU. He then focused on effective regulation of different aspects of the internet, having contributed in conferences as an author on issues such as, the different approaches the EU and the US take on cloud technologies (EUTIC 2013, Waterford, Ireland), the evolution of Facebook’s privacy rules (e-Democracy 2013, Athens, Greece) and the ‘right to be forgotten’ (IFIP 2015, Edinburgh, UK).
As an AMBSL researcher Xenofon works on the topic of Cloud Computing Regulation, conducting a comparative study between EU and US law with the aim of building a set of regulatory principles that should serve as a basis for efficient regulation of cloud computing and its applications across different jurisdictions.
Xenofon is a qualified lawyer and member of the Thessaloniki Bar since September 2009.
João Andrade Neto
Born in the city of Belo Horizonte (MG), Brazil, in 1980. Graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in 2004. Passed the bar examination of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) in 2004. Nominated public servant of the Regional Electoral Court of Minas Gerais (TRE-MG) in 2006. Defended the master’s thesis “Legal positivism and the legitimacy of electoral jurisdiction: the insufficiency of the positivist answer to the problem of judicialization of politics”, approved by the examination committee at the Faculty of Law of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in 2010. Granted the degree of Master of Laws (major Law and Justice) by the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in 2010. Awarded with a prize for second place in the First National Contest of Juridical Monographs promoted by the Superior Electoral Court of Brazil (TSE) in 2012. Candidate to the degree of Doctor of Laws awarded with a scholarship from the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law (AMBSL) since 2012.
Matthias Packeiser holds a master degree in law from the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (The Netherlands). Over the course of his studies, he has focused on the fields of public international and European law as well as on legal theory and legal history. Following these interests, he has decided to write both, his master thesis and his dissertation, about legal historical and interdisciplinary topics.
Since 2012, he is enrolled as a PhD student at the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law and received a scholarship from this institution between 2012 and 2015. At the moment, he is working on his PhD thesis about “The international peace-keeping system between 1899 and 1914” (in cooperation with the Tilburg Law School). Apart from that, he works as a scientific assistant at the University of Hamburg.
Plarent Ruka, MLB, LLM (Hamburg)
Plarent received his law degree from the University of Tirana, Faculty of Law in 2003. He is also a graduate of the European Center for Security Studies “George C. Marshall” (2007) and the Albanian School of Political Studies (2009). He holds a Master of Law and Business Degree from the Joachim Herz program of the Bucerius Law School/WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management (2010) and a Master Degree in European and European Legal Studies from Europa-Kolleg-Hamburg, University of Hamburg (2011). Plarent has worked for more than six years in various public institutions in Albania, at executive and political levels, such as the City’s Attorney Office at the Municipality of Tirana, Central Elections Commission, Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Health. He has also practiced law in a leading Albanian law firm. Plarent has also been lecturing Public Law and Legislative Techniques for one academic year at a private university in Albania. Plarent’s main areas of interest and practice are European Union Law, International Public Law (with a particular interest in WTO Law), Public and Administrative Law, Business Law, etc. In addition to his mother tongue, Albanian, Plarent speaks English, German and Italian.
The International Legal Responsibility of the European Union in the Context of the World Trade Organization: A Focus on Matters of Incompetence
Plarent enrolled in the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law in April 2012 and currently continues his research on the doctoral project: “The International Legal Responsibility of the European Union in the Context of the World Trade Organization: A Focus on Matters of Incompetence”. The topic addresses the implications that the blurred distribution of powers in the European Union (EU) polity can have for the international responsibility in mixed agreements, which is assumed to be jointly distributed among Member States. In his study, Plarent aims to elaborate the way the international legal responsibility arising out of the EU membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) is distributed among the EU Member States, particularly in those cases where the EU defends before the WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism matters that are part of its Member States’ competences. By identifying the relevance of principles and legal institutions in addressing this research question and by taking into consideration the evolving and the unstable nature of the distribution of powers in the EU, it might be possible to provide an alternative view to the joint responsibility regime.
Nora Rzadkowski, Ass. iur., M.A.
(nora.rzadkowski"AT"albrecht-mendelssohn-bartholdy.de)Nora Rzadkowski studierte Rechtswissenschaft in Augsburg, Lund (Schweden) und Köln mit dem Schwerpunkt Medien- und Kommunikationsrecht. Während ihres Studiums wurde sie durch die Hans-Böckler-Stiftung gefördert. Anschließend arbeitete Nora Rzadkowski als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Hans-Bredow-Institut für Medienforschung und begann das Studium des Master of Higher Education, das sie inzwischen abgeschlossen hat. Ihr Referendariat mit dem Schwerpunkt Verwaltung absolvierte sie am Landgericht Stuttgart und arbeitete begleitend am Lehrstuhl von Professor Haug an der Universität Stuttgart.
In ihrem Dissertationsprojekt beschäftigt sich Nora Rzadkowski damit, wie das juristische Studium wissenschafts- und forschungsorientierter gestaltet werden könnte. Es sollen Wege aufgezeigt werden, wie ein Zusammenhang zwischen Forschung und Lehre hergestellt werden kann. Die Dissertation ist im Bereich der rechtswissenschaftlichen Fachdidaktik und damit an der Schnittstelle von Hochschuldidaktik, Rechtswissenschaft und Wissenschaftsreflexion angesiedelt.
Jan-Robert Schmidt was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1990. After passing his university entrance exam, he studied law at the universities of Cologne, Hamburg and Lisbon. Mr. Schmidt passed his first state examination in March 2015. Since then he has been working as a research and teaching assistant at Professor Repgen’s Chair for German Legal History, Private Law History, and Civil Law at the University of Hamburg. Mr. Schmidt has been a fellow of the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law since November 2015. He is particularly interested in 20th century German legal history with a particular emphasis on the development of family law and children’s rights
Christian Steger (28) studied at the University of Hamburg with a focus on International Private and Procedural Law. During several internships – amongst them international law firms – he gained first experiences in the fields of litigation, international arbitration and corporate M&A. He finished with his first Staatsexamen in 2012. During his studies he participated in the 16th and coached during the 17th and 20th Willem C. Vis Moot and is president of the Vis Moot Alumni Association at the University of Hamburg. Starting his doctoral thesis in autumn 2012, he was accepted to join the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law. Besides, he is working as a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg.
The Preclusive Effects on Grounds to Refuse Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards
The doctoral thesis focuses on preclusive effect in recognition and enforcement proceedings. The research will cover the question, whether specific grounds for refusal of recognition and enforcement under the New York Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards of 1958 can be precluded in cases where the respondent (debtor) did not use any setting aside proceedings. The dissertation will also evaluate different European legal systems and will close with suggestions on how to continue the harmonization in this sector.
Victor Ventura, LL.M.
Victor Ventura holds an LL.B. (2010) and an LL.M. (2013) at the Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil, and is a licensed attorney before the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) since 2010. Since early academic years, he has engaged in studies on Public International Law, having published a Master Thesis on International Humanitarian Law and the legal challenges to protect the environment during armed conflicts.
Since October 2014, Mr. Ventura has been a Ph.D. candidate in Public International Law at the Albrecht Mendelsohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law of the University of Hamburg, under supervision of Prof. Dr. Stefan Oeter and Prof. Dr. Henning Jessen. His dissertation is titled “Coastal States’ Environmental Jurisdiction on the Continental Shelf: a case study of the policy and legal regime applicable to the ‘Brazilian Blue Amazon’”. The research lies on the intersection between Environmental Law and Law of the Sea, and assesses the consistency of the Brazilian domestic policies and legislation on marine environmental protection with the International Law of the Sea. The study aimed, among others, at clarifying coastal States’ maneuver room for domestically regulating environmental matters on their respective continental shelves. The first draft of the dissertation has been submitted in September 2018.
Mr. Ventura has lectured on International Law both in Brazil and Germany, published scientific articles and reports on the Law of the Sea in internationally acknowledged peer-reviewed journals, such as the Brazilian Journal of International Law, and have taken part in numerous conferences on legal issues relevant to the Law of the Sea.
In 2015, he interned at the Legal Office of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Hamburg), where he also served as Assistant to the Registry in 2018.
Mr. Ventura is a Portuguese native speaker and has fluency in English, French, Spanish, and German, both written and spoken, apart from understanding and reading skills in Italian.