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.
Noby Thomas Cyriac
Born in 1990 in Kerala, India. Noby Thomas Cyriac completed his B.A.LL.B.(Hons.) degree with specialization in Business Laws in 2014 from the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala. He enrolled himself as an advocate in the same year and joined Joseph & Kuriyan Advocates where he started his litigation practice in Kerala (2014-16). His practices areas were civil, corporate litigation and arbitration. In 2016, he received the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding – Dr. Angela Merkel Scholarship. Pursuant to this Award, he was selected for the LL.M. program in “European and European Legal Studies” at the Europa Kolleg Hamburg, University of Hamburg (2016-17). Meanwhile in his first year in Germany he was associated with the Competition Law team of Baker Mckenzie in Dusseldorf. His Master Thesis focus was on "The Role of Big Data in the EU Commission's Control of Mergers: The Facebook/WhatsApp Case and Beyond".
Since November 2017, Noby Thomas Cyriac is a Ph.D. student of Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law. As an Ambsl researcher he is working on the topic of Abuse of Dominance by Big Data dominant firms in the realm of EU competition law jurisprudence.
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)
Englisch-bilinguales Abitur 2008 in Düsseldorf; Volontariat bei Sorya e.V. in Kambodscha (2008/2009); Studium der Rechtswissenschaften an der Westfälischen Wilhelms Universität zu Münster (2009-2014); Fachspezifische Fremdsprachenausbildung für Juristen (FFA) im Bereich common law (2009-2011); Studienaufenthalt in Frankreich an der Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne (2011); erste juristische Staatsprüfung (Oktober 2014); seit 2015 Stipendiatin, Scholar und wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin der Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law; Promotionsstudentin im Bereich des öffentlichen Rechts.
Julia Harten is a member and scholarship holder of the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law since 2018. She works as a research and teaching assistant in the team of Prof. Reinhard Bork at the Chair for Civil Procedure Law and General Procedural Law. Her current focus area is international insolvency law. She holds an LL.M. degree in Corporate Law from the University of Edinburgh, for which she received the T.B. Smith Prize for the Most Distinguished Scholar graduating from the LLM or MSc postgraduate degrees.
Julia’s academic education started in Hamburg, where she studied law with a focus on private international law and comparative law. As part of her studies, she spent one academic year at the Université Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne in France. She received a scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) and gained her first research experience as a student assistant in a research group at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg.
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.
Kalika Mehta has been a PhD Candidate at the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law since November 2018. She holds an LL.M. cum laude from Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva (2015-16) and BA.LL.B (Hons.) from Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (2010-15). She is qualified to practice law in India.
Before joining the program, she briefly worked on the transitional justice issues in Myanmar followed by a Traineeship at the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin. At ECCHR, she primarily assisted on the situation of War Crimes in Iraq by the UK Forces between 2003 - 2008 before the International Criminal Court. In 2018, she taught undergraduate students at Jindal Global Law School, Sonepat, India.
Her research interests include International Criminal Law, Strategic Litigation, and Transitional Justice.
Abhishek has five years of academic experience in India as Assistant Professor, prior to joining AMBSL, University of Hamburg; he was associated with WBNUJS, Kolkata. WB, India. and two years of international and national law firms experience. He has published articles in various journals such as Year Book on Indian Society of International Law. He also has a book to his credit on Capital Market: Legal Regime in India published in India. He is presently researching on the topic of “Extrajudicial Killings: Normative study to determine the impact on State and Democracy in changing World Order.” The central thrust of his thesis is comparative study of certain States to identify the raison d’etre of extrajudicial killings in those states. The study analyses the relationship between right to life under international law and municipal law.
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.
Anna-Lena Otzen was born 1993 in Hamburg, Germany. She studied law at University of Hamburg and University of East Anglia, Norwich passing her first state examination in 2017.
Since 2018 she has been working as a research assistant at the chair of Prof. Dr. Tilman Repgen (Civil Law, History of German Law, Private Law in Modernity), while writing her doctoral thesis on equity at the beginning of the 18th century. She joined the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law in October 2018.
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.
Tomas Restrepo Rodriguez
Tomás is a Colombian attorney and academic interested in private law, international law, environmental law, and energy law. He holds an MBL in International Energy Law from the TU Berlin and the Berlin Institute for Energy and Regulatory Law, as well as an LLM in Banking and Finance from Queen Mary, University of London. He is researcher and teacher at the Civil Law Department and the Mines and Energy Department of the Universidad Externado de Colombia. He has published scientific articles in Colombia and in Germany. He is currently working on his dissertation, which explores intersections between international investment arbitration and climate change law.
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
Ülkü Sezgi Sözen, LL.M.
In 2012 bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Law of Istanbul Kültür University and University of Leipzig with a state scholarship.In 2011 research assistant at the Chair of International Law and European Law at the University of Leipzig. In 2013 LL.M. at Europa-Kolleg Hamburg, Hamburg University with a grant from the Schulze-Fielitz Foundation.
Since November 2013 member of the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law (AMBSL). Since 2017 coordinator of the AMBSL. Currently Postdoc at the University of Hamburg. PhD Thesis: Die Assoziierung zur EU und Migrationspolitiken unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der mediterranen Drittstaaten, Baden-Baden 2021.
Studium der Rechtswissenschaft in Hamburg und Aix-en-Provence (Frankreich); 2017–2021 Wissenschaftliche Assistentin am Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht in Hamburg; Forschungsaufenthalt an der University of Cambridge (Vereinigtes Königreich), Wolfson College; Lehraufträge an der Universität Hamburg und der China University of Political Science and Law, Peking (China); 2016–2020 Mitglied der Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law (AMBSL), Universität Hamburg; seit 2020 Juristischer Vorbereitungsdienst am Hanseatischen Oberlandesgericht Hamburg.
Dissertation: „AGB-Reform und Rechtsflucht, Bedeutung der Rechtsflucht für die AGB-Reformdebatte im unternehmerischen Rechtsverkehr“ (summa cum laude), Mohr Siebeck 2021 (StudIPR); Betreuung durch Prof. Dr. Peter Mankowski (Universität Hamburg).
Förderung: Promotionsstipendium der FAZIT-Stiftung.
Auszeichnungen: Förderpreis der Esche Schümann Commichau Stiftung; Werner-von-Melle-Preis 2021 (Hamburgische Wissenschaftliche Stiftung).
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.
Raoul Darius Veit
Born in 1990 in Friedberg (Bavaria); Abitur 2009 in Bad Harzburg; law school (University of Hamburg) with a focus on EU and public international law (2010-2016); study year abroad at the Université de Strasbourg (2012-2013); first state exam (April 2016); research assistant at the chair of Prof. Dr. Marion Albers with a focus on data protection and privacy law (since April 2016); PhD student, member and scholarship holder of the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law (since October 2016).
The dissertation project deals with fundamental questions in the context of the relationship between EU law and member state law with a particular focus on European Data Protection law.
Laura Vejselji took her Abitur in 2009 and began her studies of law at the University of Hamburg in the same year. She set her focus on environmental and planning law and received a scholarship from Kölner Gymnasial- und Stiftungsfonds. After passing her Staatsexamen in 2015, she has become a scholarship student of Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law. In addition she works as a scientific assistant at the department of Legal History. Her dissertation focuses on the doctrine of restitution in the late 13th and early 14th century and is located at the interface of theology, legal studies and philosophy.
Victor Ventura, LL.M.
Partner at Humberto Bezerra Law Firm LLP, in the North-East of Brazil. Environmental and Energy Law Attorney. Former Head of Legal Office at the state-level Superintendence for Environmental Management of Paraíba, Brazil. Juris Doctor from Hamburg, summa cum laude, with a dissertation on "Environmental Jurisdiction in the Law of the Sea: the Brazilian Blue Amazon", published with Springer. LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from the Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil, in 2013. Former Lecturer of Public International Law in Brazil and in Germany, at the Law Faculty of the University of Hamburg. Special Rapporteur to the International Conference on Maritime Affairs and the Law of the Sea, in 2016, on invitation by the Germany-Japanese Center in Berlin. Fluency in English, German, Spanish, and Portuguese, both written and spoken, and advanced skills in French. Founding Member of the Brazilian Institute for the Law of the Sea (BILOS); Member of the Centre for Political and Strategic Studies of the Brazilian Navy (CEPE – MB) and Member of the State Environmental Council of Paraíba, Brazil (COPAM). Brazilian Specialist before the IUCN. Published extensively on the Law of the Sea, Environmental Law, Marine Governance and Human Rights. Licensed attorney before the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB).