Junior Fellows

Asset Kussaiyn

Junior Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in Alternative Dispute Resolution

Asset Kussaiyn is from Kazakhstan. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the China University of Political Science and Law, where his research focuses on dispute resolution in the Belt and Road Initiative.

Before joining the Penn State Law LLM-program, Asset was practicing in one of the leading law firms in Kazakhstan, where he was involved in the dispute resolution division, actively working with arbitration and litigation matters in courts of the United Kingdom and the Bahamas.

He is a STIP Foundation scholarship awardee at the Hague Academy of International Law in 2019.

Bauyrzhan Zhanadilov

Junior Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in Alternative Dispute Resolution

Bauyrzhan is a young specialist with experience in legal research on international arbitration. During his education at the Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law as an LL.M student, he worked as a Research Assistant for Prof. Catherine Rogers on the project of the American Law Institute: “Restatement of the Law, the U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration”. This institute focuses on a clarification of the U.S. law and its statutory elements, represents the law from the court’s view. His responsibilities are cite-checking, proof-reading and case analysis.

Bauyrzhan Zhanadilov holds an LL.B with honours from Sh.Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University (Kazakhstan).

Bava Dharani

Junior Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in War, Conflict & Global Migration

Bava Dharani completed her LLB and LLM in SOAS, UOL. She is currently pursuing the LPC at BPP University. Bava is interested in the Indian indenture history in Singapore and Malaysia, and the parallels and differences this labour movement bears to modern day migrant workers’ movement chains. Previously, Bava worked as a paralegal in Singapore, specialising in criminal, civil and employment law.

Dimitrios Kafteranis

Junior Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in Business and Corporate Governance

Mr Dimitrios Kafteranis is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Luxembourg. He was a junior academic visitor at the University of Oxford, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Antwerp. Prior starting his PhD, Dimitrios was working at the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Dr. Hiruy Wubie Gebreegziabher

Junior Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in Crime & Terrorism

Dr Hiruy Wubie Gebreegziabher has a PhD in Law from Monash University. His thesis explored the human rights compatibility of Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Law and practice. Hiruy served as a member of experts’ group established by the Ethiopian government to amend its Anti-Terrorism Law. He has an LL. B and LL.M from Addis Ababa University, and a distinguished teaching, research and community service experience, with multiple awards, at Ethiopia’s University of Gondar. Hiruy is currently a sessional academic at Monash and La Trobe Universities in Australia.

Dr. Wael Saghir

Junior Fellow

LLB, BSc, LLM, PhD
Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in International Trade & Finance

Wael is an International Consultant and a Visiting Lecturer at leading UK institutions. He is an expert in investment risks and protection, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and in international business and financial law. Wael is actively presenting his findings at international conferences and has published monographs and articles archived at the US Consumer Financial Bureau and the US Export Import Bank on international financial law and investment regulations. He is an Associate Editor at the ISLRev Journal and active member at international organisations including SLS, LCIA and ASA.

Emily Lombardo

Junior Fellow

Msc Environmental Governance
Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in Human Rights, Family & Gender

Emily recently graduated from the University of Oxford with a Msc degree in Environmental Governance. Prior to this, she studied Sociology at the University of Durham, where she served as Founder and President of Durham University Society of Applied Social Science. Her research interests are in social, environmental and reproductive justice. Specifically, she studies the relationship between the environment, population, and reproductive decision-making. She is currently based in Oslo, Norway, where she is involved in various projects highlighting environmental and social justice issues.

Eva Bernet Kempers

Junior Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in Animals & Biodiversity

Eva Bernet Kempers (1993) studied anthropology, green criminology and international environmental law at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She conducted anthropological fieldwork in Guatemala and Peru, studying the impacts of mining in local communities. In 2019, she started her PhD-research at Antwerp University, focusing on the changing position of the animal in law from an interdisciplinary perspective. Her aim is to develop a legal principle of animal dignity.

Huiru Wang

Junior Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in AI, Cyber Law & Technology Policy

Huiru Wang is a Ph.D. candidate in public international law from Jilin University (China). She has been a visiting researcher at the University of Surrey (UK) from 2017 to 2018, a qualified legal practitioner in China, an active participant in the Jessup International Law Moot Court, a Certificate of Honors awardee at the Xiamen Academy of International Law in 2015 and 2017, and a student member of BIICL and ESIL.

Her research interests include Compliance with and Enforcement of the Judgments of the International Court of Justice, International Rule of Law in Cyberspace, The Role of Non-state Actors in International Law, and the Accountability of Transnational Corporations under International Rule of Law.

Ibukun Iyiola-Omisore

Junior Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in Business and Corporate Governance

Ibukun is a Doctoral Researcher at the Centre for Business Law and Practice, University of Leeds. She is interested in the role of corporate governance and sustainability in emerging economies. Her PhD research is on the link between corporate governance and corporate social responsibility in West Africa, with focus on multinational companies.

Imad Antoine-Ibrahim

Junior Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in Climate, Animals, Energy & Environment

Imad Antoine Ibrahim is a PhD Candidate in Law at the Institute of Law, Politics and Development (DIRPOLIS), Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy. Through his PhD, he is examining the relationship between international water law and human rights agreements applicable to water. He is also a Research Associate at gLAWcal – Global Law Initiative for Sustainable Development, Essex, United Kingdom and a Non-Resident Research Fellow at the Center for Innovation in Gas Research and Utilization (CIGRU) & Institute of Water Security and Science (IWSS), West Virginia University, United States. He has been working on global environmental issues from a legal perspective and their interplay with other fields such as emerging technologies for the last 5-6 years where he spent 3 of them working on European commission projects in China on topics related to Climate change, energy, and environmental protection. Imad is also an Early Stage Researcher at the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT), Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Previously, he was an Energy policy expert at the Lebanese Oil & Gas Initiative – LOGI, Beirut Lebanon, an EU commission Marie Curie Fellow at Tsinghua University School of Law, THCEREL—Center for Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Law and at the CRAES—Chinese Research Academy on Environmental Sciences in Beijing (China). He also worked as a researcher in several European and Italian institutes and universities such as the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) and Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale, Novara. Imad likewise was a trainee lawyer at the Jad Law Firm reviewing international conventions related to conventional energy. He holds a master in European Interdisciplinary Studies, from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, and Bachelor in Law from the Lebanese University “Filiere Francophone de Droit”, Beirut, Lebanon.

Jake Effoduh

Junior Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in AI, Cyber Law & Technology Policy

Jake Okechukwu Effoduh is a PhD Candidate at the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Canada. He is also a Partner at Praxis & Gnosis Law Firm in Nigeria where he practices as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He holds master’s degrees in International Law from Osgoode Hall Law School and from the University of Oxford in the U.K. Prior to studying law, Effoduh anchored two of Nigeria’s most popular radio programs, earning several local and international awards for his advocacy on radio. His doctorate research is on the legitimization of Artificial Intelligence for Human Rights in Africa.

Marine Lercier

Junior Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in Animals & Biodiversity

Ph.D. candidate and Research Staff in Training at the Faculty of Law of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Specialized in International Public Law, Human Rights Law, Humanitarian Law, Transitional Justice, EU Law, Animal Law, Animal Welfare, Horse Welfare, and Equine Law.

Preethi Lolaksha Nagaveni

Junior Fellow

Preethi is undertaking a PhD in Law at Lancaster University, UK where she is researching practices of untouchability, focusing on manual scavenging and caste-based discrimination in higher educational institutions in India. She was a Lecturer at NLSIU, Bangalore, and an Advocate in the Karnataka High Court, Bangalore. She previously interned with the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, New Delhi and His Lordship Justice Chelameswar, Supreme Court of India.

Preethi holds a B.A.LL.B (Hons) with Gold Medal from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and an LL.M in Human Rights from the University of Reading, UK.

Vinita Govindarajan

Junior Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in War, Conflict & Global Migration

Vinita Govindarajan is a graduate in geography and environmental governance from the University of Oxford. She currently works at the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development. Vinita is interested in how vulnerable populations negotiate the everyday effects of environmental change amid social and political conflict. Previously, she worked as a journalist in India, covering environment, politics, society and culture.