S.J.D. Students

  • Gedion T. Hessebon received his LLB (2007) from the Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Law and his LLM in Comparative Constitutional Law (2009) from CEU. He had served as a graduate assistant and assistant lecturer in the Addis Ababa University School of Law before joining the CEU as an S.J.D student. He has been admitted to the doctoral program of the Legal Studies Department in 2010. The focus of his dissertation will be on the contextualization of constitutionalism in Africa.

  • Year of enrollment: 2012/2013

    Thiago Amparo is a lawyer with a Bachelor degree in Law from the Pontifical University of São Paulo, Brazil (2007). He also completed his LLM in Human Rights with distinction from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary (2010-2011), with a specialization in International Justice, awarded with a fellowship from the Open Society Justice Initiative.

    After working with civil law litigation at the Law Firm Demarest & Almeida (2004) and later with academic research on constitutional law at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (2005-2006), he worked at Conectas Human Rights (www.conectas.org), leading international human rights NGO based in Brazil, from 2006-2012, with international human rights law and politics, advocacy at the United Nations level, as well as capacity-building and research on human rights in the Global South. He has been member of the Executive Board of the Sur – International Journal on Human Rights (www.surjournal.org), published by Conectas.

    His main areas of interest are: discrimination law, foreign policy and human rights, comparative constitutional law on minority rights, and international human rights law and mechanisms. He was admitted to SJD program at Central European University in 2012.

  • Research Assistant
    Year of enrollment: 2009/2010

    Dinara Asanbaeva received a degree of Specialist in Law from the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University (KRSU) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in 2002. From 2003 to 2003, she worked as a teaching assistant at the department of civil law of the KRSU and taught tutorials for undergraduate students in civil law and contract law. In 2003-2005, Dinara obtained LL.M in Law from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Her LL.M studies were focused on international commercial law, contract law and law of obligations. From 2005 to 2009, Dinara worked for the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) educational project in Bishkek, the OSCE Academy, as academic supervisor.
    In 2009, Dinara was admitted to the S.J.D. program of the CEU Legal Studies Department. She is currently working on her dissertation under the supervision of Professor Tibor Tajti. The focus of her research is corrupt practices on a corporate setting and limits of law in fighting corporate corruption.

  • Year of enrollment: 2012/2013

    Jelena is a PhD fellow in Political Theory with Human Rights Specialization at Central European University. Her educational as well as professional development has been meandering through diverse subject areas. She holds degrees in political science, University of Belgrade, and in law, Central European University (both with distinction). Prior to PhD, she has also spent several years working on civil society’s projects in Serbia concerning economic and social rights as well as Serbia’s accession to the EU. Such meandering helped her realize that her interests mostly lie in more general normative questions, which motivated her to start PhD in Political Theory. Her research focuses on developing an account of a transitional theory of (global) justice that aims to identify transitory moral requirements raised by a need for global institutional reforms. She is pretty much interested in many subjects, but is currently dealing mostly with theories of cosmopolitanism and global justice, methods in political theory and human rights. So far, she has presented her work at several graduate conferences and was also researcher visitor at the School of Philosophy, Australian National University.

  • Debjyoti is a Human Rights Lawyer from Calcutta, India. He completed his Bachelors' in Law from the University of Calcutta, and practised in civil and human rights litigation before entering the field of human rights completely. He worked in the field of HIV and women and children before coming to CEU for his LLM in Human Rights. Before joining CEU for his SJD in Comparative Constitutional Law, he was working in India as a litigator as well as in a training programme involving capacity building of sexual minorities regarding HIV and Human Rights initiated by the Global Fund to AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

  • Year of enrollment: 2008/2009

    After graduating from the Moldova's State University (MSU) Law Department in 2004, Ecaterina was employed as a lecture at the Chair of Criminal Procedure Law and Criminalistics, where she has worked until August 2008 when admitted to CEU SJD Program. In 2005 she received her Master of Law Degree from MSU, and in 2007 she obtained an LLM degree from Saint Louis University School of Law. In 2008 she also worked as a Legal Consultant at the Ministry of Justice of Moldova, Department of the Governmental Agent.
    Courses taught: Criminal Procedure Law and Criminal Procedure Ethics at Moldova State University; Legal Terminology and Computer Based Legal Research at Central European University.

  • S.J.D. Candidate
    Year of enrollment: 2013/2014

    Dmytro Galagan is a lawyer from Ukraine. He holds Specialist of Laws (with honors) degree from National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and LL.M. in International Business Law (with distinction) from Central European University.

    Before joining the S.J.D. program at Central European University, Dmytro worked at Ukrainian law firms in corporate finance and dispute resolution practices. He was also a member of the university teams in 2012 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and 2011 ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law.

    Dmytro is interested in international arbitration. His LL.M. thesis was devoted to recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards in Ukraine. Dmytro started the S.J.D. studies in 2013, and his main research focus is jurisdiction of arbitral tribunal over non-signatories.

  • Year of enrollment: 2011/2012

    Zsuzsanna Gedeon graduated from the Faculty of Law at ELTE in Budapest, in 2010. She obtained her LLM degree in Comparative Constitutional Law from CEU in 2011. The same year she was accepted to the SJD program at CEU. Her main focus is on separation of powers among the political branches and on constitutional constraints on the executive power in different forms of government.

  • S.J.D. Candidate
    Year of enrollment: 2013/2014

    Zurab Gvelesiani received his Bachelor of Laws degree in Jurisprudence from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (2006). During 2008-2009 he was studying at Stockholm University and was awarded LLM degree in European Law. In 2010 Zurab received another LLM degree in Private Law at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. At the same University he started giving lectures in EU Business Law and later continued his teaching career at Ilia State University, teaching Competition Law and Trade Relations with EU.

    Zurab has several years work experience as an advocate and a lawyer in private sector. Later he moved to NGO sector and worked at Transparency International Georgia for more than two and a half years. Simultaneously, he was part time employed at a construction firm working on distribution relations with EU based partner companies.

    Zurab joined S.J.D. program in International Business law at Central European University in 2013. He is researching Competition Law from the point of view of consumers, studying EU model in comparison with the legal transplant in Georgia. Zurab is supervised by Professor Jules Suyck and Professor Caterina Sganga.

  • Year of enrollment: 2011/2012

    Alexandra Horváthová graduated from the Faculty of Law at Comenius University in Bratislava in 2010. During her studies she has undertaken Erasmus programme at Lund University in Sweden, specializing in EU law. She also obtained Diploma in an Introduction to English law and the European Union law from Cambridge University and Diploma in Austrian private and procedural law from Wirtschafts Univesität in Vienna. In 2011 she earned LL.M. degree in international business law at Central European University in Budapest.
    Ms. Horváthová is since 2011 enrolled in S.J.D. programme at Central European University in Budapest. Her research topic is focused on the regulation of investment companies in the United States and the European Union.
    Ms. Horváthová has worked as junior associate in international law firm in Bratislava. During her studies she has been engaged in numerous extracurricular activities. She is fluent in english, french, german and hungarian.

  • SJD Candidate

    Williams obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Benin with a second class honors, upper division, and also a Barrister-at-Law degree with a second class honors, upper division from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Nigerian Supreme Court. His LL.M was in International Business Law from the Central European University, Budapest. His LL.M long thesis which examined the Role of Self-help Repossession in the UCC Article 9 and Lessons for Nigeria, was graded with a Distinction by two Professors of the Legal Studies department. He also has a certificate in MEDIATION AND OTHER METHODS TO FOSTER DEMOCRATIC DIALOGUE, a fully accredited program by the American Bar Association which was awarded by CEU in co-operation with Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York, and Hamline University School of Law, Minnesota. Before joining CEU in 2012 for the LL.M program, Williams had briefly worked as a Law Officer in the Law Firm of Agoro Chambers & Co, Lagos, with duties which included but not limited to negotiating and drafting commercial agreements, drafting of court processes and representing clients in courts. He is currently a doctoral student in the CEU Legal Studies Department with a research focus on Comparative Secured Transactions Law, and he is being supervised by Professor Tibor Tajti.

  • S.J.D. Candidate
    Year of enrollment: 2013/2014

    Isaboke Moraa Wilmah is a human rights advocate whose interests lie broadly in the field of international human rights and development. She has specific areas of concern, refugee law, migrant’s rights, disability rights, international criminal law and minority rights.
    Wilmah received her practicing certificate in Uganda and holds Post graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Law Development Center (Uganda), LLB from Kampala International University (Uganda) and an LL.M in Human Rights from the Central European University (Hungary).
    She has considerable work experience in the private sector and civil society organizations.These include:Nyamweya Osoro & Nyamweya Commissioner of Oaths-Kenya (private legal firm), Epam systems-Hungary (private software company), Refugee Law Project Centre for Justice and Forced Migrants- Uganda, through providing pro-bono legal and social service to forced migrants, European Roma Rights Centre-Hungary, promoting Roma rights through research, International Centre for Democratic Transition-Hungary, engaging in promoting democratic ideals and Mental Disability Advocacy Center –Hungary, conducting disability research.

    Her S.J.D research conducted under the supervision of Professor Károly Bárd, is focused on the challenges posed by detention of persons with mental disabilities Vis a vis their right to liberty and other interconnected rights, by examining the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, other International human Rights law and State practices.

  • S.J.D. candidate
    Year of enrollment: 2010/2011

    Liana Kartsivadze obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Tbilisi State University (Tbilisi, Georgia) in 2009 and LLM degree in International Business Law from Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) in 2010.

    Liana has successfully participated in number of national moot competitions. She has volunteered for several NGO’s and observed several election processes in Georgia in 2006, 2007 and 2009. She was an intern in Tbilisi City Court and a legal assistant in a freight forwarding company. Liana has participated in 15th Vis Moot competition, working on the merits of the case and in 17th Vis Moot working on the procedural issues.

    Liana is interested in International Commercial Arbitration. Her LLM thesis was devoted to International Dispute Settlement and she is continuing working in this field in scope of her SJD studies. Her thesis mainly focuses on legal phenomenon of multi-tiered dispute resolution clauses and problematic issues related to them.

  • Year of enrollment: 2011/2012

    Kristina is an international trade and investment lawyer with a Master of International Law and Economics (MILE) degree from the World Trade Institute, the University of Bern, Switzerland; Ukrainian lawyer with LL.B degree from Odessa National Academy of Law. She is also a certified mediator accredited by American Bar Association.
    Kristina has worked as the Legal Assistant to the Member of the Ukrainian Parliament since 2010. She also worked at Andriy Kravets & Partners Law Offices, advising on corporate law and dealing with dispute settlement. Kristina participated in the Parliamentary Development Project for Ukraine 2009-2010 (USAID). Here, she worked with the Ministry of Justice, focusing on international legal collaboration, international private law and international legal assistance.
    Kristina has also attended courses on International Maritime Law, International Business Law, Commercial Arbitration and Capital Markets and she is a member of the European Law Students’ Association, International Law Students’ Association and Ukrainian Bar Association.
    Kristina is fluent in Russian, Ukrainian and English with the intermediate level of German.

  • S.J.D. candidate
    Year of enrollment: 2010/2011

    Zsolt Körtvélyesi graduated in the Law School of the University of Szeged in 2006 with specialization in French law and European studies. He started his PhD studies in the same year at the Constitutional Law Department (Szeged U.). He obtained an MA degree on Nationalism Studies (CEU, 2009). He worked in a law firm in Budapest for three years and in the Office of the Hungarian Parliament for 18 months (Independent Police Complaints Board).
    He started his SJD studies at the Comparative Constitutional Law Program at CEU in 2010, and is working on his thesis under the supervision of Prof. Tibor Várady and Hurst Hannum. His main focus is the case for collective compensation for minorities.

  • SJD Candidate
    Year of enrollment: 2010/2011

    Natalya Lazutina graduated from Eurasian National University in Astana, Kazakhstan. Obtained her LLM degree in International Business Law from the Central European University in 2008.
    Her LLM thesis was devoted to the comparative analisys of lease contracts.
    As an SJD student she is working on studying problems of recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.

  • SJD Candidate
    Year of enrollment: 2012/2013

    Neada Mullalli is an Albanian Attorney. She obtained her Bachelor in Law degree from the University of Tirana, Albania, in 2004. In 2008 she obtained a Second Level Integrated Diploma in Economics and Agricultural Policies, from the Agricultural University of Tirana. Later on, in 2011 she received her Master's degree in International Business Law (LLM) at the Central European University.

    Before joining the S.J.D program at the Central European University, Neada has been working as a Legal Adviser for governmental institutions, as well as private corporations. Her latest position was that of Legal Advisor for the U.S Modernization Team, attached to the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Albania.

    Beginning from September 2012, Neada is part of our S.J.D program, in the stream of International Business Law. She is writing her thesis in the field of bankruptcy law, with focus on legal procedures regulating sovereign debt restructuring.

    In addition to bankruptcy law, her research interests include company law, intellectual property law, corporate governance and capital markets and secured transactions law.

  • SJD Candidate

    Year of enrollment: 2012/2013

    Bobomurod Muminov received his Bachelor’s Degree in International Law (With Honors) from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 2001. He continued his studies and got his Master’s Degree in International Law (LLM) from the same university in 2003.
    Starting from fall of 2003 and until 2009 he worked as an assistant, lecturer and senior lecturer at the Chair of Human Rights and International Law of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy. He conducted theoretical and practical courses on International Business, Trade, Economic and Carriage Laws for graduate students of International Law Department.
    In 2005 Bobomurod participated in International Trade Law Post-Graduate Course in Turin, Italy organized by University Institute of European Studies and International Training Center of ILO. In the years of 2007-2009, Bobomurod completed his second Master’s Degree Program in International and Business Law at Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan.
    His research areas include, but not limited to, foreign direct investments, international sales (CISG), international contracts, laws of international carriage etc.

  • SJD Candidate

    Liana Muntean graduated in 2008 at the Faculty of Law, “Babes-Bolyai” University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, with a specialization in EC Law. During her studies Liana was a volunteer in several NGOs and also an intern at the Constitutional Law Department of the Presidential Administration. After obtaining an Erasmus scholarship, she studied for one academic year at the Panthéon-Assas Paris II University.
    In 2008 she was admitted at the Central European University, Department of Legal Studies, for an LLM degree in Comparative Constitutional Law and in 2009 she began her SJD studies in the same field, working on her dissertation under the supervision of Professor Károly Bárd. In her SJD thesis Liana focuses on the prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment from a comparative perspective.

  • S.J.D. Candidate
    Year of enrollment: 2009/2010

    Githii Mweru is an Advocate in Kenya and has an LL.B from the University of London and an LL.M in Human Rights from the Central European University. He has worked in the field of human rights with several civil society organisations for a number of years. Just before he enrolled for his S.J.D., he was a Programme Coordinator at Kituo Cha Sheria – Kenya (The Centre for Legal Empowerment).

    His research interest is on access to justice and socio-economic rights. His doctoral thesis is: The Problematics of Socio-Economic Rights Adjudication: Realities, Illusions, and Solutions.

  • SJD Candidate
    Year of enrollment: 2011/2012

    Catalin-Gabriel Stanescu is a Romanian Attorney and a SJD Student in International Business Law. He was born in Ploiesti, Romania in 1980. He graduated from Al. I. Cuza University (Iasi, Romania) in 2003 and aquired an M.A. degree in Political Science in 2006 from The National School of Administrative and Political Studies (Bucharest, Romania). Between 2004 and 2006 he worked as a legal adviser for Ploiesti City Hall. In 2005 he joined Prahova County Bar Association. He started working as an attorney (litigator) in 2006 after opening his own practice. Between 2007 - 2009 he was associate and managing partner in Stanescu and Dumitrescu Associated Attorneys Office. In 2009 he collaborated for a short period of time with SC OMV Petrom SA as an in-house lawyer. He joined the LL.M. program in August 2010 and the SJD program in August 2011. The doctoral thesis will cover non-judicial debt collecting practices in US and chosen jurisdictions within EU, including Romania.

  • Year of enrollment: 2010/2011

    Anny Stoikova received BA in Political Science/ International relations and European Studies from the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) in 2007. Afterwards, she worked for two years as a consultant for a private company in the field of EU funds management for the public sector during which she supervised and coordinated several international projects of cross-border cooperation in economic development and capacity-building.
    In 2010, she received an LLM in Comparative Constitutional Law from Central European University and was admitted the same year into the S.J.D. Program of the Legal Studies Department. During her LLM year, she was a visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York, School of Law, (January- March 2010), in the Visiting Scholar and Researcher Fellow Program where she researched on counterterrorism policies and the right to privacy. Upon graduation, she received the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in Comparative Constitutional Law.
    Her dissertation will focus on the interplay between the construction of national identity and constitutional jurisprudence in several jurisdictions including US.

  • Živilė Stubrytė received her Master at Law degree from Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania in 2007 and LL.M in Comparative Constitutional Law from Central European University in 2008. In the course of her LL.M studies she was awarded a grant to conduct research at Law School, Columbia University, New York, US. Hereafter she was admitted to the SJD program in Legal Studies Department at Central European University. In summer 2008 Živilė participated in Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute on Global Media Policy: Technology and New Themes in Media Regulation.
    Živilė gained legal practice while working as a lawyer at the Legal Department of Communications Regulatory Authority, Vilnius, Lithuania as well as through traineeship at European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law, Vienna, Austria.
    Živilė’s areas of interest include comparative constitutional law, media law and policy; her thesis project concentrates on public consultations in government policy-making and decision-making processes as a means to increase legitimacy and accountability of modern governments.

  • Davit Zedelashvili graduated from Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Law, Georgia (Bachelor of Laws, 2007) and Central European University, Department of Legal Studies (Master of Laws in Human Rights, with distinction, 2008) is SJD candidate in Comparative Constitutional Law, at CEU Department of Legal Studies.

  • Research Assistant
    Year of enrollment: 2012/2013

    Patricia Živković graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb in 2011. During her studies in Zagreb she has participated in Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot as a member of Zagreb team (academic year 2009/2010).

    After graduation, Patricia continued her studies at Central European University where she obtained the LL.M degree in International Business Law in 2012. Her thesis topic was “Effects of Bankruptcy on Arbitration Proceedings”. During her LL.M program she spent two-month research period at Cornell Law School.

    In August 2012 she was admitted in S.J.D. program at Legal Studies Department at Central European University. Her supervisor is Prof. Tibor Varady. Her work is focused on the analysis and theoretical issues related to the costs in international arbitration.

    Beside international commercial arbitration, her other areas of interests are: private international law, comparative sales law and comparative secured transactions law.

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