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Visiting researchers

Visiting Researchers

The ACIL is proud to welcome visiting researchers to enrich our research centre throughout the year. During the 2018 fall term, we're hosting two visiting researchers:

Ashley Deeks

Ashley Deeks

Ashley Deeks is the E. James Kelly, Jr.-Class of 1965 Research Professor at the University of Virginia Law School, where she teaches international law and national security law.  She serves on the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law and the Board of Editors for the American Journal of International Law.  She is the supervising editor of AJIL Unbound and is a senior contributor to the Lawfare blog.

During her stay at the Amsterdam Center for International Law, she will be researching the future role of artificial intelligence tools in international law creation and enforcement.

K Cioffi

Katelyn Cioffi

Katelyn is a Fulbright Fellow supported by the Netherland-America Foundation for the 2018-19 academic year. Her research interests include international institutions and global governance, public international law, and human rights.

Prior to joining the University of Amsterdam, Katelyn received a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where she worked in the International Human Rights Clinic and was a member of the Harvard International Law Journal. Her work experience includes advising NGOs on issues of transitional justice and supporting large-scale investor-state arbitrations. Before completing her JD, Katelyn worked at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International and as a management consultant advising non-governmental organizations and philanthropic foundations. She holds a master’s degree in International Studies & Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and a bachelor’s degree in History and History of Art & Architecture from Brown University.

During her stay at the Amsterdam Center for International Law, Katelyn will be researching the jurisprudence and institutional development of international courts and tribunals, with a particular focus on the interests of non-state actors and moments of historical transition.

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Maxim Usynin

Maxim is pursuing his doctorate studies in law at the Center for Enterprise Liability, University of Copenhagen. His PhD project investigates how international investment law (IIL) responds to different types of investor behavior, with a particular focus on parallels and analogies from comparative private law.  Maxim received his bachelor degree in law from Saint Petersburg State University and master degrees in law from the Russian School of Private Law and the University of Oslo. His work experience includes associate lawyer positions in Russian law firms, where he was litigating bankruptcy and corporate disputes, and administrative positions in the universities of Saint Petersburg and Oslo.

Before his doctorate studies, Maxim worked in the Investment pillar of the PluriCourts Center of Excellence (University of Oslo, Norway). From 2018, Maxim is a core participant in the Research project 'Responses to the "legitimacy crisis" of international investment law (LEGINVEST)' coordinated by PluriCourts and funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Maxim speaks English, Norwegian and Russian.

During his stay at the Amsterdam Center for International Law, he will be researching the foundations of private law sources and analogies in IIL and mapping out their use on the different stages of an investment dispute.

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Mohammad Hadi Zakerhossein

Prior to joining the University of Amsterdam, Mohammad worked several years at Tilburg University as a PhD Researcher (2012-2017). His doctoral dissertation examining "the situation selection regime at the International Criminal Court: Law, Policy, Practice" has been published by Intersentia. 

During his PhD, Mohammad was fortunate enough to have served as a lecturer on international criminal law, and during his current research, he will continue teaching in Iran. Mohammad has promising publications that critically study the International Criminal Court, including some publications in international refereed journals. He also directs the Iranian Center for International Criminal Law (ICICL) that aims at promoting the ICC in Farsi-speaking societies by producing relevant educational materials in Farsi. He holds a master in criminal law and criminology awarded by Tehran University, Iran. Read more about his publications and activities here.

During his stay at the Amsterdam Center for International Law, Mohamed will be conducting research, begun in August 2018, on "the Command Responsibility at the International Criminal Court: From Theory to Practice" under the supervision of Professor Harmen van der Wilt.