Current J.S.D. Student Profiles
Maryssa Gabriel (Bermuda)
Maryssa Gabriel entered law school at the age of 16 and earned her LL.B. from Trinity College, Dublin. She was awarded the Appleby Legal Scholarship after completing her LL.B. and went on to pursue a master’s degree in Law and Anthropology at the London School of Economics. Her thesis focused on patent law, bioethics, and human rights. Before completing her LL.M., magna cum laude, at Notre Dame, she trained and practiced as an attorney in London and Bermuda. Ms. Gabriel was awarded the Sir John W. Cox University Scholarship to pursue the J.S.D. at Notre Dame and was given the Faculty Award for Excellence in Gender Issues and International Law during her LL.M. studies. She was admitted as a solicitor of England and Wales in 2015 and is a licensed attorney admitted to the New York State Bar and the Bermuda Bar.
Tladi Marumo (South Africa)
Tladi Marumo obtained a B.A. in Political and International Studies, and Legal Theory (2008), an LLB (2010), and an LL.M. in Constitutional Class Action Litigation (2016) from Rhodes University, South Africa. He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Prospecting and Mining Law (2012) from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He is an admitted attorney having practiced at law firms, Webber Wentzel, Hogan Lovells, and Norton Rose Fulbright. He taught as an Andrew W. Mellon Lecturer at Rhodes University Faculty of Law. He is a Director of the Good Law Foundation, advocating for the rule of law, human rights, and democracy. His doctoral research conducts a comparative study of class action litigation, for the promotion of access to justice and human rights in Africa. Mr. Marumo is a recipient of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program Scholarship.
Pier Paolo Pigozzi (Ecuador)
Pier Paolo Pigozzi earned his LL.B. from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (2006) and his LL.M. in International Human Rights Law, magna cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School (2010). Before joining the J.S.D. program, Pigozzi was a research associate to CCHR (2010-2012), he clerked for the Ecuadorian Constitutional Court (2009), and worked with refugees for four years in different capacities at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (2008-2009) and at the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2005-2008). In August 2015, he joined the law faculty at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. His doctoral dissertation analyzes the Latin American Constitutional Tradition on Human Rights. In 2018, he received a Max Planck Scholarship - Armin von Bogdandy to conduct research at the Institute in Heidelberg. He has taught on the same subject at the summer schools of Università de Siena (Italy) and Pázmány Peter Catholic Univesity in Budapest (Hungary).
Bernardo Pulido Marquez (Venezuela)
Bernardo Pulido Marquez holds a law degree from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB) at Caracas, Venezuela (2010), where he also completed studies on Venezuelan Constitutional Law. Pulido Marquez also holds a Master in the Science of Law (JSM) from Stanford Law School where he was part of the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies (SPILS) (2012). For five years he was a part-time professor at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello teaching Human Rights, General Topics of Constitutional Law and Venezuela Constitutional Law. Before joining the J.S.D. program at Notre Dame Law School, he worked as a human rights advocate and activist in Venezuela, defending political prisoners, including some of the most relevant Venezuelan opposition leaders and victims of human rights violations, aiding them in legal actions and international claims. His research will focus on inadmissible restrictions on political rights.
Khawla Wakkaf (Syria)
Khawla Wakkaf earned her LL.B. from the University of Tishreen School of Law, Syria (2010) and her LL.M. from the Syracuse University College of Law where she received the Civil Society Leadership Award from Open Society Foundations (2017). Before joining the J.S.D. program at Notre Dame Law School, Khawla worked as a legal fellow at Women Enabled International where she served as the organization’s representative to the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security. Wakkaf helped deliver humanitarian aid assistance to people from all over the world while serving with the American Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. Wakkaf's doctoral dissertation will focus on forced displacement and property rights under International law.