Current J.S.D. Student Profiles
Jorge Barrera Rojas (Chile)
Jorge Barrera Rojas is a J.S.D Candidate at Notre Dame Law School. Before joining the Law School, Barrera Rojas received his LL.B. from the University of Chile in 2011, and he holds an LL.M. degree in Public Interest Law and Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2017, where he also received the Dean’s tuition fellowship award. Barrera Rojas has worked as a legal advisor for numerous charitable and political organizations on issues ranging from education to constitutional reform, as well as having represented Chilean senators and deputies in several parliamentary writs before the Chilean Constitutional Court. Barrera Rojas is currently a Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law in the Universidad San Sebastian, School of Law and Government, Chile, and practices law as a Senior Associate in the law firm Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana. The President of Chile appointed Barrera Rojas in 2018 as a member of the “Council of Evaluation for the Public Education System,” which has the power to improve and amend Public Education Reform in K-12 schools. Barrera Rojas was recognized in 2017 between the 100 Young Chilean Leaders in his capacity as a Constitutional Law attorney. Barrera Rojas' research will focus on adequate education as a fundamental right in a comparative law perspective. He will emphasize how to establish a minimum standard of compliance and effective remedies for the right to education in the Chilean domestic law.
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.
María Paz Madrid San Martín (Chile)
María Paz Madrid received her law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in 2016, graduating with highest distinction. Her dissertation, Origins of the Concept of Academic Freedom in the American Academy (1890-1915), was awarded the highest mark. During her studies, she served as a research assistant to various academic projects, while also acting as a teaching assistant at the Philosophy of Law Department. She has presented, and later published, multiple papers on legal theory in different international seminars. Ms. Madrid has worked as the Coordinator of the PUC Law, Science, and Technology Program and as the Coordinator of the International Seminar on Natural Law Board. She has served as an Adjunct Law School Instructor of the Philosophy of Law Department at her Alma Mater from 2016 to 2018, and at Universidad Autónoma de Chile during 2020.
Ms. Madrid earned an LL.M., magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame Law School (2020). Currently, as a J.S.D. student, she is working with Professor Nicole Stelle Garnett on two main topics. First, under Prof. Garnett's supervision, Ms. Madrid's dissertation will focus on the protection of NeuroData through property rights. The second topic focuses on the study of education law and policy in Latin America.
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.
Clare O'Hare (Ireland)
Clare O’Hare is a JSD Candidate at Notre Dame Law School. Before joining the Law School, Ms. O’Hare received an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and prior to this she obtained an LL.B. in Laws & French Law from Trinity College Dublin, an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge, and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Ms. O’Hare is admitted to practice in England & Wales (2007) and Ireland (2014) and spent the majority of her career in practice with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London and Dubai working on complex cross-border financial transactions and insolvency matters. While in Dubai she established and co-chaired the firm’s regional Pro Bono and CSR Committee. Ms. O’Hare has spoken at numerous conferences in the Middle East and in the U.S. and has been invited to speak at the OECD’s 2020 Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum in Paris. Ms. O’Hare’s doctoral dissertation, which is being conducted under the supervision of Professor Roger Alford, focuses on the growth of commercial courts as part of the market for dispute resolution services across the globe. She is also interested in the effect that this phenomenon has on the legal profession and access to justice.
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, Wakkaf 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 the topic of reparation and the treatment of refugees and migrants under international law.