Current J.S.D. Student Profiles

Juan Pablo Alban Alencastro

Juan Pablo Albán Alencastro (Ecuador)

Juan Pablo Albán Alencastro holds a law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador and an LL.M. in international human rights law from Notre Dame Law School, where he is currently a J.S.D. candidate in international human rights law. For over a decade he has served as a tenured professor of law at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) Law School and since 2019 as the director of the Public Interest Clinical System. In such capacity he has represented victims both at the domestic and international levels in high profile constitutional, criminal, and human rights litigations. Previously, for nine years he was part of the professional staff of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights. He also directed the Human Rights Clinic and was an associate professor of law at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Albán also teaches courses on human rights in several graduate programs throughout the Americas and Europe. In December 2017, he was appointed as foreign expert of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia. In June 2018 he was appointed council member of Ecuador’s highest organ within the judicial branch, the Council of the Judiciary, and in June 2021 he was elected for a four-year term as a member of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances. He is a member of the American Society of International Law, the Inter-American Institute on Criminal Policy based in Mexico, and has been called as an advisor or expert witness by Ecuadorian and international adjudication bodies in the fields of criminal, constitutional, international, and human rights law.


Jorge Rojas

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.


Carlos Bichet Nicoletti

Carlos Julio Bichet Nicoletti (Panama)

Carlos J. Bichet Nicoletti is currently a JSD candidate in international human rights law under the supervision of Professor Paolo Carozza and a research fellow in the department of International Law and Dispute Resolution at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg. He holds a degree in law and political science from the University of Panama (with honors), an LL.M. in international law and the law of international organisations, human rights specialisation from the University of Groningen (cum laude), and an LL.M. in constitutional law from the Mendez Pelayo International University (UIMP) and the Centro de Estudios Politicos y Constitiucionales (CEPC) in Spain.

Bichet is a lecturer in International Law, Human Rights, and Legal Theory at the Faculty of Law of the University of Panama (on leave) and has been a research and teaching assistant at Notre Dame Law School (USA). To pursue his studies at Notre Dame, he was awarded a  Fulbright-Laspau Scholarship and has previously been awarded Erasmus Mundus (EU) and ‘Fundación Carolina’ (Spain) scholarships. His current research deals with the effect of restorative justice in international criminal procedure and he is also generally interested in legal theory, legal history, and critical studies. Currently, he serves as Associate Editor of the Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law.
 


Maryssa Gabriel

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.


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Kyung Mo Kang (South Korea)

Kyung Mo Kang received an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from Notre Dame Law School in May 2021. Prior to studying at Notre Dame, Mr. Kang earned B.A. in Korean law from Myongji University in Seoul and J.D. equivalent from Handong International Law School in Pohang, South Korea. He is admitted to practice in District of Columbia, and worked for corporations in Seoul as a corporate attorney. At the same time, Mr. Kang is a research fellow at Transitional Justice Working Group that is a Seoul-based organization for North Korean human rights. As a research fellow, he researched transitional justice mechanism, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), and a crime of enforced disappearance (abduction) and published two books titled “A Study on Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia – Transitional Justice in Cambodia and the Unification of Korea”) and “A study on International Tribunal to prosecute those who are accountable for Civilian Abduction during the Korean War”.  His research interest covers human rights, international law, International criminal law, constitutional law and transitional justice. Geographically, he focuses on human rights crisis in North Korea and China. His dissertation topic is the criminal accountability for North Korean human rights violations, especially appropriate model of criminal tribunal for North Korean human rights crimes. 


Maria Paz

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.


Hr Jsd Tladi Marumo

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. Marumo is a recipient of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program Scholarship.


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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.


Hr Jsd Bernardo Pulido

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

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.