Rui Guo is an S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School. His current research focuses on the rise of Chinese State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) and the economic, social and political implications of this phenomenon. In this research, he examines some of the critical institutions that enabled SOEs to become major economic players in domestic and international markets, and discusses the future of SOE. Rui received his L.L.B. and L.L.M. from China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing). Prior to studying at Harvard Law School, Rui worked for the Chinese central government to support China’s WTO accession negotiations. He is involved in various initiatives on legal education in the United States and China. After graduation he plans to research and teach law.
Nkatha Kabira is a doctoral candidate (S.J.D.) at Harvard Law School. Her dissertation project is titled, “Commissions, A Site of Encounter between Africa’s Legal Thought and British Legal Thought: The Case of Kenya.” The project is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the historical and conceptual limitations of Commissions. It explores the origins of Commissions with a view to unmasking the assumptions, contradictions and tensions that operate as part of the background rules. Prior to completing the LL.M. Program at HLS in 2008, she worked as a legal associate and pupil at Kaplan and Stratton Advocates in Nairobi, Kenya. She has worked as a research fellow at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, the Kenya Law Reform Commission and the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi and a postgraduate diploma in legal practice from the Kenya School of Law. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
Lisa Kelly is a doctoral (S.J.D.) candidate at Harvard Law School where her research focuses on family law, criminal law, education law, and sexual and reproductive health law. Her doctoral dissertation analyzes the legal regulation of the child at school and the law and politics of universal schooling. Lisa is a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow, a Trudeau Scholar, and a Doctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia, a J.D. from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and an LL.M. (waived) from Harvard Law School. After law school, Lisa articled with the Department of Justice in Ottawa and also clerked for Justice Marshall Rothstein of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Gisela Mation is an LL.M. candidate at Harvard Law School where her research focuses on sovereign wealth funds and state capitalism. She is the Vice President of the HLS Brazilian Studies Association and Team Leader for the Law and International Development Society project on whistleblower protection for the World Bank. Gisela is also a Masters candidate at the University of Sao Paulo, researching transitional justice in Latin America. She holds a law degree from the Sao Paulo School of Law – Fundação Getúlio Vargas, where she served as a Teaching Assistant after graduating. Gisela was an associate at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, where she worked in the litigation, arbitration and anti-corruption departments. She has also interned at the International Chamber of Commerce and at the Brazilian Ministry of Justice.
Heidi Matthews is a doctoral (S.J.D.) candidate at Harvard Law School. Her dissertation undertakes a genealogy of the concept of international criminality, and seeks to theorize international criminal law from the point of view of the political. She holds a B.A. from Mount Allison University, an LL.B.-B.C.L. from McGill University, Faculty of Law, and an LL.M. (waived) from Harvard Law School. She is a Doctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and a John Peters Humphrey Fellow at the Canadian Council on International Law. In 2012-2013 she will be a Graduate Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and a Fellow at the Program on Global Society and Security at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. Heidi has worked at the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
Gustavo Sampaio de A. Ribeiro is a doctoral (S.J.D.) candidate at Harvard Law School, where he is also the current President of the HLS Brazilian Studies Association. He graduated with an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and an LL.B., summa cum laude, from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School in Rio de Janeiro, where he is a member at the Research Center for Law and Economics. His research focuses on jurisprudence, the history of legal thought, philosophy of science, and science and technology studies.
Anna Su is currently a Clark Byse Fellow and a doctoral (S.J.D.) candidate at Harvard Law School. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and a J.D. from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, and an LL.M. (waived) from Harvard Law School. Her dissertation, “The Law of Religious Liberty and the Rise of American Power,” is a history of the exportation of American ideas about the relationship between religion and state in various laws governing religious liberty at home and abroad. She was a consultant to the Philippine government negotiating panel in its peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Anna served as law clerk to the former Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, and has been a Teaching Fellow at Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Péter Szigeti is a doctoral (S.J.D.) candidate at Harvard Law School, where he is researching territoriality and spatial language in international law. He holds an undergraduate legal diploma from ELTE University, Budapest; a Master’s in International Law from Université Paris-1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne); and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. Péter has practiced corporate law at the Budapest offices of Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz, and has been an intern at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary and at the Paris offices of Shearman & Sterling. He has worked as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard College for courses on political geography and the philosophy of human rights.
Daniel Vargas is a doctoral (S.J.D.) candidate at Harvard Law School. His primary interest is in constitutionalism and development. His dissertation project seeks to identify the underpinnings of creative political systems and entrepreneurial economies. Daniel holds a J.D. and an LL.M. from the University of Brasilia and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. He is an Estudar Foundation fellow. While at Harvard, he has been a teaching fellow for courses in politics and development. Daniel has served in various positions in the Brazilian Government, including Chief of Staff, Secretary of Sustainable Development and Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs. Before starting his doctoral studies, Daniel was the interim Minister of Strategic Affairs in the Lula Administration.
Becky Wolozin is a first-year J.D. student at Harvard Law School and is pursuing a concurrent degree in law and international education policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a senior policy editor for the Harvard Law and Policy Review and a member of the Projects Committee for the Harvard Law and International Development Society. This summer she will be working with the Justice Initiative at the Open Society Foundations.