Program of Study

The Michigan Law SJD is designed to be completed in six years or less. Students spend the first year in residence as full time students in Ann Arbor.

During this year, they attend a weekly colloquium of Michigan International and Comparative Law Research Scholars and fellow Michigan Law SJD students, present their works-in-progress at the colloquium, and work diligently on their dissertations. They may also sit in on Michigan Law classes, attend panels and workshops, and otherwise take part in the vibrant life of the Law School.

At the end of the first year, students are expected to pass to candidacy. Once SJD students become SJD candidates, they have five more years to complete the degree. SJD candidates may continue their work in residence in Ann Arbor or they may go elsewhere in the world, at their discretion.

The Michigan Law SJD is conferred after candidates pass an oral exam and their dissertation committee certifies the written work is of publishable quality. A dissertation is deemed to be of publishable quality if it demonstrates independent research in law, is an original and substantial contribution to scholarship in the field, and is a full-length, book-style monograph or its equivalent in articles.

The Dissertation Committee

SJD students are admitted with their SJD dissertation chair named in the offer letter. Soon after matriculating, students work with their dissertation chair to select two other professors as members of the dissertation committee. While the chair must be a tenured Michigan Law professor and another committee member must be either a tenured or tenure-track Michigan Law professor, the third member of the committee can be a tenured or tenure-track professor from any of the following:

  • The University of Michigan Law School
  • Any other law school, foreign or domestic
  • Any non-law department at any college or university, foreign or domestic, as long as the professor has a PhD or professional equivalent

The dissertation committee will be responsible for advising the student for the duration of the degree, assessing the student’s work, approving advancement through the program, and certifying conferral of the degree. 

SJD Degree Requirements (pdf)

Supplemental Opportunities

Michigan Law SJD students have numerous resources at their disposal. Some will participate in the Student Scholarship Workshop (LAW 860), some will join the University’s Graduate Teacher Certificate Program offered by the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, some will become editors on our student journals, some will co-teach or guest lecture in Michigan Law classes, and all will contribute to the Michigan Law Junior Scholars Conference. Additionally, a few SJD candidates are hired in various leadership positions for the program.

Student Scholarship Workshop

U-M Graduate Teacher Certificate Program

Student Journals

Junior Scholars Conference

Cost

SJD students in their first year of the program receive a Michigan International and Comparative Law Fellowship to cover the cost of tuition. Once students achieve candidacy, no further tuition is due.

SJD students and candidates in residence at the University are eligible for additional Michigan CICL Fellowship funding to assist with living expenses. This money is limited and distributed on a competitive basis, with preference given to first year students. Therefore, we encourage participants to simultaneously seek external funding.

Raphaël Beauregard-Lacroix, LLM ’19

SJD students are integrated in the research and faculty life of the school and benefit from dedicated events as well as academic job market workshops.

Raphaël Beauregard-Lacroix, LLM ’19 Current Michigan SJD candidate

SJD Candidates

  • Avaskhan Asanaliyev
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    Avaskhan Asanaliyev is a Michigan Grotius Fellow and an SJD student at the University of Michigan Law School, where he also completed a research scholar program in 2018. As a research scholar supervised by Professor Vikramaditya S. Khanna, the William W. Cook Professor of Law, Avaskhan focused on regulation of cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions, their definition and forms in the U.S., Russia and Kazakhstan.

    Avaskhan has been working as an adjunct lecturer at Kimep University Law School located in Almaty, Kazakhstan. His teaching activities include courses on M&A and International Banking Law. He is also a practicing lawyer with significant experience of work for international and local law firms. His professional experience covers, among other things, international M&A transactions. He also advises strategic investors with respect to the establishment of joint ventures, the acquisition and sale of equity or assets of subsoil use companies as well as public and private securities placements involving oil producing ventures and financial institutions.    

    Avaskhan obtained his first degree in law from Kazakh Humanitarian Law University (formerly, Kazakh State Law Academy), where he was awarded a government scholarship for study of international law. Thereafter, he attended the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, as an exchange cadet under the U.S.-Kazakhstani international military cooperation program and fulfilled an obligatory military service requirement in Kazakhstan. In 2008, Avaskhan acquired an LLM degree from Duke University School of Law. He received a highly competitive Kazakhstani Presidential International Scholarship "Bolashak" that funded his study at Duke.  

    Fields of academic interest

    Avaskhan's areas of interest include M&A, Corporate Law, Securities Law, Law and Economics, Tax Law, Comparative Law and International Arbitration.  

    Dissertation project 

    In his research, Avaskhan is concentrating on the legal aspects of corporate takeovers and the principles of market for corporate control. The current state of Russian and Kazakhstani corporate law framework may be characterized by the lack of comprehensive modern research of legal regulation of corporate takeovers and anti-takeover measures.

    With the development of the Astana International Financial Center's (the AIFC) common law framework, the need for introducing the market for corporate control principles is in order. The proposed two-phased approach to introducing the market for corporate control principles represents an original concept for corporate law reforms in two post-Soviet emerging countries: Russia and Kazakhstan.  

    The biggest challenge of Avaskhan's current research is to find the ways to elaborate the required legal reforms that would create favorable conditions for the corporate control market in Russia and Kazakhstan. Keeping that main idea in mind, the legal reforms introducing the market for corporate control principles, through the AIFC's platform in the first phase, will foster this process. In the second phase, similar legal reforms may be introduced into Kazakhstani and potentially Russian corporate laws.

    Doctoral committee

    • Prof. Vikramaditya S. Khanna, L. Bates Lea Global Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School - Committee Chair
    • Prof. Laura N. Beny, Earl Warren DeLano Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
    • Prof. Julian D. Mortenson, James G. Phillipp Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

    Education

    • Research Scholar, Michigan Grotius Scholarship, University of Michigan Law School, 2018
    • LLM, Duke University School of Law, 2008
    • Certificate in Transnational Law, University of Hong Kong, Asia-American Institute, 2007
    • Exchange Cadet, United States Military Academy, West Point, 2006
    • LLB in International Law, Kazakh Humanitarian Law University, 2005

    Languages

    • Russian – native speaker
    • English – fluent
    • Kazakh – proficient  

    Contact

    Email:  aasan@umich.edu

  • ​Dingyurui Bao
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    Dingyurui Bao is a Michigan Grotius Fellow and an S.J.D. candidate at the University of Michigan Law School. He got his first degree in law from Fudan University in 2018. He then pursued a master’s degree in Civil and Commercial Law in Renmin University of China. He completed his LL.M. degree at the University of Michigan Law School in 2020.

    Dingyurui has published in top tier law reviews and he co-authored a book on European data protection law in 2018. His main interests revolve around comparative private law and cross-disciplinary methodologies of private law. He has participated in several significant research projects on the codification of Chinese Civil Code, which was officially promulgated in 2020. He was an editor of Chinese Civil and Commercial Law Web in 2019 and he served as the editor-in-chief of Institutes (Fudan University Law Review) during 2016-2017. He passed the Chinese bar examination in 2017.

    Fields of Academic Interest
    Private law methodologies, contract law, property law, tort law, remedies, legal theory, Roman law, law and development

    Dissertation Project
    Dingyurui’s dissertation will focus on contracts against public policy and potential remedies. His project will try to make a connection between corrective justice, theory of right, and illegality defense in private law. He proposes to establish a formalistic approach and an interest-based approach to identify the heterogeneity of public policy and to clarify the law of illegality applicable to contracts, torts, restitution and unjust enrichment. 

    Doctoral Committee

    • Prof. Bruce W. Frier, John and Teresa D'Arms Distinguished University Professor of Classics and Roman Law, University of Michigan Law School - Committee Chair 
    • Prof. Nicolas Cornell, Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
    • Prof. John A.E. Pottow, John Philip Dawson Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

    Education

    • LL.M. in Civil and Commercial Law, Renmin University of China, Expected in 2021 
    • LL.M., University of Michigan Law School, 2020 
    • LL.B., Fudan University, 2018 
    • Exchange, McGill University, 2016

    Languages
    Chinese (native), English (professional)

    Contact Details
    E-mail:  baoding@umich.edu

  • Raphaël Beauregard-Lacroix
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    Raphaël is a Michigan Grotius Fellow and an SJD candidate at the University of Michigan Law School. He got his first degree in law from Sciences Po Law School in the Global Governance Studies concentration. He completed his LLM degree at the University of Michigan Law School in 2019.

    Before coming to Michigan, Raphael taught international law, quantitative methods and introduction to finance at undergraduate level, at both the Sciences Po Paris University College and at Parsons – The New School in Paris.

    Since 2016 Raphael has been involved in various internet governance initiatives and organizations. After participating in the youth program of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance in 2017, he helped organize it in 2018 and 2019. In addition, he has contributed to the development of domain name policy at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) since 2017 in various leadership capacities within the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group.

    During his LLM year at Michigan, Raphael helped found the Michigan European Law Organization (MELO) and was also involved with the Privacy and Technology Law Association (PTLA). As a research assistant for Prof. Daniel Halberstam, he conducted research on French constitutional law, more particularly on the French judiciary approach to constitutional and treaty-based judicial review during the 1940’s and 1950’s. Raphael also holds a teaching assistant position at the Ross Business School, helping teach law to business students. Finally, he was and remains a Research Editor at the law school’s Journal of Law and Mobility, blogging on legal developments related to automated mobility in Europe.

    Fields of academic interest

    Data protection and privacy law, European Union law, international law, conflict of laws, information technology law and policy. 

    Dissertation project

    Raphael’s dissertation project analyzes the historical development of European data protection law, from the 1970’s to today, in an attempt to understand the constitutionalization process it is currently undergoing. His approach reveals that the structure of the European legal order, as well as a strong ideological undercurrent that has come to dominate data protection law globally, may be responsible for the current state of global data protection law.

    Doctoral committee

    • Prof. Daniel Halberstam, Eric Stein Collegiate Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, University of Michigan Law School - Committee Chair
    • Prof. Don Herzog, Edson R. Sunderland Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
    • Prof. Christopher McCrudden, Professor, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast; L. Bates Lea Global Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

    Education

    • LLM, University of Michigan Law School, USA 2019
    • Masters in Law (eq. JD), Sciences Po Law School, France 2017
    • BA, Sciences Po University College (Menton campus, Middle Eastern Studies and Economics), France 2014

    Languages

    • French (native)
    • Norwegian Nynorsk (professional)
    • German
    • Spanish (limited working)
    • Arabic (reading)

    Contact

    Email: rabl@umich.edu 
    Twitter: @rbl0112

  • Chen, Chun-Han
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    Chun-Han is a Michigan Grotius Fellow and an SJD candidate at the University of Michigan Law School where he also completed his LLM degree in 2017. He obtained a three-year fellowship from the Ministry of Education of Taiwan in 2019. During his LLM year, he represented the law school as a Salzburg Cutler Fellow in an international law global seminar. Chun-Han got his first degree in law from National Taiwan University and double majored in Accounting. Thereafter, he acquired a Masters degree in business law from the same school. He is a certified attorney and accountant in Taiwan. In 2013 he graduated from Harvard Law School with a LLM degree and passed the New York Bar. In the following year he was invited as a Visiting Researcher at East Asian Legal Studies program of Harvard Law School.

    From 2014 to 2016, Chun-Han worked on a project on the promotion of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Taiwan. This project is commissioned by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and it involves awareness raising, the formulation of law review procedures, training of government officials and professionals, and establishment of an information system on CRPD. He firmly believes that the CRPD creates extraordinary potential for furthering the equality rights of people with disabilities, and it lays out a template for comprehensive transformative action and realizing disability rights. His goal is to facilitate this process and become a catalyst of change through teaching and policy advocacy. 

    He also co-authored a commentary book on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with three chapters related to equal recognition before the law, living independently and being included in the community, and personal mobility.

    Fields of academic interest 

    Chun-Han’s areas of interest include international and comparative law, human rights law, disability law and policy. 

    Dissertation project

    Chun-Han’s current research is focused on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). His dissertation project analyzes how, both theoretically and empirically, can the obligation to ensure equality and non-discrimination through provision of reasonable accommodation in the CRPD be utilized as a tool to advance the equality of people with disabilities and increase their participation and inclusion in society? An important component of his research work is comparative analysis of equality laws. He would look into jurisprudence of the United States, the Court of Justice of European Union, and the European Court of Human Rights to see how their equality laws work, especially with respect to the interpretation and application of reasonable accommodation.

    Doctoral committee

    • Prof. Steven R. Ratner, Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School - Committee Chair
    • Prof. Samuel Bagenstos, Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
    • Prof. Christopher McCrudden, Professor, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast; L. Bates Lea Global Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

    Education

    • LLM, University of Michigan Law School, 2017
    • Visiting Researcher, East Asian Legal Studies Program of Harvard Law School, 2013-2014
    • LLM, Harvard Law School, 2013
    • Master's degree in business law, National Taiwan University, 2009
    • LLB, National Taiwan University, 2006
    • BBA, National Taiwan University, 2006 

    Languages

    • Mandarin
    • Taiwanese 
    • English

    Contact 
    Email:  cchunhan@umich.edu

  • Ajitesh Kir
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    Ajitesh Kir is a Michigan Grotius Fellow and an SJD candidate at the University of Michigan Law School, where he completed his LLM Degree in 2018. During the LLM Program, Ajitesh worked as a Research Assistant to Professor Vikramaditya S. Khanna, the William W. Cook Professor of Law, and as a Student Advisor in the International Transactions Clinic.

    Prior to coming to Michigan Law, Ajitesh clerked for a judge and practiced as a litigator. Ajitesh clerked for Justice Manmohan Sarin (Former Justice, High Court of Delhi), when the latter was serving as the Anti-corruption Ombudsman (Lokayukta) for the Government of Delhi. As a law clerk, he assisted in inquiry proceedings relating to complaints of corruption and misuse of public office by government officials. Thereafter, he joined the Chambers of Gaurav Sarin, Senior Panel Counsel for the Government of India, and practiced litigation in the Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi, District Courts, Administrative Tribunals and Arbitration Forums. As an associate, he represented private parties and government authorities in cases covering diverse areas of law including taxation, government regulation, and commercial transactions.

    In August 2018, Ajitesh worked for Justice Indu Malhotra (Hon'ble Judge, Supreme Court of India) on a research assignment related to arbitration law.

    Fields of academic interest

    Taxation (particularly Consumption Tax and International Tax), Anti-corruption, Law and Economic Development.

    Dissertation project

    Ajitesh’s dissertation project relates to India’s recent legislation enacting a Goods and Services Tax (GST), a form of a value added tax (VAT), ­– one of the most significant law reforms since India’s Liberalization began in 1991. The GST potentially has very important implications for India’s economic development in terms of creating a unified national market, widening the tax base, and reducing corruption. Ajitesh’s dissertation focuses on how the GST impacts and interacts with these key economic issues and the insights it may provide for the broader role of law in economic development.

    Doctoral committee

    • Prof. Vikramaditya S. Khanna, William W. Cook Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School - Committee Chair
    • Prof. Reuven S. Avi-Yonah, Irwin I. Cohn Professor of Law; Director, International Tax LLM Program, University of Michigan Law School
    • Prof. Edward Fox, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

    Education

    • LLM, University of Michigan Law School, 2018
    • LLB, Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi, 2013
    • BA (Hons.) in History, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, 2010

    Bar memberships

    • Passed the New York State bar examination (admission expected in 2019)
    • Bar Council of Delhi (India)

    Languages

    Hindi

    Contact 

    Email: ajkir@umich.edu

  • Farshad Rahimi Dizgovin
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    Farshad Rahimi Dizgovin is a Michigan Grotius Fellow and an SJD candidate at the University of Michigan Law School. He has joined the Michigan Journal of International Law since July 2019. Farshad got his first degree in law from the University of Tabriz (Iran) in 2013. There he co-authored a treaty on international sale contracts, which is a standard reference book for master and PhD students in Iran. The second edition of the book was published in 2016.

    Thereafter, he acquired a Master degree in International Business Transactions from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, where he was awarded a prestigious "global scholarship." In 2017, Farshad obtained his second master from the University of Michigan Law School, specializing in international investment and financial law. At Michigan, he was granted a famous Michigan Grotius Fellowship covering his tuition and living expenses.

    Farshad has worked in both government and private sectors. He has worked for almost a year in the Securities and Exchange Organization of Iran as a legal counsel. He has also been a legal counsel at Parthian Investment Advisors where he was focused on projects in the capital market and international finance. At the same time, Farshad worked in Sabeti & Khatami law firm as a legal associate where he was engaged in complicated cases dealing with, among others, damages claim, doing due diligence in the context of foreign direct investment, and corporate-related issues.

    He has extensively published in top tiers domestic and international law reviews, such as Virginia Journal of International Law, American Society of International Law Insights, Florida Journal of International Law, Uniform Law Review (Oxford), and Cambridge Journal of International Law (online). His most recent paper is forthcoming in the Journal of Securities Quarterly (Iran), which is expected to make a significant contribution to the development of the capital market in Iran.  

    Fields of academic interest

    Farshad’s areas of interest include financial law, investment law, international law, contract law, and arbitration.

    Dissertation project

    Farshad’s dissertation attempts an integrated remedial approach to balancing competing interests in investment law. He argues that the current literature unsatisfactorily seeks the balance only in the investor-state relationship because the legitimacy crisis does not arise only from the investor-state relationship. Instead, he puts forward that one must go beyond the investor-state relationship to include the investor-local community relationship, the host state-nationals, as well as the relationship between the host and home state in the balancing exercise. To achieve this, he plans to develop and propose an integrated contract model of remedies to international investment law in which the legal concepts are structured in three stages—that is, the jurisdictional stage, the merits stage and the liability stage.   

    Doctoral committee

    • Prof. Steven R. Ratner, Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School - Committee Chair
    • Prof. Julian D. Mortenson, University of Michigan Law School
    • Prof. John A.E. Pottow, John Philip Dawson Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

    Education

    • LLM, University of Michigan Law School, 2017
    • LLM, International Business Transactions, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, 2015
    • LLB, University of Tabriz, 2013

    Languages

    • Azerbaijani (Native)
    • Turkish (Native)
    • Farsi (Native)
    • English (professional)
    • Arabic (reading)

    Contact 

    Email: frahimid@umich.edu

  • ​Mohanad Salaimi
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    Mohanad is a Michigan Grotius Fellow and an S.J.D. student at the University of Michigan Law School.

    Mohanad is a lawyer and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Israel. Mohanad graduated in 2015 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he earned his dual degree (LL.B./B.A.) in Law and Accounting. In 2014, the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University awarded Mohanad the prestigious Wolf Prize, granted each year to two law students who have distinguished themselves academically and socially.

    In 2019, Mohanad was awarded the Fulbright scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, to pursue the Tax LL.M. degree at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., which he finished in 2020 with a Distinction (Honors) and recognized in the Dean’s List. Georgetown University Law Center awarded Mohanad the Thomas Bradbury Chetwood, S.J. plaque for achieving the highest academic average in the Tax LL.M. class (First In Class).

    As a law student at the Hebrew University, Mohanad was elected as Chairman of the Ambitions Forum, the Arab Law Students Association at the Hebrew University. Upon finishing his studies, Mohanad worked for one year at the tax department of Meitar Law Offices, one of Israel’s largest international law firms. Then he worked for two and a half years as a senior tax associate in the Tel Aviv office of the global firm PwC. His work at both firms focused on providing tax consultancy services to several international and domestic companies. In this framework, he has learned how tax laws and tax incentives may influence corporate operations and strategic decisions. In addition, Mohanad has also served as a teaching assistant in the “Tax Laws”, “International Taxation” and “Tax Policy” courses taught at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. Taken together, Mohanad’s academic and professional work have provided deep insight into how tax policies can facilitate economic and social change and how such policies could affect the drivers for different corporate decisions.

    Fields of Academic Interest
    Mohanad's areas of interest include tax law, tax policy, comparative law, administrative law, law and economics. 

    Dissertation Project
    Mohanad’s research will address the corporate inversion phenomena in the US that helped drive the corporate tax reform in 2017. The analysis would be based on a legal research about corporate inversions and the main drivers for companies to expatriate after the 2017 US tax reform. The research would provide a legal and theoretical framework with which to understand the motivations behind tax inversions, along with quantitative analysis to support the theory.

    Doctoral Committee

    • Prof. Reuven S. Avi-Yonah, Irwin I. Cohn Professor of Law; Director, International Tax LL.M. Program, University of Michigan Law School - Committee Chair

    • Prof. Edward Fox, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

    • Prof. Fadi Shaheen, Professor of Law and Professor Charles Davenport Scholar, Rutgers Law School

    Education

    • Georgetown University (LL.M. in Taxation, 2020)

    • Hebrew University of Jerusalem (LL.B. dual degree – Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Accounting, 2015)

    Languages
    Arabic, Hebrew, English

    Contact Details
    E-mail: mohanads@umich.edu 

     

  • Aviram Shahal

    Aviram Shahal is an SJD candidate at the University of Michigan Law School, where he also completed his second LLM degree in 2015. Shahal earned his first LLM degree in 2014 from Tel Aviv University in Israel. He received his LLB degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2008, with a secondary concentration in general literature. Shahal completed an instructor’s course to be a guide for the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.

    In 2008, Shahal interned in a leading Israeli law firm, in the International Corporate & Commercial Department. He had vast corporate exposure to a myriad of legal fields and advised international and domestic corporate clients in connection with on-going legal support. From 2009-2011, Shahal worked as an independent lawyer, specializing in the field of commercial and corporate law. During this time, Shahal also started his LLM degree at Tel Aviv University and served as a research and teaching assistant in the field of legal history, which rests at the core of his academic interests. In 2013, Shahal was awarded the Excellence Fellowship at Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law's Center for Advanced Legal Studies.

    Fields of academic interest

    Shahal’s areas of interests include Legal and Constitutional History, Comparative Law, Law and Literature and Legal Theories of Constitutional Law.

    Dissertation project

    Shahal’s research focuses on the constitutional debates of the adoption of a written constitution for the State of Israel during 1948, the tumultuous first year of the country’s existence. Shahal examines the Israeli case of the constitution making-process and analyzes its relationship with themes which are prominent in general constitutional law theories, such as the tension between universalism and particularism and the relationships between majority and minority groups in a deeply divided society.

    Doctoral committee

    • Prof. William J. Novak, Charles F. and Edith J. Clyne Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School - Committee Chair
    • Prof. Richard Primus, Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
    • Prof. Daniel Halberstam, Associate Dean for Faculty and Research; Director, European Legal Studies Program; Eric Stein Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

    Education

    • LLM, University of Michigan, 2015
    • LLM, Tel Aviv University, magna cum laude, 2014
    • LLB, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2008
    • Licensed Lawyer (ISR)
  • Francis Tom Temprosa
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    Tom Temprosa is a Michigan Grotius Fellow and an SJD candidate at the University of Michigan Law School where he also completed his LLM degree in 2017 as a DeWitt Scholar. During his LLM year, he was awarded The Jon Henry Kouba Prize for Best Student Paper (International Peace and Security Winner) and a Certificate of Merit for Impact of Human Rights on International Law under Prof./Judge Bruno Simma. He was also a Salzburg Cutler Fellow, representing the law school in an international law global seminar. In the same year, he got the S. James Anaya Award for Excellence in International Legal Scholarship. In 2015, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs elected him as a Pacific Fellow.

    Tom Temprosa is a faculty member of the Ateneo de Manila University Law School and a lecturer at the Far Eastern University Institute of Law in the Philippines. Aside from teaching, prior to coming to Michigan, he has worked for the UN and the Philippine government. He was Legal Adviser to the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines and was designated its legal counsel before the Philippine Supreme Court. In the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, in different capacities from 2009 to 2013, he dealt with legal issues of refugee protection, statelessness, and internal displacement in man-made conflict and natural disaster situations. He has worked in other branches of the Philippine government: as Director for Legislation at the Office of the Majority Leader in the Senate, where he was involved with several parliamentary and law reform initiatives, and as an attorney (law clerk) at the Commission on Elections. He also engages in litigation and law firm practice.

    He has led and published an ASEAN-wide research on the state of the rule of law amidst ASEAN integration. He co-wrote a book on disaster-related displacement and chapters on human security and internal displacement, judicial training, and violence, exploitation and discrimination against women and children. His works are published in the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law (forthcoming), Michigan Journal of International Law (online), Asian Journal of International Law, Ateneo Law Journal, Philippine Law Journal, Quilted Sightings, and Asian Yearbook of International Law. He is a recipient of the DILA Prize for Young Scholars by the Foundation for the Development of International Law in Asia for his work on the interface of international law in the Philippine court.

    Fields of academic interest

    International law, human rights, forced migration and refugee law, statelessness, humanitarian law, rule of law, and election and administrative law.

    Dissertation project

    Tom Temprosa aims to develop a framework to address the problem of standards of proof in the investigations of UN commissions of inquiry and fact-finding missions with Prof. Steven R. Ratner, who has extensive experience with UN fact-finding missions, as adviser.

    Doctoral committee

    • Prof. Steven R. Ratner, Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School - Committee Chair
    • Prof. Bruno Simma, Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
    • Prof. Christine Chinkin, Emeritus Professor, Department of Law, The London School of Economics and Political Science

    Education

    • LLM, University of Michigan Law School, DeWitt Scholar, 2017
    • JD, Ateneo de Manila University Law School, Honors (Silver Medal for Academic Excellence), Saint Thomas More Merit Scholar, 2010
    • BA in Journalism, University of the Philippines Diliman, cum laude, 2006

    Contact 

    Email:  temprosa@umich.edu

  • Hannah Van Dijcke
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    Hannah is a Michigan Grotius Fellow and an SJD student at the University of Michigan Law School. She obtained her first law degree at KU Leuven (Belgium). During her studies, Hannah completed two legal exchange programs conducting comparative law in different foreign languages. At Michigan, Hannah was awarded the Joris Fellowship, participated in the Program for International Law and Development, and acquired the Certificate of Pro Bono Service for her work with the Gender Violence Project and the Rohingya Human Rights Documentation Project. 

    Before joining Michigan Law in 2018, Hannah worked in the government sector. As a legal advisor at the Belgian Institute for Equality of Women and Men, she handled complex gender equality issues, advising both victims and the government. Together with the Deputy Director of the Institute, Hannah published an article analyzing the Belgian anti-sexism law from the Institute's experiences. While working at the Institute, Hannah first noticed the legal vacuum around sexist hate speech.

    Fields of academic interest

    Hannah's areas of interest include international and comparative law, human rights law, and equality law. 

    Dissertation project

    Hannah's research focuses on (online) sexist hate speech. Her dissertation project aims to put forward a framework for defining sexist hate speech and legally approaching it. An important component of her research work is a comparative analysis of the U.S. and E.U. legal framework on freedom of speech and sexual harassment.  

    Doctoral committee

    • Prof. Don Herzog, Edson R. Sunderland Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School – Committee Chair
    • Prof. Catharine A. Mackinnon, James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
    • Prof. Christopher McCrudden, Professor, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast; L. Bates Lea Global Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

    Education

    • University of Michigan Law School (LLM, 2019)
    • KU Leuven (Master of Law - Specialisation in Private and Commercial Law, 2017; Bachelor of Law, 2015)
    • Université Libre de Bruxelles (Erasmus Belgica Exchange, June 2017)
    • Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Erasmus Exchange, February 2016)

    Languages

    • Dutch
    • English
    • French
    • German

    Contact 

    Email:  hvandijc@umich.edu