J.S.D. Candidate Profiles


Guillermo Arribas

Guillermo Arribas is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he also obtained his LL.M. degree in 2017. Before coming to Yale, Guillermo taught property law, contracts and legal skills at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. His academic interests lie at the intersection of property law and human behavior, and his J.S.D. dissertation focuses on the ways in which different communities recognize and implement the concept of property.

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Delfina Beguerie

Delfina Beguerie is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she also obtained her LL.M. degree in 2017. In 2016-2017, she was a Fulbright Scholar. Before coming to Yale, Delfina taught constitutional law at Universidad de San Andrés and served as a junior clerk at the Argentine Supreme Court of Justice. Her academic interests lie at the intersection of human rights and constitutional law, and her J.S.D. dissertation focuses on the ways in which different communities recognize constitutional meaning to human rights.

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Ximena Benavides

Ximena Benavides is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School. With a primary focus on the U.S., Ximena researches health law and policy, institutional determinants of corruption in healthcare, and healthcare innovation, incorporating insights from political science and economics. Her doctoral work is directed toward generating proposals for practical policy reform, informed by theory and evidence.

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Fernando Bracaccini

Fernando Bracaccini is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he earned his LL.M. degree in 2018 while he was a Fulbright Scholar. Before coming to Yale, he taught courses on legal theory, constitutional law, criminal law and human rights at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and the Universidad de Palermo. Fernando’s academic interests focus on the intersections of political theory and the philosophy of criminal law. His J.S.D. dissertation addresses the problem of the permissibility of retributive punishment from the perspective of the theory of deliberative democracy.

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Violeta Canaves

Violeta Canaves is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she also earned her LL.M. degree in 2015. She served as a Tutor in Law for the 2016-17 academic year. Violeta's academic interests include constitutional law, federalism, human rights, law and social movements, and women's studies. Her J.S.D. dissertation focuses on how relations and tensions between institutional and popular understandings about human rights shape the meaning of the Constitution in Argentina.

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Andrés Caro

Andrés Caro

Andrés Caro Borrero is a Colombian lawyer currently pursuing a J.S.D. at Yale Law School, where he also obtained his LL.M. degree in 2020 and for which he received the Henry Ralph Ringe Scholarship, after which he was a Fox Fellow for the year 2020-2021. He received the 2020 Barry S. Cohen Prize for the Best Paper on a Subject Related to Literature and the Law from Yale Law School. 

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Manuel Casas

Manuel Casas is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he also obtained an LL.M. degree in 2015. Manuel’s research focuses on the intersection between public international law and procedural law, particularly on jurisdiction and the authority of international courts and tribunals. In 2015-2016, Manuel was a law clerk (U.T.) at the International Court of Justice and a Yale Law School Public Interest/International Court of Justice Fellow.

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Patricia Cruz Marin

Patricia Cruz Marin is a Mexican lawyer and political scientist currently pursuing a J.S.D. at Yale Law School, where she also obtained her LL.M. degree in 2020. From 2020-2021, she was a Bernstein Fellow at the Center for Justice International Law (CEJIL), representing victims of human rights violations at the Inter-American System. Her main research topics are the impact and compliance of the Inter-American System of Human Rights decisions, remedies in cases of serious human rights violations, mechanisms to fight impunity in Latin America, and the pedagogy of legal education.

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Carlos De La Rosa

Carlos De la Rosa Xochitiotzi is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he earned his LL.M. degree in 2017. His research focuses on institutional legitimacy, institutional design, empirical legal studies, the sociology of law, criminal justice, and human rights. His J.S.D. dissertation focuses on the legal and institutional challenges of the 2008 criminal justice reform in Mexico. Through the use of procedural justice theory, the dissertation aims to determine the constitutional reform’s impact on the legitimacy of the criminal justice system.

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Tasneem Deo

Tasneem Deo is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she earned her LL.M. degree in 2014 and served as a Tutor in Law in 2015-16. Her academic interests center around the study of female criminality. Her doctoral work, supported by the MacMillan Fellowship at Yale University, seeks to analyze empirically whether gender per se or conformity to gender stereotypes affects decision making in Indian criminal courts. Tasneem completed an M.Sc. degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford in 2015 and has been a Guest Lecturer at the National Law School of India University Bangalore since July 2014.

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Luis Eugenio García-Huidobro

Luis Eugenio García-Huidobro is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he also obtained his LL.M. degree as a Fulbright Scholar in 2017. In 2017-2018, Eugenio was a Fox Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University. Before coming to Yale, Eugenio was an assistant professor of law at the Catholic University of Chile and a practicing lawyer in one of Latin America’s largest law firms, where he argued several cases before the Chilean Supreme Court and Constitutional Tribunal. He has also been a visiting research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. Eugenio’s research focuses on administrative law, comparative public law, institutional design, and the sociology of law.

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Sarah Ganty

Sarah Ganty is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School. Merging theory, empirical and normative legal analysis in addressing the relationship between citizenship and socioeconomic inequalities, Sarah’s thesis introduces the concept of “merizenship”, which helps to trace the differences in access to rights encountered by the rich and highly educated compared with all others. Sarah is also an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Université Saint Louis (Brussels) where she teaches EU law and Philosophy of Human Rights. She defended her Ph.D. at the ULB in February 2019 and earned an LL.M from Yale Law School in 2018, where she was a Fulbright fellow.

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Sebastián Guidi

Sebastián Guidi is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he also earned his LL.M. in 2017 and served as Tutor-in-Law for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years. Sebastián's doctoral project explores the legitimacy of international courts from the perspective of democratic constitutionalism. He is interested in the discursive and political practices that attempt to legitimate or delegitimate controversial international courts' decisions within a given political community.

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Shixue Hu

Shixue Hu is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she earned her LL.M. degree in 2016. Before coming to Yale, Shixue obtained her LL.B. degree, summa cum laude, from Peking University Law School in 2012 and continued there as a Ph.D. candidate in international law. Shixue's academic interests include international investment law, the World Trade Organization, public international law, and transnational law. She has published articles and book reviews relating to foreign policy and international relationships, Chinese investment treaties, and legislative reforms.

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Ying Hu

Ying Hu is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School and a Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project. Her research focuses on the regulation of information collection and analysis, with particular emphasis on the impact of technology on consumer behavior and social relations. Her work draws on insights from behavioral economics and sociology. Ying received her LL.B. degree from the University of Hong Kong and her LL.M. degrees from both the University of Cambridge and Yale Law School.

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Xinyu Huang

Xinyu Huang is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she earned her LL.M. degree in 2018. Xinyu’s academic interests include Chinese legal history, comparative law and bureaucracy. Her J.S.D. dissertation focuses the development of supervisory agents in eighteenth-century China and France, aiming to examine how the trade-off between the pursuit of administrative efficiency and the principle-agent problem shaped the supervisory agent in premodern society.

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Emilia Jocelyn-Holt

Emilia Jocelyn-Holt is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she completed her LL.M. degree in 2019 with the support of both Fulbright and Becas Chile scholarships. Emilia is a full-time research scholar and lecturer at Universidad de Santiago de Chile, where she has taught Philosophical Foundations of Law before coming to Yale. During 2016 and 2017, she also taught a course on Law and Literature at the Universidad de Chile Law Faculty. Her academic interests lie at the intersection of law and humanities, especially the relationship between law and literature as well as law and philosophy.

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Jiangfeng Li

Jiangfeng Li is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she received her LL.M. degree in 2015. She previously obtained her J.D. and J.M. degrees, with distinction, from Peking University School of Transnational law in China in 2012. Jiangfeng’s academic interests include international law, international arbitration, environmental law, and legal issues pertaining to China’s legal reform. She has published articles relating to China’s air pollution regulation, China’s financial regulation, and international treaties.

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Bin Ling

Bin Ling is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he earned his LL.M. degree in 2006. Before initially coming to New Haven, he obtained his LL.B. degree in 2000 and his Ph.D. degree in 2005 from Peking University Law School, where he has been a full professor and a doctorial supervisor since 2014. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at Cornell Law School, Tilburg Law School, and the Center for Chinese Studies, University of Hawaii. Bin's academic interests lie mainly in legal theory (especially law and economics and sociology of law), constitutional history, and comparative law.

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Fernando Loayza Jordán

Fernando Loayza Jordán

Fernando Loayza Jordán is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he also obtained his LL.M. degree in 2020 and where he is currently serving as a Tutor in Law. Fernando has taught Economics and Law and Taxation at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and the Universidad del Pacífico. He has also worked in the private sector as a tax lawyer, and for the Tax Justice Network as a researcher. His thesis dissertation explores the interaction between the political economy of economic constitutions and the limits of liberal democracy, and his research areas include Constitutional Law, Taxation, Law and Political Economy, Public Policy, and Law & Economics.

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Sandra Magalang

Sandra Magalang

Sandra Mae Tolentino Magalang is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she obtained her LL.M. degree in 2020. In 2020-2021, Sandra was a Fox Visiting Fellow at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. Before coming to Yale, Sandra was a practicing lawyer specializing in litigation and arbitration, and worked on important constitutional litigation cases before the Philippine Supreme Court. She also taught constitutional law and administrative law at the University of the Philippines. Sandra's current research focuses on comparative constitutional law, international law, and legal history, particularly the intersection of imposed constitutionalism and U.S., Philippine, and Japanese constitutional development in the late 19th to early 20th century.

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Ellen Nohle

Ellen Nohle

Ellen Nohle is a JSD Candidate at Yale Law School, where she earned her LL.M. degree in 2021. She is a Salzburg Cutler Fellow and a Hansell Fellow at the YLS Center for Global Legal Challenges. Her research explores the intersection between governmental authority to use force and the individual obligation to disobey orders on the use of force. Ellen has trained in the Swedish Armed Forces, worked for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as legal advisor for the ICRC in Geneva and Kabul. Ellen obtained her B.A. in Law from the University of Cambridge, and graduate degrees from the University of Oxford and the University for Peace.

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Rafael Nunes

Rafael Nunes

Rafael is a J.S.D. Candidate at Yale Law School (2019-) and an Information Society Project resident fellow at Yale Law School, researching issues of law and technology, information policy, and platform regulation. He was a guest researcher at the Social Science Research Center of Berlin (WZB) and a Yale Public Interest Fellow at Access Now (2020-21). He was a Fox Fellow at El Colegio de Mexico (2018-2019). He holds an LL.M. from Yale Law School (2018), a Master of Laws from the University of São Paulo (2015), and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Federal University of Maranhão (2013). 

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Thomaz Pereira

Thomaz Pereira is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he served as Tutor in Law from 2012 to 2014. He is currently a Professor at FGV Direito Rio in Brazil and was a Visiting Professor at National Law University, Delhi, in India. Prior to coming to Yale, Thomaz worked as Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Brazil, as Chief of Staff to the President of the Brazilian National Council of Justice, and as a full-time researcher at FGV Direito SP. His academic interests include the fields of constitutional law and theory, comparative law, legal and political history, legal and political theory, and civil procedure.

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Ana Beatriz Robalinho

Ana Beatriz Robalinho

Ana Beatriz Robalinho is a Brazilian lawyer currently pursuing a J.S.D. at Yale Law School, where she also served as Tutor-in-Law for the 2021-2022 academic year. She earned her LL.M. from Yale in 2016, and later worked as a constitutional litigator and as Law Clerk to Justice Luís Roberto Barroso of the Supreme Court of Brazil. Before returning to Yale, she also taught courses on constitutional law at the University of Brasilia. Her academic interests include comparative constitutional law and constitutional history, and her J.S.D. dissertation focuses on the relationship between constitutional courts and the executive following transitions into democracy. 

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Katharina Isabel Schmidt

Katharina Isabel Schmidt is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School. Before coming to New Haven in 2012, she obtained law degrees in Germany and the United Kingdom. She is concurrently pursuing a Ph.D. in History at Princeton University.

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Omar Yousef Shehabi

Omar is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School. He is a generalist public international lawyer with particular interest in international dispute settlement, the law of international responsibility, the law of international organizations, international labor law, human rights, and international humanitarian law. His doctoral research explores strategies for overcoming resistance to compliance with fundamental norms in an increasingly illiberal world order. Omar is currently a legal officer with the United Nations Office of Administration of Justice. Previously, he was a legal officer with the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, and a member of the Palestinian negotiating team in permanent-status negotiations with Israel. He also taught international law and human rights at Birzeit University in Palestine and practiced labor law in the United States.

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Raeesa Vakil

Raeesa Vakil is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she earned her LL.M. degree in 2016. She has published on questions of Indian constitutional law with a particular focus on the jurisdiction, structure, and practice of the Indian Supreme Court. Raeesa’s dissertation focuses on the emergence of the Indian regulatory state, with particular reference to the role played by the judiciary in the development, functioning, and review of regulatory bodies in India.

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Carlo Vistan

Edgardo Carlo Lasam Vistan, II is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he also earned his LL.M. degree in 2017. His current research endeavors are in public international law, constitutional law, and the interplay of science, technology, and the law, and his doctoral study explores how international law could regulate cyber conflict and aims to develop a treaty-based regime towards this end. Since 2006, Carlo has been teaching public, private, and remedial law courses in the Angeles University Foundation and at U.P.

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Jingjian Wu

Jingjian Wu is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he received his LL.M. degree in 2017. Prior to coming to Yale, he completed his LL.B. degree in 2014 and his first LL.M. degree in 2016 at Peking University, where he served as a member of the editorial board of the Peking University Law Review. Jingjian’s academic interests include legal history, the history of political thought, administrative law, constitutional law, and Chinese law. He has published several articles on legal history in China.

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Weilin Xiao

Weilin Xiao 

Weilin Xiao is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he also earned his LL.M. degree in 2019. During the 2019-2020 academic year, he was a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, at the University of Tokyo, under the International Dissertation Research Fellowship awarded by the Yale MacMillan Center. Weilin's academic interests include sociology of law, comparative law, and legal history — especially focusing on modern East Asia.

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Roman Zinigrad

Roman Zinigrad is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he also earned his LL.M. degree. Roman spent the 2015-16 academic year as a Visiting Researcher at Sciences Po Law School in Paris under a Teaching Fellowship awarded to him by Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies). In addition to conducting his research, he is teaching courses in law and religion, comparative constitutional law, and the law of the European Union at Sciences Po College.

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