S.J.D. Alumni Profiles
Alumni of Georgetown's S.J.D. program have gone on to diverse careers around the world, from academic appointments at leading universities to positions in public service to careers in private practice. The following are profiles of some of our recent S.J.D. alumni.
Adam Abdelmoula, S.J.D. ’97
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Kuwait
LL.B., University of Khartoum; LL.M., Harvard; S.J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Adam was previously the Chief of the Middle East and North Africa Section of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. From 2004 to 2007, he was the Deputy Chief Human Rights Officer for UNMIL, Liberia. He was also the Senior Human Rights Adviser and Team Leader for UNOHCHR/UNOHCI/UNAMI, Iraq from 2003 to 2004. From 1999 to 2003, he served in Somalia for UNOHCHR as a Senior Human Rights and Rule of Law Adviser. Before beginning a career in the UN system, Adam worked for the Fund for Peace, the Institute of International Education, Human Rights Watch, and the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights in the United States. From 1989 to early 1991, he worked for the Ford Foundation as well as the Arab Lawyers Union in Egypt. He practiced law in Sudan from 1982 to 1989.
Adam speaks fluent Arabic and English. A dual citizen of the Sudan and the United States, Adam is married and has three children.
Ammar Aljaser, S.J.D. ’14
LL.B., King Saud University, Saudi Arabia; LL.M., LL.C.M., University of Pennsylvania; S.J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
The focus of Ammar’s research is on the nascent insurance law of Saudi Arabia with a particular emphasis on Islamic finance’s impact on its development, giving rise to the Sharia-based insurance mechanism known as “Takaful.” Ammar is working under the supervision of Professor Kathryn Zeiler.
Ramzan Alnoaimi, S.J.D. ’16
BSc., University of Bahrain; LL.M. Georgetown University Law Center; S.J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Ramzan Alnoaimi graduated from the University of Bahrain with a BSc. in Laws and was subsequently appointed as a junior member of its faculty. He received an LL.M. with Dean’s List Honors from Georgetown University Law Center in 2011. He participated in the Bahrain National Dialogue that was held to bring together all Bahraini political parties following the February-March 2011 political crisis in reprehension of Al-Asala political party. He received his S.J.D. in February 2016 from Georgetown Law. His research focuses on the Political Reforms Discourse in the Arabian Gulf Monarchies. He is particularly interested in Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional design and International Transitional Justice.
Juan Carlos Botero, S.J.D., ’13
Juan Carlos Botero is the World Justice Project’s Executive Director and formerly Director of the Rule of Law Index, where he has led the development of the Index project and co-authored the report since its inception in 2008. Mr. Botero’s previous experience as a researcher at Yale University and consultant for the World Bank focused on developing cross-country indicators and designing several indices of the World Bank’s Doing Business report. Previous experiences include service as the Director of the Colombian Government Trade Bureau in Washington D.C., Chief International Legal Counsel of the Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Deputy-Chief Negotiator of the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, member of the Advisory Board of the Colombian Antitrust and Consumer Protection Agency, and Judicial Clerk at the Colombian Constitutional Court. He has been a professor or guest lecturer in several countries, and is the Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Rule of Law. His academic publications focus on the areas of rule of law, access to justice, and labor regulation. A national of Colombia, Mr. Botero holds a law degree from Universidad de los Andes, a Master of Laws (LLM) from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) from Georgetown University.
Gonzalo Candia, S.J.D. ’13
Gonzalo studied law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, one of the top law schools in Latin America. After working as a teaching assistant in his alma mater, Gonzalo received a Fulbright scholarship to pursue an LL.M and, posteriorly, a S.J.D at the Georgetown Law Center. He began those studies in 2009 and finished them in 2013. Currently, Gonzalo is a full-time professor of Constitutional Law and International Human Rights at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He is also the Academic Secretary of the SJD program at the same university.
Gonzalo’s SJD dissertation focused on the analysis of the standards of review applied by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. In doing so, Gonzalo was supervised by Professor Charles Abernathy. During the period of his doctoral studies, Gonzalo was accepted as a junior academic visitor at Oxford (2012), where he worked with Professor Paul Yowell, Fellow in Law at Oriel College.
Gonzalo’s interests are diverse. Today, he devoted most of his energies to research in areas linked to jurisprudence, legal history, constitutional theory and human rights. Moreover, Gonzalo is a passionate listener of classical music, being Beethoven, Schubert and R. Strauss his favorite composers.
Won-Mog Choi, S.J.D., ’02
Professor of Law and Director of the WTO Law Center, Ehwa Womans University
LL.B., M.P.A., Seoul National University; LL.M., S.J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Professor Choi has been a Professor of Law at Ehwa Womans University since 2010 and was Associate Professor of Law from 2009 to 2010. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of International Economic Law (Oxford), the Law and Development Review (Sydney), the Indian Journal of International Economic Law (Bangalore), the Beijing Law Review (Beijing), and the Journal of Korea Trade (Seoul)
Lisa Eckstein, S.J.D. ’13
Lisa is working under the supervision of Professor Larry Gostin. Her dissertation investigates the role of community engagement strategies in promoting scientifically and ethically robust research with minority racial and ethnic groups. Prior to commencing her S.J.D., she was a legal officer at the Australia Law Reform Commission – the Australian Government’s premier legal think tank. She has also worked in genetics and research policy for a range of Australian state and federal health departments.
Ali Adnan Ibrahim, S.J.D. ’08
Vice President, Al Baraka Banking Group; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
LL.B., International Islamic University; LL.M., Washington University in St. Louis; S.J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Dr. Ibrahim joined the Al Baraka Banking Group, headquartered in Bahrain, as Vice President in 2010, and leads the Group’s M&A, Shariah structuring, and microfinance initiatives. Prior to joining Al Baraka Banking Group, Dr. Ibrahim was Counsel at Baker & McKenzie and a senior associate at Rizvi, Isa, Afridi & Angell and at Akram Sheikh Law Associates in Pakistan.
Since 2008, Dr. Ibrahim has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown where he designed a class on Islamic Finance Law. He is Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Islamic Finance Committee, an Islamic Finance Professional Expert for Pakistan’s Federal Shariah Court and a Specialist-Respondent for the World Bank. When he entered Georgetown to begin his S.J.D., he was the first Pakistani lawyer to receive a Fulbright Doctoral Scholarship.
Yousef T. Jabareen, S.J.D. ’03
Founding Director, Arab Center for Law and Policy, Dirasat
LL.B., Hebrew University; S.J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Dr. Jabareen is a human rights scholar, lawyer, and community activist. In addition to serving as director of the Arab Center for Law and Policy, he teaches courses on law and social change, minority rights, and the legal status of Palestinians at the University of Haifa and Tel Aviv University.
Abeer G. Jarrar, S.J.D. ’10
Regional Director, Middle East International Bar Association
B.A. Law, Jordan; LL.M. International Commercial Law; S.J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Dr. Jarrar’s field is International Law and Comparative Jurisprudence. She currently serves as the Regional Director of the Middle East International Bar Association in the Dubai International Financial Center in the UAE. Her interests are mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, private equity, risk management, project finance, and legislative drafting.
Sangkul Kim, S.J.D. ’15
LL.B., Korea University, Seoul; LL.M., Georgetown; S.J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Dr. Sangkul Kim is a Research Fellow at the Centre for International Law Research and Policy (CILRAP) and Part-Time Lecturer at Korea University Graduate School, Department of Law, Seoul. He worked as Associate Legal Adviser at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (2004-08), as a member of Legal Advisory Section, Lubanga Trial Team, Bemba Trial Team, and Katanga and Ngudjolo Trial Team. In 2015, he received the Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degree from Georgetown University Law Center under the supervision of Professor David Luban. His doctoral dissertation (‘A Collective Theory of Genocidal Intent’) explored the concept of genocidal intent from a collective perspective, whilst criticizing the individualistic approaches to genocidal intent which have thus far governed the relevant jurisprudential and academic analysis. Dr. Kim has also served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher.
Kook Hee Lee, S.J.D. ’14
Kook Hee studied law at College of Law, Seoul National University, one of the top law schools in Republic of Korea. Kook Hee pursued an LL.M and, posteriorly, a S.J.D at the Georgetown Law Center. She began those studies in 2006 and finished them in 2014. Currently, Kook Hee is a deputy director at Ministry of Strategy and Finance in Republic of Korea.
Kook Hee’s SJD dissertation focused on the legislative proposal of maternal and parental leave and benefits system to realize gender equality in reconciling work and childcare. In doing so, Kook Hee was supervised by Professor Susan Deller Ross. During the period of her doctoral studies, Kook Hee worked at Korean Women’s Development Institute (2009), where she co-authored “How to Attract Highly Qualified Women to the Business Services Sector.”
Sun Goo Lee, S.J.D. ’13
Bachelor of Law (LLB), Seoul National University; Master of Public Health (MPH), Seoul National University; Master of Science of Law (JSM), Stanford Law School (Fulbright Scholar); Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD), Georgetown University Law Center
Sun Goo Lee’s research interests lie in health care law and interdisciplinary studies. Before arriving at Georgetown University Law Center, she worked on HIV law and tobacco regulation at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. At Georgetown University Law Center, she wrote her dissertation on the effect of criminalization of HIV infection under supervision of Professor Lawrence O. Gostin. Since graduation, Sun Goo Lee worked for the Supreme Court of Korea as a judicial researcher and is currently an assistant professor at Gachon University, teaching health care law and ethics.
Tsung Ling Lee, S.J.D. ’15
Tsung Ling worked under the supervision of Professor Larry Gostin. Her dissertation examined the role of government in the new public health paradigm. Currently, Tsung Ling is a post-doctoral fellow at the National University of Singapore, researching health law and policy in Asia.
José Antonio Rivas, S.J.D. ’05 (with Distinction)
Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; Partner, Xtrategy, LLP
B.A. and J.D., Los Andes University; LL.M. Georgetown University Law Center; S.J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Dr. Rivas is a Partner of Xtrategy LLP and an Adjunct Professor of “Investment Treaty Arbitration, Public International Law, and Landmark Judgments of the ICJ.” His practice focuses on international investment and commercial arbitration and public international law. He has also taught Trade and Integration also at GULC, and is a former professor of Public International Law at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. He has authored over 20 publications on investment treaty arbitration and public international and international trade law, including as author and co-editor of Revolution in the International Rule of Law: Essays in Honor of Don Wallace (Juris, 2014) and Tratados Internacionales y el Arbitraje de Inversión: Experiencias de Colombia y del Derecho Comparado (Ibañez, 2019).
Professor Rivas is an arbitrator of domestic and international disputes under the rules of Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the panel of Conciliators of ICSID, and a member of the panels of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association/International Center for Dispute Resolution, and Inter-American Commercial Arbitration.
He is a former managing director of Vannin Capital, where he advised clients on customized options to fund their international arbitration cases; and a former senior associate of Arnold & Porter where he represented sovereign States and private parties before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the International Chamber of Commerce. He provided counsel in investment and commercial arbitrations involving the energy sector, hydrocarbons, real estate ventures, environmentally sensitive projects, and infrastructure and highway concessions; and in matters involving the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the protection of underwater cultural heritage, and territorial and maritime disputes. He is former Foreign Investment Director of the Ministry of Trade of Colombia where he conducted a program to strengthen the State’s readiness in case of investor-State arbitration and headed the drafting and updating of the Colombian International Investment Agreement (IIA) Model. Based on this Model, he successfully concluded fifteen IIA negotiations with States from Latin America, North America, Europe and Asia which included bilateral investment treaties and investment chapters of free trade agreements (FTAs). Professor Rivas is also former Counsel of ICSID. He received his Doctorate of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) with Distinction after writing on rules of interpretation in public international law and international trade law, GATT XXIV, and rules of origin of regional trade agreements.
Borzu Sabahi, S.J.D. ’09
Partner, Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle, LLP; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
BA., University of Tehran; M.A., University of Tehran; LL.M., S.J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Dr. Sabahi is a Partner in Curtis Mallet-Prevost’s International Arbitration Group and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown where he co-teaches a course on Investor-State Dispute Resolution. He concurrently serves as Co-Director of the International Law Institute’s International Investment Law Center and as Co-Chief Editor of Brill’s Research Perspectives on International Investment Law and Arbitration.
Abdulwahab Sadeq, S.J.D. ’16
Bachelor Degree in Law from Kuwait University; LL.M. Georgetown University Law Center; S.J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Abdulwahab is admitted as an attorney-at-law at The State of New York Bar and at the Appellate Court of The State of Kuwait. While practicing law as an associate at Abdullatif Sadeq law firm in Kuwait, Abdulwahab has litigated and represented a number of international companies and individuals before the Kuwaiti courts. His areas of expertise include corporate law, international business law, and corporate governance. His research focuses on the rights of minority shareholders of the listed corporations on the Kuwait Stock Exchange. He is investigating how the law can more effectively protect the rights of minority shareholders while preserving economic incentives for international investment. During the course of completing his S.J.D, Abdulwahab worked under the supervision of a committee that included Professor Craig Hoffman, Professor Donald C. Langevoort, and Professor James Feinerman.
Diane Webber, S.J.D. ’14
LL.B., University of London; LL.M., Certificate in National Security Law, Georgetown; S.J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Diane is a British solicitor and has worked in London in private practice, focusing on criminal law (particularly white collar fraud), employment and discrimination law, and sports and entertainment law. Her dissertation was entitled “Extraordinary Measures – A Comparative Approach to Crafting a New Legal Framework for Preventive Detention of Suspected Terrorists.”
B.A., LL.B., LL.M. (Tax Law), University of Chile Law School; J.S.M., Stanford; S.J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Before arriving at Georgetown Law, Agustín was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School and before that, he was the School Director of the University of Chile Law School, an Assistant Professor of micro and macroeconomics in the Economic Law Department, and a member of the Center for Regulation and Competition at the same school. His areas of expertise are consumer law, public procurement and law, and economics. At Georgetown Law, under the advice of Dean Nan Hunter, he is developing an empirical project to try to unveil the reasons why civil law countries adopt or reject the so-called American model of class actions for consumer protection and to test if the preexisting bureaucracies, whose regulatory powers could be challenged through the class action device, had any influence in said choice.
Alberto Cerda Silva
LL.M. in International Legal Studies, Georgetown; Master in Public Law, University of Chile; S.J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Before arriving at Georgetown Law, Alberto was a researcher and tenure professor at the University of Chile and a legal adviser for several public services, intergovernmental bodies, and non-profit organizations on human rights and Internet regulation. His areas of interest are Human Rights, Computer Law, Intellectual Property, and Access to Justice. As a Fulbright Commission scholar, his doctoral dissertation focuses on challenges to human rights in the online environment facing copyright regulation in Latin America. Alberto is working under the supervision of Professor Rebecca Tushnet.
LL.B., Shin Hsin University, Taiwan; LL.M., National Taiwan University; LL.M., University of Illinois; S.J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Hung-Ju’s supervisor is Professor Lawrence Solum, a noted expert on constitutional law and legal philosophy. His dissertation is a philosophical reflection on the duty to obey the law and civil disobedience in a transitional society. This topic was inspired by his observation of Taiwan’s political and legal transformation of the past fifty years.
Before coming to the United States, Hung-Ju was a lecturer on constitutional law and jurisprudence at Shin Hsin University. He was also a social activist, joined the peace movement, initiated the first referendum on Taiwan’s weapon purchase policy, coordinated several international symposia, and participated in the social movement against the death penalty. He is currently an academic consultant to Congress Citizen Watch – a Taiwanese legislative watchdog, for which he provides opinions on legislative policy.
By combining his social activism experience with theory, Hung-Ju believes that his research will contribute to a better understanding of legitimate limitations on public authority and help to better define the constitutional meaning of citizens’ actions.
LL.B., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Law, Israel; LL.M., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law; S.J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Before arriving at Georgetown Law, Ido pursued his Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he conducted research on cyber warfare and the international law regulating the use of force between states (jus ad bellum). His LL.M. thesis was supervised by Professor Kate Jastram and he finished it with high honors.
Ido is currently an S.J.D. candidate at the Georgetown University Law Center. His doctoral research focuses on how international humanitarian law and international institutions adapt to new threats and challenges that cyber capabilities pose to the international community. As part of his doctoral research, Ido analyzes how different international humanitarian law norms, such as distinction and proportionality, apply to civilians who either participate in cyber operations or become their direct and indirect victims. Part of his project deals with the duty of “due diligence in cyberspace”, that is, whether international law requires states to ensure that their territory is not used to harm other states through cyberspace. He is working under the supervision of Professor Rosa Brooks.
Ido’s current research interests are: cyber law, law and technology, public international law, use of force, international humanitarian law (or the law of armed conflict), international criminal law, and international human rights law. He is writing on international cyberspace regulation, international law during ‘cyber’ armed conflicts, and cyberspace and (inter)national security. Ido Kilovaty, Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: Green Light for Humanitarian Intervention?, 6 Creighton International &Comparative Law Journal (2014).
LL.B., National Taiwan University; LL.M., New York University; S.J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Chien-yu Liu is an S.J.D. candidate from Taiwan. Chien-yu’s dissertation project focuses on the legal and policy implications of disaster displacement in East and Southeast Asia.
Chien-yu is actively involved with social justice issues and has researched on subjects relevant to humanitarian crises, forced migration, disaster response, gender diversity, development, and international human rights law. Via journalistic and legislative writings, Chien-yu has been dedicated to promoting public legal education and has pushed forward a legislative change to protect the privacy of transgender people and domestic violence survivors in the United States.
Before coming to Georgetown, Chien-yu graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Law with an LL.M. degree in International Legal Studies and received an LL.B. degree in Financial and Economic Law from National Taiwan University. While at NYU, Chien-yu completed a master’s thesis on international environmental law and conducted directed research on international humanitarian law. In summer 2008, Chien-yu was awarded the NYU School of Law Institute for International Law and Justice (IILJ) and Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) Fellowship and interned at the United Nations International Law Commission (UNILC) in Geneva, Switzerland.