S.J.D. Student Profiles
The S.J.D. program at Georgetown Law allows outstanding students from around the world to engage in original and diverse academic scholarship. Students are supervised by Georgetown faculty who are among the leading scholars in their fields. The following are profiles of some of our current S.J.D. students.
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Khartoum; Master of Laws (LL.M.), Harvard University
Nasredeen Abdulbari is an S.J.D. candidate. He graduated from the University of Khartoum with an LL.B. and LL.M. He was consistently the first in his class during his LL.B. and LL.M. studies at the University of Khartoum, Faculty of Law. Following his graduation from the University of Khartoum, he was appointed a teaching assistant in the International and Comparative Law Department and then promoted to a lecturer after completing his LL.M. He taught public international law (seminars and lectures), introduction to the English legal system (seminar), and conflict of laws (seminar). Upon graduation from Harvard University with an LL.M., Nasredeen was awarded a Satter Fellowship by the Harvard Human Rights Program, on which he worked as Head of the Protection, Peacebuilding, and Psychosocial Unit of the Sudan Social Development Organization (SUDO). In East Africa, he worked as a senior researcher at the Rift Valley Institute and consultant for the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a member of the American Society of International Law. His doctoral dissertation at Georgetown focuses on the recognition and utilization of the principle of self-determination as a diversity management instrument and the contradictions that arise as a result. He is working under the supervision of Professor Susan Roosevelt Weld.
Bachelor of Science in Tourism, University of Cape Coast, Ghana; Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), University of Ghana, Ghana; Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Taxation, New York University, USA
John Bentil obtained a Master of Laws degree in International Taxation from New York University School of Law. He is admitted to the Ghana Bar Association and the New York Bar Association. Before joining Georgetown University Law Center, John was part of Ernst and Young’s International Tax Practice. His area of specialization included US international tax planning involving mergers and acquisitions, US international tax provision, US international tax compliance, and US international tax attributes – earnings and profits and tax basis, studies. As an SJD candidate at Georgetown University Law Center, John’s research focuses on tax policy and economic development in developing countries. He is investigating the extent to which tax policies that are tailored to the peculiar circumstances of developing countries can generate significant revenues for economic development in such countries. His research is under the supervision of Professor Stafford Smiley.
Doctor Iuris of Szeged, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary; LL.M., Boston College; Ph.D. (candidate), Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest
Edit has been a dedicated participant in children’s advocacy programs in Hungary through her entire upbringing and education. After having completed her undergraduate legal studies with distinction, she practiced civil law as a full time notarial clerk in Budapest. Additionally, she began a Ph.D. at Hungary’s leading law faculty, focusing on children’s contact rights in transborder situations.
Edit earned an LL.M. degree at Boston College Law School in 2010, where she spent the subsequent year as a visiting scholar/teaching assistant doing interdisciplinary research in the area of international human rights, family law and children’s rights. She also assisted in developing a new course, International Human Rights: Semester in Practice.
At the heart of her proposed research at Georgetown is the redefinition of children’s rights – identity, self-determination and open future – in the era of transnational family migration. Working with law and the social sciences, she is proposing to explore the contemporary and elusive social phenomena of transnational families in a comparative Euro-American study entitled: “Transnational Family – Transfrontier Childhoods: Rethinking Children’s Rights in the Transnational Family.” Edit’s long term plans include practicing and teaching in the area of children’s welfare, acting as a mediator between civil society and the legal sphere. Edit is working under the supervision of Professor Judith Areen.
Julia Cadaval Martins
Julia Cadaval Martins is an SJD candidate at Georgetown Law and a Fellow at the Social Agency Lab at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Julia’s research is situated in the intersection of law, institutions, and development, focusing on cooperation, institutional design, federalism, and water law and governance. Before coming to Georgetown, she was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School and a Research Assistant at the Harvard Environmental Law and Policy Program. Julia earned her LL.M. degree at Harvard Law School, where she was also a Summer Academic Fellow. Previously, she had completed a master’s degree at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and a Bachelor of Laws degree at the Rio de Janeiro State University.
In Brazil, Julia worked as a consultant on a social and economic development project in the North of Brazil. She was also a researcher in a project funded by the Brazilian government that assessed the problems in the relationship between regulatory agencies and the judiciary.
Julia is working on her doctoral research under the supervision of Professor Alvaro Santos.
LL.B., University of Benin, Nigeria; BL the Nigerian Law School; LL.M.,University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.
Obehi practiced law in Nigeria before attending the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California where he earned his Master of Laws Degree in 2012. At Pacific McGeorge, he spent a semester doing research on self-determination in divided societies. His research explored secession and federalism as alternative conflict management mechanisms in post-colonial Africa employing a comparison between Sudan and Nigeria.
Obehi is currently an SJD candidate at Georgetown University Law. At the heart of his doctoral research at Georgetown is the African Union’s framework for democracy promotion and the dynamics of internal conflict in contemporary Africa. He is working under the supervision of Professor Rosa Brooks.
B.Biomed.Sc./LL.B. (Hons), Dip. Lang. (Mandarin Chinese), Monash University; LL.M. (International Law), Australian National University
Alexandra Phelan is an SJD candidate and General Sir John Monash Scholar at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Alexandra’s doctoral research is in the arena of global health law, with a focus on Australian, Chinese and US laws relating to human rights and health law. In particular, Alexandra’s doctoral research explores the key legal issues of infectious diseases in the face of pressing global health issues such as climate change and pandemics.
Alexandra completed her Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) double degree at Monash University, specializing in international law and health human rights. She also holds a Master of Laws, specializing in international law, from the Australian National University, and a Diploma of Languages in Mandarin Chinese from Monash University. Before commencing her doctoral studies, Alexandra was a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons, where she worked in the climate change law and China groups, and was an active member of the human rights and pro bono law groups. In 2012, Alexandra lived and worked in Geneva, Switzerland at the World Health Organization as a Gender, Equity and Human Rights intern, and as legal consultant at the GAVI Alliance (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations).
Ada Bogliolo Piancastelli de Siqueira
University of Cambridge (M.Phil.); London School of Economics and Political Science (LL.M.);Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil (LL.B./J.D.)
Before coming to Georgetown Law, Ada was a Santander Scholar at the Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. She completed a Masters of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in International Studies and Politics researching the relationship between law and politics at the World Trade Organization. Previously, Ada acquired a Masters in Law (LL.M.) in International Public Law at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences focusing on the interaction between Trade and Human Rights.
Ada currently pursues her S.J.D. at Georgetown under the supervision of Professor Alvaro Santos. She is a Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) researcher and is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law. Her thesis discusses the working logic of the World Trade Organization in the context of alternative development strategies and social understandings of the trading system. At Georgetown Law, Ada works as a teaching assistant for Professsors Joost Pauwelyn and Jennifer Hillman. She is also the Assistant-Editor to Professors John Jackson and Robert Thompson for the Journal of International Economic Law – JIEL (Oxford University Press).