Daniela Cala joined the J.S.D. Program at Cornell Law School in August 2018. Daniela is from Colombia and she specializes in international arbitration and public international law. Her research explores the interaction of relevant stakeholders in the creation of the international investment regime and the experienced and potential outcomes of the types of relationships held by different stakeholders.
Daniela obtained her LL.M. at Cornell Law School with a full-tuition, merit-based scholarship granted by the Colombian government. During her time as an LL.M. student, she served as the LL.M. Representative for the Latino American Law School Association and for the Cornell Association of Law and Economics. She also worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Laura Spitz. She holds an Economics degree (B.A.) from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). Before joining Cornell, Daniela worked as an associate at Baker McKenzie and served as a teaching assistant at Universidad de los Andes (Colombia).
Recently, Daniela worked for the international arbitration team of Herbert Smith Freehills in London. Currently, she is an intern at the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) for which she was awarded the Berger Summer Fellowship.
Rohan Grey is a third-year J.S.D. Candidate at Cornell Law School, and the founder and president of the Modern Money Network (MMN), a global non-profit organization that promotes public understanding of economics and finance. He is also the research director of the Digital Fiat Currency Institute, a network manager of the FreedomBox Foundation, a research fellow of the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, and a member of the Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and Law (APPEAL).
Rohan’s research explores the legal history, design, and regulation of money in the internet age. His recent publications include: “Banking in a Digital Fiat Currency Regime,” in Regulating Blockchain: Techno-Social and Legal Challenges (I. Lianos, P. Hacker, S. Eich, & G. Dimitropoulous, eds.), Oxford University Press, 2019; “Monetary Resilience,” 41(3) Western New England Law Review 505, 2019; “Money Isn’t Scarce: It’s Infinite,” in 11 Things They Don’t Teach You About Law & Economics: An Informal Introduction to Political Economy & the Law, 37 Law & Inequality 97; “Do Negative Interest Rates Live Up to the Hype?” (with Ayowande McCunn), Oxford Business Law Blog, 2017; “The Macroeconomic Policy Implications of Digital Fiat Currency” (with Jonathan Dharmapalan), eCurrency Mint Ltd., 2017.
Grey holds a bachelor’s degree in government and business from the University of Sydney, a J.D. from Columbia Law School, and an LL.M. from the London School of Economics. During law school, he served as digital and articles editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems, co-authored a report on the future of the creative economy for Americans for the Arts, and received a competitive grant from the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School to conduct research into the macroeconomic implications of mobile money technology in developing countries. His L.L.M. dissertation was later adapted into a published book chapter, titled “Who Owns the Intellectual Fruits of Job Guarantee Labor?“, in M. Murray & M. Forstater (Eds.), The Job Guarantee and Modern Money Theory: Realizing Keynes’s Labor Standard, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
Rohan is admitted to practice law in New York, and represented children in family court matters in New York City prior to commencement of his doctoral studies. Prior to law school, he played and taught music professionally in the United States and Australia.
Daniel Haefke joined the J.S.D. program at Cornell Law School in 2020. He specializes in comparative constitutional law and his dissertation explores the German constitutional fixation on dignity.
Daniel obtained his LL.M. at Cornell Law School as a nominated candidate (tuition-waived nomination by the Humboldt University of Berlin). He previously studied law at the Humboldt University in Berlin where he passed the First State Examination. Before joining Cornell Law School, Daniel worked as a research assistant at White & Case LLP and as a tutor at Humboldt University. As a law student, he worked with the Refugee Law Clinic e.V. as a pro bono legal advisor for refugees and migrants.
Daniel’s dissertation analyses the German fixation on the notion of human dignity in its constitutional self-understanding and discourse from a comparative perspective.
Mitchel Lasser (chair)
Zhenni Li joined the J.S.D. program at Cornell Law School in August 2018. Zhenni is from China and she specializes in public international law and comparative constitutional law. Her research explores the theory of international society; the nature, role, and function of international law; the interaction between the international society and the States; and the (potential) outcomes of such interaction as reflected in both international law and constitutional law. Accordingly, the following key concepts will be examined: sovereignty, people, power, morality, law, self-preservation, anarchy, and society.
Before joining the J.S.D. program, Zhenni was an assistant legal counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, The Netherlands (Aug. 2017–Aug. 2018). She clerked for the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng at the Constitutional Court of South Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa (Jan. 2017–June 2017). She also worked as a legal intern at the Trial Chambers of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands (Oct. 2016–Dec. 2016). In addition, Zhenni recently received the Berger Summer Fellowship for her participation in the 71st Session of the International Law Commission (April 29 to June 7, and July 8 to Aug. 9, 2019) in Geneva, Switzerland, as a research assistant for H.E. Dr. Huang Huikang, one of the thirty-four members of the commission.
The Constitutionalization of International Law and the Internationalization of Constitutional Law
Muna B. Ndulo (Chair)
Jens David Ohlin
Aziz F. Rana
“System Criminality and International Responsibility: Back to Canonical Questions”, Wisconsin International Law Journal, 36 no. 3 (2019)
“International Intertemporal Law”, California Western International Law Journal, 48 no. 2 (2018)
Santiago Mollis is a J.S.D. candidate from Argentina, specializing in philosophy of criminal law and political theory. Santiago obtained his LL.M. at Cornell Law as a Fulbright-Argentine Ministry of Education scholar.
He also holds a law degree from Universidad de San Andrés (Magna Cum Laude). Before joining Cornell, Santiago clerked for the Public Prosecutor’s Office within the Federal Criminal Appellate Court in Buenos Aires. He also served as a teaching assistant at the Universidad de Palermo. Santiago has served on the editorial boards of several law journals in Argentina.
Sam joined the JSD program at Cornell Law School in August 2015. He previously graduated from the LL.M program at Cornell in May 2015 as an Institute of African Development Fellow, and a recipient of the Schlesinger Fellowship of Cornell Law School. During his LL.M, he was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award (2015). He also holds an LL.B from the University of Nairobi
Prior to joining CLS, he clerked for the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court in Kenya, Hon. Dr. Willy Mutunga, and was a guest lecturer in Ethics and the Constitution at the Ethics and Integrity Institute (Kenya). His interests are primarily in international development law and transformative constitutionalism.
Sam’s dissertation focuses on the impact of litigation strategy in the enforcement on socio-economic rights in South Africa. He investigates the promise of socio-economic rights- the so called “development rights”- and looks at the potentially negative effects of the centrality of litigation in the normativization of these rights.
Cesar is a Cornell Law School J.S.D. candidate from Colombia specializing in criminal procedure, criminal law, comparative law, philosophy of law and legal anthropology.
Before attending Cornell, Cesar worked as a lawyer in the law firm Miguel Cordoba Abogados S.A.S. Prior to his appointment at the firm, he aided for one years as a legislative assistant in the Colombian Congress. He also served as a clinical professor and as adjunct professor of evidence in the criminal procedure at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.
Cesar obtained his LL.M. from Cornell Law School in 2019. In 2018, he served as the LL.M. Representative for the Mock Trial Association, the Alternative Dispute Resolution association and the National Lawyers Guild, Cornell Law Chapter. Cesar obtained his Bachelor of Law from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota. He obtained an excellence award for his thesis “Abbreviate Criminal Procedure in Colombia: A Possibility to Prosecute Minor Crimes.”
Kai Wang, from China, is a J.S.D. candidate at Cornell Law School. His research interests include data privacy law, tort law, international criminal law, comparative law, and empirical legal studies. He is interested in researching how international legal instruments can be elaborated to further develop a more comprehensive legal framework for handling data.
He earned his LL.B. from Shanghai University and his LL.M. from Cornell Law School. Prior to his doctoral studies, he was an intern for legal affairs at the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). He currently serves as an editor of the Cornell International Law Journal.
Ying Zhou, from China, joined Cornell Law School’s J.S.D program in 2016 with the Cornell Law School Graduate Fellowship. She holds LL.M. and LL.B. degrees from Cornell Law School and Shandong University respectively and is admitted to practice law in New York and in the People’s Republic of China. She also holds a bachelor of arts from Shandong University, China. Immediately prior to her study at Cornell Law School, she worked as a teaching and research assistant at Shandong University in the areas of conflict of laws, international commercial arbitration, and comparative family law. At Cornell, she received the CALI Excellence For the Future Award in the study of contracts for LL.M. students (2016).
“On the Harmonization of Contractual Conflict of Laws in East Asia (ASEAN+3).”
The dissertation aims to answer the question of how to harmonize the contractual conflict of laws in East Asia (ASEAN+3) in order to facilitate international trade by increasing certainty and predictability in the settlement of disputes, and at the same time promote friendly relations among East Asian countries, thereby contributing to the maintenance of peace and security in the region.