Visiting researchers


Annina Vogler
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Zurich, Switzerland

In residence April – August 2014 at Department of Transnational Legal Studies.
Kjersti Lohne 
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Oslo, Norway        

Kjersti Lohne is interested in the relationship between humanitarian and penal governance. Her PhD research, in part undertaken at the VU university, focuses on the role of human rights organizations in the mobilization for the fight against impunity for international crimes, and specifically the role of NGOs vis-à-vis the International Criminal Court. She has also published on privacy and data protection, and the implications of emerging technologies for humanitarian action, such as unmanned aerial vehicles/drones. In residence December 2013 – June 2014 at the Center for International Criminal Justice, Department of Criminal Law and Criminology.  
Laura Tarvainen 
Ph.D. Candidate,University of Lapland, Finland

Laura Tarvainen focuses in her PhD research on the construction of the concept of vulnerability of tortured asylum seekers. Her assumption, to be further explored while at VU, is that there are challenges in asylum process of taking the special needs of vulnerable asylum seekers into account and the feminist legal theory, the vulnerability thesis, and the theories on pain and embodiment might serve as explanations and maybe offer an alternative point of view to the current paradigm of autonomous, liberal subject in law and replace that with the vulnerable subject. In residence January – June 2013 at Department of Migration Law.   
Anna Knaps
Ph.D. Candidate, King’s College London, United Kingdom

Anna Knaps graduated in International Relations from the War Studies department at King’s College and received a distinction in her dissertation on rebuilding state relations post conflict. Her main interests lie in Public International Law, Jurisprudence, International Relations Theory, Ethics in IR and War in Philosophy and Literature. Anna has taught seminars on Causes of War at King’s College and has worked as a research assistant at the House of Lords. In residence November 2012 – April 2013 at Department of Transnational Legal Studies.
Azam Amini
Lecturer, Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Iran
Azam Amini conducted part of her PhD research at VU University in which she focused on the function of equity in international law and its effect on stability or instability of the international law rules. Her research has shown that in the developing process of international law a wide range of international law’s subjects have all been influenced by equity. In residence February – July 2012 at Department of Transnational Legal Studies. 
Paola Forgione
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Pavia, Italy

Paola Forgione investigates genocide prevention. Her thesis focuses on the link between genocide denial and incitement to genocide on the one hand, and freedom of speech on the other hand. Before arriving at VU University, Paola did a six-month internship in the Pre-Trial Division of the International Criminal Court. In residence May – August 2012 at Department of Criminal Law and Criminology.
Megan Gaucher  
Ph.D. Candidate,Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada
Megan Gaucher was conducting her PhD research on The Role of Monogamous Conjugality in Canadian Family Reunification Policy. In residence May – July 2011 at Department of Migration Law.
Konstantinos Margaritis 
Ph.D. Candidate, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Konstantinos Margaritis focusses on the Lisbon Treaty and the protection of fundamental rights in the European Union. The aim of the research is to understand how and to what extent the situation in the field of fundamental rights protection will change after the Lisbon Treaty, in particular with the enforcement of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights. In residence January – March 2011 at Department of Transnational Legal Studies.
Ulad Belavusau
Ph.D. Candidate, European University Institute, Italy

Ulad Belavusau conducted his PhD research on Comparative, European and International Law at the European University Institute in Florence. He graduated in 2006 from Belarusian State University, Minsk. In 2007 he received an LLM in European Community Law from College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. In residence July – September 2010 at Department of Transnational Legal Studies. Following his fellowship, Ulad accepted position as an assistant professor at this department.
Manuel Abrantes 
Ph.D. Candidate,University of Lisbon, Portugal

Manuel Abrantes conducted his PhD research on domestic services and migrant workers. The particular aim of the research project was to characterize the employment relationship between domestic workers and their employers in the area of Greater Lisbon, thereby assessing the mix of relational and institutional elements that permeate such negotiation. The fellowship at VU University led to two publications of Abrantes, prepared while he was working under supervision and close support of his PhD co-supervisor Sarah van Walsum. In residence September – December 2010 at Department of Migration Law.
Helena van CollerHelena van Coller
LL.D. Candidate, Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa

Helena van Coller obtained her LLB and LLM degrees (both with distinctions) from the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein and an LLM (with distinction) from the University of Utrecht. She was admitted as an advocate in 2004. Helena van Coller was invited by Tymen van der Ploeg and she stayed in residence February – March 2010 at Department of Private Law.