The IAPSS Student Research Committee in International Law and Governance has the mission to encourage and incorporate critical studies about the new forms of government, institutions, power relations and values that exceed the national level in several contexts and through plethora of theoretical and methodological frameworks. This broad base is our most valuable source as it allows us to set intersections, define objects and use tools to analyze distinct political phenomena in our world. At the same time, this range represents a good challenge due to the several arrays and subjects that are related to this field. Similarly to the governance dilemmas, the SRC tries to integrate different insights and ways of thinking in order to innovate and build an area for motivated researchers. Our current members cover regions like South Asia, Latin America and Europe and they are concerned in transnational topics such as Security and Humanitarian Law, International Relations, War and Migrations, Administration, Accountability and Corruption. The research team has expertise mostly in Political Science and International Law although other formations are also welcome.


40Jaseff Raziel Yauri Miranda, Chair of the SRC

Jaseff Raziel has completed his studies on the fields of History and Political Science at Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) and at University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Currently he is a PhD candidate in “Society, Politics and Culture” at the University of Basque Country, member of the Center for Strategic Studies and Intelligence (CEEIG-UFMG) and member of the “International Law and Governance” Student Research Committee at IAPSS. He is committed in adopting interdisciplinary methodologies, combining Political Science, History, Law and Criminology to study several nations from Americas and Europe. His research objects lies in classic security issues (freedoms and authoritarianism, political violence and identities) and in new security issues (“new threats” to public and international safety, informational society, social control and crisis of modernity). Furthermore, he is interested in lines such as public policies analysis, new historical institutionalism, multi-level governance, comparative and international governance, political theory, political transitions and critical security studies.

Alberto Vélez Valdés, Vice-Chair of the SRC

Alberto Vélez Valdés comes from Saltillo, Coahuila, México. He studies bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. His fields of study are elections, quality of democracy, public management and corruption. Currently, he is a member of the Editorial Board of the IAPSS journal Encuentro Latinoamericano, where he collaborates in the review process and promotion of the journal with other editors and reviewers. His hobbies include participation at academic events in the Society of Students at his university, and travelling around México.

Alberto’s current research focuses particularly on international anticorruption systems. At the IAPSS Conference in Latin America in November 2015, he presented a paper about democratic development and corruption perception in the region.

Arber Ahmeti

Arber Ahmeti, born in Kosovo, is a lawyer pursuing his postgraduate studies on International Law at University of Vienna. He was a junior researcher at the Institute for Peace Support and Conflict Management of Austrian National Defence Academy.

His research interests focus on Human Rights and Law of Armed Conflicts, Common Foreign and Security Policy of EU and Common Security and Defence Policy of EU, Use of Force and right of self-defence, law of the sea, responsibility of states and international organisations, immunities of states, peacekeeping missions and humanitarian intervention, strategic and security studies, and impact of international law on international relations. Currently, Arber Ahmeti contributes with case reports and analysis covering jurisdiction of Albania for International Law in Domestic Courts Program at Oxford Reports in International Law of Oxford University Press.

Seden Anlar

seden-anlarSeden Anlar is a fourth year undergraduate student at Maltepe University (Istanbul, Turkey) where she is studying Law with a concentration in international law. At Maltepe, she worked as the international project coordinator of the Project Development Department which is responsible for the organization of international student conferences and internship projects. In 2014, she got involved in the International Bar Association (IBA) through several projects such as an internship at Cross Committee and Women Lawyers’ Interest Group. She is currently one of the advisory board members of IBA’s Law Students’ Committee.

Seden has been leading Maltepe University’s international moot court competition teams for the past 3 years. In 2015 and 2016, her team won the national rounds and qualified to compete in the Main Rounds of the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition and Telders International Law Moot Court Competition organized by Leiden University. She is currently volunteering at the Everywoman Everywhere Coalition and at the Carr Center for Human Rights of Harvard Kennedy School providing research and administrative support to the Initiative on Violence against Women.

41Cecilia Ines de Armas Michelis

Cecilia de Armas, born in Uruguay, studied a Bachelor of International Relations at the State University of Montevideo and a LL.M in International and European Law at Tilburg University, The Netherlands. Her area of expertise is Human Rights Law, with a particular focus on the international system. Moreover, her specific fields of research are business and human rights, refugee law and humanitarian law. Her LL.M thesis analysed the importance of rehabilitation and social reintegration in the penitentiary system, considering the applicable legal frameworks.

She is currently a legal intern at the United Nations OHCHR in Geneva, where she works in the Special Procedures Branch. She has previously worked in the private sector for four years in the area of international commerce and logistics. She has also actively participated in a study of undocumented migrants in the Netherlands.

Cécile LejusteCécile Lejuste

Cécile Lejuste was born in Brussels. She is a jurist who recently finished her LLM in Public International Law at Leiden University. Beforehand, she studied a Bachelor at the Université Saint-Louis, where she obtained a Bachelor in Law (bilingual French / English), at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Erasmus) and at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she obtained a Master in Public Law.

She has a profound enthusiasm regarding the substantial questions asked by Public International Law. Indeed, she is keen on various subjects such as International Relations and Politics, Human Rights, Humanitarian Law, Use of Force, Defence and Security, Peace Settlement, Counter-terrorism and Diplomacy.

Dipannita Maria Bagh

Dipannita Maria Bagh is a postgraduate from University of Calcutta, with MA in South & Southeast Asian Studies and specialization in Peace Studies and Refugee Studies. She is holder of Post Graduate Diploma in Buddhist Studies and a BA Political Science (Hons) with papers in History and Philosophy.

Dipannita is currently working on Development Induced Displacement and Transnational Migration in borderlands of South & Southeast Asia. She is Editor of southasianstudies.org and conducts research on Migration and Refugee Studies.

Jovana Perovska

Jovana Perovska is a graduate of International and European Law from The Hague University of Applied Sciences, with a specialization in public international law and human rights. For the past academic year, she has been pursuing a postgraduate degree in terrorism and political violence. Her academic interests are predominantly linked to the international legal framework on armed conflicts, the regulation of cyber terrorist attacks as well as the processes of rehabilitation and reintegration of domestic fighters. Additionally, Jovana is a keen follower of the processes of EU integration of the former Yugoslav Republics.

Being very interested in diplomacy, international relations and law, Jovana has pursued two pro bono positions at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, as well as at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Currently, she works in the legal services industry in Macedonia. She is a keen participant in Model United Nations simulations and is one of the founding members of The Hague Model United Nations Society. Moreover, she has been actively involved in the International Law Students Association as part of the managing board.

Jovana possesses the working knowledge of five other languages besides her native Macedonian; she can fluently speak English, French, Spanish, Bulgarian and B/C/S (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian). She is currently learning Russian and Dutch. She aspires towards a career in international policy making, but dreams of becoming Secretary General of the United Nations.

42Andrej Terečik

Andrej Terečik, born in Pančevo, Serbia in 1989, graduated from Belgrade University, Faculty of Political Science with a BA in Political Science – International Relations, and MA in International relations program – European studies. He is working on topics of the EU, Turkey and South Caucasus, and continues the work he started with his MA thesis ”Stabilization of the South Caucasus, the EU and Turkey.”

Currently, he is also an analyst for the Evroazija.info, covering Turkey and South Caucasus countries. Besides, Andrej has successfully  completed  the project named ”Let’s make an example” that is aimed to bring closer together children belonging to different ethnic communities in Vojvodina, Serbia which was supported by BLGU, MitOst Association and Teodor-Heuss-Kolleg of Robert Bosh Stiftung. Also, he has attended and successfully finished several trainings, seminars and conferences in Istanbul (Turkey), Sofia (Bulgaria), Konstanz (Germany), Sibiu (Romania), Tirana (Albania) Berovo (Macedonia) etc.