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.
Alberto Vélez Valdés, 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.
Seden 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.
Eleni is s pursuing her Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Languages at The University of Melbourne and she is graduating in 2018. In 2015 she was a Lin Martin Melbourne Global Scholar to study abroad at Maastricht University. Her study abroad program focused on International Relations and Politics in the EU: Peace, Conflicts and Human In 2016 she was a Melbourne Global Languages Scholar as well as a Swiss Federation for Excellence Scholar to pursue her studies as an exchange student in Geneva, Switzerland. Her research areas focus on: Human Rights, Australian Foreign policy, European- Pacific relations, international criminal law, and global justice by related contemporary debates such as climate change, migration and human trafficking.
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.
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.
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.
Jovana is part of the Student Research Committee on International Law and Governance since November 2016.
Having an academic background in international and European law, as well as terrorism and political violence, Jovana is currently working as a researcher and project coordinator for an NGO in her home country Macedonia, and is tasked with the oversight and executive implementation of projects predominantly related to countering violent extremism, human rights and national politics and EU integration. Her previous professional experience is predominantly in the system of international criminal tribunals in The Hague.
Jovana is an avid learner of foreign languages and besides her native Macedonian, speaks 7 other languages, and has “retired” from a prolific Model UN career after the completion of her education.