Former Visiting Fellows

Hatice Yazgan (Turkey)
August 2014

Hatice holds a PhD from the Department of International Relations at Ankara University, Turkey. She has double Masters degree both from Ankara University and University of Durham (UK) on European Union (EU) issues. She currently works as a faculty member in Çankırı Karatekin University in Turkey and also gives postgraduate level courses on the EU issues at Ankara University. Her research interests include European Union Politics, Enlargement, Turkey-EU relations and minority issues in the EU.

As a visiting researcher in ECMI, she was doing research on the effect of EU conditionality and minorities in the EU candidate countries.

Agne Cepinskyte (Lithuania)
November 2012 - March 2013

Agne Cepinskyte graduated from King’s College London (UK) with MA in International Peace and Security and is currently working on the research proposal for PhD studies. Simultaneously she is working as a research assistant in Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania). Prior to MA in International Peace and Security, Agne received a joint MA in International Law from Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania) and Ghent University (Belgium).  Furthermore, she participated in various international projects and summer schools in Washington D.C. (U.S.A.), New York City (U.S.A.), Vilnius (Lithuania) and London (UK).  Agne did voluntary work for human rights and humanitarian aid NGOs in the UK and Maldives. Her research interests are Baltic-Russian relations, national minorities in inter-State relations, national minorities in the Baltic States, nationalism and diaspora politics of kin-states.

At ECMI Agne is preparing the research proposal and developing her research further under the supervision of ECMI Director Dr. Tove Malloy and ECMI Senior Researcher Dr. Alexander Osipov.

Simone Penasa (Italy)
January 2013 - April 2013

Simone Penasa is a fellow researcher in Comparative constitutional law at the University of Trento, Italy. Simone got his Ph.D. in Comparative and European Legal Studies at the Department of Legal Sciences of the University of Trento (2007). He is part of the Progetto Biodiritto (Biolaw Project), within the Department of Legal Science of the University of Trento. He is currently developing the post-doc research project "Protection and promotion of linguistic minorities: Trentino as a 'laboratory' of the law of diversity", which will end at mid June, 2013. It focuses on the analysis of the effective impact of regulation, with regard to the institutional participation of minorities within both the law making and the enforcement processes and the connection between local autonomy and minority protection and promotion.

Simone carried out a research period at the Inter-University Chair in Law and the Human Genome, University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain (2006), the HeLEX Centre (Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies), University of Oxford, UK (2010); Centre for Social Ethics and Policy and the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation, University of Manchester, UK (2012); Law and Society Institute, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany (2012).

He is giving lectures in in Italian and European Public Law at the Free University of Bozen and collaborates with the Public Law and Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Trento.

Haileyesus Taye Cheklole (Ethiopia)
ovember 2011- January 2012

Haileyesus is graduated with M.A. Degree in Political Science from Martin Luther University Hall-Wittenberg in Germany and currently he is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Federal Studies of the Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia). He is also a Lecture in the area of Civic and Ethical studies at Debre Birhan University (Ethiopia). He has worked in the Amhara National Regional State in Ethiopia in different positions in the Public sector. His research area is federalism and especially intergovernmental relations in multiethnic/cultural federations, where cultural markers got expressions as a principle of organizing the constituent units of the federations. In his dissertation, he intends to critically analyze the mechanisms of intergovernmental relations in the Ethiopian federation, whereby the party system and the de facto asymmetry between the constituent units in the Ethiopian federation are taken as the two most important variables that account for the mechanisms of intergovernmental relation in the Ethiopian federation.

As research fellow at ECMI, he was working on issues of minority governance in international perspective.

Rachel Le Loan
March 2011- June 2011

Rachel joined the University of Aberdeen to complete a MLitt in Strategic Studies and a MRes in Political Science after graduating from the Institut d’Etudes Politques (IEP) in Bordeaux in 2005. Since 2008, she has been a PhD Candidate and worked as a teaching assistant within the Department of Politics and International Relations in University of Aberdeen. Her thesis focuses on diaspora politics and Russia’s national security strategy since 1991. She is particularly interested in the fate of Russian minorities in former Soviet republics. Rachel is also contributing to a research project launched by the EU-Russia Network that deals with bilateral relations between EU-member states and Russia; she is analysing the relationship between France and Russia and its impact on EU external policies. Finally, over the past few years, she has also worked as an intern for various organisations including the AKE Group and the UNESCO.

Dilek Kurban (Turkey)
January - April 2005

Visiting Research Associate / Columbia Human Rights Fellow at ECMI - Received a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University in Turkey. In 1999, Dilek Kurban completed a Master’s degree in International Affairs at Columbia University, where she concentrated on human rights and international law. Upon graduation, she worked for two years as an Associate Political Affairs Officer at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs. In 2001, she enrolled at Columbia Law School, completing her Juris Doctor degree in May 2004. Also in 2004, Ms Kurban was awarded the Columbia Human Rights Fellowship to work on minority rights in Turkey. Her research interests include international human rights law, European Union law, European human rights law, minority rights, and human rights and democratization in Turkey.

Emilie Deudon (France)
September - December 2002

Visiting Research Associate. Graduated from the University of Grenoble where she studied international politics and administration, and foreign languages. European studies programme at the University of Limerick (Ireland). Work experience in the Irish Section of Amnesty International. She is also involved in the association Drugi Most which is working for the reconciliation of the different ethnic communities in the former Yugoslavia through the organization of intercultural events.

Frank Selbmann (Germany)
October 2001 - October 2002

Visiting Research Associate - Studied Law at the University of Leipzig; Studies at the German Postgraduate-School of Administrative Sciences in Speyer; former Law Clerk in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He has recently submitted a PhD thesis on the definition of genocide in international law. Support of several NGOs, e.g. the Committee for an Effective International Criminal Law. Currently, he is pursuing research towards the ECMI project "Advancing the Interpretation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities through State Practice".

Martina Spernbauer (Austria)
August - September 2002

Visiting Research Associate - Graduated from Law School of the University of Vienna. Studied International Public Law and European Law at the Université de Bourgogne during 2000/2001 where she also concluded her diploma thesis entitled "Les Peuples autochtones en droit international". Work experience in Casablanca and Brussels. Participation in a humanitarian project in Peru. Preparing a PhD about ethnic minorities and the eastward enlargement of the EU.

Leonie Renwrantz (Germany)
July - September 2002

Visiting Research Associate - Studies German Law at the University of Hamburg, Germany, since 1998. In 2000/2001, she stayed in Switzerland to study international, Swiss and German Law at the Université de Lausanne. Specialisation in public international law and European law.

Camille Monteux (France)
April 2001 - June 2002

Visiting Research Associate - Studied International Relations at the University of Geneva and holds an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London). Participated in the 38th UN Graduate Study program, and has worked for different international organizations, which included fieldwork in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina for the OSCE as election monitor. Aims to pursue research on the Balkan region and more particularly on the development of the legal status of Kosovo.

Hannah McGlue (United Kingdom)
January - March 2002

Visiting Research Associate - Completed an LLM Masters in International Law at the University of Nottingham, specializing in European and International Human Rights Law and International Minorities Law. Holds a BA in Modern Languages from Oxford University. Currently, pursuing both research on Macedonia and towards the ECMI project "Advancing the Interpretation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities through State Practice".

Carmen Kettley (Romania)
January - March 2002

Visiting Research Associate - Studied Law at the University of Bucharest. Conducted research and teaching at the Bucharest Institute of Legal Sciences and the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies. In addition, she worked as a Research Director of the Foundation for Democratic Change in Bucharest and as a Global Security Fellow at the Faculty for Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge. At present, she is conducting PhD research at the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambrigde. Her areas of work include power-sharing arrangements and the political participation of ethnic minorities in Central and Eastern Europe.

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