Diversify your life: Study, learn, and grow abroad
Thursday, 27 August
17:30 – 18:30 CET
Join a group of Michigan Law LLM alumni from around the globe to consider what outcomes can be expected from studying law in the US.
Then, play a quintessential American party game of “Never Have I Ever” to learn about US college traditions, social habits, and campus norms. No experience necessary! Prizes to be awarded, but everyone will have take-aways to try out at their next AIJA event.
Yasmin Al Ameen is a member of the International Litigation and Arbitration Department at Foley Hoag LLP (Washington DC office). She obtained her first degree in law from Lebanon (Filière Francophone de Droit). Then, she specialized in International Law (Human Rights and Humanitarian Law) with a master’s degree from the University of Panthéon-Assas in Paris, where she also worked on her master’s thesis (mémoire). She later graduated from the University of Michigan Law School with an LL.M. degree, gaining a dual approach of the civil and common law systems. Prior to joining Foley Hoag, Yasmin was an intern at UNHR Geneva and a student-attorney at the Michigan Innocence Clinic.
João Ascenso has a diverse professional experience ranging from Teaching Assistant and Guest Lecturer at the Department of Law and Economics of the University of Lisbon Law School, to advisor to the Portuguese Government, to Lawyer of the Tax Department of Miranda Law Firm. He concluded the LLM at the University of Michigan (Class of 2019) as a Fulbrighter. He also recently started his own practice by opening a Law Firm, Ascenso & Associados, a firm dedicated to providing services to private clients, and small and medium-size companies. Ascenso & Associados is a full-service firm with a special focus on tax law and tax planning, immigration, and real estate. João is also a part of an agribusiness dedicated to olive oil production, and a real estate company. He also loves his two beautiful and big dogs, cooking and nature.
Shreya Bose brings over five years of experience in public and private international law, commercial law, dispute resolution, international and domestic human rights law, international development, and gender studies. She is interested in developing strategic partnerships and alliances between the private, public and development sector, exploring how businesses can be operationally sustainable while respecting human rights, and conducting effective human rights impact assessment. She is currently working on policy issues exploring the nexus between development and conflict at the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland. She has gained professional experience in the US, UK, Switzerland, and countries in the Asia-Pacific region as a lawyer and policy advocate with UN agencies, a law firm, companies, and an international criminal tribunal. She has also served as a Legal Counsel and Researcher for the Government of Afghanistan and the Government of India. She holds a Master's degree in Law from the University of Michigan and a dual Bachelor's degree in Law and Social Sciences from NALSAR University of Law, India.
Richard Dören is a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. He studied law at the Universities of Heidelberg and Michigan (LL.M. '20) and recently started working on a PhD project in international law.
Darío Maestro is a Spanish international lawyer for sovereign States and private clients on matters of public international law as well as international commercial and investment disputes. He is currently an associate with Foley Hoag, based in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Maestro served in Madrid in the Ministry of Interior of Spain and as a Legal Advisor to the delegations of Somalia and Uruguay in the U.N. Human Rights Council. Examples of areas of his expertise are: promotion and protection of foreign investments, international courts and tribunals, provisional measures proceedings, European Union law, and international human rights. Maestro received an LL.M. from Michigan Law School, where he studied as a Grotius Scholar. Before that, he received an LL.B. with first-class honors and a B.A. in Political Science from the University Carlos III in Madrid. He speaks Spanish, English, and French and is currently studying German.
Davor Petrić is an Assistant Lecturer and Doctoral Candidate at the Department of European Public Law, University of Zagreb. Currently, he serves as the Executive Editor of the Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy. Before Michigan, he studied law and European studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia and completed several exchange programs across Europe. His research interests include constitutional law, European law, and jurisprudence. He is more into academia than legal practice and Michigan Law School contributed greatly to the development of his career in this direction.
Francisca Soromenho has a formal training in Law (first degree in Law from the University of Lisbon, '15, a handful of postgraduate degrees, an LL.M. in European Law in a Global Context from the Global School of Law, Catholic University of Portugal, '16, a degree in History of Law, '16, and frequency of two Masters' programs) and is a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, having earned an LL.M. degree from the University of Michigan in 2019. She has worked as a lawyer both in individual practice and in a big law firm. She currently holds a teaching position at the Lisbon Law School, University of Lisbon, in the History of Law Department, and works as a freelance certified legal translator, copyeditor and content writer. Recently she has started working as Legal Consultant, Head of Client Relations and Real Estate Advisor for a boutique Law Firm (Ascenso & Associados, SP RL). Alongside owning and managing an agribusiness in olive oil production, Francisca also collaborates in her family office, dealing with various facets of estate and asset management. She loves enjoying nature with her husband and two big dogs, and her passions are centered in the food production sector, including sustainable farming and permaculture, cooking, but also feminism, digital media, content writing, and niche horror fiction.
Luc von Danwitz is a research fellow in the project “German Constitutional Law from a Transnational Perspective” at the Universities Bonn and Freiburg (Germany) and a doctoral student at Bonn University. In his thesis, he deals with the principle of proportionality as a component of European federalism. Luc is a member of the 2020 LL.M. class at the University of Michigan Law School. He also holds a Magister Iuris degree from the University of Bonn after passing the first German state exam in April 2019 and a Licence en droit from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, which he was awarded in 2016. Luc has specialized in European Union law, (comparative) constitutional and administrative law, international fundamental rights protection, and Internet regulation. He also has an interest in the study of the rule of law and judicial independence. His recent scholarly work has, among others, appeared in the German Law Journal and the Zeitschrift Europarecht. He also contributed to the Verfassungsblog and the parliament law blog Zur Geschaeftsordnung.
Daniele is a Senior Associate at Leal Cotrim Jansen Advogados, a Brazilian law firm that provides legal services for Brazilian and foreign companies interested in doing business in Brazil. With over ten years of experience, Daniele provides legal advice on regulatory frameworks, mainly those of the oil & gas, infrastructure, maritime, and aerospace industries. She also advises companies in national and international government tenders. Some of the highlights of her work in this area involved tenders for the construction of oil platforms for Petrobras and for the privatization of international airports. Daniele is experienced in representing clients in complex disputes, covering from contractual disputes to anti-corruption matters, most of the latter related to “Operation Car Wash”. Additionally, Daniele represents clients in administrative proceedings regarding investigations of alleged irregularities in government tenders and contracts, including those conducted by the Federal Court of Accounts. Daniele has an LLB from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ, Brazil, a Master’s degree in Law and Public Policy from the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro - UNIRIO, Brazil, and an LLM from the University of Michigan.