Richard Steppe (LL.M.) — President

Richard currently pursues an LL.M. degree at Harvard Law School as a Fulbright, Frank Boas, and BAEF Fellow. Having obtained his Master of Laws at the KU Leuven (2015, magna cum laude), he is currently completing a Ph.D. on EU price discrimination law at the KU Leuven Institute for Consumer, Competition & Market as a Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders. Richard has published on a variety of topics, ranging from data protection to intellectual property and competition law, and pursued legal internships and clerkships with several firms and institutions (e.g., UNICEF, Baker & McKenzie, the Belgian Supreme Court of Cassation).

César Álvarez Alonso (Visiting Researcher) — Vice-President

César is a Researcher Scholar at the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School and co-chair of the “Internationalization and Innovation in Higher Education” and “Private Investment in Education” Study Groups. He holds an M.A. in Law, M.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from Complutense University in Madrid, M.A. in University Management from Alcala University and J.D. in Law from University of Valladolid. He holds a Ph.D. in Law and Political Science from University Pablo de Olavide with international mention.

Nuna Van Belle (LL.M.) — Vice-President

Nuna is an LL.M. student from Belgium. She obtained her first law degree from Ghent University and has an LL.M. in EU Competition and Intellectual Property Law from University of Liege. Prior to coming to Harvard, she worked as researcher at the World Health Organization and legal advisor at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Her interests include antitrust, intellectual property, and trade law.

Heinrich Nemeczek (LL.M.) — Events Director

Heinrich is currently an LL.M. student at Harvard Law School. He graduated summa cum laude from the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg in Germany (Konrad Hesse Award; scholarship by the German National Academic Foundation) and clerked for Justice Professor Dr. Andreas Paulus at the German Constitutional Court. He published a variety of articles in the fields of financial regulation, competition law and European business law which have been cited by the German Federal Supreme Court and several German Higher Regional Courts.

Tetyana Payosova (LL.M.) — Conference Deputy

Tetyana is an LL.M. candidate from Ukraine. She graduated from National University “Odesa Law Academy” in 2007. Tetyana continued her education in Switzerland, where she received Master in European and International Law from the University of Bern and is about to complete her PhD in WTO law. Tetyana worked as a research fellow at the Institute of European and International Economic Law and the World Trade Institute of the University of Bern, and as legal adviser for the International Rail Transport Committee (CIT). She has an extensive experience in the field of EU economic law and EU – Swiss bilateral relations

Kevin Ratana Patumwat (2L) — Treasurer 

Kevin is a second-year student from Bangkok, Thailand. Kevin’s topics of interest include international development, comparative law and politics, and the relationship between liberal values and democracy. Kevin has studied and worked in four capital cities in Asia, North America, and Europe, but he considers the San Francisco Bay Area to be his spiritual home. He studied international relations and French at UC Berkeley and spent a year at Sciences Po Paris.

Marija Momic (LL.M.) — Communications Chair

Marija is currently pursuing an LL.M. degree at Harvard. Prior to coming to Harvard, Marija practiced for almost two years in law firms in Belgrade, where she primarily focused on anti-trust and corporate law. In the fall of 2016, she was engaged as clinical teaching assistant at the Legal clinic on anti-discrimination at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law. She graduated from University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, where she obtained her LL.B. degree (2015) and LL.M. in European law (2017). During her studies, she published several papers in the area of human rights and participated in student competitions. Her interests include the intersection of human rights, constitutional and antitrust law.

Prof. José Manuel Martínez Sierra — Faculty Sponsor

José Manuel Martínez Sierra is Jean Monnet ad personam Professor for the Study of European Union Law and Government, Faculty Affiliate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard and Faculty Associate of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. He teaches different courses about Europe and Spain at Harvard College. He is a Member of the IGLP Advisory Council at Harvard Law School, chair of the Internationalization and Innovation in Higher Education Study Group, co-chair of the European Union Law and Government Study Group and co-chair of the Study Group A Center-Periphery Europe? Perspectives from Southern Europe at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard. Martínez is Academic Advisor of the European Horizons at Yale University, and one of the faculty members involved in the European Conference at Harvard University. He is the principal investigator of the European Union Project “Enhancing governance of EU policies: legal and institutional learnings from a US-EU dialogue.”

Prof. David W. Kennedy — Faculty Sponsor

David Kennedy is Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School where he teaches international law, international economic policy, legal theory, law and development and European law. He joined the Harvard Law faculty in 1981 and holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a J.D. from Harvard. He is the author of numerous articles on international law and global governance. His research uses interdisciplinary materials from sociology and social theory, economics and history to explore issues of global governance, development policy and the nature of professional expertise. He has been particularly committed to developing new voices from the third world and among women in international affairs.