President – Maria-Magdalena Markova
Maria-Magdalena is an LL.M. candidate at Harvard Law School (Fulbright scholar). She holds a Master of Law (honors) from Sofia University, Bulgaria. Since 2017 she has been practicing in the area of Corporate & Commercial Law and EU Law in a Bulgarian law firm. In 2018 she interned at the Court of Justice of the EU. Also, since 2020 she has been a National legal expert for Bulgaria at Spark Legal Network.
While at Sofia University, she was an oralist in several international moot courts – CEEMC (Best Speaker, Best Written Pleadings), ELMC (Semi-finalist, RF), and Willem C. Vis (Round of 16). Later on, she became a coach of CEEMC and ELMC. She is also a laureate of the scholarship of the Bulgarian National Bank, the “Union of Judges” award for legal articles, and the “Student of the year” national award.
She likes photography, painting, and cooking.
Vice-President – Filippo M. Turci
Filippo is an LL.M. candidate from Italy. He obtained a J.D. from the University of Genoa, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in business law and is part of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on EU Sustainable Finance and Law (“EUSFiL”).
After obtaining his J.D. Filippo was an intern with the regulatory affairs department of the Italian stock exchange group (“Borsa Italiana”). He was later admitted to the Milan bar and joined the corporate and regulatory departments of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
Filippo’s practice focuses on financial regulation and corporate matters, particularly on financial market infrastructures, public companies, asset management and fund formation, banks, and insurance companies.
In his free time, Filippo enjoys playing tennis, singing and playing the guitar.
Conference Chair – Bianca Urbani
Bianca is an LL.M. candidate at Harvard Law School from Italy. She holds a Master’s Degree of Laws from LUISS Guido Carli in Rome. While at university Bianca spent a semester studying law in Belgium, at the KU Leuven.
Bianca worked for almost four years at the Rome office of the international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she worked mainly on M&A deals, corporate law and financial regulations matters. Thereafter, Bianca worked for more than one year as legal counsel of the M&A and Investment Funds Team at Cassa Depositi e Prestiti.
Bianca’s main academic interests include corporate law, securities regulation, and finance.
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and travelling.
Conference Vice-Chair – Aiko Van Denhouwe
Aiko is an LL.M. candidate at Harvard Law School from Belgium. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Laws from KU Leuven. As part of his master’s degree, Aiko spent a semester studying law in Denmark, at the University of Copenhagen. Aiko received the Award for the Best Bachelor Student and the EU@school@kuleuven prize from the Fund Lenaerts-Grimonprez for his master’s thesis on EU competition law.
Aiko is admitted to the bar in Brussels where he worked as an antitrust lawyer. He also worked as affiliated junior researcher at KU Leuven.
Aiko’s main academic interests include antitrust litigation and policy. He is also interested in politics and macroeconomics.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, singing and traveling.
Conference Vice-Chair – Aleksandar Leshev
Aleksandar is an LL.M. candidate at Harvard Law School, a joint Fulbright – Thanks to Scandinavia Scholar and a Master of Law graduate from Sofia University, Bulgaria. While at university Aleksandar spent a semester studying in Stockholm and participated in several national and international moot courts, both as a competitor and a coach, incl. the European Law Moot Court (semi-finalist in the 2019 EUI Regional finals) and the Central and Eastern European Moot Competition (winning team). He also interned at the Sofia Regional Court, EY Bulgaria, and the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice.
Following graduation, Aleksandar became part of the team of a Bulgarian law firm where he specialized in Administrative law, Litigation and EU & Competition. He is a qualified attorney-at-law and a member of Sofia Bar Association. He is also a national legal expert for Spark Legal Network where he conducted a study aimed at supporting the European Commission in the enforcement of EU competition rules.
In his spare time, Aleksandar enjoys playing soccer, chess, and hiking.
Academic Events Chair – Magdalini-Christina Vlachou-Vlachopoulou
Magdalini is an LL.M. candidate at Harvard Law School from Greece. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an LL.M. in Public Law from the University of Athens, whereas she is a PhD candidate at the same University. While at Law School, Magdalini spent a semester at Heidelberg University (Erasmus program).
Magdalini has worked as an attorney-at-law at two of the largest law firms of Greece, focusing on Public Law, Energy and Environmental Law, Utilities, EU Law, Project Finance & Development and Regulatory Law. She is member of the Athens Bar Association and trader at the Hellenic Energy Exchange.
Magdalini’s academic interests include Constitutional and Administrative Law, Energy and Environmental Law, EU Law and Law & Economics. She is the author of two books, on Public Law and EU Energy Law, and of various articles and case-law commentaries.
Magdalini aspires to an academic career focusing on Public Law, Energy and Environmental Law. She is a marathon runner and in her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, the electric guitar and reading poetry.
Academic Events Vice-Chair – Nieves Bayón Fernández
Nieves is an LL.M. candidate at Harvard Law School (Fundación Ramón Areces Fellowship). She holds a Dual Bachelor in Law and Business from IE University, a Dual Masters in Lawyering and Legal Advice from IE Law School, and a Master in European Legal Studies from the College of Europe. During her studies, Nieves was involved in a variety of extracurricular activities including the IE Legal Clinic, the European Law Moot Court (ELMC) and class representation activities.
Nieves’ areas of interest include competition law, EU law and digital markets regulation. Before the start of her LL.M. at Harvard, she worked three years in Brussels as a competition and EU law lawyer at Garrigues.
At Harvard, Nieves is part of the submissions committee in the Journal of Law and Technology and co-chair of the International Committee of the Student Government. Nieves loves tennis, running and spending time with family and friends.
Academic Events Vice-Chair – Karol Piwonski
Karol is an LL.M. candidate at Harvard Law School from Poland. Poland. He graduated as valedictorian, summa cum laude, from the University of Warsaw in 2022. He also studied at the University of Manchester (UK) as an exchange student.
He gained experience in the Competition and Litigation departments of Allen & Overy. He also interned with Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka, a leading Polish law firm, Dentons, and PwC. He competed in several moot courts, including Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot in 2021, where his team ranked 5th in the Global Rounds, and Central and Eastern European Moot in EU law, where he received an individual prize for noted speaker.
His research interests focus on EU procedural law, competition law, as well as international trade and investment law. At Harvard, Karol serves on the Harvard International Law Journal as Line Editor. He is also involved in the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project and HLS Advocates as a project member.
Communications Chair – Aoife O’Malley
Aoife is an LL.M. candidate at Harvard Law School from Ireland. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from Trinity College Dublin. While at university Aoife spent a semester studying law in Australia, at the University of Sydney.
Since graduating in 2021, Aoife has successfully completed her entrance examinations to the Law Society of Ireland. She subsequently worked on secondment for Arthur Cox LLP in Community Law and Mediation, an Irish independent law centre providing free legal advice, advocacy, mediation, and education services.
Aoife’s main academic interests include international human rights law and health law. She is also interested in the development of food law and policy within Europe.
At Harvard, Aoife is a project member in HLS Advocates and a member of the Harvard Health Law Society. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the saxophone, hiking, and playing competitive badminton.
Treasurer – Katherine Jingyi Hu
Katherine is a J.D. Candidate at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in History and a concentration in Psychology. During undergrad and law school, She has interned at Columbia Center for Justice as well as small and large size law firms in New York and in Shanghai. She will be working in cross-border Capital Markets practice in London post graduation. At Harvard Law School, she is also involved with Harvard Women in Law Association and Harvard Asian Pacific American Law Student Association.
Faculty Sponsor – David Kennedy
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.