President – Andrea Vignini

Andrea is an LL.M. Candidate at Harvard Law School (Class ’22). He holds a Diploma in Law from Scuola Sant’Anna (Pisa) and a Law Degree from the University of Pisa, where he is also a Ph.D. candidate in Administrative Law. Andrea has practiced as a trainee lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Rome) and at the Legal Services Directorate of the Bank of Italy, where he also worked as a research intern in the Regulation and Macroprudential Analysis Directorate. He is a Bank of Italy’s “Donato Menichella” Scholar (2018) and was admitted to the Rome Bar (2020). Before joining Harvard Law School, he served as an Expert to the Cabinet of the Italian Minister of European Affairs, working on the coordination and implementation of the Italian Recovery and Resilience Plan.

His main academic interests cover the international regulation of financial institutions and the institutional development of the European market for banking and financial services. He is also an enthusiastic supporter of Juventus FC, and he is still looking for the best Italian pizza in Boston.

Vice-President – Stefan Nesic

Stefan Nesic is an LL.M. candidate at Harvard Law School from Serbia. He graduated from Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade where he was focused on business law and corporations. During the undergraduate studies Stefan was an intern at UniCredit Bank in Belgrade. Upon graduation, in parallel with full time job, Stefan attended Master of European Integration at Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, where he graduated in 2018. Passing the bar exam, he became a member of the Serbian Bar Association and fully qualified attorney at law in the Republic of Serbia where he had been practicing law for five years. Stefan was mainly involved in M&A transactions and corporate law matters. At Harvard he is also member of Harvard Central and Southeast Europe Law Students Association.

Conference Chair – Alexander Brade

Alexander Brade is an LL.M. Candidate at Harvard Law School. He finished a 5-year law school program at the University of Leipzig (Germany) and holds a Ph.D. in Law with a focus on constitutional law. During his 2-year clerkship he worked at the Office of the Federal President and at the German Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Alexander Brade loves to cook and is passionate about travelling and politics.

Conference Vice-Chair – Caranina Colpaert

Caranina (Nina) is an LL.M. Candidate at Harvard Law School. She is a Ph.D. researcher and a teaching assistant at the University of Leuven (Belgium), where she prepares a doctoral thesis on the law-related causes and implications of drug shortages.

Before starting as a Ph.D. researcher, Nina obtained her Bachelor and Master of Laws at the University of Leuven. As a part of her master’s program, she studied a semester at the University of Sydney. During her studies, Nina completed a number of legal internships, among others with Allen & Overy and Linklaters.

Conference Vice-Chair – Helin Ackam

Academic Events Chair – Justin Lindeboom

Justin Lindeboom is Assistant Professor of European Law at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and an LL.M. Candidate at Harvard Law School. He teaches and writes about EU constitutional law, EU internal market law, European and global competition law and transnational legal theory. His research has been published, among others, in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the Modern Law Review, the European Journal of Legal Studies, and the Yearbook of European Law.

Academic Events Vice-Chair – Olivia Klinkum

Olivia Klinkum is an LLM Candidate at Harvard Law School.  She holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honors and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and French from the University of Otago, New Zealand.  While at university Olivia spent a semester studying in France, and represented New Zealand at the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington DC in 2018.

Prior to Harvard Olivia worked in regulatory law and criminal prosecution.  She was also a Judge’s Clerk in the New Zealand Court of Appeal.  Olivia enjoys travelling, art and architecture, and tennis.

Academic Events Vice-Chair – Ajay Sarma

Internal Communications Chair – Victoria von Werder

Victoria is an LL.M. candidate at Harvard Law School. She holds a law degree from Freie Universität Berlin (Berlin, Germany), where she is also pursuing a PhD in Antitrust Law. She spent two semesters as an Erasmus+ exchange student at the University of Sheffield. During her legal studies, she completed a number of legal internships, among others at the office of the German Bar Association in Brussels, Belgium. Victoria has worked as a student assistant at the Institute for Energy and Regulatory Law Berlin and as a legal assistant at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. Before coming to Harvard, she was a research assistant at Gleiss Lutz in Berlin, Germany.

Victoria is currently a senior editor at the Harvard Business Law Review. Besides law, Victoria enjoys traveling, but is also passionate about Latin and Ballroom Dancing, and photography.

External Communications Chair – Nina Trcek

Nina is an LL.M. from Slovenia. She graduated from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law in 2019, with a focus on international public law, as well as attended the University of Lisbon and Paris Nanterre University. She has interned in small to mid-sized law firms in Slovenia and worked as Lawyer Linguist at the Court of Justice of the European Union and as Legal and Policy Advisor at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

At HLS, Nina is also Co-President of the Harvard Central and Southeast Europe Law Student Association (CSELSA). In her free time, she enjoys travelling, playing tennis, dancing salsa and reading.

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 Law Association and Harvard Asian Pacific American Law Student Association.

Continuing Board Member – Stefan Martinić

Stefan Martinić is an LL.M. Candidate at Harvard Law School. He finished a 5-year integrated BA-MA law school program at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, during which he went on an Erasmus+ exchange program at l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He interned at the European Parliament in Brussels and in the Court of Justice of the EU in Luxembourg. He holds an LLM in European Law from LSE and an Artificial Intelligence Certificate from the Oxford’s Saïd Business School. He has a two-year experience of working in top-tier law firms in Croatia.

Stefan’s interests are travel, basketball, chess and politics.

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.

Faculty Sponsor – Jose M. Martinez-Sierra

Jose M. Martinez-Sierra is Jean Monnet ad personam Professor for the Study of European Union Law and Government. Since 2012, he develops a number of teaching, research and administrative roles at Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Law School. He is a Faculty Affiliate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and Faculty Associate of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. He is an Advisory Council Faculty Member and EU Law Coordinator of the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School, co-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 Southern Europe in the EU Study Group at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard. He is also the Faculty Sponsor of the Harvard European Law Association.