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Research fellows 2016

Nidal Al-Farajin is an independent Palestinian researcher and Human Rights activist. He was born and raised in the Arroub refugee camp West Bank. Mr. Alfarajin holds a Bachelor and a Master Degree in Human Rights from Bethlehem University and the University of Malta, as well as a High Diploma in Gender Studies from the United Nations University in Iceland. He is currently working as a Human Rights Supervisor for “Les Enfants, le Jeu et I‘Education”, a Palestinian non-profit organization which was founded in 2002. He has also worked as a researcher and consultant with the UN and Palestinian NGO’s on Human Rights issues.

Olakunle Michael Folami is a Lecturer at the Department of Sociology & Criminology, Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State, Nigeria where he teaches Research Methodology, Criminology, Law and Society. His doctoral dissertation focused on Transitional Justice entitled ‘‘Strengthening DDR through Reparations: An Exploration of Gender Blindness in the Niger Delta Post-Amnesty Reintegration Programme’’ at Ulster University, United Kingdom. Folami's research paper entitled ‘‘Unreported Cases of Domestic Violence in Two Heterogeneous Communities in Nigeria” has been awarded the distinguished best paper award by the Turkish Institute of Police, Texas, USA. The paper has become a United Kingdom Border Agency policy paper on asylum. Folami has a number of publications in both international and national journals including Sage, Taylor and Francis, Palgrave McMillian and others.

Ana Ljubojevic is a Newfelpro postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb, Croatia. She obtained her PhD in Political Systems and Institutional Change at the Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy. Her thesis examined the impact of war crime trials on historical narratives in Croatia and Serbia. She is currently conducting research on "International Criminal Tribunals as actors of domestic change" at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, Poland and is conducting research as part of the "Framing the nation" project at the University of Rijeka, Croatia.

Goeffrey Lugano is a PhD candidate at the University of Warwick (United Kingdom) where he is conducting his research project entitled “The Politicization of International Criminal Intervention and the Impasse of Transitional Justice: A Comparative Study of Uganda and Kenya”. The study is based on the emerging criticism that the International Criminal Court (ICC) continuously faces in Africa, as well as the political impacts of its interventions in situations such as Uganda and Kenya. Lugano is interested to further assess the implications for peace processes in the region. Lugano holds a MSc in Governance and Development from the Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp, Belgium. He has furthermore been engaged in various research activities with non-governmental organizations in Kenya.

Ratana Ly is, since 2013, a teaching assistant at the English Language Based Bachelor of Law (ELBBL) Program in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She further teaches human rights classes to court clerks at the Royal Academy for Judicial Professions in Cambodia. She is working as a researcher at the Center for the Study of Humanitarian Law (CSHL), Cambodia’s only research initiative dedicated to conducting research on international law and human rights. She has a LLB and LLM and conducted individual research with the support of the ELBBL, the CSHL and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) on the right to protection of Cambodian domestic workers in Malaysia; human rights and labor migration, and the Cambodian-Australian response to refugee crisis.

Robert Mugagga is a Ugandan lawyer and lecturer at the School of Law, Nkumba University, Uganda where he teaches at graduate and postgraduate level. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Law (Hons.) and a Master of Arts in Human Rights from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Additionally, he holds a Master in Law (cum laude) from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa and the Humboldt University, Germany. Mr. Mugagga is currently pursuing a PhD project that investigates the use of transitional justice and international criminal justice mechanisms to redress gross human rights violations in Northern Uganda.

Gjylbehare Bella Murati holds a PhD in Law from Ghent University, Belgium, an LL.M. from Essex University in the United Kingdom and a BA in Law from Universities of Prishtina, Kosovo, and Utrecht, Netherlands. Murati currently teaches at two law schools in Kosovo, at the Law School of the University of Haxhi Zeka and at European School of Law and Governance in Prishtina, Kosovo. She is also associate postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Public, International and European Law of the Law Faculty in Ghent, Belgium. In 2015, she was a visiting lecturer at European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization in Venice Lido, Italy.

Valentyna Polunina is a PhD candidate at the Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’, University of Heidelberg, Germany, where she is working on her PhD project on Soviet war crimes trials policy in the Far East after World War II. She holds a Magister in International Relations from Kiev State University, Ukraine, and a Master in Peace and Conflict Studies from Marburg University, Germany, where she used to work as a student research assistant at the International Centre for the Research and Documentation of War Crimes Trials.

Netton Prince Tawa is a PhD candidate in Political Science and Researcher at Centre Thucydide, Université Pantheon-Assas, Paris, France and the Université Félix Houphouet-Boigny, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. His research is related to "Strategies of Former Colonial Powers in the Resolution of Internal Armed Conflicts in Africa after 1994: the Cases of Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire". Mr. Tawa holds a MA in Public and International Law and a MA in Management of Conflict Studies. Since August 2013, he is a member of Thinking Africa and an expert for issues related to negotiation and conflict resolution.