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Ms. Katharina Braun

Free University of Berlin

Ms. Katharina Braun is a PhD candidate at Freie Universität Berlin and a legal trainee at the Higher Regional Court of Berlin. She holds a German law degree (1st state exam) and an LL.M. in Human Rights & Social Justice from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Her areas of interest include international criminal law, animal rights law, and legal theory. She has participated in the Day of Crisis Competition (Best Negotiations Team, 2018) and Hours of Crisis Competition (Best Written Advice Team, Winter 2019) and acted as arbitrator and judge in the VIS Moot Court and the ICC Moot Court Competition.

Mr. Bhargav Chakraborty

Mr. Bhargav Chakraborty is a graduate of National Law School of India University, Bangalore (Batch of 2021). He has a keen and demonstrated interest in international law, corporate governance, commercial litigation, environmental sustainability, inter-species justice, and emerging technology.

He was part of the winning team of the 23rd edition of Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition (IEMCC) held in Florida, USA, where he was adjudged the Best Oralist in the World Championship Round; helping NLSIU to their first win at IEMCC in over 18 years.

He was also the best speaker in both quarters and semis, securing full speaker scores from 4 esteemed judges. He was also a quarter-finalist at the 10th NUJS-HSF Corporate Law Moot Court competition, and is a national-level debating champion.

Dr. Laura Ausserladscheider Jonas

Swiss Federal Office of Justice

Dr. Laura Ausserladscheider Jonas is an award-winning international criminal law, humanitarian law, public international law and human rights law expert with extensive experience in Africa, Asia and Europe.

She currently works as a legal expert for the Swiss Federal Office of Justice. Before joining the Swiss Federal Office of Justice, she worked for the University of Lucerne as the Associate Director at the Lucerne Academy of Human Rights Implementation, as well as a legal research assistant.

Following her efforts with the Lucerne Academy, she continued her studies at Oxford University where she gained additional expertise and obtained her Magister Juris (MJur or LLM) in international criminal law and international humanitarian law. In 2021, she was awarded the title of Doctor of Laws by the University of Pretoria. Her Doctoral Thesis, conducted under the supervision of Prof. Dire Tladi (University of Pretoria), was titled “Individual Criminal Responsibility for the Financing of Entities Involved in Core Crimes”. During her doctoral studies, she conducted research at Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, as well as the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law. She was the recipient of respectively the Max Planck Society and the van Calker scholarships.

Dr. Eduardo Kapapelo

Centre for Human Rights | University of Pretoria

Dr. Eduardo Kapapelo is a Project Manager and Researcher at the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. With a focus on a variety of critical topics, Dr. Kapapelo is currently working on issues relating to climate justice and human rights. In his work, Dr. Kapapelo extends the idea of human rights beyond anthropocentric notions of justice while encouraging and recognizing the historical entanglements of extractivism, race, property and environmental destruction and how they manifest  themselves in changing climates and planetary conditions today.

Dr. Kapapelo holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in Law and a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

Mr. Altamush Saeed

Charity Doings Foundation | Environmental and Animal Rights Consultants LLP Pakistan | World Moot on International Law and Animal Rights | University of Central Punjab

Mr. Altamush Saeed BA-LLB (LUMS) LLM (UMich) LLM (L&C) LLM (L&C) is an Animal Law LLM Graduate from the Center for Animal Law Studies, Lewis and Clark Law School. He is currently pursuing an Environmental Law, Natural Resources, and Energy Law LLM at Lewis and Clark. He holds an LLM from the University of Michigan Law School, a BA-LLB from Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.

Mr. Saeed is a Co-Founder/Director of Charity Doings Foundation (charitydoings.org). Altamush is also an Animal Welfare Ambassador to Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRSWorld.org), both incorporated in Pakistan/the USA, and is a vice-chair of the American Bar Association(ABA) Animal Law, International Animal Law subcommittees, a member of the  ABA Climate Change & Human Rights Subcommittees, and a founding member of newly formed Animal Law Working Commission Group for The Union of International Associations (UIA).

Mr. Saeed served as a Legislative Advocacy Intern at Best Friends Animal Society in 2022, a Government Relations Intern at The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in 2023 and is currently serving as a Humane Policy Volunteer Leader at the Humane Society of the United States and a Thomas Raskin Summer legal intern at Mercy for Animals USA.

Mr. Saeed is also a Junior Fellow in the Animals and Biodiversity Think Tank at the Global Research Network.

Ms. Ankita Shanker

World Moot on International Law and Human Rights | University of Basel | University of Helsinki

Ankita Shanker LLB (R’dg) BCL (Oxf) BPTC (BPP) is a social entrepreneur and legal researcher specialised in Public International Law, Animal Law, and Legal Philosophy and Theory.

She earned her post-graduate degree in law from Oxford University and qualified as a barrister at the Bar of England and Wales.

After nearly 1.5 years at international criminal courts/tribunals and 1.5 years running two courses on a Swiss LLM programme, Ms. Shanker is now working towards her doctorate in Animal Rights Legal Philosophy and Theory at the Universities of Basel and Antwerp. She holds various scholarships/fellowships, and is thus funded by (the) Swiss, Belgian, and Finnish governments/research institutions.

Ms. Shanker has set up and run various moot court competitions. As International Moot Court Training Expert for the International Commission of Jurists, she founded, developed, and ran the first moot on International Human and Animal Rights Law, held at the national level in Myanmar. She is now the Founder and Director of the first world moot on International Law and animal rights, comprising an international mooting competition and mooting/coaching training courses.

Ms. Shanker is the Co-Director for Research and Expert on International Criminal Law and Animal Law at World Animal Justice. She is also a member of the Animals & Biodiversity Think Tank of the Global Research Network, and holds various other appointments and memberships, including the title of Expert at the Global Animal Law Association.

In her spare time, Ms. Shanker works, pro bono, as a legal correspondent and moot court coordinator at the UK Centre for Animal Law, a consultant composing law and policy recommendations for the European Union on behalf of Dierencoalitie (the Dutch coalition for animal NGOs), and a legal and policy advisor to various animal NGOs across Europe.

 

Mr. Wing So

Rede Chambers | University of Oxford

Mr. Wing So has a focus on international arbitration and cross-border litigation, covering mainly commercial, construction, maritime, and aviation disputes, and more recently also investment disputes. He also has a particular expertise on costs disputes, and experience with town planning and licensing work. Due to his previous work experience, he is most frequently instructed in cases involving PRC SOEs and/or entities from Russia, Ukraine, or other CIS Countries. In addition, due to his experience in legal academia and university management, he has a background in higher education law, and Islamic and Hindu succession law.

Prior to joining the Hong Kong Bar, Mr. So has been a legal academic conducting research and teaching around the globe since 2010, including at Oxford, New Delhi, Luxembourg, Moscow, Kazan, Beijing, and Hong Kong, and previously acted as a legal advisor and expert witness for private clients for years in this capacity. He was formerly a judicial assistant of the Court of Final Appeal, and also served under the judge-in-chief of the Construction & Arbitration List of the High Court of Hong Kong. He also acts as an arbitrator.

Ms. Michaela Tafani

High Court of South Africa | Animal Law Reform

Ms. Michaela Tafani is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa with several years of legal practice experience. Ms. Tafani holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (2018), and a Master of Laws degree (2022) in environmental law with a specific focus on animal rights, from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Ms. Tafani is the Programme Lead for Animal Law Reform South Africa’s Corporate Accountability Programme, which aims to shed light on the realities of the egg industry of South Africa.

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