Graduate Researchers

Current Graduate Researchers

  • Philip Hainbach

    Renewable Energies in International Trade and Investment Law

    Supervisors: Professor Jürgen Kurtz and Professor Margaret Young

    Philip holds an LL.M. in "International and European Law: Trade and Investment Law" from the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and an LL.B. from FernUniversität in Hagen (Germany). He advanced his studies in Barcelona (Spain) where he attended specialized courses of the “International Economic

    Law and Policy Program” (IELPO LL.M.) as well as in Bern (Switzerland) at the WTI Summer Academy 2015 of the World Trade Institute.

    Prior to commencing his Ph.D. at Melbourne Law School he interned in dispute settlement with the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization and worked for three years as a law clerk at Clearingstelle EEG, a German alternative dispute resolution institution enacted under the German Renewable Energy Sources Act with the purpose of settling domestic renewable energy disputes.

    Philip is furthermore part of the Australian-German Climate and Energy College and the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges.

  • Neha Mishra

    Trade law and Internet Governance: Never the Twain Shall Meet?

    Supervisors: Professor Tania Voon and Professor Andrew Mitchell

    Neha is a doctoral candidate at Melbourne Law School. She has previously practised law with Herbert Smith Freshfields LLP in London and Economic Laws Practice in Delhi. She has also served as a lecturer at National Law School of India University (NLS) teaching competition law and public international law. Neha has completed her undergraduate degree in law from NLS, LLM from London School of Economics, and Master in Public Policy from National University of Singapore, where she held the Kewalram Chanrai Fellowship. While completing her studies in Singapore, Neha interned with the Government Relations team at eBay, and collaborated with them on a long-term research project on e-payments regulations in the ASEAN region. She also interned with Legal and Corporate Affairs team in Microsoft, and worked on a variety of matters related to legal and policy issues in the digital technology industry.

    Neha’s doctoral thesis is focused on studying the linkages between international trade law and internet governance. More specifically, her thesis focuses on government measures that restrict data flows through the internet, and create barriers to digital trade. The objective of her thesis is to derive a legal and policy framework that balances the objectives of international trade law with policy goals in internet governance. Her doctoral studies are currently funded by the Australian Postgraduate Awards and the Endeavour IPRS.

  • Ana María Palacio

    Towards Consolidation: Enhancing the Institutional And Legal Architecture of the Pacific Alliance

    Supervisors: Professor Tania Voon and Professor Andrew Mitchell

    Ana María Palacio worked for several years at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism in Colombia providing legal advice on issues related to technical barriers to trade and services regulation. Moreover, she was part of the government team in several preferential trade agreements negotiated by Colombia and assisted in the implementation of PTAS.  Ms Palacio has a Masters of Laws from the University of Melbourne, graduate diplomas in business law from Deakin University and Externado University and a Bachelor of Laws from EAFIT University in Colombia.

    Ana Maria is working on the Pacific Alliance, a regional agreement comprising Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru that pursues deep integration. Her project examines the current organisational architecture and the institutional practices developing within the PA to assess their suitability in supporting the integration, identify shortfalls and provide insights on possible measures that could respond to the demands of the integration. This is conducted based on a theoretical background on institutional theories and insights from the research program on comparative regionalism, particularly comparative institutional design.

    Ms Palacio is the editor of the 'Blog Shaping the Pacific Alliance' (, which provides a platform for constructive discussions among different stakeholders on the progress and challenges of this integrations scheme.

  • I Gusti Ngurah Parikesit Widiatedja

    The Relationship between Trade and Investment Agreements and the National Interest: A Case Study of Tourism in Indonesia

    Supervisors: Dr Jenny Beard and Professor Tim Lindsey

    I Gusti Ngurah Parikesit Widiatedja has been a PhD student in Melbourne Law School since February 2016. He is working on his PhD Research with has a title ‘The Relationship between Trade and Investment Agreements and the National Interest: A Case Study of Tourism in Indonesia’ under a supervision from Professor Tania Voon and Professor Andrew D Mitchell.

    He earned a bachelor of law and master of laws from University of Brawijaya in East Java, Indonesia. In 2014, he earned his LLM from Asian Law and Comparative Law Program, University of Washington, Seattle with his LLM paper title ‘Public Morals Exception under the WTO as a Justification for Prohibiting Cross-Border Gambling in Indonesia’.

    In Indonesia, he works as a lecturer at International Law Department, Faculty of Law, Udayana University, Bali-Indonesia.

  • Robi Rado

    Trading in People and Trading in Services: The Political Economy of Indians’ International Labour Mobility, the Development Project and International Law

    Supervisors: Professor Sundhya Pahuja and Professor Jürgen Kurtz

    Robi is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Fellow at Melbourne Law School. His current research interests are in the areas of law and development, international law and political economy (especially in relation to the global South), international trade law and international migration law.

    International law increasingly governs whether, and the manner in which, people may move to other countries to work. This governance, which includes governance by preferential trade agreements, is often justified using claims about development in workers’ states of origin. In his PhD thesis, Robi is seeking to develop a better understanding of the international legal regimes that govern Indians’ international labour mobility, and of the relationship between those regimes and the development project. The thesis aims to elaborate the political economy of those regimes, and to unpack the assumptions underpinning the expansion of international law and governance in this area.

    Robi holds Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Melbourne. He previously worked as a coporate lawyer at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) in Melbourne and at Freshfields (now Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer) in London.

  • Ms Andrea Bockley

    PhD Student
    Supervisors: Professor Sundhya Pahuja and Professor Ursula Kriebaum (Vienna).

  • Ms Elizabeth Sheargold

    PhD Student
    Thesis: Safeguarding Regulatory Autonomy in the Negotiation and Drafting of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
    Supervisors: Professor Tania Voon & Professor Andrew Mitchell

  • Mr Carlos Arturo Villagr├ín Sandoval

    PhD Student
    Thesis: Overcoming Central America's Paradoxes: On Constitutionalism, Free Trade Agreements and Regional Integration.
    Supervisors: Professor Cheryl Saunders & Associate Professor Jurgen Kurtz

  • Mr Joshua Paine

    PhD Student
    Thesis: The International Judicial Function: A Comparative Study through the Lens of Environmental Cases.
    Supervisors: Professor Anne Orford and Associate Professor Margaret Young

Past Graduate Students

  • James Munro

    The Consistency of the Clean Energy Future Package with Australia's International Trade and Investment Obligations

    Supervisors: Professor Andrew Mitchell and Professor Margaret Young