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Our Team

Our Team

Professor Celine Tan

Professor of International Economic Law, School of Law, University of Warwick, UK

NeF DeF Project Lead & Coordinator


My research is on the intersections between international economic law and international development policy and practice. I am interested in the relationship between international development finance, the regulation of transnational financial flows and their impact on states and markets.


Dr Johanna del Pilar Cortés-Nieto

Profesora principal, Facultad de Jurisprudencia, Universidad del Rosario (Colombia)


My research focuses on how international development law, policy and practice shape Global South states’ institutional and legal arrangements, and how communities challenge and resist these arrangements through legal and non-legal means.

Dr Daria Davitti

Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden


My research examines financial mechanisms to support refugee responses, especially refugee finance and humanitarian finance.

Dr Stéphanie de Moerloose

Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Humbolt University Berlin and Universidad Austral, Escuela de Gobierno, Argentina


I conduct research into the legal aspects of international financial institutions’ development cooperation, especially environmental and social conditionality, blended finance and the implementation of sustainable development. It is premised on law and development literature and on the law of international organisations.

Dr Gamze Erdem Türkelli

Research Assistant Professor at the Law and Development Research Group, University of Antwerp, Belgium


My research currently focuses on the accountability implications of mobilizing private actors in financing development through multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) as well as human and children’s rights issues linked to global economic governance.


Dr Benjamin Hunter

Lecturer in International Development, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, UK


My research lies at the intersection of global health and international development, including how development financing is used to create and encourage markets in the healthcare sector.

Dr Serena Natile

Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Warwick, UK


My research interests lie in the areas of gender studies, law & development, global political economy, finance and digital technologies.

Dr Jeremmy Okonjo

Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Warwick


My research focuses on the role of financial law and regulation in the constitution of sustainable finance, and also the role of technology in the depoliticization of the development process.

Dr Karina Patricio Ferreira Lima

Lecturer in Commercial Law, School of Law, University of Leeds, UK


My research interests centre on the constitutive role of law over the world’s economic organisation, with a particular focus on international economic law. My areas of expertise include global economic governance, international financial institutions, and the international legal architecture of money and finance. I am particularly interested in the role of financial and monetary legal infrastructures in development and environmental sustainability strategies, including in the fields of sovereign debt and sovereign insolvency.


Chris Tassis

PhD Candidate, School of Law, University of Warwick


Chris is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Warwick. His thesis focuses on the reconciliation of international investment Law and sustainable development, and under the auspices of the NeF DeF project he works with Dr Celine Tan in analysing the governance implications of the shifting landscape of international development finance. Chris has acted as a Legal Consultant in a variety of technical assistance and capacity building programmes fostering access to finance reforms.

Dr Amaka Vanni

Lecturer in Law, School of Law, University of Leeds, UK


My research focuses on the influence of private philanthropic donor actors working in public health on aspects international economic law and governance, particularly intellectual property (IP) for pharmaceuticals e.g. patents, medicines access discourse and related investment in development of new drugs.

Dr Anil Yilmaz Vastardis

Senior Lecturer, School of Law, University of Essex, UK. Co-director of the Essex Business and Human Rights Project, Essex Human Rights Centre, UK.


My research bridges the gap between corporate law, international investment law, human rights law, and tort law, examining how these areas can and should interact so as to operationalise human rights standards and environmental protection in the modern business context.