External PhD students

Pablo Gavira Díaz

Supervisor: Prof. von der Decken


Pablo Gavira Díaz is a PhD Student in International Law under the supervision of Prof. Kerstin von der Decken.

Prior to joining the WSI, Pablo studied at the University of Seville (Spain), where he received his Bachelor of Law as well as a specialisation certificate in Human Rights and Democratisation. In the course of his studies, he developed a special interest in the international protection of cultural property. Consequently, his PhD project is focused on determining whether International Criminal Law is developed enough to deal with attacks against -immovable- cultural property not only in wartime, but also during times of peace.

Bráulio Borges

Supervisor: Prof. von Arnauld


Bráulio's dissertation, which is being supervised by Prof. von Arnauld, focuses on 'The Right to Privacy as a Fundamental Right - Sensitive Data Protection and The Modern Privacy Crisis'.

He received his Bachelor in Law at the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora and is working as a lawyer in Brazil. In Kiel, he successfully completed the LL.M. program at the WSI and is currently holding a Federal State Funding scholarship at Kiel University.

Mirjam Held

Supervisor: Prof. Matz-Lück


Mirjam Held is a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary PhD Program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada and part of the German-Canadian Transatlantic Ocean System Science and Technology (TOSST) graduate research school.

She has a BSc in Marine Biology from the University of British Columbia, an MRes in Marine Mammal Science from St Andrews University in Scotland and a Master in Marine Management from Dalhousie. Her PhD research is part of the Fish-WIKS (Fisheries - Western and Indigenous Knowledge Systems) project which explores how the use of the Western scientific epistemology and Indigenous knowledge systems can enhance the current regime of decision making and consequently improve fisheries governance in Canada. Specifically, Mirjam Held investigates fisheries management in Nunavut and the Inuit knowledge system.



Jorge Arévalo

Betreuerin: Prof. Kerstin von der Decken

Jorge Gabriel Arévalo is a Ph.D. student in Climate Change Law. He holds a scholarship from the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico (Conacyt). At the Walther Schücking Institute of International Law, he works under the supervision of Prof. Kerstin von der Decken.


Jorge is currently also a consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to develop 10 Biocultural Community Protocols in different regions of Mexico.


He received his master's degree (honorable mention) in Environmental Law at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEMex).