New OPBP Committee
admin 15th December 2017

Rishika Sahgal (Chair)

Rishika is a candidate for the MPhil in Law at Magdalen College. She came to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar from India and completed her BCL with distinction. Prior to the BCL, Rishika clerked with the Chief Justice of India. She obtained her undergraduate degree in law from National Law University Delhi, India, where she was an integral part of the Death Penalty Research Project, the first-ever attempt in India at an empirical study of the administration of the death penalty. Her areas of interest are constitutional law, equality law, human rights law, social and economic rights and criminal justice.

Finn Clarke (Deputy Chair)

Finn is a BCL candidate at Wadham College, having completed his BA in Law (with French Law) at Wadham last year. His work focuses on public law, criminal law and human rights, with a particular interest in death penalty litigation. In 2015, he undertook an internship at the St. Louis University School of Law death penalty clinic, contributing to a research project examining the links between contextual factors such as race, income and social background with legal outcomes.

Katy Sheridan (Communications and Website Officer)

Katy is reading the BCL at Christ Church having previously completed her BA in Jurisprudence at New College from 2013-2016. Her main interests lie in equality law, human trafficking, and the interaction between private actors and human rights violations. She has previously worked in education and community care law, in a wide range of work including school exclusions, refugee age dispute challenges, SEN tribunals, social care provision and care leavers’ cases. She has also worked on the field in Chios, Greece, preparing applications for asylum seekers. Katy first became interested in public interest research and litigation when interning at a legal aid NGO in Bangladesh, where she worked on international law research for strategic litigation on the use of medico-legal evidence in rape trials.

Nick Queffurus (Internships Officer)

I’m reading for the MSc in African Studies; I thought Oxford’s (past) complicity in colonialism makes it a particularly thought-provoking place in which to study African affairs. During my LLB, however, my key areas of interest were comparative constitutionalism, employment law and human rights. This prompted me to work at Kalayaan over summer and to seek a career, practising in one of these fields.

Max Campausen (Research Officer)

Max Camphausen is currently an MJur candidate in Oxford with a focus on public international law, European Union Law and comparative equality law. He studied law in Germany and has done research wok for a law professor and a German corporate Law firm.

Bojana Vitanova (Research Officer)

Bojana Vitanova is a DPhil candidate at Brasenose College. She is writing her thesis on the challenges which the digital economy presents to European contract law, and on how to complete a ‘Digital Single Market’. Her areas of interest are EU law, international economic law, equality law, law and technology. Prior to the DPhil, she trained with the European Court of Justice and the European Commission Legal Service in Brussels, and completed the MJur at the University of Oxford, as well as a First State Exam in Munich.

David Baker (Treasurer) 

David is currently reading for the BCL at Christ Church having completed his undergraduate law degree at the University of Exeter between 2010-2013. After completing his undergraduate degree, David trained as a solicitor at Allen & Overy LLP and qualified into the firm’s International Arbitration department. He specialised in international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration. David’s academic interests mainly lie in the field of international law and, in particular, the applicability and enforcement of human rights laws in international contexts. David has been actively involved in pro bono work since volunteering on the Community Legal Helpdesk at Exeter. Whilst at Allen & Overy LLP he sat on the Human Rights Working Group as a trainee representative and worked on a pro bono project with the International Refugee Assistance Project. In December 2017 David undertook a field mission to Greece with Advocates Abroad to provide assistance to refugees in preparing their asylum applications.

Sergio Giuliano (Research Officer)

Sergio Giuliano is an Argentine lawyer with an LL.M. from Yale Law School. He specializes in constitutional law and human rights, and was legal adviser for the Minority Leader of the Argentine Congress and clerked for the Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights.