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Judge Ahmed Sameh Fahmi (March 20, 2023 - July 5, 2023)

Judge Fahmi is a member of the judiciary for the Egyptian Council of State, a national-level court for original trials and appellate matters. He hears and adjudicates cases related to administrative law, as well as disputes between individuals and government entities. After earning his first degree in law from Zagazig University in Zagazig, Egypt, he went on to attain a master’s degree in public international law from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. He is currently completing his second master’s degree in international and comparative law at the American University in Cairo.

Judge Fahmi’s research and activities are sponsored by the Government of Egypt and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and his research will focus on comparative constitutional and procedural law.

Mr. Rodrigo Rodi (April 3, 2023 – August 31, 2023)

Mr. Rodi graduated in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo in Brazil and has recently practiced and conducted research in regulatory law in the national energy sector. He is pursuing a master’s degree in Energy Studies at the Institute of Energy and Environment of the University of São Paulo (IEE-USP), where he participates in the Research Group on Energy Governance. As a former fellow of the International Center for Renewable Energies – CIBiogás in ANEEL’s (Brazil’s electricity regulator) Research and Development project, he focused on distributed generation systems.  He is a legal counsel/researcher for public and regulatory law in the energy sector and is interested in the impact of market liberalization of electricity on the public distribution service and the regulatory adjustments necessary to implement such policies in Brazil.

Mr. Rodi is interested in comparing his country’s market liberalization process with the experiences of regions that have successfully implemented policies such as Texas and will focus his activities related to the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center (EENR).

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Welcome Professor Vasilka Sancin, PhD visiting the UH Law Center August 31, 2022 – September 7th, 2022.   Professor Sancin is a Full Professor of International Law, Head of Department of International Law and Director of the Institute for International Law and International Relations at University of Ljubjana.  She will provide us with a short presentation followed by a few questions and answers.

Professor Sancin

Presentation: United Nations Human Rights Committee

Professor Sancin currently serves as a member and Vice-Chair of the UNHR Committee. Professor Sancin will present on its composition, mandate, structure, and functioning, highlighting some cases of recent decisions involving periodic monitoring of States parties' compliance with their obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Views issued on complaints submitted by individuals arguing violations of their rights, including in environmental and climate change related issues.

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