Core team

Prof. Nicolas Levrat

Full Professor

Professor Nicolas Levrat (LL.D., public international law) is a professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva since 2001. He is the director of Global Studies Institute (GSI) and co-founder of the Geneva Transformative Governance Lab. Professor Levrat teaches European law, territorial communities and European integration, as well as federalism and democracy in Europe, and the law of international organizations. His research focuses on European institutional law, European legal order(s), the status of public bodies in Europe, the law of minority groups, cross-border cooperation, governance in Europe, complex institutional systems and Switzerland-Europe relations. Professor Levrat is also an associate member of the ULB’s Center for International Law and Public Law Center, co-founder of the Transfrontier and Cross-Territorial Standards Research Network (RENTI), member of the Academic Council of the School Erasmus Globalization Europe and Multilateralism (GEM), co-director of the Swiss Doctoral School on the Foundations of European and International Law, member of the Editorial Board of the Belgian Journal of International Law, member of the Board of Directors of the Journal EU-Topias, member of the Steering Committee of the European Center of Culture and Vice-President of the International Meeting of Geneva.

Léa Moreau

Doctoral candidate

Léa Moreau Shmatenko joined the Global Studies Institute at the University of Geneva as a teaching and research assistant in October 2016. She is a graduate of the GSI’s Master in Russian and Eurasian Studies Master’s Degree for which she received the GSI Excellence Award in 2017. She also holds a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Fribourg (2013) and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Lausanne (2010). Before joining the GSI, she worked at the Swiss Parliament with international delegations and then as a project officer for the Edmond de Rothschild Group. Léa Moreau Shmatenko is currently preparing a doctoral thesis on the emergence and structuring of the Russian-speaking community in Switzerland. Her main research interests are post-Soviet migration, migrant associations and sociology of communities.

Alicia Rieckhoff

Research Assistant

Alicia is a research assistant at GTGLab and a Master’s candidate in Global Health at the University of Geneva. Her work at GTGLab focuses on systems resilience in the face of global systemic crises, in particular the COVID-19 pandemic, and more broadly on systemic crisis management. She is currently on exchange at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, where she specializes in global health governance and environmental issues. Her research interests include cross-sectoral approaches addressing both environment and health issues. She holds a Bachelor and a Master degree of Arts from the Basel University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Flore Vanackère

Doctoral candidate

Ms Flore Vanackère holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public and Constitutional Law and a Master’s degree in European Public Law at the Free University of Brussels. She holds a Certificate of Research formation in theory of Law at the Centre of Public Law of the Free University of Brussels. She taught constitutional Law, as well as administrative Law and methodology of research in Public national and European Law. From 2016 to 2019, she has participated in various projects on History of Law at the faculty of Law of the University of Roma Tre. After having been working as a legal expert in public, economic and financial Law at the Belgian public administration, Ms Vanackère began a PhD in European institutional Law at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva. From September 2019, she has been teaching EU Law and jurisprudence at the University of Geneva and has been participating in the organisation of international academic events.


Dr Didier Wernli

Senior Researcher

Didier Wernli is a Senior Researcher/Lecturer at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva. He has an appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong. Didier holds a medical doctorate (MD) from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva, a master’s degree (MA) in international affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development studies, and an interdisciplinary doctorate (PhD) from the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva. Over the past ten years, Didier has developed several interdisciplinary programmes and teaching activities in global health/governance as well as collaborative research at the interface between international relations and health. Drawing on systems and complexity science, his research interests are on the global governance of infectious diseases with a focus on antimicrobial resistance as a problem of global collective action within the wider transformation to sustainability. Didier is the co-founder and Director of the Geneva Transformative Governance Lab and a principal investigator within an international collaboration funded by JPIAMR on the resilience of One Health systems to antimicrobial resistance.

Research fellow

Sandra Orcí

Research fellow

Sandra Orcí is co-founder and researcher of an App to evaluate maternal health and maternity care.  She collaborates with the GTGLab in a project about “fostering interdisciplinary education and systems thinking in the area of global studies”. Sandra has professional experience in public policy, mainly in the areas of social security and public health in the Mexican Federal Government. Her thesis to get her Bachelor in Actuarial Science at ITAM (Mexico) received  the 3rd place at the Inter-American Award for Research on Social Security. She got the highest honors for her Master´s degree in Government and Public Policy at the Panamerican University and is preparing her thesis to get a Master degree in Global Health by the University of Geneva. Sandra has special interest in health systems’ governance, quality care, women’s health and development, and in the use of information technologies for health management.


Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Elise is Researcher on defense and security issues. She obtained a PhD from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (Paris Saclay) in 2015 with a thesis on “State and armed force in French constitutional law”. Auditor of the Institute of High Studies in National Defense (IHEDN) in 2018 on the Defense policy of France, she was Research and Teaching Assistant in Public Law and International Public Law at the University of Paris-Est Créteil and University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (Paris Saclay) for seven years. Her research fields include Constitutional Law and Politico-Military Institutions in France and Turkey; Defense and security issues in France (military function and politico-military crisis management in France) and Turkey; Foreign policy and geopolitics of Turkey (especially in the Middle East)

Yuliya Kaspiarovich

Postdoctoral research fellow

Yuliya Kaspiarovich is Assistant Professor in European Law at the University of Groningen. She was previously a postdoctoral researcher at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva and Emile Noël fellow at the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law and Justice, New York University School of Law (2020/2021). She holds a PhD in Law from the University of Geneva (summa cum laude). She also holds a Master’s degree in European studies from the Global Studies Institute as well as a Master’s degree in European and International Law from the Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV. In 2017, she was awarded the Diploma of the Academy of European Law of the EUI in Florence. Yuliya’s thesis questioned the rationale behind investment protection in the EU legal order in the light of the principle of mutual trust. Her broader research interests also cover European institutional and constitutional law and EU external relations law.

Former members of the team

Dr Chantal Morel, Senior research associate 2020 – 2021 COVID-19 systemic project

Mia Clausin, Research assistant 2020 – 2021 COVID-19 systemic project

Dr Anaïs Léger, Postdoc 2018 – 2021 AMR resilience project

Dr Roxanna Radu, Postdoctoral research fellow 2020 – 2021

Dr Grégoire Carasso, Research assistant 2018 – 2021

Maxime Stauffer, Research fellow 2020 – 2021