S.J.D. Candidates

Dr. Muna Al anzi, SJD Candidate No image available

Dr. Muna Al anzi
Qatar

Teaching assistant at Qatar University

Advisor: Prof. Daniel Schwarcz

Dissertation Topic: Contract Damages in Comparative Legal Systems: The Model of the Law of Qatar

Saqer Al-Sulaiti, SJD Candidate

Mr. Saqer Al-Sulaiti
Qatar

Saqer F. Al-Sulaiti is an S.J.D. doctorate student at the University of Minnesota Law school. After receiving his bachelor's in law degree from Qatar University College of Law, he worked as a full-time teaching assistant at QU, working in the externship program and Civil Procedures I courses. In 2017, he received an L.L.M. degree from the University of Minnesota and was admitted to S.J.D. program the same year. His current work is a comparative study between Qatar Arbitration law and UNCITRAL Model.

Advisor  Prof. Prentiss Cox

Dissertation Topic  Reviewing, Recognition and Enforcement of International Commercial Arbitral Awards: A Comparative Study between Qatari Arbitration Law and UNCITRAL Model law

Zakaria Almulhim, SJD Candidate

Mr. Zakaria Almulhim
Saudi Arabia

Zakaria Almulhim is an S.J.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota Law School. Almulhim served as an R.A. and a T.A. during his S.J.D. residency and candidacy. He holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. During his masters, he interned with the Office of Administrative Hearings in St. Paul. Almulhim received his LL.B with the highest honor from Imam Mohammed bin Saud University for Islamic Studies.

Advisor  Prof. Christopher Roberts

Dissertation Topic  The Acts of King Doctrine: A Constitutional Transformation

Ms. Badriya Basalem, SJD Candidate

Ms. Badriya Basalem
Saudi Arabia

After finishing my LL.M. from the University of Minnesota I went back to my country, I got a License to Practice Law in Saudi Arabia. Also, I worked as a lecturer in law, and I am now completing my S.J.D. to become a professor in law.

Advisor:  Prof. June Carbone

Dissertation Topic: Ensuring the Protection of Human Rights Violations under International Law

Ms. Luqi Han, SJD Candidate

Ms. Luqi Han
China

Luqi Han is an S.J.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota Law School. After obtaining an LL.B. from Central University of Finance and Economics, she received her LL.M. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Advisor: Prof. Joan Howland

Dissertation Topic: Technology Law and Intellectual Property

Youchull Jung, SJD
Mr. Youchull Jung
South Korea

Youchull Jung is an S.J.D. Candidate at the University of Minnesota Law School. He is a partner at Lee & Ko, one of the most prominent law firms in South Korea. Mr. Jung is a former financial regulator and prosecutor in South Korea. He worked as deputy director at the Financial Policy Bureau and Financial Intelligence Unit at the Financial Services Commission. As a prosecutor, he was in charge of investing significant financial and tax crimes at the Financial and Tax Investigation Division in the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office. Mr. Jung has received his LL.M. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2013, LL.B. from Yonsei University in 1993. Mr. Jung was admitted to Korean Bar in 2002 and to the New York Bar in 2018.

Advisor: Prof. Richard W. Painter

Dissertation Topic: Toward Efficient Securities Market Manipulation Regulation in Korea: Why does Korean regulation rely heavily on criminal enforcement? Should it change? Theory, Evidence, and Recommendations

Guanming  Liu , SJD Candidate

Mr. Guanming Liu
China

I am an attorney in China specializing in criminal litigation. I received my Bachelor of Law degree from Jilin University in China. Then I got two LL.M. degrees. One is from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, concentrated on common law. The other is from the University of Minnesota, concentrated on criminal justice. I have a broad interest in normative study including philosophy of punishment, political philosophy, moral philosophy, jurisprudence, comparative study of criminal law, legal culture, legal history, human rights, and global justice. To be a legal scholar has always been my dream. It is a noble career to advance human knowledge and justice. I do expect we can do it together if you have the same dream.

Advisor  Prof. Brian Bix

Dissertation Topic I am glad to participate in Minnesota's S.J.D. program starting in 2019. This is an exciting beginning of my academic career. My dissertation focuses on the justification of punishment. Specifically speaking, I'm trying to develop a new theory of justifying punishment within the framework of Rawls’ philosophy. Prof. Rawls has established one of the most influential theories of justice in history. However, his theory is focusing on distributive justice rather than retributive justice. By applying his philosophical methods, such as original position and reflective equilibrium, I intend to construct a new version of retributivism. I find this research quite interesting and meaningful. It would at least explore three fascinating issues: (1) the relationship between distributive justice and retributive justice; (2) the foundation of punishment from social contract tradition; (3) the expected functions and limits of punishment. This research would also set standards for us to reflect and to reexamine the current penal practice: whether punishment can be regarded as an instrument, whether the state (or we) have a political obligation to rehabilitate offenders, whether the death penalty is morally permissible, etc. In a word, punishment requires justification. It is a significant way how we should treat other citizens in modern civilization.

Daniel Vásquez Vega, SJD Candidate

Mr. Daniel Vásquez Vega
Colombia

Daniel Vásquez Vega is an S.J.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota Law School. Originally from Colombia, he holds an LL.B. from CES University in Medellín and an LL.M. from University College London. After six years of working as an in-house attorney at Colombia's biggest insurance company, he joined the faculty of EAFIT Law School where, as an assistant professor, he teaches contracts, torts, and insurance law. He is also an arbitrator at the Medellín Chamber of Commerce and an Ad-Hoc Judge (Conjuez) of the Medellín Court of Appeals, Civil Chamber. His research focuses on legal history, private law, Colombia's use of judicial precedent and incorporation of stare decisis, and the importance of cases and case law in legal pedagogy.

Advisor  Prof. Carol Chomsky

Committee Members Sarah Chambers, Carol Chomsky, Jorge González Jácome, Barbara Welke

Dissertation Topic  Building legal culture and private law through judicial decision making in 20th century Colombia. 
The main goal of my doctoral research is to determine the role precedent played in Colombia during the 20th century when it was not binding. I will discover the practices that existed with respect to the use of judicial decisions, identify how such practices came to be, and learn how they shaped our understanding of the law, especially private law. I hope my work can transform how Colombians see case law so that it is understood as having always been a key force in the legal system’s development rather than as having been on its margins. Such a change in perspective would ultimately change how we think about the law, how we practice it, and how we teach it. This is crucial at a time when Colombia is still struggling with the implementation of a system of binding precedent. On a broader level, my research may also show that there is less difference than usually believed between civil law systems like Colombia’s and common law systems, where precedent has always been considered binding.

Graduates

Abdullah Al Dossari, SJD

Dr. Abdullah Al Dossari
Saudi Arabia

Abdullah Al Dossari received his S.J.D from University of Minnesota Law School in 2019. He is an assistant professor of business and corporate law at King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia, and a judicial member of the committee for the settlement of financing disputes and violations; a judicial committee operates under the aegis of the Saudi Central Bank. Al Dossari’s research interests include corporate governance, securities regulations, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate bankruptcy.

Advisor Prof. Brett McDonnell

Dissertation Topic Exit Rights and Protecting Minority Shareholders in a Saudi Limited Liability Company: A Case for Reform
In his dissertation, Abdulla suggested reforms to Saudi limited liability company law that would better protect minority shareholders. The analysis of his research emphasized the present difficulties a dissatisfied minority LLC shareholder faces when seeking to sell his or her stake in a company. His paper’s research demonstrates that the Saudi Companies Regulation (SCR) inadequately protects LLC minority shareholder rights, leaving them vulnerable to majority oppression. He concluded that the SCR should be reformed to incorporate more of the minority shareholder protections provided by United States’ LLC laws.

Committee Members Claire Hill, John Matheson, Brett McDonnell, Fred Morrison, Paul Vaaler

Degree Conferred 2019

Mohammed Abdullah Al Mulhim, SJD

Dr. Mohammed Abdullah Al Mulhim
Saudi Arabia

Dr. Mohammed Al Mulhim holds a BA degree in Sharia law, two master’s degrees in law, and a S.J.D. degree from the UMN Law School. Mohammed is an assistant law professor at KFU Collage of Law and the President of the Tax Committee in the East Province, Saudi Arabia. Mohammed works to gain academic and hands-on experience in the domain of Human Rights Law, to fortify the organizations and educational institutions charged with the promotion and protection of these rights under Sharia Law.

Advisor Prof. Robert Stein

Dissertation Topic Judicial Independence In Saudi Arabia: Challenges and Prospects
Principles of the rule of law involve judicial independence, clear and stable laws, the protection of fundamental rights, and the accountability of government and private entities as well as individuals under the law. Since judicial independence is the cornerstone of the rule of law and the judiciary in Saudi Arabia has been progressively viewed as not fully independent, this research evaluates the extent to which Saudi Arabia complies with the 20 judicial independence principles provided by the United Nations.
This study concludes that while complete judicial independence from the King cannot be achieved, more robust protection of judicial independence in the Basic Law of Governance (BLG) and the judicial laws as well as establishing a Constitutional Court would be a successful move toward resolving the current violations. Laws, amendments, and use of international organizations and states’ experiences are proposed as key initiatives for future reform.

Degree Conferred 2018

Nasser Altwayan, SJD

Dr. Nasser Altwayan
Saudi Arabia

Nasser Altwayan is an assistant Professor of corporate law at the Law and Policy Governance Department at the Higher Judicial Institute in Saudi Arabia, with a research focus and legal expertise in the Saudi Judiciary. He is also a legal counselor serving multiple clients in the field of business, corporate, and securities laws. He earned his Doctor of Juridical Science degree, S.J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2019 under the supervision of Professor Richard W. Painter. He also earned his Master of Law degree, LL.M., from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2016. He had another master's degree in Law focusing on International Commercial Law from the Higher Judicial Institute at Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University in 2013. Nasser Altwayan has been focused his work for years on the field of corporate and securities law in Saudi Arabia and the global stage, and he is looking forward to helping to propose and provide solutions for business and corporate legal questions either in Saudi Arabia or internationally and cross-border commerce.

Advisor Prof. Richard W. Painter

Dissertation Topic Corporate Insider Trading in Saudi Arabia: A Comparative Analysis with the United States
This dissertation examines the present regulations of corporate insider trading in the United States and Saudi Arabia and to determine whether the two laws are doctrinally and practically similar or different. It also focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of the Saudi Arabian corporate insider trading regulations by comparing them with U.S. regulations. This dissertation includes both descriptive and comparative analyses of the two countries’ regulations. The findings of this dissertation imply that the Saudi Arabian regulations are somewhat uncertain and ambiguous compared to the U.S. regulations. Therefore, this dissertation proposes recommendations to reform Saudi Arabian corporate insider trading regulations that benefit from the U.S. regulations, so they are more certain for all parties.

Degree Conferred 2019