Visiting researchers at UCWOSL

Maryam Tajeri Moghadam

Maryam Tajeri Moghadam is a PhD candidate in Agricultural Development at Tabriz University, Iran, supervised by Professor Masoud Yazdanpanah who works widely on water conservation behavior in Iran. She obtained her master of Agricultural Extension and Education Degree from Tarbiat Modares University, Iran (2013).

Maryam Tajeri Moghadam (UCWOSL)

She is supervised by Professor Marleen van Rijswick at the UCWOSL and she has been staying at the UCWOSL from April 12, 2017 to October 9, 2017. On account of a serious water crisis in Iran, her project involves working on the different issues of farmers' water conservation behavior. She wants to categorize farmers based on their attitudes and behavior. To this end, she uses a variety of models and methods such as Cultural Theory, Q Methodology and Grounded Theory.

José Marcelo Ferreira Costa

José Marcelo Ferreira Costa is a visiting researcher (Erasmus exchange program) at the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law between February the 1st and June the 30th of 2017, under supervision of Professor Marleen van Rijswick. His research focuses on wind power energy projects (onshore or offshore) and how to mitigate or compensate its ecological negative effects.

José Marcelo Ferreira Costa

He is a PhD candidate affiliated to the Faculty of Law at University of Coimbra (Portugal) since 2015, supervised by Professor Alexandra Aragão. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree from the Public Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Natal, Brasil (1997) and his Master of Law Degree on Public Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brasil (2002).

Previous visiting researchers

Salimi Turkamani

Hojjat Salimi Turkamani is assistant professor of public International Law at Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University (Iran), since January 2013. He teaches International Environmental Law, energy law and the Law of International Organizations, and his research fields of interest are international energy law, especially oil and gas law and sustainability law.

He obtained his LLM (2005 – 2008) and Ph.D (2008 -2012) in public international law from Allameh Tabataba’i University (ATU) Tehran (Iran). His PhD thesis under the title “Status of principle of sustainable development in international energy law “was supervised by Prof. Dr. Seyyed Gasem Zamani from the same university. In order to complete his thesis, he attended The Amsterdam center of Environmental law and sustainability (ACELS), university of Amsterdam (UVA) from 1 March to 1 August 2012, under adviser Prof. Dr. Marc Pallemaerts.

His recent research in energy law focused on legal frameworks of international pipelines which he as a visiting researcher completed it during his research stay at UCWOSL from 22 July to 22 august 2015.The main purpose of this research was to clarify the gaps of existing legal framework of cross-border pipelines and to search solutions to fill them.

Some his publications are:


  • Hojjat Salimi Turkamani, International Energy Law, the SD Institute of Law Research and Study, Tehran (Iran), 2015.


  • Hojjat Salimi Turkamani, The study of environmental degradation of Uremia Lake from environmental international law point of view, the center of strategic research, Rahbord journal , vol.11, 2009
  • Hojjat Salimi Turkamani, Fragmentation of international law and its effect on international law system, international law review, center for international legal affairs, vol.42, 2010.
  • Hojjat Salimi Turkamani, International sustainable development law: from lex franda to lex lata, Journal Encyclopedia of Economic Rights, No.2, Vol.19, 2012.
  • Hojjat Salimi Turkamani, the concept of Sustainable development in the context of international energy law, International Law Review, vol.49, fall-winter, 2013.


Please find a report of Salimi Turkamani’s stay at UCWOSL.

Laura von Vittorelli

Laura von Vittorelli is a PhD candidate at Leipzig University since July 2014. Her supervisor is Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Köck from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, scholarship by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, see:

PhD Thesis: The alternative objectives of the European Water Framework Directive – a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to water management

The thesis focuses on the conditions set out by Art. 4.5 and 4.7 WFD, especially regarding (1) whether there are “no alternatives with a better environmental option”, (2) how “disproportionate costs” are calculated, (3) which usages are of “public interest” and (4) how to set “alternative objectives” once 4.5/4.7 WFD are applied. Its aim is to clarify the prerequisites set by European law, using Germany as an example. Comparisons with the implementation in other Member States will be done whenever possible and necessary.
The purpose of my research stay at UCWOSL is to get an impression of the Dutch implementation of the WFD, the major issues/problems and approaches used. The factual situation is quite similar to Germany, but some aspects (e.g. principle of no-derogation, what constitutes disproportionate costs) are interpreted differently. The broad research done at the UCWOSL is very interesting and it helps me to understand the larger context of my own research.


  • Since 07/2014 PhD candidate, supervised by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Köck; scholarship by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt.
  • 2013-2014: Research associate at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ.
  • 2011-2013: Postgraduate trainee lawyer (Referendariat) at the High Court of Berlin.
  • 2006-2011: Studied law in Heidelberg, Bologna, Berlin (Humboldt University), specializing in European and International Law and working as a student research assistant.
Chunyan Li 

Chunyan Li is a visiting researcher coming from School of Law, Zhejiang University of Finance & Economics, China. She will stay at the UCWOSL from Dec. 7, 2014 to May 29, 2015.

Her research mainly focuses on administrative procedure, especially on public hearing. During her staying at the UCWOSL, she will do some researching on the measures taken to control trans-boundary water pollution, and the standing in environmental civil public interest litigation.


  • Sep. 2004~ Jul.2007, PhD., Law School, China University of Political Science and Law; the PhD thesis is Research on Pubulic Hearing in China.
  • Sep. 1997~ Mar.2000, Ma., Law School, Zhejiang University; the Master’s thesis is Research on the principle of reliance protection in administrative law.
Dan Liu

Dan Liu visited UCWOSL as a visiting researcher from November 2014 to November 2015. Dan Liu’s research fields of interest are treaty law, sustainability law, international economic law and the law of the sea. Her current research programmes are about international climate negotiations and sustainability law for energy and environment.


  • Since November 2014 Dan Liu has been a visiting researcher in UU for one year (scholarship by China Scholarship Council, “CSC”).
  • She attended The Hague Academy of International Law’s summer courses on July-August, 2012.
  • From 2011 to 2012 she had been a visiting scholar for one year in Renmin University of China (one of the most excellent universities for Chinese government’s “211 Project” and “985 Project”), Beijing, China. She is supervised by Prof. Jinsong Yu, who is an ICSID(The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes)’s arbitrator and the vice president of “Chinese Society of International Law”.
  • She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree(four years of legal study, International law) from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (one of the most excellent universities for Chinese government’s “211 Project” and “985 Project Innovation Platform”), Wuhan, China. And she obtained her Master’s Degree (two years of legal study, International law) in this same university.