About us

We are a group of researchers who want to encourage cooperation in the field of Law and Politics. Law is a product of the political process and a change or fault in law often causes political discussion. It would, therefore, be unwise to look at either field without embracing the other. With a background either in law or in government, we decided to create a platform whereby sharing and knowledge exchange is encouraged and possible. This platform encourages young researchers to engage in discussion and cooperate with each other to reach more understanding of each other’s and thereby our own fields.

Chair and Co-founder: (Annelieke) Anne Marieke Mooij


Annelieke has co-founded the platform and is now active as an editor. Annelieke holds an LLB in Dutch Jurisprudence and International and European Law from Tilburg University and has graduated Cum Laude in Jurisprudence accent Private law and Constitutional and Administrative law masters from Tilburg University. She is writing her PhD in the field of Law at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University. The topic of her dissertation is the mandate of the European Central Bank post-euro-crisis.
Next, to her academic pursuits, Annelieke works as legal counsel for a development company.

Secretary: Niels Kirst


Niels works as Secretary of the platform, his roles and responsibilities include organizing conferences and steering the general direction of the society. Niels successfully completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Heidelberg. Subsequently, he obtained a Master’s degree in International and European law at the University of Toulouse Capitole and an LL.M. degree at the University of Paris II (Pantheon-Assas). He is a Ph.D. Candidate at the School of Law & Government of the Dublin City University. His main research interest is in the field of European Constitutional law. The topic of his dissertation is the rule of law crisis in the European Union and the remit of the Court of Justice in this regard. Moreover, Niels is interested in Antitrust and competition law, Law & Economics, and Legal Technology.

Treasurer: Elana Ivanova


Elena Ivanova is a final year International Business student. Elena specializes in Management and gained qualification in Non-Profit Organisation Management and Finance during her year in China.

She is a member of Ireland-China Business Association in Dublin. Her professional experience to date includes educational programmes, business operations management and finance.

Elena’s mother tongue is Bulgarian she is fluent in English and Russian, has a good command of Chinese Mandarin, working knowledge in Spanish and basic level in Classical Arabic.

Project Manager: Veselina McMahon

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Veselina McMahon is a project manager with a strong academic background. She has studied Philosophy and International Relations and holds a diploma in Legal Practice and Procedures.

She has extensive experience as an NGOs board member and deputy chair. Over the course of her career, she has worked on intergovernmental EU funded projects for EU accession states on higher education and environmental issues. Veselina has also worked in legal executive roles for legal practices and corporate legal teams.

She is fluent in English and Russian and has working knowledge in Spanish, French and Italian.

Publication Officer: Stephen Fowler


My name is Stephen Fowler. I am a second-year undergraduate student at DCU. I am currently studying Economics, Politics and Law. In 2017 I was named Young Economist of the Year for a project entitled “An economic analysis of Airline Tickets”. I have written articles about the legality of Khat in Ireland, the Mohalla Clinic System in New Delhi and social housing projects in Dublin.

Event Officer: Nitika Singh


Nitika Singh is currently pursuing her M.A in International Security and Conflict Studies from DCU. Prior to this, she holds a master’s degree in Political Science. In her last employment as a content coordinator, she oversaw the entire content development process of the organization. She also has experience of working with state government and media agencies in India. She takes special interest in community volunteering and is a certified yoga instructor.