Emory Law SJD Society


Abdulrahman Samandar

Abdulrahman Samandar is an SJD candidate at Emory University School of Law. He is from Saudi Arabia where he works as a lecturer in law at the Saudi Electronic University. He has obtained his LLM degree from Washington University in St. Louis. With several years of law practicing in Saudi Arabia, his areas of interest are Business law, corporation law, and international law. His SJD dissertation focuses on FDI Laws and Policies. In Particular, he is challenging the Saudi Arabia Foreign Direct Investment policies regarding incentives, guarantees, and dispute resolution tools. With comparison to global trends of FDI policies, USA policies, and the Saudi official desire to diversify its economic resources, he discusses the crucial legal FDI obstacles related to regulatory, judicial and social aspects.


Anton Sorkin

Faculty Supervisor: Professor John Witte, Jr.

Anton Sorkin holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a JD from Regent University School of Law, and an LL.M. from Emory University. He focuses his academics on law & religion with the Center for the Study of Law & Religion, while also practicing law with an employment firm in Atlanta. His dissertation is based on a methodology for restoring religious liberty in an age of estrangement. It combines: a historical section based on the detrimental fringe entities that have sought to weaponize or diminish religious freedom; a philosophical section based on a theory of cooperation; and, a legal section based on finding the proper balance that aims to reconcile competing values. 


Ashish Makhija
Faculty Supervisor: Vice Dean Robert B. Ahdieh

Ashish has over 27 years of rich working experience in the field of law, accountancy and teaching. He has worked extensively in corporate and business law, bankruptcy, litigation, finance, accounting, auditing, assurance, and anti-money laundering with a strong hands-on track record of practice of law and teaching. Ashish received his Master of Laws (magna cum laude) in International Taxation & Finance from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, USA and also from Kurukshetra University, Haryana, India. Ashish has also served as Adjunct Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA. Since June 2011, Ashish is the Standing Counsel for the office of Official Liquidator (Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India) attached to High Court of Delhi. Ashish is also the Managing Attorney, AMC Law Firm, Advocates & Solicitors, New Delhi, India leading a multi-cultural team of lawyers and professionals. Ashish has authored several books and has contributed articles in professional magazines and journals. His dissertation is titled: The Impact of Legal and Governance Reforms on Economic Growth of India and a Comparative Study of Trends in Economic Development in USA.

David Zeligman

Faculty Supervisor: Professor John Witte, Jr.

Originally from Ottawa, Canada, David received his J.D. in 2013 and his LL.M. in 2017, both from the University of Toronto. He has previously worked as a lawyer in Toronto, practicing in the areas of corporate/commercial law and civil litigation. David is currently an S.J.D. student with Emory’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion. He is in the process of preparing his dissertation, which will involve studying interactions between the practice of law and the practice of religion, with a focus on religiously observant lawyers of various faiths and the challenges they may face in integrating their beliefs and their professional duties.

Douglas L. Waters, SJD 2019 (Expected) President, SJD Society

Douglas returned to Emory upon completing his Master of Laws degree. Born and raised in Alaska, Douglas has always had a keen interest in Alaska Native culture and religion. His SJD research focuses on the high rates of sexual violence in Indigenous communities, and it explores how this problem can be understood as one of the many enduring consequences of Judeo-Christian doctrine as embraced by the settler colonists of North America.  Douglas aspires to have an academic career that facilitates greater understanding of Native American and Alaska perspectives and concerns. 


Faizat Badmus-Busari
Faculty Supervisor: Professor Abdullahi Ahmed An- Na’im

Faizat’s dissertation is titled “Theorizing Sharia Law, International Instruments, and Women’s Right with a focus on Northern Nigeria.” Her academic interests and professional expertise include: International Human Rights Law with a particular focus on Women and Child rights, Islamic Law and Comparative Law. Since starting her SJD at Emory she has interned for the United Nations (UN Women) and currently works as a Graduate Assistant for The Carter Center’s Human Rights Program. Faizat completed her LLM focused on International and Comparative Law at Tulane University, New Orleans and is a 2016-2017 recipient of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship award.


Grihobou Roland Nombre
Faculty Supervisor: Professor Peter Hay

Grihobou received his first law degree in Burkina Faso in 2011. He also holds a Certificate of Transnational Law from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. His LLM with a concentration in International Law was achieved in 2015 from The University of Houston Law Center. As an SJD student at Emory, he is pursuing a specialization in Conflict of Laws. His dissertation topic is “Judicial Sovereignty and the taking of evidence abroad in international litigation”.


Jiaying (Christine) Jiang
Faculty Supervisor: Professor George B. Shepherd

Jiaying Christine Jiang is a lawyer in China and an arbitrator at Zhanjiang International Court of Arbitration. Currently, Ms. Jiang is pursuing her SJD degree at Emory Law. Her SJD research focuses on policies and regulations on blockchain technology, a comparative study of China and the United States. Her areas of interests also include comparative law, securities law, and corporate law. At Emory law, she is also serving as President of SJD Society, hosting Graduate Student Conference and conveying SJD Scholarly Writing Workshop. She holds an LL.M degree from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law and an LL.B degree from the Shenzhen University, School of Law. 


Recent SJD Graduates

  • Audra L. Savage, Esq., SJD
  • Bandar Bakhashwin SJD
  • Chulhye (Thomas) You
  • Wenjing Wang
  • John Joseph WAMWARA
  • Sayali Bapat