Columbia European Law Association
Executive Board 2015-2016
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Joanna Diane Caytas
Joanna Caytas is the president of the Columbia European Law Association. She is also co-president of the Columbia Urban and Real Estate Law Society, Faculty Network & Events Chair of the Columbia Society of International Law, Communications Co-Chair of the Columbia International Arbitration Association, Board Member and Webmaster of the Environmental Law Society, a peer mentor, a staff member of the Columbia Journal of European Law, and research assistant to Professor Anu Bradford on international antitrust. During her 1L summer, Joanna interned for The Hon. Beryl A. Howell, U.S.D.J., at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Prior to Columbia Law School, she received an F. A. von Hayek Fellowship that she spent as a visiting researcher in Zurich, London, and New York. Earlier, she worked for a Swedish biotech start-up and for a Swiss management consulting firm. Joanna received the Richard Paul Richman Leadership Fellowship in 2014.
Joanna holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Columbia University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Nanotechnology from the University of Oxford.
Vice President JD
Christie is a second year law student on the double-degree program between the London School of Economics in the U.K. and Columbia Law School. Prior to joining Columbia, she spent several years in the U.K., first at a boarding school in Sevenoaks, Kent and later in London as a student at LSE. During her time at LSE, Christie studied the law and institutions of the European Union and was eager to continue developing her interest in this area of law by joining CELA. In addition to CELA, Christie is also currently a part of the Columbia Journal of European Law.
Within European Law, Christie is particularly interested in the nature of citizenship within the European Union and the possibilities for the construction of a European ‘demos’. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking and reminiscing about the days when she could hop on the Eurostar for a day trip from London to Paris.
Vice President LL.M.
Having studied law with a specialization in European Law at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, Hendrik is currently a PhD student writing a thesis on European Competition
Law. He has extensive experience in studying, researching and teaching European Law, but also experienced the European idea of free movement interning in London and Brussels. Hendrik is a LL.M. student at Columbia Law School during the academic year 2015/2016. He is looking forward to gaining a different perspective on the analysis of law in general but also to getting to know the US American perception of Europe and European Law.
Through his involvement with the Columbia European Law Association Hendrik hopes to promote the idea of intercultural exchange and peaceful economic collaboration of sovereign nations.
Edd Rivera is a 2L and simultaneously a Masters Candidate at Johns Hopkins University specializing in International Economics. He originally hails from New Jersey. He attended Boston University for college, but had a chance to live in London and explore Europe during his college years. During his time abroad, Edd developed a love for European culture and a passion for studying the European economy as well as its financial markets. Edd enjoys reading fiction, snowboarding, and playing the piano during his free time.
Hyun Young Kim
Hyun Young (H.Y.) Kim comes from Seoul, Korea, but has traveled extensively around the world, and is especially fond of Europe. After graduating from Columbia College, she spent a year at the University of Cambridge, UK, pursuing a master’s degree in Linguistics. During her first year at Columbia Law School, HY participated as a member of Columbia’s European Law Moot Court, where she was exposed to the European Legal System. She, along with her teammates, had the wonderful opportunity to compete in the Regional Finals in Prague, where she argued as a representative of the Defendants on an issue of competition law. HY hopes to practice law in both Europe and the U.S. upon graduation from Columbia.
Career Events Chair
Caroline Ceriello is the Career Events Chair for CELA. She also serves as a managing editor on the Columbia Journal of European Law and as a coach for the European Law Moot Court.
During Caroline's 1L summer, she was an enforcement intern at the Securities and Exchange Commission in New York. Prior to attending Columbia Law School, she worked as an international arbitration legal assistant for White & Case in Paris.
Caroline is originally from Manhasset, New York. She attended college at Boston College, where she earned a B.A. in International Studies.
Social Events Chair
Natalie Sykes is from Calgary, Alberta, Canada but has lived in Paris and London, where she received a Master's degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. Natalie was a member of Columbia's European Law Moot Court during the 2014-2015 academic year; her team advanced to the Regional Finals in Prague, where she argued as a representative of the European Commission on an issue of competition law. Natalie's interest in the EU began when she was a student at LSE, where she studied the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights. She hopes to practice in Europe upon graduation from Columbia.
Outreach & Special Events Director
I remain dedicated to my studies and continue to enthusiastically empower my peers at CLS! My commitment to school pride is shown through my role as a Student Ambassador for the Admissions Office. As a Student Ambassador, I meet with prospective law students, lead tours around the university, and share my experiences as a Columbia “Legal Lion.” I also serve as a Senator on the Law School’s Student Senate. As a Senator, I serve as the liaison between the students and faculty, pursuing the best interest of the student population at all times. My free time is spent volunteering through Columbia’s European Law Association, where I serve as the organization’s Outreach and Special Events Director!
Giacomo, originally from Padua, a small city near Venice in northeast Italy, is an LLM candidate at Columbia Law School. Recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, he is a graduate of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan and is currently undertaking a PhD in Law at the University of Verona. He believes in the central tenet of the Fulbright mission: that cultural exchange leads to a better, and more peaceful, world. He has a deep concern for the welfare of Europe and hopes to see stronger ties between her nations in order that equal opportunities and social justice will flourish.