Today marks the launch of the fourth generation of the Kleros Fellowship of Justice.
Since its' inception in 2018, we did not imagine we would welcome such incredible minds - from high level attorneys and arbitrators to social scientists, entrepreneurs and students, all focused on delivering novel tools to advance our goal of bringing justice to the unjusticed.
The Fellowship has now truly become global, bringing together experts from every corner of the Earth. After a long and arduous selection process, we are ready to welcome and support our new Fellows in their research and development.
We are incredibly proud to have such a hard hitting group of professionals on board, so let us welcome them into the fold!
Juan Escallon is a Colombian lawyer and entrepreneur, graduated from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá. He obtained an LLM in International Economic Law at Johannes-Gutenberg Universität Mainz and an Executive MBA at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. Later, he was involved in diverse legal tech projects before joining the crypto industry full time in 2017.
During his time in the Fellowship, Juan will explore uses cases for decentralized curation solutions in Decentralized Finance (DeFi). In particular, the implementation of Kleros' Token Curated Registries (TCR) as a tool for risk assessment, legal compliance, and quality standard for DeFi assets.
Viraj Ananth is a final-year B.A. LLB (Hons.) student at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. He currently works with SYKE Legal Engineering as a legal technology consultant and serves as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the National Law School of India Review. Post-graduation, he is keen to pursue a career in the intersection of law, technology and business.
During the Fellowship, Viraj will research Kleros Layer 2 business models for B2B and B2C disputes in the Application Programming Interfaces (API) markets.
Marvin is a securities lawyer with a background in trade research - specifically focused on international disputes of investment contracts at McGill University Faculty of Law. He has designed investment policies, legal software and arbitration clauses for multilateral trade institutions and courts like the Caribbean Court of Justice. I'm currently the co-founder & CEO of Raise, a Binance-backed startup building a securities exchange for emerging markets.
Marvin will be the Kleros-Maker Fellow on Decentralized Finance, developing a framework for assessing the compatibility of cryptoassets acceptable as DAI collateral.
Olaleye Oladimeji, International Lawyer
Olaleye Oladimeji is an International Lawyer and Associate at the African office of the International law firm Aliant Law, specialized in diverse law practice areas such as Intellectual property (IP) protection, Telecommunications, Blockchain, Finance, Oil and Gas, Aviation, Entertainment, Sports, Data Protection, Project Financing, and Real Estate.
During his fellowship, Olaleye will conduct research on the use of blockchain technology such as Kleros as a tool for legal transformation across Africa, with a global outlook. The research paper seeks to make a case for the digital liberalization of the legal industry by African Lawyers and cross-border justice delivery systems in Africa by infusing centralized and decentralized technologies. The recommendations of this research paper will hopefully be implemented and form an integral part of the architectural policy framework in the repositioning of African legal systems in line with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
Our latest generation brims with new energy needed to push decentralized justice further into the global spotlight. Their work will continue building the cornerstones of this new approach to justice systems, enabling all of us to have accessible dispute resolution in hand's reach.
May their their labor bring fruit and may it light the way for years to come!
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