Biography

Ivo’s research, funded by a Grand Union Scholarship (by the Economic and Social Research Council) and Merton College, focuses on the rights-protecting function of judicial review in post-authoritarian societies. His project looks at how newly created constitutional courts protect human rights, focusing on individual access to constitutional adjudication. In particular, he is studying the intricacies of the Bulgarian Constitutional Court against the background of the drafting of the 1991 (post-communist) Bulgarian Constitution in its historical and regional context. 

Ivo is the Convenor of the Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) network and former Chairperson of Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP). He was the inaugural President of the Grand Union Scholars Association. He holds a law degree from the Humboldt University of Berlin and a Diploma in Legal Studies from Oxford with specialisation in European Union law, public international law, and jurisprudence. In 2015, he completed the Magister Juris at Balliol College Oxford, focusing on comparative equality law, international criminal law, and law in society.

Ivo has teaching experience in human rights law, jurisprudence, public international law, EU law and legal sociology and anthropology. He has taught for the Stanford University Bing Overseas Studies Program and the Washington International Studies Council in Oxford, and is the senior tutor on the Oxford Scholastica Academy summer school. 

He has clerked for the International Criminal Court on the Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo case, and has worked for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in New York, as a legal consultant to the German Parliament, and as a research assistant at the Humboldt University. Prior to his graduation from Humboldt, Ivo has completed an internship at the 'International Legal Cooperation and European Questions' Directorate of the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice.

Publications

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Research Interests

Human Rights Law; Constitutional Law; Law in Society; Comparative Law; Equality and Discrimination Law; European Union Law; Public International Law

Events organised by Ivo Gruev

Past events

19 Jun 2019

Wednesday - 1:00PM

CONFERENCE: Justice for Transnational Human Rights Violations - At the Crossroads of Litigation, Policy and Scholarship

Venue

Bonavero Institute of Human Rights (Sir Josepth Hotung Auditorium); St Antony's College (Nissan Theatre)

20 May 2019

Monday - 1:00PM

Panel Discussion: Transitional Justice in Colombia - New Challenges

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Juanita Leon; Andrei Gomez-Suarez; Miguel La Rota; Annelen Micus

Speaker Affiliation

La Silla Vacia; University of Bristol and UCL; Colombian Prosecution Office; Bonavero Institute of Human Rights

Venue

Seminar Room L (between The Missing Bean cafe & the Bodleian Law Library)

13 May 2019

Monday - 1:00PM

Current Challenges to International Justice: Lean in or Leave?

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Leila Sadat

Speaker Affiliation

Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute

Venue

Blavatnik School of Government (room tbc)

07 May 2019

Tuesday - 12:30PM

Book Launch: The Trial of the Kaiser

Bonavero Discussion Group

Speaker

Professor William A. Schabas

Speaker Affiliation

Middlesex University

Venue

Bonavero Institute of Human Rights - Gilly Leventis Meeting Room

29 Apr 2019

Monday - 1:00PM

Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective: Book Launch of ‘Justice framed: A Genealogy of Transitional Justice’

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Marcos Zunino

Speaker Affiliation

British Institute of International and Comparative Law

Venue

Seminar Room L (between The Missing Bean cafe & the Bodleian Law Library)

11 Feb 2019

Monday - 1:00PM

Book Launch: 'Apartheid Guns and Money' - Exposing a Global Network of Profit

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Hennie van Vuuren

Speaker Affiliation

Open Secrets

Venue

Seminar Room L (between The Missing Bean cafe & the Bodleian Law Library)

21 Jan 2019

Monday - 1:00PM

Film Screening: ‘The Faces We Lost’: A Memorial Landscape of Contemporary Rwanda

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Piotr Cieplak

Speaker Affiliation

University of Sussex

Venue

Bonavero Institute of Human Rights - Sir Joseph Hotung Auditorium

26 Nov 2018

Monday - 2:00PM

'The Death of the ICC? The Politics of International Criminal Justice in Africa'

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Dr Phil Clark; Prof Payam Akhavan; Dr Holly Porter

Speaker Affiliation

SOAS

Venue

Faculty of Law - The Cube

19 Nov 2018

Monday - 1:00PM

‘The Legality of Rebel Courts during Non-International Armed Conflicts’

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Dr Mark Klamberg

Speaker Affiliation

Stockholm University

Venue

Seminar Room L (between The Missing Bean cafe & the Bodleian Law Library)

12 Nov 2018

Monday - 1:00PM

‘Reparation for Victims of Mass Atrocities: Reflections on Key Challenges’

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Professor Clara Sandoval

Speaker Affiliation

University of Essex

Venue

Seminar Room L (between The Missing Bean cafe & the Bodleian Law Library)

Research projects