Ivo is a DPhil Candidate at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. His research, funded by a Grand Union Scholarship (Economic and Social Research Council) and Merton College, focuses on the rights-protecting function of judicial review in post-authoritarian societies. His project, which is supervised by Professor Catherine O'Regan and Professor Linda Mulcahy, 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 was the Convenor of the Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) network (2017-2020) and Chairperson of Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP) for 2015-2016. He also served as the inaugural President of the Grand Union Scholars Association (2016-2017). He currently convenes the Socio-Legal Discussion Group at Oxford's Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. He holds degrees (MSt in Socio-Legal Research, Merton, 2017; Magister Juris, Balliol, 2015) and a Diploma in Legal Studies (Hertford, 2011) from the University of Oxford, as well as a law degree from the Humboldt University in Berlin (1. Staatsexamen, Berlin-Brandeburg, 2014). During his studies, he has specialised in comparative equality law, international criminal law, public international law, European Union law, and legal philosophy, among other subjects.

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. He is also lead law tutor at World Scholars Academy and a senior tutor on the Oxford Scholastica Academy summer school. 

He has clerked for the International Criminal Court on the Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo case (2015) and has worked for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in New York (2017), as a legal consultant at the European Directorate of the German Parliament (2014), and as a research assistant at Professor Anna-Bettina Kaiser's Chair for Public Law and Jurisprudence at Humboldt University (2013-2014). Prior to his graduation from Humboldt, he also completed an internship at the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice (2010).

In the fall of 2019, Ivo was a visiting scholar at the Gilbert + Tonkin Centre of Public Law of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. This academic visit, supported by a grant from the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership, was hosted by Professor Rosalind Dixon. Since 2020, Ivo has been one of the researchers on the international comparative project JUDICON-EU, which uses an innovative empirical methodology to map the diversity and measure the strength of judicial decisions, as well as explain judicial behaviour vis-á-vis the legislative branch in Europe.


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I Gruev, '2019 Developments in Bulgarian Constitutional Law' in R Albert, D Landau, P Faraguna, S Drugda (ed), 2019 Global Review of Constitutional Law (I-CONnect and Clough Center - Boston College 2020)
For Bulgaria, 2019 was marked by rising tensions among the highest echelons of state power, particularly between the President and the government. Against this background, the most significant constitutional developments concerned the controversial appointment of a new Chief Prosecutor and a long-overdue reform aimed at ending the impunity of this office.

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

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