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.

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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

11 Nov 2019

Monday - 1:00PM

Breaking Legal Ground: ICC Investigations in Palestine

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Dr Mishana Hosseinioun; Rodney Dixon QC

Speaker Affiliation

Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford; Temple Garden Chambers

Venue

Faculty of Law - Seminar Room k

04 Nov 2019

Monday - 1:00PM

KEYNOTE SEMINAR: Colombia's Special Jurisdiction for Peace: Are There Reasons for Hope?

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Judge Julieta Lemaitre

Speaker Affiliation

Colombian Special Jurisdiction for Peace

Venue

Faculty of Law - Seminar Room F

28 Oct 2019

Monday - 1:00PM

Measuring Peace: Local Participation and Perspectives in Peacebuilding

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Anupah Makoond

Speaker Affiliation

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Venue

Faculty of Law - Seminar Room F

21 Oct 2019

Monday - 1:00PM

CANCELLED Book Launch: Transforming Rwanda – Challenges on the Road to Reconstruction

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Jean-Paul Kimonyo

Speaker Affiliation

Senior Adviser, Office of the President of Rwanda; Fellow, Rift Valley Institute

Venue

Faculty of Law - Seminar Room F

14 Oct 2019

Monday - 1:00PM

Documenting Crimes in Syria and Iraq: ISIS and the Crimes Against the Yazidis

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Sareta Ashraph

Speaker Affiliation

Garden Court Chambers; Visiting Fellow of Practice, Programme on International Peace and Security, ELAC, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Venue

Faculty of Law - Seminar Room F

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)

Research projects