Biography

Ivo’s research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 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 legal anthropology.

Ivo is teaching on the Stanford University Bing Overseas Studies Program and on the Washington International Studies Council in Oxford, and he is a senior tutor on the Oxford Scholastica Academy summer school. 

He has worked for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in New York, as a legal consultant to the German Parliament, as an academic assistant at the Humboldt University, and has clerked for the International Criminal Court.

Publications

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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 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)

05 Nov 2018

Monday - 1:00PM

Book Launch: ‘When Political Transitions Work: Reconciliation as Interdependence’

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Fanie du Toit & Kate O‘Regan

Speaker Affiliation

Institute of Justice and Reconciliation (Cape Town)

Venue

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

29 Oct 2018

Monday - 1:00PM

‘Colombian Outcast Youths and the Broken Promises of Transformative Justice’

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Elena Butti

Speaker Affiliation

University of Oxford

Venue

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

22 Oct 2018

Monday - 1:00PM

‘Battling for (In)justice: Resurgent Authoritarianism, Ongoing Conflict, and Transitional Justice in the Arab Region’

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Dr Noha Aboueldahab

Speaker Affiliation

Brookings Doha Center

Venue

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

15 Oct 2018

Monday - 1:00PM

KEYNOTE SEMINAR: 'The Arrest of a Head of State Pursuant to an ICC Warrant. The Al-Bashir Case’

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Professor Flavia Lattanzi

Speaker Affiliation

ICTY, ICTR

Venue

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

08 Oct 2018

Monday - 1:00PM

'The ICC Rohingya Case: Radical or Routine?'

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Professor Payam Akhavan

Speaker Affiliation

McGill University

Venue

Law Faculty - Seminar Room L

28 May 2018

Monday - 12:45PM

A Glimpse Into Contested Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Peru: The Forced Sterilization of Indigenous Women

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Dr Ñusta Carranza Ko

Speaker Affiliation

Ohio Northern University

Venue

Law Faculty - Seminar Room L

21 May 2018

Monday - 12:45PM

Amnesties and Inclusive Political Settlements

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Professor Louise Mallinder

Speaker Affiliation

Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University

Venue

Law Faculty - Seminar Room L

14 May 2018

Monday - 12:45PM

Book colloquium: Chocolate, Politics and Peace-Building: An Ethnography of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, Colombia

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Gwen Burnyeat, University College London; Discussant: Dr Laura Rival, University of Oxford

Venue

Law Faculty - Seminar Room L

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