Student Advisory Board

The Student Advisory Board of the Centre for Fundamental Rights is an independent student body that acts as a link between the Centre and the students of the Hertie School. The Student Advisory Board organises student-led events and provides advice on programming, events and other activities hosted by the Centre.

The Centre for Fundamental Rights invites Hertie School students (all programs, all class years) to apply for membership on the Student Advisory Board during the 2021-2022 academic year.

To apply for the Student Advisory Board, please send your application to fundamentalrights[at]hertie-school[dot]org no later than 10 October 2021


Members of the Student Advisory Board for the academic year 2020/2021: 

Alena Dietl is a first year MPP student at the Hertie School. She has a Bachelor of Science in Geography and puts a lot of her energy into activism with Amnesty International. Alena has a particular interest in the link between the climate crisis and human rights.

Benedikt Hecking is a second year graduate student in International Affairs at the Hertie School. Before coming to Hertie, he graduated in Philosophy and has a particular interest in the ethical justification of humanitarian interventions and the universalism of human rights.

David Backovsky is a first year MIA student at the Hertie School. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a background in international development and cultural production. He has spent the last several years working with community theaters in Eastern Europe and the Middle East on projects highlighting fundamental rights issues.

Elise Racine is currently pursuing an EMPA with a concentration in digitalization and big data. She holds a MSc in Health and International Development from the London School of Economics and a BA in Sociology from Stanford University. Her professional background spans the nonprofit, private, and public health sectors. Elise’s research interests center around the societal impacts and human rights implications of emerging technologies—particularly for vulnerable populations—and health as a                                                       fundamental right.

Etienne H?ra is a first year MIA student at the Hertie School. Before joining Hertie, he completed a German-French undergraduate degree in Applied Political Science. His interests include the prospects for global constitutionalism under the condition of cultural plurality and in the travel of legal concepts to different contexts worldwide.

Ion Skidu is an EMPA Candidate, with over 13 years of professional experience in human rights, local development, and public policy. He holds an LLM in IHRL from Essex School (UK) of Law and a BA in Economic Law From the Academy of Economic Sciences (MDA). You can get in touch with Ion on or via his LinkedIn account.

Malte Spielmann joined Hertie for a MPP in September 2020. His personal research interests are the role of law in authoritarian systems, the European human rights regime, and the intersections of jurisprudence and critical theories. He is passionate about public policies that are not just in conformity with but actually guided by human rights norms.

Marina Luna joined Hertie School for the MPP in 2020. Her main topics of interests are migration, human rights and social policy. Marina worked as a policy advisor with integration policies for immigrants in the Human Rights Office at S?o Paulo City Hall. She previoulsy worked with international advocacy for human rights in civil society organizations and in the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights. Marina holds a bachelor in International Relations from the University of S?o Paulo.