Marcus Grahn

doctoral/PhD student at Department of Law, Doctoral Candidates

+4618-471 7149
Visiting address:
Trädgårdsgatan 1 och 20, Västra Ågatan 26

Postal address:
Box 512
751 20 UPPSALA

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Ph.D. Candidate in Private International Law / Conflict of Laws

Marcus Grahn commenced his legal education in 2005 and earned his primary law degree from Uppsala University in 2010. Having been admitted to the degree of Magister Juris at the University of Oxford, he returned to his alma mater for his Ph.D. studies in 2011. In 2012, he became the first Swede to successfully sit the Hague Academy's diploma examination and in 2013 he was awarded his third law degree, an LL.M., by Duke University.

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* Born in 1985

Degrees earned
* Jur. kand. (LL.B./LL.M.), Uppsala University 2010
* Magister Juris, University of Oxford 2011
* LL.M. (Magna Cum Laude), Duke University 2013

* Awarded The Uppsalajurists' Foundation's Award for Best Master's Thesis 2009
* Diploma Laureate in Private International Law, Hague Academy of International Law 2012
* Diploma Laureate (Best Oralist on Behalf of the Defendant; International Criminal Law), Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies / Universiteit Leiden Campus Den Haag Summer Programme on International Criminal Law 2013 (moot court)

*Ambassador, International Academy for Arbitration Law, Paris

Other legal education
* Summer Programme on International Criminal Law: the Search for Accountability and International Legal Approaches to Terrorism in the 21st Century, T.M.C. Asser Instituut / The War Crimes Research Office, American University Washington College of Law 2013
* Summer Programme on Private International Law, Hague Academy of International Law 2013 and 2014
* Summer Programme on International Commercial Arbitration, International Academy for Arbitration Law, Paris 2014

Field of Research
The international jurisdiction of courts in civil and commercial procee, more specifically the EU rules on jurisdiction, focusing on issues of access to justice in relation to positive and negative competence conflicts which may arise in regard to non-EU states.

Supervisors: Professor Dr. Michael Hellner (Stockholm University); Dr. Olle Mårsäter (Uppsala University)

Other fields of interest
* International Commercial Arbitration
* International Criminal Law and Procedure

Teaching assignments
* Lecturer at Term Course VI of the Law Programme (Private International Law, EU Law and Public International Law)
* Lecturer at the Master’s Programme on International Arbitration (International Commercial Arbitration)
* Lecturer at the Master’s Programme on Human Rights at the Faculty of Theology (International Human Rights)
* Supervisor of Master’s Theses (Private International Law)

Collegium of Mentors

Since autumn 2014, I am a member of the Collegium of Mentors at Uppsala University and am currently on active duty, i.e. available for assignments. My own teaching primarily utilises a hybrid method consisting of a combination of the problem based teaching method and case-method teaching. However, I am more than happy to accept assignments where the mentee's teaching method differs from my own.

In my view, my role as a mentor is to - through the means of a collegial conversation about pedagogy and didactics - assist the mentee in exploring new and/or alternative perspectives on his or her own teaching with the purpose of assisting him or her in developing his or her own capability of handling challenging or problematic educational situations. Consequently, my task is not to evaluate the mentee's teaching abilities or to provide him or her with (perhaps even unwanted) advice or solutions, but rather to facilitate and promote self-reflection.

I am comfortable with both Swedish and English as working languages and am therefore more than willing to accept assignments in English. I do, however, not accept assignments from mentee's employed at my own department absent highly compelling reasons. I kindly ask of the mentee to contact me well in advance and, preferrably, that he or she already at the time of initial contact (briefly) states his or her reasons for choosing me as mentor and what he or she purports to gain from the mentorship session.


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