Women in International Law Network

The Olive Schill Society


Meet the team of female international lawyers behind WILNET.

Elizabeth O’Loughlin

Executive Director

Elizabeth is a PhD researcher at The University of Manchester’s School of Law, where she works on the European Research Council funded project ‘A Sociology of the Transnational Constitution’. She holds an LLB in Law from the University of Leeds (2009-2012), and an LLM by research in European, Comparative and International Law from the European University Institute (2012-2013).

Işıl Aral

Social Media and Research Coordinator

Işıl started her PhD at The University of Manchester in 2015 and works on revolutions and changes of government in public international law. She graduated from Galatasaray University in 2010 and completed her LLM in human rights law at the London School of Economics. After being called to the Istanbul Bar in 2012, she practiced domestic criminal law for three years at Bayraktar Law Firm.

Carina Calabria

Research Coordinator

Carina is a PhD candidate at The University of Manchester. She has degrees in International Relations and Social Communications and a LLM (UnB, Brazil). She is a researcher of the project “The Sociology of the Transnational Constitution”, led by Professor Christopher Thornhill and funded by the European Research Council.

Cecilia Flores

Research Coordinator

Cecilia is a Research Associate at The University of Manchester working on the project ‘Food Fraud: A Supply Network Integrated Systems Analysis’, a project funded by the ESRC and the Food Standards Agency. She holds a PhD in International Economic Law and an LLM in International Business Law  from The University of Manchester. Her PhD thesis constructs an eclectic theoretical perspective towards good governance as a means of shedding light on an institutional reform of international economic institutions, with a particular focus on the WTO and the IMF.

Cecilia’s research interests lie in the interrelation and co-evolution of international, national and sub-national law, particularly in relation to trade, food integrity and food sovereignty. Her publications explore theoretical approaches to, and the specialisation and fragmentation of, international economic law, as well as food fraud. She qualified as a lawyer in Mexico (2001) and practised in various law firms before entering into academia. As development editor of the Manchester Journal of International Economic Law, she regularly contributes to reviewing trade decisions.

Maria Smirnova

Membership Coordinator

Maria is a Research Associate at The University of Manchester where her research covers the area of transnational constitutional law in the context of the most recent institutional transformation in the Russian legal system. The impact of international human rights law on the transformation of the Russian judicial system is of particular interest. As a member of European Association of Education Law and Policy (Antwerp) she also focuses on international standards of the right to education and their implementation. Her publications in this area cover such topics as linguistic diversity in education, fighting poverty through education, corruption in education, religious rights and the right to education and in more general terms, the justiciability of the right to education.

Sara De Vido

Liaison Officer and Research Coordinator

Sara De Vido teaches International Law, EU law and international business law at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. She is vice-director of the Centre for Human Rights (Cestudir) at Ca’ Foscari and a member of the scientific committee and coordinator of the first cycle degree programme called PISE (Philosophy, International Relations and Economics) taught in English at Ca’ Foscari. She is also a member of the board of editors of the Italian journal “Deportate, esuli, profughe” (Deported women, women in exile, internally displaced women).

Sara has spent several research periods abroad, including The University of Manchester in Autumn 2015, the University of Kobe and Hitotsubashi (Tokyo) in 2014 and 2016. She teaches in Italian, English and French. Her main interests of research are: the fight against transnational criminality and women’s rights under international law.

Mariela Apostolaki


Mariela is a PhD researcher in The University of Manchester and her research focuses on international organisations. She holds an LLB in law form the University of Athens and an LLM in Public International Law from the University of Amsterdam.