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Dafni Lima

Dafni LimaDafni Lima is doing a PhD in Law (Gonville & Caius, W.M. Tapp Studentship, John Hall PhD Studentship in Family Law), under the supervision of Professor Jens M. Scherpe and Dr. Claire Fenton-Glynn. Her research focuses on the concept of parenthood and on how to regulate parent-child relations in cases of multiple parental ties. Her research interests in family law include parenthood, regulation of marital and non-marital relationships, as well as same-sex couples and LGBT+ parenting.

Dafni has completed an LLM and a PhD in Criminal Law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holds an LLM from Cambridge. She has been a Visiting Researcher at the Complutense University of Madrid and a Fulbright Foundation Visiting Researcher at the Harvard University Initiative on Law and Philosophy. From 15 March to 15 June 2017 Dafni was a Visiting Research Student at the Cambridge Family Law Centre under the Erasmus+ Traineeship scheme, conducting research on aspects of parenting.

She has participated in numerous research projects, including conducting research as an Expert on Greece for the Leiden Law School “Laws and Families” research program and as a core researcher for the AUTH EU-funded research project “Combating crime in the digital age”. She has worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant at the AUTH Jean Monnet Chair for European Constitutional Law and Culture, as a Research Fellow for the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence 'European Constitutionalism and Religion(s)', and as an External Consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. She was an Editor in the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law and is a licensed attorney in Greece.

Dafni has published on the topics of parenthood, same-sex couples, registered partnerships, and aspects of the right to family life in ECtHR case law. She has held scholarships and awards from the University of Cambridge, the Fulbright Foundation, the Academy of Athens, the Onassis Foundation, the Utrecht Network Young Researchers Grant, the DAAD, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY).

Dafni's full biography and list of publications are available on her Faculty profile.

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Farhana Hamid-Butt

Farhana Hamid-ButtFarhana is a doctoral student in Law at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on succession law in England and Wales. In particular, she is exploring how to overcome the challenges posed to established succession law principles by blockchain technology, namely cryptoassets and smart contracts. Her research is jointly supervised by Dr Brian Sloan and Dr Emma Lees.

Prior to commencing her PhD at Cambridge, Farhana completed her LLB at the University of Warwick, where she graduated with first-class honours. She subsequently read for a Bachelor in Civil Law and an MPhil in Law at the University of Oxford. Her MPhil thesis was entitled ‘Smart Contracts, A Challenge to The Law of Succession’. Farhana also interned at the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network in Singapore, where she drafted segments of the first edition of the ‘Social Investment Landscape in Asia’ report.

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