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Vesselina Haralampieva

Vessy Haralampieva joined the Berkman Center in March 2006 as a Research Fellow working on the OpenNet Initiative. Vessy leads the research on Internet, media and telecommunications laws in Eastern European and Central Asian countries. She analyzes states’ Internet censoring practices and assesses their implications for domestic and international law. In her research, Vessy explores the level of economic liberalization of the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and analyzes their legal commitments arising out of international treaties. In this context, she studies development of information communication technologies in the emerging markets, Internet control mechanisms, and reform policies on telecommunications, foreign investment and entrepreneurship. In addition, Vessy has researched on issues relating to establishing personal jurisdiction over people participating in transactions carried out over the Internet.

Vessy worked at the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland where she concentrated on arbitration and mediation of international disputes in the fields of intellectual property, information technology and commercial law. She also worked in Washington DC for the Embassy of Bulgaria and in Bulgaria for a leading law firm and for an NGO (Center for the Study of Democracy).

Vessy holds law degrees from Harvard Law School (LL.M.’05) and from Sofia University Law School (LL.B.’03, summa cum laude).