Current and Former Academic Visitors
Dr Andrea Averadi (The University of Roma Tre, Italy)
April - June 2018
Andrea Averardi is a postdoctoral researcher in Administrative Law at the University of Roma Tre. He graduated cum laude in Administrative Law from the University of Roma Tre and he holds a joint PhD in Institutions, Administration and Regional Policy from the University of Pavia, the University of Milan, the Catholic University of Milan, the Polytechnic of Milan, and Eupolis – the Higher Institute for Research, Statistics and Education of Lombardia.
He regularly lectures in the field of Administrative Law, European Administrative Law and Economic Law at the University of Roma Tre Law School and he is a teaching fellow of Administrative Law in Italy.
He has been a visiting research fellow at Columbia Law School in New York.
He is a Fellow of the Institute for research on public administration (IRPA) and a Member of the International Society of Public Law (ICON’s) and of The Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES).
He is admitted to the Italian Bar, Court of Appeal of Rome and has worked as a consultant for the National Anti-Corruption Authority, and for the transparency and evaluation of government (ANAC).
His publications include a book on the role of the State in developing and implementing industrial policies, and several essays and articles on inter alia, citizen’s participation to public decision-making process, public companies and spending review, administrative due process and accountability in the public sector.
Andrea is currently conducting research on industrial policies and “new protectionism” in Europe.
Dr Alex Schwartz (The University of Hong Kong, China)
March - May 2018
Dr. Schwartz is Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Centre for Comprative and Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong. His research is focused on constitutional courts and judicial behaviour, particularly in the context of deeply-divided, transitional, and crisis-prone polities. He was previously Lecturer in Law at Queen’s University Belfast and a Banting Fellow with the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University (Canada). Dr. Schwartz has published in journals such as Law & Society Review, Journal of Law and Society, and Oxford Journal of Legal Studies and is currently working towards a book on judicial power in ‘difficult’ contexts. While visiting at City Law School, he will be writing up an article based on an original computer simulation that models the consequences of several sytlized judicial strategies.
Dr Xuesen Zhang (Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance, China)
March - June 2018
Dr. Xuesen ZHANG is a professor and the Director of the Center for Financial Law and Policy at Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance. He teaches Banking and Financial Law, Securities Law, International Business Law, Dispute Resolution, and more. He is currently an Arbitrator for Shanghai Arbitration Commission and Shanghai Court of Financial Arbitration, and a Mediator and on the Financial Law Panel of Conciliation Center of China Chamber of International Commerce.
Before joining the academia, Xuesen worked as Journalist, the General Counsel and General Manager of the Shanghai Securities News Daily under Xinhua News Agency China, and did researches on the legal issues of the financial and capital market. His current fields of research include the legal aspects of international financial centers and financial innovation, the legal issues of asset securitization and green finance, and dispute resolution in the financial sector and international business transactions.
Prof. ZHANG has a PhD and a LLM in international law from East China University of Political Science and Law, and a B.A. in English language and literature from Shandong Normal University. He got the Expert Certification of the American TESOL Institute, and was a Visiting Scholar at the California State University.
Seyyed Farid Tabatabayi (University of Tehran, Iran)
March – May 2018
Seyyed Farid is a Ph.D. candidate in private law at University of Tehran, the most prestigious university in his homeland, Iran, and he is currently working on his Ph.D. thesis entitled: “Regulating of rights and obligations of parties in unitization agreements of inland shared oil fields in the light of risk management” under supervision of Dr.Laya Joneydi.
The aim of his research is to present the necessary scientific theory and a model contract in accordance with Iranian law, international requirements and standards for determining and balancing the interests and rights of the parties involved in unitization agreement for inland shared fields. He graduated cum laude from the University of Tehran in 2012 discussing a thesis in private law, completed under the supervision of Professor Alireza Bariklou.
Farid is also an Attorney at Law with the Advocate's license issued by Iran Central Bar Association (2012) practicing Contract Law.
Professor Andrew Wolman (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea)
December 2017 - February 2018
Andrew Wolman is a professor of human rights and international law at the Graduate School of International and Area Studies of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, in Seoul, Korea. His current research is focused on the development of refugee law and policy in East Asia, the international response to North Korean human rights violations, and the right to leave in the context of irregular migration.
Before joining the faculty at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Andrew worked as an Associate at the law firm White & Case, LLP and as an Assistant Counsel at the New York City Department of Transportation, where he specialized in environmental and land use law.
Andrew has a PhD in Law from the University of Antwerp, an LLM in Environmental Law from George Washington University Law School, and a JD from the New York University School of Law.
Flavio Valerio Virzì (Sapienza University of Rome – Italy)
August - October 2017
Flavio Valerio Virzì graduated cum laude at the University of Catania with a thesis in Administrative Law concerning the legal condition of immigrants in Italy and in Europe. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Public, Comparative and International Law at Sapienza University of Rome and a member of the Institute for research on public administration (IRPA).
Mr. Virzì is dedicating part of his academic commitment to the study of the “migrant crisis”. He published several articles in which he has analysed the legal and practical issues regarding the administrative organization and management of the immigrants’ reception system. Moreover, he has been recently awarded with the Research Grant for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics from Sapienza University of Rome, submitting a research draft concerning a comparative analysis of the reception systems implemented in Europe.
His research is currently directed to compare the sets of rules which regulate the reception of asylum seekers, issued by EU Member States, in order to assess the process of the EU Directive on Reception Conditions’ reform.
Silvia Clinca (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – Italy)
May – July 2017
Silvia is a PhD candidate in Criminal Law at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pisa in 2014, with a master thesis on the criminal liability of the psychiatrist, completed under the supervision of Professor Tullio Padovani. In 2015 she earned an Advanced Diploma from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, with a thesis concerning the crime of self-laundering. Over the years, Silvia had experiences of study and research in France, China and England. Her area of interest ranges from medical liability to economic crime, both in a private and criminal law perspective. Her PhD research concerns the criminal aspects of clinical trials.
Mario Filice (University of Tuscia – Italy)
September - December 2016
Mario is currently a PhD candidate in European and Global Markets Law at the University of Tuscia, Italy. He graduated cum laude at the Faculty of Law at the University of Roma Tre (2013), discussing a thesis in Administrative and Environmental Law. He is a Teaching Assistant in European Administrative Law and in Administrative Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Tuscia. He is currently researching the Judicial review on the decisions adopted by Independent Regulatory Authorities in a comparative perspective. The goal of the research is to analyse both the scope of powers entrusted with independent agencies and the differences of Judicial control in different legal systems, especially in the UK, with the aim to compare them with the Italian ones. Therefore the focus of the investigation concerns the relationship between the Courts and the regulatory agencies’ powers, the intensity of Judicial review, and finally the influence exercised by the European Union law and the ECHR on the Judicial control approach in the UK.
Dr Liz Curran (Australian National University)
July - September 2016
Melbourne based, Dr Liz Curran is Senior Lecturer in the Australian National University (ANU) Legal Workshop (an Australia-wide Professional Legal Education course). Dr Curran is also the Leader of the ‘Access to Justice stream of ANUs international Profession, Education and Regulation in Law Centre (PEARL).
Dr Curran’s research focusses on access to justice; the rule of law; human rights of people in disadvantage; building legal and advocacy capacity of community; impact and effectiveness of service delivery. She has published research reports (2007, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015) on outcomes, quality and effectiveness and on a ‘Strategic Approaches to Problem Solving’ (March 2013). Between 2014 and end 2018 Liz is commissioned to conduct a number of research evaluations of Multi –Disciplinary practice including Health Justice Partnerships around Australia (HJP). She evaluated a family violence prevention program in May 2015 which informed the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Liz is a regular media commentator on human rights and access to justice.
Liz is also a practicing solicitor and undertakes community development and professional training for legal and non -legal professionals.
Liz is heavily cited in the Productivity Commission’s Reports on ‘Access to Justice Arrangements’ (Volumes One and Two), the Allen Consulting ‘Review of the National Partnership Agreement of Legal Assistance Service in Australia’. She has sat on governments and statutory advisories and has had many law reform suggestions implemented.
Dr Muamar Hasan Abdel Rahim Salameh (Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University)
July - September 2016
- PhD international order and human rights, University of Rome “La Sapienza” Rome-Italy 2010
- M.S European law, University of Rome Tre, Rome-Italy 2004
- B.S Law, University of Al Albayt, Jordan 2001
Dr. Muamar Salameh is the Chair of LAW department and professor of public international law at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU) since 2014. Previously, he was professor of international public law and human rights in several UAE universities. Dr. Muamar is a member of scientific committee of “European Federation for Freedom of Belief” (FOB).
Research Interests: Dr. Muamar’s current fields of research include Human rights, Palestinian – Israeli conflict, public international law, constitutional law, Saudi legal system.
Gabriele Nuzzo (University of Pisa, Italy)
March - May 2016
Gabriele Nuzzo is Assistant Professor in Commercial and Maritime Law at Pisa University, where he teaches Maritime Law and ‘Commercial and Transport Law’. He holds a law degree from the University of Palermo and a PhD in Commercial Law from the University of Catania (PhD). He has been a lecturer at Palermo University, L.U.M.S.A. Palermo, Enna Kore University and Seconda Università di Napoli.
He regularly lectures, publishes and advises in the field of Company Law, Bankruptcy Law and Banking Law. He published a book on the majority rule in Italian Reorganization procedure (2011), several contributions to commentaries, articles and comments to Courts’ decisions in many Italian law reviews. Gabriele is currently conducting a research on creditors’ conflict of interests and voting power in the Italian Bankruptcy Law.
For the last eleven years Gabriele has been a regular Guest researcher at Heidelberg University (Institut für Ausländisches und Internationales Privat- und Wirtschaftsrechts). He was hosted several times also at the NYU Law School Library in New York City.
Gabriele is member of the editorial and scientific staff of the following Law reviews: “Banca, borsa e titoli di credito”, “Vita Notarile”, “Il Fallimentarista”.
Gabriele is a Solicitor qualified to practise in Italy. He practised as a Company and Bankruptcy Law attorney for several years in Italian law firms.
Maria Abagnale (University of Bologna, Italy)
January - March 2016
Maria Abagnale is a PhD candidate in constitutional law at University of Bologna. The topic of her research is the judicial “dialogue” on human rights in Europe which involved the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the national courts. The research is about the impact of the ECHR and ECJ’s decisions in the national protection of fundamental rights. The aim is to demonstrate that the “dialogue” between different jurisdictions could create an effectiveness protection of human rights in the respect of the European constitutional traditions. For instance, in the Italian system some decisions of the ECHR on the overcrowding had an important impact on the conditions of the prisoners: the case Torreggiani vs Italy had opened the way for a reform of the prison system. In this context, it is interesting to investigate the reaction of the English system to the decisions taken from the ECHR and ECJ on the human rights matters.
Giuseppe Centamore (PhD Candidate al Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, Italy)
May 2016 - 29 July 2016
Giuseppe Centamore is graduated with Honors from the University of Bologna in 12th July 2010, discussing a thesis on the victim in Italian criminal proceedings. From 1st January 2014, Giuseppe is a PhD student at the University of Bologna. His research focuses on the abuse of process, in a comparative perspective between English and Italian systems, and on its specific implementation in Italian criminal proceedings. He investigates also other themes of European Criminal Procedure (right of defence in the Directive 2013/48/UE and European Arrest Warrant).
November - December 2015
Natalia Pushkareva is working on a PhD thesis which deals with responsibility for tax crimes under Russian and UK laws. She has professional experience in tax law and is interested in management consulting and the interaction of law and economics. She has authored ten publications, including a recent monograph. She graduated summa cum laude with a Specialist in Law degree from Lomonosov Moscow State University (2011) and holds a Masters in Law and Finance from Oxford University (2015), funded by a Hill Foundation scholarship.
Boxuan Li (University of Montreal, Canada)
October – December 2015
Boxuan Li is a PhD. candidate in law at University of Montreal. He is also a researcher at Centre of Chinese and Canadian Law Studies attached to China University of Political Science and Law and an associated member at Chartered Institute of Arbitrators situated in the United Kingdom. He studied at China University of Political Science and Law, Fordham University and The Hague Academy of International Law, took part in several research projects, and had a placement with China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission. His areas of expertise include international commercial law and maritime law. His doctoral research focuses on the carrier’s entitlement to exemption from liability in several major maritime conventions. He has written, translated or co-authored several books and articles related to his research interests.
Professor Makoto Shimada (Keio University, Japan)
September - December 2015
Professor Shimada has been a professor of law at Keio University Law School since 2004 where he specializes in civil and commercial law, including international business law and English law. Prior to this appointment he practiced international commercial law at several firms in Tokyo and London. His area of research interest is English contract and commercial law as well as international and commercial trust law.
M.Teresa Martin-Velasco (National University, UNED, Madrid)
Teresa Martin-Velasco is a PhD candidate in UNED University, Madrid. Her research investigates state liability under force majeure in long-term public-private contracts. For the last ten years she has worked as legal counsel for engineering firms, managing teams of lawyers and engineers. Her specialty is public contracts. She studied at Complutense University, Madrid and holds a Masters in Law from Instituto de Empresa, Madrid. She has participated in several international conferences.
Luca Pietro Vanoni (University of Milan)
February - May 2015
Luca Pietro Vanoni is a Lecturer and Aggregate Professor of Constitutional Law and Comparative Law at the University of Milan Law School, where he teaches Comparative Constitutional and American Constitutional Law. He is member of the Department of Italian and Supranational Public Law and of the PhD Program in Law of the University of Milan. His research and writing covers areas in law and religion, security and terrorism, federalism and subsidiarity, immigration and citizenship. His current research project investigates the constitutional conflict between security and privacy in the era of digital terrorism, comparing the use of the big data in American and European legal systems.
Sebastian Dewaldt (Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena)
February - April 2015
Sebastian Dewaldt holds a law degree (Diplom-Jurist) from the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, Germany. He is currently an MA candidate at the Ethics Centre Jena, and also a PhD candidate in criminal law at the Law Faculty of the Friedrich-Schiller-University. He holds a scholarship from the German Konrad-Adenauer Foundation. His current research focuses on the impact of the UK Bribery Act on German law and strategies to prevent corruption, especially the establishment of anti-bribery management systems.
Professor Dr Vehbi Selim Ataergin
December 2014 - April 2015
Professor Ataergin was a Visiting Scholar at the Southampton Institute of Maritime Law between January and December 2011, and January and August 2014 for research purposes. He practices commercial arbitration as Ad Hoc arbitrator at the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) and domestically at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) in London. He obtained his LLM degree at Southampton University UK and his PhD and Post Doctorate degrees at the University of Marmara, Turkey. He delivered LLM courses at the Shanghai Maritime University and Hainan University (China). He is a professor in Gaziantep University (Turkey) and also delivering lectures in some institutes and universities. Professor Ataergin's areas of research interest are mainly carriage of goods by sea, all types of transportation, international trade, admiralty, marine insurance and arbitration.
Ha Jin Jung (Supreme Prosecutors' Office, South Korea)
October 2014 - March 2015
Ha Jin Jung is a criminal investigator at the International Cooperation Center, which is part of the Supreme Prosecutors' Office in South Korea. He handles criminal cases which especially need international cooperation. In 2013 he participated in ARLEMP ( Asia Region law Enforcement Management Programme ) in Hanoi, Vietnam, where he shared and discussed knowledge and trends in anti-money laundering cases. In 2014 he was selected by the Office to conduct research on recent trends in international organised crime and the ways to combat it. While based at the City Law School, he will be examining the different ways UK law-enforcement departments deal with organised crime.
Francesca Cancellaro (University of Bologna, Italy)
October 2014 - March 2015
Francesca Cancellaro is a PhD candidate in criminal law and prison system law at Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna. Her research investigates the effectiveness of fundamental rights protection in the context of immigration detention, with particular emphasis on the legal remedies available for migrants and asylum seekers. Focusing on the practices in Italy and the UK, the project compares the effectiveness of jurisdictional control on the discretion of immigration authorities in order to understand the role that administrative power plays in the case of arbitrary detention.
Marianna Biral (University of Trento, Italy)
September 2014 - March 2015
Marianna Biral graduated with Honors from the University of Bologna in 2011 with a thesis on the use of anonymous evidence in criminal proceedings. In 2012 Marianna became a PhD student at the University of Trento, School of Law. Her research investigates the historical development of the prohibition of using anonymous evidence, its scope and relationships with the Italian constitutional framework (in particular with the right to confrontation and the "equality of arms" principle). According to the European and comparative study approach of the University of Trento Doctoral School, it includes an analysis of the European Court of Human Rights judgements on the matter and a comparative study on the admission of anonymous witnesses in criminal proceedings in Italy and in the United Kingdom.
Tamara Butter (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands)
September - November 2014
Tamara Butter is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Sociology of Law/Centre for Migration Law of the Radboud University. She holds an LLB from Maastricht University and an LLM in European Union Law and Public International Law from the University of Amsterdam. Her research projects consist of a comparative case study into the provision of legal aid in asylum procedures in the Netherlands, England and France. It examines the differences and similarities in lawyers' professional decision making in these countries and how these may be explained by the institutional context (i.e. asylum system and legal aid system) which they operate.
Liang Zhao (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China)
Dr Liang Zhao is an Assistant Professor of maritime law in the Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He obtained PhD degree at the University of Hong Kong, LLM degree at Southampton University and LLB degree at Dalian Maritime University, China. He was a Visiting Scholar of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law in 2008. He has published academic papers in reputable journals, including Journal of Business Law, Lloyd' s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, Journal of International Maritime Law, Tsinghua China Law Review, etc. He is a member of Hong Kong Maritime Law Association, Hong Kong Insurance Law Association and China Maritime Law Association. He is teaching shipping law, marine insurance and contract law in his University. His current research areas include carriage of goods by sea, marine insurance, international sale of goods and Chinese law.
Paola Pannia (Sant'Anna University School of Advanced Studies, Italy)
June - September 2014
Paola Pannia is a PhD student at Sant'Anna University School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. Her research project is on 'cultural crimes' and judicial argumentation. Paola graduated from the University of Florence in April 2009 with a Criminal Law thesis entitled: 'Motives to commit a crime'. She is involved in many activities related to immigration and marginality including a legal clinic for poor people promoted by the Association "Progetto Arcobaleno", and a project at the Juvenile Jail of Florence with the Association "L' Altro Diritto". Paola is also a Solicitor practicing Immigration Law.
Camilla Søbjerg Nielsen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
April - June 2014
Camilla Søbjerg Nielsen is a PhD student at the University of Copenhagen researching Nordic maritime law and ship insurance law. She holds an LLM and LLB from the University of Copenhagen. During her visit Camilla intends to broaden her horizons and obtain a better knowledge of the English approach to legal problems. Camilla teaches insurance law to Master's level at the University of Copenhagen. She has considerable professional experience in transportation, maritime and insurance law from previous positions in legal counselling, political transport and trade organisations and central government.
Baris Sahin (Ankara University School of Law, Turkey)
October 2013 - September 2014
Baris Sahin is working on a PhD at the Ankana University School of Law entitled: "Knowledge (Golden Collar) Workers in Labor Law". He graduated from the same institution with a Masters in Labor Law in 2010 with a thesis entitled: "Protection of Child Labor" (November, 2010; ISBN: 978-975-464-558-3) and an LLB in 2005. Since 2010, he has practised as an Attorney at Law, most recently as an Assistant Auditor at Isbank.
Andrew Roberts (University of Melbourne Law School, Australia)
Andrew Roberts is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne Law School where he teaches criminal procedure and evidence. He is currently undertaking doctoral research at Leiden University regarding privacy issues that arise at various stages of the criminal process.
Anne Hewitt (University of Adelaide Law School, Australia)
Anne Hewitt combines a passion for teaching and educational research with an interest in equality and anti-discrimination laws. Anne is a member of the Law Council of Australia's Equal Opportunities in Law Committee and a member of the editorial board of the Legal Education Review. Her recent research projects include analysis of the scope and operation of prohibitions of belief discrimination in Australia; the potential of native title as a tool to achieve substantive equality for Indigenous Australians; how to maintain an effective teaching team; using situational learning as a tool to teach professional skills; the regulation and recognition of change of sex in Australia. She is currently considering the lessons that can be learned from clinical legal education programmes about development of skills and ethical awareness among law students, and the regulation of circumcision in Australia.
Ilaria Bertini (University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy)
January 2012 - January 2014
Ilaria was awarded a graduate degree in Philosophical Sciences and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy at the University of Milan-Bicocca. She is currently working on a PhD in Constitutional Law at the University of Milan-Bicocca entitled: "The relationship between freedom of religion and freedom from religious discrimination: a matter of personal identity in the public sphere" under the supervision of Professor Marta Cartabia (University of Milan-Bicocca) and Nicholas Hatzis (City University London).
Maciej Hulicki (Jagiellonian University, Poland)
Maciej Hulicki is a PhD candidate at the Jagiellonian University researching private enforcement of competition law. Previously he was a visiting scholar at the Catholic University in America and Fordham University. He has written numerous journal articles and conference papers. He has worked for the Legal Affairs Program within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, and currently is associated with the Institute of Intellectual Property Law in Krakow and a Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) fellow.
Aurélien Portuese (University of Paris Panthéon-Assas, France)
March - May 2011
Aurélien's current research interests are the conceptualization of the principle of legal certainty from an efficiency perspective. Previously, he worked on the economics of the legal reasoning and legal implementations of the notion of security and stability in the law. Aurélien is working on a PhD in Law at the University of Paris II Sorbonne University entitled: "The Principle of Economic Efficiency in the ECJ case-law". He graduated with an MSc in Political Economy from the London School of Economics, an MA from Sciences Po Paris, and a LL.M. from the European Master in Law and Economics involving a consortium of European Universities. Aurélien is a lecturer in Law at Sciences Po Paris, a lecturer in Economics at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers Paris. He has participated in various international conferences and has published in international academic journals such as the Columbia Journal of European Law, the European Law Journal, the European Journal of Law and Economics.
Ma Qian (School of Law, Zhengzhou University, China)
February 2011 - June 2011
Ma Quian is an Associate Professor at the School of Law, Zhengzhou University, China. He obtained his BA and MA at Henan University, China; an LLM from Temple University, USA; and was a JSD Candidate, at the City University of Hong Kong. Professor Ma's research topic is: 'Reasonable Period of Time in the WTO Dispute Settlement'.