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Visiting Fellows to the School of Law:


Professor Takashi Kuramochi from Nanzen University, Japan visited the School in August 2014. While at Warwick Professor Kuramochi worked on one paper on the Human Rights Act 1998 and the parliamentary Bill of Rights, and another paper on the Parliamantary Government in UK.

Dr Vackav Šmejkal from Charles University of Prague visited the Law school in June 2014. He pursued research on EU competition law and policy and the socio-economic aspects of the European Union and liaised with Professor Dora Kostakopoulou and the European Law colleagues on intra-EU mobility, social assistance and the capacity of the European Union to build a social market economy. During his visit, Vaclav presented a paper on the role of the Court of Justice in the EU in the institutional design of a social market economy at the staff seminar and discussed potential institutional linkages between Warwick law school and Skoda Auto University or Charles University in Prague.

Sobia Nosheen from the Department of Islamic Studies at Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan visited the School May-August 2014. Her research looked into original debates undertaken in colonial India prior to adopting one of the most progressive pieces of legislation affecting Muslim women (The Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act 1939). In so doing, Sobia enhanced her understandings and that of interested family lawyers, of how this law was adopted and the various viewpoints adopted by participants in the law making process. The legislation is used as an example of how different Schools of juristic thought in Islam successfully arrive at a consensus in the larger public interest.

Dr Peter Billings from The University of Queensland visited the School in May 2014. During his visit Dr Billings work with Dr Dallal Stevens on a piece for submission to the International & Comparative Law Quarterly on the comparison of protection between UK and Australian asylum law and policies.

Renifa Madenga from the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda visited the School in April 2014. Her study explores the lived reality and experience of rape survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. It examines the fears, needs, relationships and anxieties that affect survivors of rape committed during the Rwandan genocide and their interactions with the international criminal justice system (ICJS) at the International Criminal Tribunal For Rwanda (ICTR).

Dr Katia Laura Sidali from Georg-August University of Gottingen visited the School in March 2014. Dr. Sidali’s work focuses on the socio-economics of geographical indications in a cross-country perspective. Under the supervision of Warwick Law Professor Dwijen Rangnekar she will evaluate the material collected in Germany and Italy from 2011 to 2013. A common publication is targeted in the field of international law/international politics.


Dr Rebecca Welge from ETH Zurich in Switzerland visited the Law school from 9th -18th August 2013. Whilst here Rebecca worked closer with Professor Dora Kostakopoulou to discuss her research on democratic citizenship in Europe. Rebecca's research interests include the EU’s Institutional Design and Constitutionalization Processes, Citizenship and Political Rights, Democracy and Legitimacy in the European Union (EU), and Quantitative Research Methods. Dr Welge was a researcher at the Centre for International Studies (CIS) at the ETH Zurich since October 2009 and a researcher at the National Centre of Competence in Research: Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century (NCCR Democracy) project “Designing ‘Demoicracy’ in Europe” led by Prof. Francis Cheneval (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Prof. Sandra Lavenex (University of Lucerne), and Prof. Frank Schimmelfennig (ETH Zurich).

Dr Michelle Welsh from Monash University visited the department from 19th to 21st June 2013. Her research addresses issues of corporate enforcement and compliance, regulatory theory, public and private enforcement mechanisms and criminal and civil penalty regimes. Whilst here Michelle held a research seminar on ‘The Public Interest and Issues of Fairness in the Regulation of Financial Markets’. Dr Welsh also discussed possible future research collaborations with Lorraine Talbot and the possibility of strengthening the links between Monash University and the University of Warwick.

Dr Tekla Papp from University of Szeged, Faculty of Law, visited the department from 11th May 2013 until 25th May 2013. Whilst here she was advised by Professor Hugh Beale on her research project analysing the similarities and differences between Hungarian and English contract law (especially the types of contracts, the legal grounds of making contracts' types, the usage of the legal phrase of "atypical contract", which contract can be classified as "atypical" in England, and the timesharing contract: the characteristics of the special use).

Dr Asher Flynn, an early career researcher from the Department of Criminology at Monash University, visited the department from 23rd April until 3rd May 2013. Asher’s research interests encapsulate a diverse range of socio-legal and critical criminology concerns, with a particular focus on plea bargaining and criminal prosecutions, prosecutorial discretionary powers, sentencing and the complexities of justice, power and inequality in the administration of the criminal law. She has also been involved in informing the Victorian Government's decision to review and reform their homicide laws, particularly in relation to the problems surrounding the volume of plea deals currently being made to accommodate the offence of defensive homicide. Her academic profile can be viewed here:


Stephan Ebnar visited the department from Monday 14th May for 3 weeks, through our visiting PhD students programme. Whilst in the department Stephan carried out research for his doctorate thesis on ‘The protection of trade secrets within the international taxation procedure: About the question of modifying German standards of the rule of law in the context of transnational tax information exchange’.

Charra Tesfaye Terfassa, who is a lecturer at Mekele University visited the department from 30th June- 1st August 2012. The centre for Human rights in practice is undertaking a joint project with Mekelle University for Human rights to identify the human rights and equality impacts of trade agreements in Ethiopia. The study aims to undertake a scooping study on human rights impact of Ethiopian accession to the WTO and the Economic partnership agreement between African Caribbean and Pacific countries and the European Union. This visit was funded by the IAS.


Professor Shan Feng visited us from the University of Nanjing in China and was here from October 2010 until May 2011. He is Associate Professor of Law and Director of Teaching and Research on Jurisprudence at the Law School, Deputy Secretary General of the Jurisprudence and Constitutional Law Society of Jiangsu Province and Deputy Director of Real Estate and Housing Law Research Centre at Nanjing. Among his many works is a monograph (in Chinese) on Public Interest Litigation from an Economic Law Perspective 2007. He was researching the Relevance of English approaches to Judicial Law Making for the Chinese Legal System.

Professor Kent Roach came to Warwick 3rd-12th May 2011 as an IAS Visiting Fellow. He is an eminent scholar whose academic and policy work spans both law and political science. He holds a cross appointment in the Departments of Criminology and of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His visit to Warwick allowed him to establish research links with those working in criminal justice (through the Law School’s Centre for Criminal Justice), evidence and terrorism in the Law School, as well as colleagues within WISI on issues of security (especially Aldrich and Croft, PAIS) and resilience (Sullivan-Taylor, WBS). This was achieved through a range of events that will bring together colleagues across the faculty, including PGRs. Professor Roach’s international and comparative approach to research, coupled with his major influence on policy-making, make him a very good fit with Warwick.

Erica Genova is an Italian student from the University of Bologna who visited the Law School for two months. She was researching evidence and procedure in the adversarial criminal system, with a particular focus on cross- examination. She worked in the university, as well as interviewing barristers and carrying out some court observations.