Transatlantic Conference on New Governance and the Transformation of Law

Participant Biographical Statements

As of 11/16/09

Robert B. Ahdieh is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance at Emory University School of Law. A graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Yale Law School, Professor Ahdieh served as law clerk to Judge James R. Browning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, before his selection for the Honor's Program in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. While still in law school, Professor Ahdieh published what remains one of the seminal treatments of the constitutional transformation of post-Soviet Russia:  Russia's Constitutional Revolution - Legal Consciousness and the Transition to Democracy.  Ahdieh's work has also appeared in the Michigan Law Review, the NYU Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, and the Emory Law Journal, among other journals.  Professor Ahdieh's scholarly interests revolve around questions of regulatory design.  His particular emphasis has been various non-traditional modes of regulation, including especially those grounded in dynamics of coordination.  Paradigms of coordination, though relatively less attended to in the legal literature, hold significant promise both in helping us to theorize existing regulatory patterns and in fostering new regulatory constructs. Professor Ahdieh has explored these issues in a variety of transactional areas, including corporate and securities law, international trade and finance, and contracts.  Within these, Ahdieh’s work has emphasized two particular patterns of coordination:  The first – intersystemic governance – draws on domestic regimes of federalism and transnational regimes of global governance and subsidiarity, to highlight patterns of jurisdictional overlap that, in their very complexity, may offer significant benefits.  The second – patterns Professor Ahdieh places under a rubric of ‘The New Regulation’ – draws more directly on coordination game dynamics, to highlight various non-traditional regulatory forms, as well distinct occasions for potential regulatory intervention.

Lisa Alexander is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She joined the faculty in Fall 2006. A native New Yorker, Professor Alexander focuses her scholarly interests on the study of transactional legal strategies to foster equitable urban community development that minimizes displacement, mitigates poverty, and promotes racial and social justice. Professor Alexander teaches Contracts, Business Organizations, and Community Economic Development Law.  Professor Alexander graduated from Columbia Law School and Wesleyan University. Professor Alexander practiced in the Chicago Office of Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C., where she focused on community economic development, non-profit organizations, affordable and fair housing, and residential and commercial real estate.  She was also awarded a competitive Equal Justice Works Fellowship (formerly NAPIL), and with it, worked as a staff attorney at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.  Professor Alexander’s scholarly work includes: A Sociolegal History of Public Housing Reform in Chicago, 17 J. Aff. Hous. & Comm. Dev. L. 155 (Fall 2007/Winter 2008), Stakeholder Participation in New Governance: Lessons From Chicago's Public Housing Reform Experiment, 16 Geo. J. on Poverty L. & Pol’y (forthcoming) (2009), and Predatory Private Equity and Affordable Housing: Legal Solutions to Stem the Gentrification of the Birthplaces of Hip-Hop (work in progress).  Professor Alexander is affiliated with the UW Center on Community Economic Development and is a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, a quarterly legal publication of the American Bar Association.

Kenneth Armstrong is a Professor of European Union Law at Queen Mary University London School of Law. Before joining Queen Mary, he was Lecturer in Law at Keele University (1993-97) and a research officer within the Department of Government, University of Manchester (1992-93). Kenneth obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree with honours in Public Law from the University of Glasgow in 1989, completed his Diploma in Legal Practice in 1990 before taking up postgraduate studies at the University of Toronto, graduating with a Master of Laws degree in 1991. Professor Armstrong has written widely in the field of European Union law and policy with a particular focus on the evolving governance structures of the EU. His research has explored the governance of the Single European Market and more recently the emerging governance architecture supporting the EU’s Lisbon Strategy. His work has attracted external funding from the British Academy, Leverhulme Trust and the ESRC. He has held visiting fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh and at the European University Institute, Florence. He is a co-opted member of UACES and is on the editorial board of the European Law Journal as book review editor.

Diamond Ashiagbor is a Reader in Laws at University College London, and joined UCL in 2004 from the University of Oxford, where she was a Research Fellow in the Institute of European and Comparative Law and a Fellow of Worcester College. Prior to completing a doctorate at the European University Institute in Florence, Diamond worked as a Lecturer in law at the University of Hull. She has also been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School, New York (in 2000 and 2007) and the holder of a US-EU Fulbright Research Award. Diamond’s main research interests are in EU law and employment law, in particular: EC social law and employment policy; equality law; the EU’s internal and external trade policies and their interaction with labour law; and ‘new governance’. She received the Society of Legal Scholars / Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship for her monograph, The European Employment Strategy: Labour Market Regulation and New Governance, OUP, 2005.

Wendy Bach is an Instructor and a Supervising Attorney in the Elder Law Clinic and the Economic Justice Project at the City University of New York Law School. She joined the CUNY Law faculty in 2005. She is a 1996 magna cum laude graduate of New York University School of Law and holds a Masters Degree in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. In law school she served as Articles Editor for the New York University Review of Law and Social Change and was awarded the Eric Dean Bender Prize for outstanding public service work outside of law school activities. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Bach directed the Homelessness Outreach and Prevention Project at the Urban Justice Center, a program that seeks to strengthen access to public benefits in New York City through a combination of direct service, impact litigation, research, community education and support for organizing. Professor Bach chairs the Social Welfare Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and writes about accountability in light of privatization of government social service programs. Professor Bach began her legal career as a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society, and has served on various boards and commissions that address poverty issues, including the board of the New York Women's Foundation and the United Way of New York City's Community Impact Committee.

Lisa Blomgren Bingham is the Keller-Runden Professor of Public Service at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Bloomington, Indiana. A graduate of Smith College (A.B. 1976 magna cum laude with high honors in Greek) and the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D. 1979 with high honors), she has authored over fifty articles and book chapters on dispute resolution and collaborative governance. She has served as a consultant on matters of dispute system design and new governance processes to the Korean Supreme Court Task Force on Civil Justice Reform, the Korea National Relations Commission, the Korean Environmental Institute, the Korea Development Institute, and World Bank. She also served as consultant and outside evaluator for the U.S. Postal Service employment mediation program (REDRESS), and for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institutes of Health, Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, U.S. Department of the Air Force, and Department of Justice. Recipient of five teaching awards at Indiana University, she received the Association for Conflict Resolution’s Abner Award in 2002 for excellence in research on dispute resolution in labor and employment in the public sector, and research awards for conference papers from the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution (2004), Industrial Relations Research Association (1997, 1998—IRRA, now Labor and Employment Relations Association), and International Association for Conflict Management (IACM -1994, 2004). Together with Professor Rosemary O’Leary of the Maxwell School, she received the Section of Environmental and Natural Resource Administration of the American Society of Public Administration’s Best Book award for The Promise and Performance of Environmental Conflict Resolution (2005). In June 2006, she received the Rubin Theory-to-Practice Award from IACM and Harvard Project on Negotiation for research that makes a significant impact on the practice of conflict resolution.

Bojan Bugaric is an Associate Professor at the University of Ljubljana School of Law in Slovenia.  He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1997), a master degree in law from the UCLA School of Law (1994) and a certificate in European Law from the European University Institute, Florence (1992). In 2005 he was a Visiting professor at UCLA School of law. Professor Bugaric taught a seminar entitled Global Challenges for National Legal Regimes in Spring 2005. He has previously taught at UCLA School of Law in 1998 and 2000. In 2001, he held the Jean Monnet Chair of European Law at the University of Trento in Italy.  He also has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s Center for European Studies. Professor Bugaric brings a range of governmental and public service experience to his teaching. From 2000 to 2004, he was Deputy Minister of the Interior in the Slovenian Government. He has served as a member of the Advisory Board of the International Institute for Peace in Vienna. Professor Bugaric also was chief negotiator with Brussels for Justices and Home Affairs.

Allison Christians is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School.  She received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Law School, Professor Christians taught J.D. and LL.M. courses in federal and international income taxation at Northwestern University School of Law, and before that practiced tax law at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York, where she focused on the taxation of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, restructurings and associated issues and transactions involving private and public companies. Professor Christians' scholarly interests include foreign policy, globalization, competition, and development aspects of taxation.

Amy J. Cohen is Assistant Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School where she was the articles editor for Negotiation Law Review. Professor Cohen’s research interests include comparative dispute resolution, law and development, and gender and cultural theory. She teaches property, international dispute resolution, and mediation at the Moritz College of Law. Her recent publications include “Rule of Law Cultures” (Buffalo Law Review, forthcoming); “The Person as Problem Solver” (Harvard Negotiation Law Review, forthcoming); and “Negotiation, Meet New Governance: Interests, Skills, and Selves” (Law and Social Inquiry, 2008).

Mark Dawson is a University Lecturer in European Law at Maastricht University, Faculty of Law, in the Netherlands. He completed his PhD at the European University Institute in Florence in 2009 on the topic ‘New Governance and the Proceduralisation of European Law: The Case of the Open Method of Coordination’. During his doctoral studies, Mark was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin, and a visiting research fellow at the Wiener Centre for Social Policy, Harvard University. He studied law at the University of Edinburgh from 2000 to 2004, where he completed his bachelor degree, and also completed an LLM at the University of Aberdeen in 2005, where he was a tutor and a researcher under a Trust-net project on public involvement in the nuclear sector. His principle areas of interest are in EU law and policy, in particular the use and development of soft modes of governance in the EU. He is also researching on EU social and labour law, and on legal, social and constitutional theory.

Gráinne de Búrca is a Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law. Prior to that she was Professor at the European University Institute in Florence and a lecturer in law at Oxford University. She has been a Member of the Executive Committee of the European Union Studies Association since 2003, and is a member of the editorial boards of the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the European Law Journal and the Yearbook of European Law. She has published several books, including: EU Law: Text, Cases and Materials, co-written with P.P. Craig (4th Ed., Oxford U. Press, 2007), and New Governance and Constitutionalism in Europe and the U.S., co-edited with Joanne Scott (Hart Publishing, 2006), as well as a range of articles on constitutional aspects of European integration.

Matthew Diller is Dean and Professor of Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. Prior to this he was the Cooper Family Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Stein Center at Fordham University. Dean Diller has written widely in the areas of social welfare law and disability law. He has taught courses in Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, Social Welfare Law, and an Advanced Seminar in Ethics and Public Interest Law since he joined the Fordham Law School faculty in 1993. From 2003-08 he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  Dean Diller is a member of the Board of Directors of Legal Services NYC and is a member of the Advisory board of the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society's program on the Social Contract.  He  is a past chair of the Poverty Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools and has also served on the Board of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice.  

Cristie Ford is an Assistant Professor and Co-Director, with Mary Condon, of the National Centre for Business Law.  She joined UBC in 2005 from Columbia University, where she spent two years pursuing doctoral studies and teaching as an Associate-in-Law. She was the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards during her time at Columbia Law School, where she also obtained an LLM in 2000, including BC Law Foundation and MacKenzie King Graduate Fellowships, a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, a Columbia University Public Policy Consortium Fellowship, and the title James Kent Scholar (for highest honours). She also practised law for six years, at Guild, Yule and Company in Vancouver, and at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. Her academic interests include comparative administrative and public law, securities regulation, corporate governance, and the legal theory surrounding public decision-making.

Tamara Hervey is a Professor and Convenor of the Centre for the Study of Law in Society at the University of Sheffield School of Law. Her main research interests are in the field of European Union social and constitutional law, in particular its application in health fields, social security and welfare, and non-discrimination. She is interested in the phenomenon of 'new governance' in the EU, in particular as an alternative or supplement to 'command and control' means of regulation in social fields. Professor Hervey has published on the European Union´s competence in social fields, especially health law; on the regulation of tobacco in the EU context; on European public health law and policy; on the governance of stem cell research in the EU; on EU non-discrimination law and minority rights; and on the 'right to health' in European contexts. She is interested in socio-legal theory and method, in particular as applied to the law of the European Union.

Nan Hunter is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Hunter is a full time professor from the Brooklyn Law School where she has taught since 1990. She teaches and writes in three areas: health law; state regulation of sexuality and gender; and procedure. Three of her recent articles focused on health law have ranged in topic from a critical analysis of new arbitration-style systems that allow patients to challenge denials of treatment, to an application of new governance theory to current trends in the public health field, to a re-interpretation of the role of deference to medical authority in the Supreme Court’s opinion in Roe v. Wade. In addition to scholarship, Professor Hunter’s experience in health law includes service as Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1993 to 1996, and appointment to the President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry. Professor Hunter’s work in the area of sexuality and gender law has been published in the Michigan Law Review, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the Minnesota Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, and several anthologies. With William Eskridge, she wrote first casebook to conceptualize the field as embodying a dynamic relationship between state regulation, sexual practices, and gender norms. In the field of procedure, Professor Hunter is the author of The Power of Procedure, which has been widely adopted for law school use throughout the United States.

Bradley C. Karkkainen is a Professor and the Henry J. Fletcher Chair at the University of Minnesota Law School.  He is a nationally recognized authority in the fields of environmental and natural resources law. Professor Karkkainen teaches courses in environmental law, international environmental law, natural resources law, water law, land use, property, administrative law, and regulatory theory. He is the author of numerous monographs, book chapters, and articles in leading legal and social science journals. His research centers on innovative strategies for environmental regulation and natural resources management, with an emphasis on mechanisms that promote continuous adaptive learning, flexibility, transparency, and policy integration. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota faculty, Professor Karkkainen held a visiting appointment at the University of California-Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 2002-03, and was Associate Professor at Columbia Law School in New York City from 1995 to 2003. He has also taught courses for European lawyers at Columbia Law School's Columbia-Amsterdam Program in the Netherlands, and for conservation biology graduate students at Columbia University's Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC). Professor Karkkainen holds a B.A. in philosophy (1974) from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. (1994) from the Yale Law School, where he taught legal research and writing as a teaching assistant in 1993-94 and served as an editor of both the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of International Law.

Poul F. Kjaer holds a Ph.D. in Law from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy and an MSc and a BA in Political Science from University of Aarhus, Denmark. He has also studied and researched at the Humboldt University Berlin, University of Bielefeld, The Centre for European Law and Politics at the University of Bremen, Germany and the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. Currently he is a Research Fellow at the Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders" at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where he, within the framework of a project led by Prof. Dr. Gunther Teubner, is preparing his "second book" under the working title "The Structural Transformation of Democracy". Recent publications includes: "Systems in Context: On the Outcome of the Habermas/Luhmann-debate", pp. 66-77, Ancilla Iuris (, Sep., 2006; "The Societal Function of European Integration in the Context of World Society", Soziale Systeme. Zeitschrift für Soziologische Theorie, Vol. 13, Heft 1 + 2, pp. 367 - 378, 2007; "Three Forms of Governance and Three Forms of Power", pp. 23 - 43 in Erik O. Eriksen/Christian Joerges/Florian Rödl (Eds.): Law, Democracy and Solidarity in a Post-national Union (Routledge, Oxford, 2008) and "The Under-complexity of Democracy" in Gralf-Peter Calliess/Andreas Fischer-Lescano/Dan Wielsch/Peer Zumbansen (Hrsg.): Entgrenzungen und Vernetzungen im Recht. Festschrift für Gunther Teubner (Gruyter-Verlag, Berlin, forthcoming, 2009).

Edward L. Rubin joined Vanderbilt Law School as dean and was the first John Wade–Kent Syverud Professor of Law from 2005 to 2009, when he was named University Professor of Law and Political Science. A distinguished and erudite scholar whose research has addressed a broad range of topics, Professor Rubin is the author of numerous books, articles and chapters, including two volumes published in 2005, Beyond Camelot: Rethinking Politics and Law for the Modern State (Princeton University Press) and Federalism: A Theoretical Inquiry, co-authored with long-time collaborator Malcolm Feeley. Rubin previously served as the Theodore K. Warner, Jr. Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he taught administrative law, commercial law and seminars on topics ranging from administrative policy to law and technology, human rights and punishment theory. He joined the law faculty at Pennsylvania in 1998 from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California-Berkeley, where he had taught since 1982 and served as an associate dean for three years. He was active in university governance at both Pennsylvania and Berkeley. He served as secretary of the University of Pennsylvania Senate and was a member of the University Council. At Berkeley, he chaired the university-wide Privilege and Tenure Committee. He has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools' sections on socioeconomics and scholarship and on its curriculum and research, professional development and nominations committees. After earning his law degree from Yale University in 1979, Dean Rubin clerked for Judge Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and was an associate with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison in New York, where he practiced entertainment law. Early in his career, he served as a curriculum planner with the New York City Board of Education. Dean Rubin has been a consultant to the Asia Foundation Project on the Administrative Licensing Law for the People's Republic of China, the Russian Privatization Center and to the United Nations Development Programme.

Joanne Scott is Professor of European Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Law and Governance in Europe at University College London. She joined UCL in July 2005. She taught previously at the University of Cambridge and Clare College, Cambridge. She has been a regular visiting professor at Columbia Law School, and visited at Harvard Law School in 2005-06, where she taught EU and WTO Law. During spring 2008 she will visit Georgetown University Law Center to teach a seminar in ‘The EU and the WTO’. Joanne's main areas of research are in EU Law, WTO Law, and the interface between the two. She is particularly interested in law and new approaches to governance, with a specific interest in environment and public health. This is reflected in her recent writing on the EU Water Framework Directive and on the new REACH Regulation concerning chemicals regulation. Joanne has recently prepared a commentary on the SPS Agreement, forming part of an OUP series of commentaries on the various WTO Agreements. As a result she developed an interest in non-judicial governance mechanisms in the WTO (such as the SPS Committee). These mechanisms will form the subject matter of her next major research project, to be conducted with Andrew Lang. Joanne and Andrew have prepared a draft paper on this topic called ‘The Hidden World of WTO Governance: Law and Constitutionalism in the WTO’. In addition, Joanne will edit a volume on EU environmental governance, comprising the proceedings of the Summer Academy at the European University Institute in Florence. This will be published by OUP in 2008. Other contributors include Maria Lee and Jane Holder, also at UCL.

William H. Simon is the Arthur Levitt Professor of Law and the Everett B. Birch Professor in Professional Responsibility at Columbia University School of Law. He holds an A.B. from Princeton and J.D. from Harvard. His interests include professional responsibility, corporations, and foundations of the regulatory state.  Recent publications include: “The Market for Bad Legal Advice: Academic Professional Responsibility Consulting as An Example,” 60 Stanford Law Review (2008); “Wrongs of Ignorance and Ambiguity: Lawyer Responsibility for Collective Misconduct,” Yale Journal of Regulation (2005); “Destabilization Rights: How Public Law Litigation Succeeds,” Harvard Law Review (2004) (with Charles Sabel).

Jason M. Solomon joined the University of Georgia School of Law in the fall of 2005 as an assistant professor. His teaching and research focuses on tort law, and his interests also include regulatory theory and policy, and the law of the workplace. Since entering the legal academy, Solomon's scholarship has been published in the Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Texas law reviews. Prior to joining the Georgia Law faculty, he was chief of staff and counselor to the president of Harvard University. He previously served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Chester J. Straub of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and Judge John Gleeson of the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn. Before entering the law, he worked in the White House and the U.S. Treasury Department. Solomon earned his bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Harvard and his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, where he served as notes editor of the Columbia Law Review and was a James Kent Scholar.

Stephanie Tai is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.  She focuses her scholarly research on the interactions between environmental and health sciences and administrative law. She has written on the consideration of scientific studies and environmental justice concerns by administrative agencies, and is currently studying the role of scientific dialogues before the judicial system. She was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown from 2002-2005 and a visiting professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law during the 2005-06 academic year. Her teaching interests include administrative law, environmental law, property, environmental justice, risk regulation, and comparative Asian environmental law.  She has a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Tufts University.  Prior to teaching, she was an appellate attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Louise Trubek is a Clinical Professor of Law Emerita and Faculty Affiliate, LaFollette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin. She teaches Health Law and Alternative Approaches to Regulation: Law and Policy. She directs the Health Law Project at the Law School that includes a health law externship program. Professor Trubek writes extensively on health care law, regulatory reform, public interest lawyering, and clinical legal education. Her current research fields are new approaches to governance in the United States and in the European Union, health care law, and public interest lawyering around the world. Recent publications include “New Governance and Legal Regulation: Complementarity, Rivalry or Transformation” Columbia Journal of European Law, Spring 2007 (with David M. Trubek), “Freedom to Provide Health Services within the EU: An Opportunity for a Transformative Directive” Columbia Journal of European Law, Spring 2007 (with Tamara Hervey), “New Governance and Soft Law in Health Care Reform” Indiana Health Law Review, 2006, and “New Governance Practices in U.S. Health Care” in Law and New Approaches to Governance in the European Union and the United States edited by Scott and De Burca, Hart Publishing, 2006.

David M. Trubek is Voss-Bascom Professor Emeritus of Law and Senior Fellow of the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His main interests are in socio-legal studies and global political economy. He has written on law and development, the legal profession, civil litigation, EU law and policy, new governance, critical legal studies, transnational regulation, and social theory. Professor Trubek has helped develop and manage numerous academic projects and institutions in law and international studies. He has been active in the Law and Society Association and was a founder of the Conference on Critical Legal Studies. He was the founding Director of the UW-Law School’s Institute for Legal Studies and from 1989-2001 served as the UW-Madison’s Dean of International Studies and Director of the International Institute. Trubek has taught at Yale and Harvard Law Schools and the Catholic University Law School of Rio de Janeiro and been Visiting Scholar in Residence at the European University Institute, the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, the London School of Economics, the Harvard Center for European Studies, and the Joaquim Nabucco Foundation in Recife, Brazil.

Michael Wilkinson, Lecturer in Law at LSE, studied at University College London, the College of Europe, Bruges, and completed a PhD at the European University Institute, Florence, on ‘The Idea of Postnational Constitutionalism’. Prior to taking up his post at LSE in September 2007, Mike was lecturer at Manchester University, EU-US Fulbright Research Fellow at Columbia and NYU and was called to the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in 2000. He has also taught at Cornell University as adjunct professor of law. His research interests include European constitutionalism and the theoretical dimensions of constitutionalism beyond the state, and legal and political theory, particularly in relation to the concepts of statehood, sovereignty, democracy and constitutionalism.

Dr. Katharine Young is a Research Fellow at the Center for International Governance and Justice at the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) of the Australian National University. Dr Young holds an SJD (2009) and an LLM (2003) from Harvard Law School, and an LLB (with Highest Honors) and BA from the University of Melbourne (2000). In 2008-09, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Boston University Law School and she taught courses in economic and social rights and in comparative constitutional law at Harvard Law School and Melbourne Law School. While completing her doctorate at Harvard, she was a Fellow of Amartya Sen’s Project on Justice, Welfare and Economics, an Edmond J. Safra Fellow at the Foundation Centre for Ethics and an Associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. In 2001, she clerked for the Hon. Justice Michael Kirby of the High Court of Australia. Her recent publications include “Securing Health through Rights”, published in Incentives for Global Public Health (Thomas Pogge, Matthew Rimmer and Kim Rubenstein, eds, forthcoming 2010), “Freedom, Want, and Economic and Social Rights”, published in a symposium in the Maryland Journal of International Law (2009), and “The Minimum Core of Economic and Social Rights”, published in the Yale Journal of International Law (2008).

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