Oliver Persey read law at Oxford University before an LLM in International Legal Studies at New York University School of Law. At NYU he specialized in US constitutional law, particularly First Amendment law, and international human rights law. He has worked for the Media Legal Defence Initiative, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, and the American Civil Liberties Union’s Human Rights Program.
Sarah has been involved in education for the past 20 years, first as a history teacher and head of department, and then as an Assistant Principal Examiner on public examinations. She has also worked in digital resourcing for schools and higher education institutions. Based in Oxford, she will be working with the team on the administrative side.
Toussaint Nothias is a media scholar working as a Researcher for the MeCoDEM project. As part of the Oxford team, he is conducting research on journalistic ethics and practices in Kenya. Toussaint is also a PhD candidate in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. His thesis provides a comparative analysis of French and British press coverage of African news. It combines a discourse analysis of media texts (both their linguistic and visual dimensions) with interviews with foreign correspondents in Johannesburg and Nairobi. His research has notably appeared in Ecquid-Novi African Journalism Studies and Visual Communication, and has been presented at many international conferences including ACS Crossroads (2012), ICA (2013) and IAMCR (2014).
Nevena Krivokapić graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade and is specializing in Media Law. During her studies, she was a member of the Faculty’s winning team at the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition. She has been involved in the Price Moot Court Competition for the last two years and now holds a position as a Moot Court Assistant. Nevena currently works at SHARE Foundation as a Legal Researcher on projects with a goal to fight for the public’s interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights within the fields of privacy, free speech, government transparency and efficiency, surveillance and human rights. She previously worked as an Associate at the Stojković & Prekajski law firm in Belgrade in the fields of media law, Internet law and intellectual property, where she mostly dealt with representing clients in cases related to free expression, copyright and the protection of basic human rights.
An attorney-at-law and Jamaica Rhodes Scholar, Kamille is reading for the D.Phil in Law at Mansfield College, University of Oxford. She describes herself as a moot court enthusiast, having participated in various moots as a competitor, judge, coach and organiser. Kamille provides technical support for the Price Media Law Moot Court Regional Rounds and coordinates the International Rounds in Oxford.
Dr Emanuele Fantini is a political scientist specialised in development studies. His research focuses on:
i) the political and moral economy of water governance, looking in particular at the interaction between knowledge/technology and nature in shaping power relations and everyday practices of water management;
ii) the process of state formation in Africa, looking in particular at the relationship between politics, religion and development in contemporary Ehtiopia;
iii) the role of ICT and media in the processes of development and state formation in Sub-Sahara Africa.
On these themes Emanuele has conducted field research both in high-income countries (Italy) and in the “Global South” (Ethiopia, Kenya-Somalia), working at interdisciplinary projects with geographers, historians, economists, anthropologists, media specialists and psychologists.
Emanuele holds a European Master in Human Rights and Democratization from the University of Padua and the University of Maastricht, and a PhD in Political Sciences from the University of Turin.
Beside academic work, Emanuele has more than 10 years experience in international development cooperation, working both long term and consultancy positions for bilateral agencies (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), multilateral institutions (UN Habitat), local authorities and NGOs, in Africa (Ethiopia, South-Sudan, Kenya-Somalia and Morocco), the Balkans (Serbia) and Myanmar.
As professional journalist, Emanuele regularly contributes to Italian magazines and newspapers on issues related to water, African politics and human rights.
Dr Iginio Gagliardone’s research and publications focus on media and political change, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, and on the emergence of distinctive models of the information society worldwide. He is leading different research projects, from examining the role of Information and Communication Technologies in peace-building and state-building in Eastern Africa, to understanding the increasing role of emerging powers such as China in the media and telecommunication sectors in Africa, to analysing the nature and significance of hate speech online ahead of elections. He completed his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science, investigating the relationship between development and destabilization in Ethiopia. He is also Research Associate of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge and of the Centre for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania.
Dr Nicole Stremlau is Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy and a Research Fellow in the Centre of Socio-Legal Studies.
Nicole Stremlau’s research focuses on media and governance, particularly in areas of conflict and insecurity in Africa. Her most recent projects examine the role of new media in political participation and governance; media law and regulation in the absence of government or in weak states;the role of media in conflict, peacebuilding and the consolidation of political power; and how governments attempt to engage citizens and communicate law-making processes. Stremlau’s doctoral work explored the role of media during the guerrilla insurgencies in Uganda and Ethiopia, and how the successive governments used the media to consolidate political power in the aftermath of violence.
While Stremlau continues to research and write on Ethiopia, her more recent research has been on media and conflict in Somalia and Somaliland, which has received funding from the United Nations, among others. Stremlau is currently writing a monograph on the Politics of Communication in Africa.Her research has contributed to academic journals, including the International Journal of Communication and the Journal of Eastern African Studies, as well as to research by governmental organizations such as the World Bank’s 2011 World Development Report on Conflict, Security and Development.
Nicole Stremlau’s blog on the Huffington Post.
Gagliardone, I. Pohjonen, M., Taflan, P., Stremlau, N. et. al. 2015. Mechachal: Online Speech and Elections in Ethiopia. Report 1. University of Oxford, PCMLP Report.
Stremlau, N. and R. Osman. 2015. Courts, Clans and Companies: Mobile Money and Dispute Resolution in Somaliland. Stability: Journal of International Development, 4(1).
Stremlau, N., E. Fantini and R. Osman. 2015. The Political Economy of the Media During the Somali Civil War. Review of African Political Economy, 42(145).
Stremlau, N., E. Fantini and I. Gagliardone. 2015. Patronage, politics and performance: radio call-in programmes and the myth of accountability, Third World Quarterly, 36(8):1510-1526.
Gagliardone, I, A. Kalemera, L. Kogen, L. Nalwoga, N. Stremlau, and W. Wairagala, 2015. In Search of Local Knowledge on ICTs in Africa. Stability: Journal of International Development, 4(1).
Stremlau, N. and I. Gagliardone. 2015. Media, Conflict and Political Transitions in Africa. In Zielonka, J. (ed) Media and Politics in New Democracies. Oxford University Press.
Price, M. and N. Stremlau 2014. Strategic Communications and the Avoidance of Violent Conflict. In Hoffman, J. and Hawkins V. (eds) Communications for Peace: Charting an Emerging Field. Routledge.
Stremlau, N. 2014. Media, Participation and Constitution-Making in Ethiopia. Journal of African Law, 58 (2): 231-249.
Stremlau, N. 2014. In Search of Evidence: Media and Governance in Fragile States. Global Media Journal 4(2).
Shoemaker, E. and N. Stremlau. 2014. Media and Conflict: An Assessment of the Evidence. Progress in Development Studies, 14(2): 181-195.
Stremlau, N. and E. Fantini. 2013. Talking Politics: A Comparative Analysis of Somali Radio Call-in Programmes. Report for the United Nations Support Office for AMISOM, 69pp.
Stremlau, N. 2013. Hostages of Peace: The Politics of Radio Liberalization in Somaliland. Journal of Eastern African Studies, 7(2): 239-257.
Stremlau, N. 2013. Conflict and Post-Conflict Media Development in Somalia: Towards a Diagnostic Research Approach. Journal of Media, War and Conflict, 6(3): 279-293.
Stremlau, N., E. Fantini and R. Osman. 2013. Power and Politics: The Structure of Local Radio Broadcasters in Somalia. Report for the United Nations Support Office for AMISOM, 81pp.
Stremlau, N. 2013. Somalia: Media Law in the Absence of a State. Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 8(2): 159-174.
Gagliardone, I., N. Stremlau, and D. Nkrumah. 2012. Partner, Prototype or Persuader? China’s Renewed Engagement with Ghana. Journal of Communications, Politics and Culture, 45(2): 174-196.
Gagliardone, I. and N. Stremlau 2012. Digital Media, Diasporas and Conflict in the Horn of Africa. In M. Dragomir and M. Thompson (eds). Mapping Digital Media. London: Open Society Institute.
Price, M. and N. Stremlau. 2012. Media and Transitional Justice: Towards a Systematic Approach, International Journal of Communication, 2: 1077-1099.
Stremlau, N. 2012. Customary Law and Media Regulation in Conflict and Post-Conflict States. In M. Price and S. Verhulst (eds), Handbook of Media Law and Policy: A Socio-Legal Exploration. Abington: Routledge.
Stremlau, N. and R. Osman. 2012. Media Narratives and Constitution-making in Somalia. Report for the United Nations Political Office in Somalia.
Stremlau, N. 2011. The Press and the Political Restructuring of Ethiopia, Journal of Eastern African Studies, 5(4): 716-732.
– Also in Abbink, J. and T. Hagmann. 2013. Reconfiguring Ethiopia: The Politics of Authoritarian Reform. Abdington: Routledge.
Stremlau, N. and M. Price. 2011. Communications and Leadership in Crisis States. Background article for the 2011 World Bank’s World Development Report: Conflict, Security and Development.
Shoemaker, E. and Stremlau, N. 2011. Media and Political Choice: An Assessment of the Evidence. Report from the Justice and Security Programme, London School of Economics to the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Stremlau, N. 2010. Towards a New Approach to Evaluation. In Price, M. and Abbott, S. (eds) Evaluating the Evaluators, Peter Lang, pp. 191-212.
Gagliardone, I., M. Repnikova and N. Stremlau. 2010. Where East Meets West: The Influence of China on Media Development in Africa. ESRC Report by PCMLP, University of Oxford.
Stremlau, N. 2010. Communication and Governance in Somaliland. Report for the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office, 126 pp.
Stremlau, N. 2010. Somalia Media Mapping. Report for the United Nations and African Union Information Support Team in Somalia, 84 pp.
Price, M, I. al Marashi and N. Stremlau. 2009. Media in the Peacebuilding Process: Ethiopia and Iraq, in Norris, P. (ed.) Public Sentinel. Washington DC: The World Bank.
Stremlau, N., M. Blanchard, Y. Gabobe, and F. Ahmed. 2009. Media and Elections in Somaliland: Lessons from Kenya. Annenberg Occasional Paper Series, 45pp.
Stremlau, N. and M. Price. 2009. Media and Post-election Violence in Eastern Africa. Annenberg Occasional Paper Series, 45pp.
Gagliardone, I. and N. Stremlau. 2008. Public Opinion Research in a Conflict Zone: Grassroots Diplomacy in Darfur. International Journal of Communication, 2: 1085-113.
Price, M., I. al Marashi and N. Stremlau. 2008. Polarization and the Media: The Problem with the Governance Agenda in Post-Conflict States. Discussion paper for the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Stremlau, N. 2008. Freedom of Information Act in Ethiopia. Report for The World Bank.
Allen, T. and Stremlau, N. (2006) Media Policy, Peace and State Reconstruction. In Hemer, O. and Tufte, T. (eds.). Media and Global Change: Rethinking Communication for Development. Nordicom.
– Spanish Translation: published by Publicaciones Cooperativas, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2008.
Freedom House– Responsible for the annual ratings and narratives for the sections on Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia for the World Press Freedom Rankings book (2008- present).
Janes Intelligence Review– Twice yearly contributor of the Ethiopia files including assessments of economic, social, political and security issues (2006- 2009).
Stremlau, N. (2009) Review: Press, Politics and Public Policy in Uganda. Equid Novi . 30(2).
Stremlau, N. (2008) Transferred Hostility: Ethiopia and Eritrea’s Unregulated Tensions. Janes Intelligence Review, May 2008.
Stremlau, N. (2004). Review: Information Intervention. Progress in Development Studies, 4(3), pp. 271-273.