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.
Danit is a graduate of the Oxford Internet Institute, the University of Oxford, and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel, specializing in cyber-terrorism and cyber-conflicts. She currently works on coordinating the Peking-Oxford-Stanford conference on Internet Law and Policy with Nicole Stremlau, and has co-authored the recent UNESCO study “Countering Online Hate Speech” with Iginio Gagliardone. Danit is interested in promoting online privacy, safety, and freedom of speech, and studies computer and network surveillance and cybersecurity policies and practices.
Marie Fierens holds a PhD in Information and Communication from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. She also received a postgraduated diploma in Conflict and development from Ghent University. She first worked on the question of the memory of genocide against the Tutsi that took place in Rwanda in 1994. Her thesis focused on two other African countries: the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Côte d’Ivoire. By adopting a comparative perspective, she traced the development of the profession of newspaper journalist in both states, from the end of the colonial era until today. She works now as a postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Nicole Stremlau. Her postdoctoral project aims at investigating how the expansion of ICTs in the DRC has an impact on the professional identity of the Congolese journalists.
Alisha Patel is a Research Associate at PCMLP, currently working on the MeCoDem project. As part of the Kenya team, she is conducting research on the role of print media in democratic transitions and conflicts, using content analysis as a methodological framework. Other research interests and projects focus on the media and political mobilisation; the intersection of identity politics, political ideologies and hate speech; and the use of data visualization techniques to map spheres of democratic engagement in online spaces.
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).
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.
Anthony L. Fargo, Ph.D, is Director at the Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies, Indiana University School of Journalism. He has also been an Associate Professor since 2004. His research focuses on legal issues raised by newsgathering practices and techniques, specifically issues raised by the relationships between reporters and sources. Recent work has focused on problems for journalists caused by weakening of the federal journalist’s privilege and efforts to pass a national shield law in Congress. Other research interests include indecency legislation, the legal liability of the media for intrusive newsgathering, libel, privacy, and general First Amendment protections for expression.
Terrine Friday is a Master of Laws student at the Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Toronto, Canada) and a Research Assistant at the Polis Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research interests include media law and policy, human rights, legal theory, social justice, cultural studies, gender and race, inequalities, and qualitative methods. During her stay Terrine’s research will focus on the relation between media law and policy, constitutionalism and social change in the Middle East and North Africa. Further information can be found on her website, http://www.terrinefriday.com/index.html.