Josep Carbonell


Josep Maria Carbonell, joins us from the Faculty of Communications Blanquerna at Universitat Ramon Llull in Barcelona, where he is completing a doctorate on the subject of “Democracy and Communications: The Challenge of Regulation”.  He has previously been President of RIRM (Mediterranean Network of Regulatory Bodies of Media), andhis research interests are as follows:

  • Media Convergence and Regulation.
  • Globalization, media policy and Regulation.
  • Democracy, media ownership concentration and Regulation.
  • Pluralism, access to the public sphere and Regulation


Andrew Harms

Andrew comes from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City where he is a member of the Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media, and Society.  At Cardozo, he is a writer and contributor for the Media Law Assistance Website, (  Andrew’s primary interest is exploring how the internet impacts the formation of political and social values of individuals in society.  Empirically, he wants to examine how long-distance learning utilized by law schools in the US and UK is perceived by educators to impact their students.  From a legal standpoint, the question is how a regulatory framework might account for these potential impacts.

As a student, Andrew has interned in Federal court for the Honorable Cheryl L. Pollak in the Eastern District of New York, as well as the New York City Law Department division of Administrative Law.  While an undergraduate, Andrew lived both in Kenya and Bosnia as part of his studies.  During his stay in Kenya, Andrew received the St. Lawrence University Douglas D. Andrews Grant for the academic study of Kenyan drumming.

Matt Blanchard

Matt Blanchard is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication, at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. His work at PCMLP examines the relationship between the media and state-building in Africa, specifically in the case of Somaliland, a breakaway region of Somalia, and Kenya. Blanchard comes to academia from the newspaper business, having been a staff writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer until 2005. He holds an undergraduate degree from Penn in Urban Studies and was an adjunct professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia before attending Annenberg.

Cristian Varccari


Dr. Cristian Vaccari (Ph.D, Universita IULM, Milan, 2006) is Assistant Professor in Political Communication at the Faculty of Political Science ‘Roberto Ruffilli’, University of Bologna. He studies political communication in comparative perspective, with a particular focus on the new media. He has authored and co-authored three books in Italian and his scholarship has been published in Political Communication, Party Politics, New Media & Society, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, European Journal of Communication, and French Politics, as well as in various international edited volumes.

Matthew Weldon

Matthew Weldon received his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, in 2009, where he was editor of the Cardozo Public Law, Policy & Ethics Journal, a recipient of the Howard M. Squadron Fellowship and the Cardozo Service and Achievement Award, and was winner of the 2008 ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition. Mr. Weldon was a law school visiting student at PCMLP in spring 2009, a policy intern at the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research and participated in the Annenberg-Oxford 2007 Institute on Global Media Policy. He research focused on Somaliland media law and policy and journalistic codes of ethics. He resides and practices law in New York City.

Daniel Bekele

DPhil Student

The topic of Daniel Bekele’s PhD research is “Comparative Study of Media Law in East Africa.” His research will analyze the similarities and differences between various media laws in East Africa and their compliance with relevant international standards. While the research will present key elements of the legal framework governing the media sector, it will in particular focus on critical analysis of content restrictions imposed by current laws.

Baris Gunaydin

Baris graduated from Ankara University Law Faculty. He is working as a Research Assistant in Anadolu University Communication Sciences Faculty Department of Journalism. . He is co-lecturer of Media Law, Press Law lectures. He has several papers and articles submitted to and published in national and international meetings and periodicals. His PhD thesis deals with Internet Law and Freedom of Speech.

Eric Blinderman

Eric Blinderman served from March of 2004 until December of 2006 in Iraq, first as an Associate General Counsel of the Coalition Provisional Authority and later as Chief Legal Counsel and Associate Deputy to the Regime Crimes Liaison’s Office. During his time in Iraq, Eric worked primarily with the Iraqi High Tribunal as it prepared to try and tried members of the former regime (including Saddam Hussein) for atrocities committed against the Iraqi people. Eric has a J.D. cum laude from Cornell Law School and was awarded a M.St. in international law from the University of Oxford with distinction. In addition, he has served as a law clerk to a United States Federal Judge and worked at the United Nations Development Program, the Preparatory Commission for the Establishment of an International Criminal Court, and the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy. He is currently on special leave from the New York office of Proskauer Rose LLP and plans to return as the firm’s newly appointed International Litigation Counsel. Eric interned at PCMLP from September 1999 – June 2000.

Katya Fisher Yoffe

Katya Yoffe is a student at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and recipient of the Howard M. Squadron Fellowship in Law, Media, and Society. She is editor of The Media Law Assistance Website (MLAW) ( which is being developed in conjunction with the National Endowment for Democracy’s Center for International Media Assistance and The Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication. Katya has previously interned at the Open Society Justice Initiative, the Art Loss Register, and the Art Law Department of Herrick, Feinstein LLP. Prior to attending law school Katya worked in communications at Alinga Consulting Group in Moscow, Russia. Katya is a graduate of New York University.

Enrique Armijo

Enrique Armijo is an associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC, where he practices media and appellate law. He currently serves on a Stanhope Centre team with Professors Monroe Price and Peter Krug that is assessing Rwanda’s draft Press Law, and has conducted media law assessments for East Timor (IREX) and Jordan (Center for Global Communication Studies at Annenberg). While at PCMLP in September 2006, he researched broadcast ownership regulation in the United Kingdom and Western Europe and assisted in a comparative project on the protection of reporters’ sources in the UK, US and Europe. He is a member of IMLA.