Huanqing Yao


Associate Professor Huanqing Yao joins us from Renmin University of China, where he is the Vice Director of civil and commercial jurisprudence. Prior to this he has taught courses in IPR law, fundamental civil law, copyright law, debts & contracts and divisional contract law, and worked as Legal Counsel to the Xinhua News Agency. Dr. Yao’s research interests include the protection and restriction of freedom of speech in cyberspace, and will be working closely with PCMLP during his stay to promote this issue.

Melisande Middleton

Melisande Middleton is Director of the Center for International Media Ethics (CIME). Her research
focuses on regulating social responsibility in the media. She is an honors graduate of Stanford
University and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, with a focus in international affairs and economics.
She has written and edited for the World Bank, UNESCO, CNRS International Magazine, Les Echos and
Bayard Presse media group. Her projects have involved work across several continents, most recently in
West Africa.

Andrew Taussig

Andrew Taussig  is a Trustee of the International Institute of Communications and of Voice of the Listener and Viewer. He had a thirty year career in the BBC – where he was Controller of European Services in the World Service from 1989 to 1994 and Director of all Foreign Language Services from 1995-2000. Earlier he had been involved with the drafting of the BBC’s first published Editorial and Production Guidelines. He is on the Academic Advisory Committee of AMIC – [Asian Media Information and Communication Center] – and has contributed a chapter “Public Service Broadcasting: Theory and Reality – the measurement challenge” to Public Service Broadcasting in the Age of Globalization.[an AMIC publication (2006 ). He also writes for Intermedia, Commonwealth Broadcaster , Media Asiaand other journals. Andrew has been a consultant to the British Council for the Geneva World Summit on the Information Society (2003) and has co-moderated Journalists Colloquiums at ASEF [Asia-Europe Foundation] Dialogues in Larnaca, Cyprus and Nanjing, China. Andrew is active in the Commonwealth Technology Partnership in Africa and elsewhere.

Troels Larsen

Troels is currently conducting doctoral research on a harmful ‘chilling effect’ on freedom of expression as identified by the ECtHR under supervision of Professor Ian Walden and Jonathan Griffiths (

His main research area and interests are: ECtHR Article 10 jurisprudence; comparative regional jurisprudence of freedom of expression – US Supreme Court, Inter-American Court of HR, German Constitutional Court and others; freedom of expression conflicts with rights of privacy, IP and access to justice.

Main publications include: ‘A Comparative Study of Costs in Defamation Proceedings Across Europe’, 2008, Oxford University; ‘Danish Legislation Regarding Defamation and Privacy’ – Chapter in ‘Carter-Ruck on Libel and Privacy’, Butterworths LexisNexis, 2010.

Konstantinos Stylianou


Konstantinos Stylianou joins us from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he is an SJD candidate. He earned an LLM in Law, Science and Technology Specialization from Harvard Law School, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar. He is also a graduate of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, where he pursued his Master’s Degree in International and European Law and completed coursework on internet law and intellectual property. He has worked at the Council of Europe (European Audiovisual Observatory), and has served as a legal counsel for YouthMedia, a nonprofit based in Berlin.

Konstantinos’ research interests are telecommunications, media regulation, sociology of the internet and economics of the networks. During his stay he intends to explore the European perspective of technological, regulatory and socio-economic changes brought about by next-generation networks (NGN’s), and juxtapose this with the U.S. perspective.

Danilo Leonardi

Former Head of PCMLP

Danilo Leonardi was Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University from September 2006 – June 2008. He was also Coordinator of IMLA (the International Media Lawyers Association). His main interest is in media law and regulation in societies in transition to the rule of law. Before taking up his position at the University of Oxford in 2001, Danilo worked in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Edinburgh and Buenos Aires. He was previously Deputy Country Director for European Russia at the Civic Education Project (CEP), and a visiting Lecturer at St. Petersburg State University in the School of Law.  Dr Leonardi currently works for CCS Fundraising in London as an Associate Director.

Tal Ofek

DPhil Student

Tal joined the Centre in 2005 and is studying towards a D.Phil. Her research will examine telecommunications regulation, in particular the impact that advanced and innovative technologies may have on future development of existing regulatory frameworks and approaches.

Mercedes Muñoz Saldaña

Visiting Researcher

Mercedes Muñoz Saldaña is a Professor at the School of Communication, University of Navarra and Director of the Public Communication Department. Her area of research focuses on audiovisual and advertising regulation, particularly on issues such as: the redefinition of the audiovisual public service; the legal configuration of public television; the nature and powers of audiovisual councils; and the implementation of regulatory instruments in Spain. During her stay she will continue research on her current project, ‘The role of self-regulation and co-regulation in the new digital audiovisual market’.

Deeksha Sharma

Middle East Mooting Co-ordinator

Deeksha Sharma recently completed her DPhil at Exeter College, Oxford where she also read for the BCL in 2010. Deeksha has been an avid mooter and participated in the 49th Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington DC in 2008. She judged the UK National Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 2010 and 2012 and has also judged the preliminary rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition twice in the past. Deeksha is also the Junior Dean at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford.

Alecia Johns

Oxford Mooting Co-ordinator

Alecia Johns coordinated the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition for several years and helped to launch rounds in Asia and America.  She recently completed her DPhil in law at Balliol College, Oxford and her thesis focuses on the rights of dual citizens to political representation in Jamaica, with comparative insights from Australia and the Commonwealth Caribbean. Alecia was also a member of the Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP) executive committee where she assists in the preparation of research briefs concerning important issues of public interest law. Her most recent OPBP project involved a submission to the UK Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights regarding the use of classified evidence in U.S. courts.