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.

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.