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) (www.globalmedialaw.com) 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.

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 (http://www.law.qmul.ac.uk/people/research/larsen.html).

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.