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.

Monroe Price

Co-Founder of PCMLP

Monroe E. Price is Director of the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research in London. Professor Price is also the Joseph and Sadie Danciger Professor of Law and Director of the Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society at the Cardozo School of Law, where he served as Dean from 1982 to 1991. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale, where he was executive editor of the Yale Law Journal. He clerked for Associate Justice Potter Stewart of the U.S. Supreme Court and was an assistant to Secretary of Labor W. Willard Wirtz.

Professor Price was Founding Director of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the University of Oxford, and a Member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He was Deputy Director of California Indian Legal Services, one of the founders of the Native American Rights Fund, and author of Law and the American Indian. Among his many books are Media and Sovereignty; Television, The Public Sphere and National IdentityRoutledge Handbook of Media Law; and a treatise on cable television. His most recent publication, Free Expression, Globalism, and the New Strategic Communication, is now available.

Simon Haselock

Simon Haselock is co-founder and Director of Albany Associates. He is a pioneer in media intervention in post-conflict countries. He was the Deputy High Representative for Media Affairs in the Office of The High Representative (OHR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, creating the organisation for broadcast frequency spectrum management and licensing and providing everyday guidance on the public presentation of policy. As Temporary Media Commissioner in Kosovo he was responsible for the regulation of both the print and broadcast media in accordance with best international practice. He also began the process of building the legal structure and ethical environment necessary to enable independent media in Kosovo to flourish. He then served as the Director of Public Information for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

Prior to co-founding Albany, Simon was the Head of the Media Development and Regulatory Advisory Team in Iraq. In this capacity he has been responsible for establishing an Iraqi National Communications and Media Commission and has been involved in the development of other media infrastructure programs including training and the creation of a new Iraqi public broadcasting service, encouraging a commercial broadcasting sector and the development of journalistic ethics and professional self regulation. Simon served for 23 years with Royal Marines and was responsible for assisting in the development of media policy in the UK Ministry of Defence.

Damian Tambini

Damian Tambini is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE and convenor of the MSC in Communication Regulation and Policy.  He is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), at the Oxford Internet Institute and at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies.  He was Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University from June 2002 – August 2006.  Dr Tambini’s research interests include media and telecommunications policy and democratic communication. He co-edited ‘Cyberdemocracy’ (Routledge 1998) and ‘Citizenship, Markets, and the State’ (Oxford University Press 2000). Other recent and forthcoming publications include: ‘Collective Identities in Action: Theories of Ethnic Conflict’ (Ashgate, September 2002); ‘New News: Impartial Broadcasting in the Digital Age’ (edited by D. Tambini and J. Cowling, IPPR 2002); ‘Privacy and the Media’ (IPPR, December 2003).