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’.

Gabriela Martinez Sainz

Visiting Researcher

Gabriela Martinez Sainz joins us from the University of Cambridge, where she is a PhD candidate currently researching human rights education in Mexico, with a view to integrating theory and practices and applying gained knowledge to the development of training programmes for human rights educators.

Prior to Cambridge, Gabriela worked as Academic Coordinator of the ‘Open University’ Department at the Panamerican University and was responsible for the academic and administrative coordination of the department, including the review of academic curricula and programmes. She has also co-authored secondary-school textbooks on civics and ethics education.  She is currently conducting research with Dr Iginio Gagliardone on hate speech.

Wang Jufang

Visiting Researcher

Wang Jufang is Vice Director of China Radio International (CRI) Online News. She holds a MSc in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Masters in International Relations from Peking University, Beijing. Her research interests include internet regulation and cybersecurity. During her stay she will continue work on her current project, China’s new internet regulating strategies and its impact on online public discourse.

Blessed Ngwenya

DPhil Student

Blessed Ngwenya is currently a DPhil student.  He completed his BA in 2004 and his BA Honours in 2005 with English and Media as majors at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He obtained his MA with distinction from the same University where he investigated ‘The Sustainability of Community Radio as a distinct form of Broadcasting’. He acquired management experience prior to joining UNISA. He has managed the Witwatersrand campus radio station “Voice of Wits” from April 2004-December 2005. Apart from managing the Voice of Wits Blessed has also played a pivotal role in establishing t he University of South Africa radio station (U-FM) as the project coordinator. He has worked in Moments Production House as a researcher and has presented a number of conference papers on community radio . He has also conducted research on Representation of Genocide in the Media in Rwanda and Zimbabwe and a radio documentary on the dialectic of South African and American hip-Hop music. Blessed comes from the UNISA Department of Communication Science where he has been a lecturer for two years. He is currently in the CSLS at Oxford University and his research paper is entitled: “ The fragmented public in the SABC: Implications for policy and regulation”.

Research interests

International communication, broadcasting policy and regulation, influences of globalisation and internationalisation on broadcasting and information and communication technology (ICT).

Richard Danbury

Richard Danbury qualified as a barrister (trial advocate) and practiced briefly at 9-12 Bell Yard in criminal law. (He no longer practises, so is not able to exercise any rights as a barrister, and is not subject to the rules that practising barristers have to obey.)  He then spent a decade or so as a broadcast journalist at the BBC, working on programmes such as Newsnight and Panorama, and in 2010 was the Deputy Editor of the BBC’s Prime Ministerial Debate programme. He completed his doctoral thesis at Oxford on special treatment of institutional journalism in English law, having been supervised by Dr Alison Young. He is a media law trainer for the BBC, and is the mentor on Channel 4’s Investigative Journalism Training Scheme.

Richard is currently working on Ranking Digital Rights, a project to develop a methodology to rank the world’s major information and communications technology companies on policies and practices related to free expression and privacy.  More information can be found here:

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.

Iginio Gagliardone

Dr Iginio Gagliardone’s research and publications focus on media and political change, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, and on the emergence of distinctive models of the information society worldwide. He is leading different research projects, from examining the role of Information and Communication Technologies in peace-building and state-building in Eastern Africa, to understanding the increasing role of emerging powers such as China in the media and telecommunication sectors in Africa, to analysing the nature and significance of hate speech online ahead of elections. He completed his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science, investigating the relationship between development and destabilization in Ethiopia. He is also Research Associate of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge and of the Centre for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

Rogier Creemers

Dr Rogier Creemers is a post-doctoral research officer at the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy. On the basis of his background in Chinese Studies and International Relations, he wrote a Ph.D. thesis on the relationship between media piracy in China, intellectual property law and media regulation, and globalization. His main research interests include the nexus between media policy and political change in China, with a particular focus on the processes of cooptation and confrontation between the vested regime and potential challengers.


MA (Sinology, Leuven, 2004)

MA (International Relations and Conflict Management, Leuven, 2005)

Ph.D. (Maastricht University, expected 2012).

Current projects:

China Media Laa

Core research interests:

China media law and policy
Law, social and political change
Moral foundations of political philosophy
The role of media in shaping political outcomes
Political Ideology and communication
Communication and culture


Creemers, Rogier, Cultural Products and the WTO: China ‘s Domestic Censorship and Media Control Policies, in Farah, Paolo (ed.), Non-Trade Concerns, China and the WTO (forthcoming).
Creemers, Rogier, Heringa, Aalt Willem, The Future of Legal Teaching in China: A European Perspective. Beijing, Renmin University, Paper for the Second 21st Century International Forum of Law School Deans and Jurists (2010).
Creemers, Rogier, The Effects of WTO Case DS362 on Audiovisual Media Piracy in China, EIPR (31)11 (2009)
Kamperman Sanders, Anselm; Creemers, Rogier, WTO’s toenemende rol in normering van de intellectuele eigendom?Intellectuele Eigendom & Reclamerecht, 25(4), 173-176 (The Increasing Role of the WTO in Intellectual Property Norm-setting)

Contributions to:
IPR2 Report Online Infringement of Copyright – Leading Chinese Cases 1999-2009 (section on regulation of on-line media distribution and copyright aspects)
European Parliament, Directorate General for External Policies Report EU and China: Unbalanced Trade (sections on the EU trade policy on China, trade relations and monetary policies, the Chinese bilateral and plurilateral trading agreements, intellectual property protection in China)


Anup Surendranath

South Asia Co-ordinator

Anup has a D.Phil in Law from Oxford University, and an under-graduate degree in law from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), University of Law, Hyderabad, India and first came to Oxford in 2007 to read for the BCL. His doctoral research is focused on affirmative action policies for Scheduled Castes and Muslims in India, including the role of the media.