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: http://rankingdigitalrights.org

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.

Qualifications:

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

Publications:

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)

Website:

http://chinacopyrightandmedia.wordpress.com

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.

Head of PCMLP: Nicole Stremlau

Dr Nicole Stremlau is Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy and a Research Fellow in the Centre of Socio-Legal Studies.

Nicole Stremlau’s research focuses on media and governance, particularly in areas of conflict and insecurity in Africa.  Her most recent projects examine the role of new media in political participation and governance; media law and regulation in the absence of government or in weak states;the role of media in conflict, peacebuilding and the consolidation of political power; and how governments attempt to engage citizens and communicate law-making processes.  Stremlau’s doctoral work explored the role of media during the guerrilla insurgencies in Uganda and Ethiopia, and how the successive governments used the media to consolidate political power in the aftermath of violence.

While Stremlau continues to research and write on Ethiopia, her more recent research has been on media and conflict in Somalia and Somaliland, which has received funding from the United Nations, among others. Stremlau is currently writing a monograph on the Politics of Communication in Africa.Her research has contributed to academic journals, including the International Journal of Communication and the Journal of Eastern African Studies, as well as to research by governmental organizations such as the World Bank’s 2011 World Development Report on Conflict, Security and Development.

As Head of PCMLP, Stremlau develops and manages international programmes on media law and policy, including the Price Media Law Moot Court Programme. She has established links between PCMLP with universities, law firms and media companies in India, China, Eastern Africa and the Middle East. Stremlau is co-director of the annual Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute, a researcher and author for the Horn of Africa for the annual Freedom House Press Freedom Rankings and an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Global Communications Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to coming to PCMLP, Stremlau was director of the Africa programme at the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research where she initiated a led the East African Journalists Fellowship Programme, as well as research projects on media and election violence and public opinion research in Darfur. She has been a regular contributor to Janes Intelligence Review and has consulted for the World Bank in Addis Ababa as well as for Human Rights Watch. Stremlau lived in Ethiopia for several years where she conducted research and was a features writer at the Ethiopian Reporter.

Nicole Stremlau’s blog on the Huffington Post.

Selected Publications:

Gagliardone, I. Pohjonen, M., Taflan, P., Stremlau, N. et. al. 2015. Mechachal: Online Speech and Elections in Ethiopia. Report 1. University of Oxford, PCMLP Report.

Stremlau, N. and R. Osman. 2015. Courts, Clans and Companies: Mobile Money and Dispute Resolution in Somaliland. Stability: Journal of International Development, 4(1).

Stremlau, N., E. Fantini and R. Osman. 2015. The Political Economy of the Media During the Somali Civil War. Review of African Political Economy, 42(145).

Stremlau, N., E. Fantini and I. Gagliardone. 2015. Patronage, politics and performance: radio call-in programmes and the myth of accountability, Third World Quarterly, 36(8):1510-1526.

Gagliardone, I, A. Kalemera, L. Kogen, L. Nalwoga, N. Stremlau, and W. Wairagala, 2015. In Search of Local Knowledge on ICTs in Africa. Stability: Journal of International Development, 4(1).

Stremlau, N. and I. Gagliardone. 2015. Media, Conflict and Political Transitions in Africa. In Zielonka, J. (ed) Media and Politics in New Democracies. Oxford University Press.

Price, M. and N. Stremlau 2014. Strategic Communications and the Avoidance of Violent Conflict. In Hoffman, J. and Hawkins V. (eds) Communications for Peace: Charting an Emerging Field. Routledge.

Stremlau, N. 2014. Media, Participation and Constitution-Making in Ethiopia. Journal of African Law, 58 (2): 231-249.

Stremlau, N. 2014. In Search of Evidence: Media and Governance in Fragile States. Global Media Journal 4(2).

Shoemaker, E. and N. Stremlau. 2014. Media and Conflict: An Assessment of the Evidence. Progress in Development Studies, 14(2): 181-195.

Stremlau, N. and E. Fantini. 2013. Talking Politics: A Comparative Analysis of Somali Radio Call-in Programmes. Report for the United Nations Support Office for AMISOM, 69pp.

Stremlau, N. 2013. Hostages of Peace: The Politics of Radio Liberalization in Somaliland. Journal of Eastern African Studies, 7(2): 239-257.

Stremlau, N. 2013. Conflict and Post-Conflict Media Development in Somalia: Towards a Diagnostic Research Approach. Journal of Media, War and Conflict, 6(3): 279-293.

Stremlau, N., E. Fantini and R. Osman. 2013. Power and Politics: The Structure of Local Radio Broadcasters in Somalia. Report for the United Nations Support Office for AMISOM, 81pp.

Stremlau, N. 2013. Somalia: Media Law in the Absence of a State. Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 8(2): 159-174.

Gagliardone, I., N. Stremlau, and D. Nkrumah. 2012. Partner, Prototype or Persuader? China’s Renewed Engagement with Ghana. Journal of Communications, Politics and Culture, 45(2): 174-196.

Gagliardone, I. and N. Stremlau 2012. Digital Media, Diasporas and Conflict in the Horn of Africa. In M. Dragomir and M. Thompson (eds). Mapping Digital Media. London: Open Society Institute.

Price, M. and N. Stremlau. 2012. Media and Transitional Justice: Towards a Systematic Approach, International Journal of Communication, 2: 1077-1099.

Stremlau, N. 2012. Customary Law and Media Regulation in Conflict and Post-Conflict States. In M. Price and S. Verhulst (eds), Handbook of Media Law and Policy: A Socio-Legal Exploration. Abington: Routledge.

Stremlau, N. and R. Osman. 2012. Media Narratives and Constitution-making in Somalia. Report for the United Nations Political Office in Somalia. 

Stremlau, N. 2011. The Press and the Political Restructuring of Ethiopia, Journal of Eastern African Studies, 5(4): 716-732.

– Also in Abbink, J. and T. Hagmann. 2013. Reconfiguring Ethiopia: The Politics of Authoritarian Reform. Abdington: Routledge.

Stremlau, N. and M. Price. 2011. Communications and Leadership in Crisis States. Background article for the 2011 World Bank’s World Development Report: Conflict, Security and Development.

Shoemaker, E. and Stremlau, N. 2011. Media and Political Choice: An Assessment of the Evidence. Report from the Justice and Security Programme, London School of Economics to the UK Department for International Development (DFID). 

Stremlau, N. 2010. Towards a New Approach to Evaluation. In Price, M. and Abbott, S. (eds) Evaluating the Evaluators, Peter Lang, pp. 191-212.

Gagliardone, I., M. Repnikova and N. Stremlau. 2010. Where East Meets West: The Influence of China on Media Development in Africa. ESRC Report by PCMLP, University of Oxford.

Stremlau, N. 2010. Communication and Governance in Somaliland. Report for the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office, 126 pp.

Stremlau, N. 2010. Somalia Media Mapping. Report for the United Nations and African Union Information Support Team in Somalia, 84 pp.

Price, M, I. al Marashi and N. Stremlau. 2009. Media in the Peacebuilding Process: Ethiopia and Iraq, in Norris, P. (ed.) Public Sentinel. Washington DC: The World Bank. 

Stremlau, N., M. Blanchard, Y. Gabobe, and F. Ahmed. 2009. Media and Elections in Somaliland: Lessons from Kenya. Annenberg Occasional Paper Series, 45pp.

Stremlau, N. and M. Price. 2009. Media and Post-election Violence in Eastern Africa. Annenberg Occasional Paper Series, 45pp.

Gagliardone, I. and N. Stremlau. 2008. Public Opinion Research in a Conflict Zone: Grassroots Diplomacy in Darfur. International Journal of Communication, 2: 1085-113.

Price, M., I. al Marashi and N. Stremlau. 2008. Polarization and the Media: The Problem with the Governance Agenda in Post-Conflict States. Discussion paper for the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Stremlau, N. 2008. Freedom of Information Act in Ethiopia. Report for The World Bank.

Allen, T. and Stremlau, N. (2006) Media Policy, Peace and State Reconstruction. In Hemer, O. and Tufte, T. (eds.). Media and Global Change: Rethinking Communication for Development. Nordicom.

– Spanish Translation: published by Publicaciones Cooperativas, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2008.

Additional publications:

Freedom HouseResponsible for the annual ratings and narratives for the sections on Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia for the World Press Freedom Rankings book (2008- present).

Janes Intelligence Review Twice yearly contributor of the Ethiopia files including assessments of economic, social, political and security issues (2006- 2009).

Stremlau, N. (2009) Review: Press, Politics and Public Policy in Uganda. Equid Novi . 30(2).

Stremlau, N. (2008) Transferred Hostility: Ethiopia and Eritrea’s Unregulated Tensions. Janes Intelligence Review, May 2008.

Stremlau, N. (2004). Review: Information Intervention. Progress in Development Studies, 4(3), pp. 271-273.