—Richard Albert, Boston College Law School
Since last year, in January 2014, I-CONnect has published a weekly roundup of news in the world of comparative public law.
“What’s New in Comparative Public Law” is a curated reading list of developments in public law. The weekly roundup includes a selection of links to news, high court decisions, new or recent scholarly books and articles, calls for papers, and blog posts. This new feature has become a must-read for scholars interested in comparative public law.
The weekly roundup is brought to you by six scholars who rotate its production on a weekly basis. Below, I introduce each of them to you.
Mohamed Abdelaal is an Assistant Lecturer of constitutional and administrative law at Alexandria University in Egypt. His scholarly interests are constitutionalism, Islamic law, and jurisprudence. He is a permanent member of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association and has twice served as an Egyptian expert in drafting the Rule of Law Index Report sponsored by the World Justice Project. He holds degrees from Alexandria University (LL.B.) and Indiana University McKinney School of Law (LL.M., J.S.D.).
Rohan Alva practices law in New Delhi. Prior to that, he was Assistant Professor at Jindal Global Law School. His interests lie in public law and civil procedure. He was recently featured in I-CONnect’s video interview series for a discussion on developments in Indian Constitutional Law. The video is available here.
Angélique Devaux is a French Qualified Attorney (Diplômée Notaire). She began her career in the UK where she assisted British clients in estate planning and acquiring property in France. Then she worked as an associate in a large firm of notaires for six years in Paris specializing in family law with cross-border issues, before moving to the U.S. She is also an LL.M. American law graduate at Indiana University Robert McKinney School of Law where she co-taught comparative law and has been giving lectures in French and European Law. She has authored several articles in comparative law, and essentially focuses her research on Family Law, International Private Law (Conflict of Laws) and Comparative Law.
Margaret Lan Xiao is originally from China, where she earned a bachelor’s degree from Sun Yat-sen University and a master’s degree from Fudan University. She was formerly a Visiting Scholar at the East Asian Legal Studies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a LL.M. student at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research concerns constitutionalism in modern China, the separation of powers, and the organization and function of China’s administrative law system. She has translated the scholarship of several leading American scholars for reference and study in China. She is currently a doctoral candidate in comparative constitutional law.
Sandeep Suresh graduated with B.P.Sc (Hons.), LL.B (Hons.) from National Law University, Jodhpur (India) in May, 2015. He is currently a Research Associate at the Centre for Law and Policy Research, Bangalore (India). His responsibilities include conducting policy-oriented legal research in the area of public law and assisting senior lawyers in constitutional litigation before the High Court of Karnataka (India). Additionally, he is an Empanelled Mediator at the Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation. His areas of research interest are mainly constitutional law, international arbitration and the judicial process. He is also dedicated to bringing reforms in India’s legal education industry.
M. Patrick Yingling is a comparative law scholar and an appellate practitioner. Since 2013, he has practiced as an attorney in Reed Smith LLP’s Appellate Practice Group. From 2012 to 2013, Patrick clerked for the Honorable D. Michael Fisher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In 2011, he taught as a visiting lecturer at Moi University School of Law in Kenya. Patrick’s scholarship focuses on institutional corruption in a comparative context. He writes also on matters of civil procedure in the U.S. federal courts. Patrick has spoken at conferences and symposia throughout the world, and his scholarship has been published in numerous student-edited and peer-reviewed law journals. He is a member of the Affiliates Advisory Group of the Younger Comparativists Committee for the American Society of Comparative Law. Patrick received his BSBA with honors from Bucknell University and his JD with honors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he served as Senior Articles Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review.
Thank you to Mohamed, Rohan, Angélique, Maggie, Sandeep and Patrick for providing an invaluable service to our community of scholars interested comparative public law.