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Introducing the 2024 ICONnect Columnists

David Landau, Florida State University College of Law

The editors of ICONnect are very pleased to announce our new slate of columnists for 2024: Esther Ang’awa,  Aparna Chandra, Tania Groppi, and Miguel Schor. We are certain that they will provide a diverse and fascinating set of voices for our readers, representing a range of regional and substantive areas of focus.

We would also like to give thanks and express appreciation for our outgoing 2023 columnists — Teresa Violante, João Vitor Cardoso, and Gautam Bhatia. We are grateful to each of these scholars for agreeing to serve as columnists last year, and for adding so much useful content to the blog.

The format of the columns is the same as in prior years. The goal is to provide ICONnect with regular contributors who have a distinctive voice and unique perspective on public law. Columns, while scholarly in accordance with the tone of the blog and about the same length as a normal blog post, are a bit more “op-ed” in nature than standard posts. Each columnist will produce one column roughly every two months.

Although we expect that many of our readers already know their work, we append brief bios for each of our new columnists below. Please join us in welcoming them to ICONnect!

Esther Ang’awa is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with practice experience providing legal advisory and representation in public and private law matters, as well as advising State and non-State actors on law, constitutionalism and governance. Ang’awa is passionate about creating legal awareness in the society and pushing for public governance that is people-centred, participatory and transformative. She recently completed her studies at the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London and is a graduate awaiting award of a Master of Science in Global Leadership and Peacebuilding.

Aparna Chandra is an Associate Professor of Law at the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru where she also heads the M.K. Nambyar Chair on Constitutional Law. She teaches and researches on constitutional law, comparative law, human rights, gender and the law, and judicial process reform. Aparna’s recent book, Court on Trial: A Data Driven Account of the Supreme Court of India (with Sital Kalantry and William Hubbard) brings together a decade’s worth of original empirical research on the working of the Indian Supreme Court. Aparna is a co-editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to the Constitution of India.

Tania Groppi is full professor of Public Law at the University of Siena, where she also teaches Comparative Law and Gender Equality Law. She directed national and international research projects on constitutional justice, constitutional democracy, dialogue between courts. She participated in institution building activities in Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tunisia. She is the author of more than 200 articles and of several books. Among them, the volumes “Federalism” (Laterza, 2004); “Canada” (Il Mulino, 2007); «Menopeggio» (Il Mulino, 2020); “Oltre le gerarchie” (Laterza, 2021). She is editor of the volumes «The Use of Foreign Precedents by Constitutional Judges» (Oxford, 2013, with M.C. Ponthoreau); «Tunisia. The spring of the Constitution ”(Rome, 2015, with I. Spigno); “Nomination procedures and gender balance. An Italian and comparative perspective” (Il Mulino, 2022, with G. Cerrina Feroni); “Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The voice of the justice” (Il Mulino, 2023, with I. Spigno and L. E. Rios Vegas).

Miguel Schor is a Professor of Law and the Associate Director of the Drake University Constitutional Law Center. Professor Schor’s current scholarship focuses on two broad issues: comparative studies of American constitutionalism; and the problems of democratic emergence and erosion. He is currently working on an article entitled “American Constitutional Exceptionalism and Democratic Erosion,” and two book projects. The first book project is the second edition of “Comparative Constitutional Theory” which he co-edits with Gary Jacobsohn; the second is entitled “The Constitution Reader: How our Eighteenth-Century Document is Faring in the Twenty-First Century.”


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