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The Scholars Who Bring You “What’s New in Comparative Public Law”

Richard Albert, Boston College Law School

Since January, 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 the field. 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 from around the comparative law blogosphere. This new feature has become a must-read for scholars interested in comparative public law.

The weekly roundup is brought to you by five scholars who operate on a rotating schedule. Our community of readers owes them a debt of gratitude for the care they take in preparing “What’s New in Comparative Public Law” every week.

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.), where is currently completing a doctoral degree.

Rohan Alva is an Assistant Professor at Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), where he also serves as a member of the Centre for Public Law and Jurisprudence and as the Faculty Director of the Moot Court Society. Before joining JGLS, he practiced law in the field of juvenile justice in the juvenile courts and the Delhi High Court. A graduate of the Campus Law Centre (LL.B.) and Harvard Law School (LL.M), his interests lie in private law, particularly contracts and civil procedure, law & society, and socio-economic rights.

Angelique Devaux is a French Qualified Attorney (Diplômée Notaire). She began her career in the UK where she assisted British citizens 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 and private international law. A few years ago, she moved to the US where she earned a master’s degree in American law and co-taught comparative law at Indiana University McKinney School of Law. She has authored several articles in comparative law, and focuses her research on international family law issues.​

Margaret Lan Xiao is a Visiting Scholar at the East Asian Legal Studies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Originally from China, she earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Sun Yat-sen University and a master’s degree in modern chinese legal history from Fudan University. Her research concerns modern China’s constitutionalism (1905-1949), the separation of powers, and the organization and function of China’s administrative law system. She has translated the scholarship of many leading American scholars for reference and study in China.

M. Patrick Yingling is an associate in Reed Smith LLP’s appellate practice group. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for the Honorable D. Michael Fisher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and taught as a visiting lecturer at Moi University School of Law in Kenya. His research focuses on public sector corruption, comparative constitutional law, and civil/appellate procedure. He has spoken at conferences and symposia throughout the United States on the transformative nature of corruption in developing legal systems. A graduate of Bucknell University (B.S.B.A.) and the University of Pittsburgh (J.D.), he is a member of the Affiliates Advisory Group of the Younger Comparativists Committee for the American Society of Comparative Law.

Once again, thank you to these five scholars for providing an invaluable service to our community of scholars interested comparative public law.


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