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Lee C. Bollinger

Lee C. Bollinger

President, Columbia University

Lee C. Bollinger became the nineteenth President of Columbia University in 2002. A prominent advocate of affirmative action, he played a leading role in the twin Supreme Court cases— Grutter v Bollinger and Gratz v Bollinger—that upheld and clarified the importance of diversity as a compelling justification for affirmative action in higher education.

A leading First Amendment scholar, Bollinger serves on the faculty of Columbia Law School. He is a director of the Washington Post Company and a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board. Bollinger is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Bollinger’s books include: Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century; Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era; Images of a Free Press; and The Tolerant Society: Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America.

He received the National Humanitarian Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice, and the National Equal Justice Award from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. After graduating from the University of Oregon and Columbia Law School, Bollinger served as law clerk for Judge Wilfred Feinberg on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Chief Justice Warren Burger on the United States Supreme Court.

President Bollinger on Freedom of Speech and Press: Recent Publications 

Agnès Callamard

Agnès Callamard

Director, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression; Special Adviser to the President, Columbia University

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions

Dr. Agnès Callamard is the Director of Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression, an initiative seeking to advance understanding on freedom of expression global norms, and Special Adviser to the President of Columbia University, first amendment scholar Lee Bollinger.

On August 1, 2016, she was appointed the UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial summary or arbitrary Executions.

Dr. Agnès Callamard has a distinguished career in human rights and humanitarian work globally. She spent nine years as the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, the international human rights organization promoting and defending freedom of expression and access to information globally. Under her leadership, ARTICLE 19 reach and reputation flourished earning global recognition for its cutting edge public policy thinking on diverse issues including national security, equality and development. She founded and led HAP International (the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership), which is the first self-regulatory body for humanitarian agencies at the international level. Prior to this, Dr. Callamard was Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary General of Amnesty International (AI) and AI’s Research-Policy Coordinator, leading AI’s policy work and research on women’s human rights.

Agnès has advised senior levels of multilateral organizations and governments around the world and has led human rights investigations in more than 30 countries. She has published broadly in the field of human rights, women’s rights, refugee movements and accountability and holds a PhD in Political Science from the New School for Social Research in New York.

Hawley Johnson

Hawley Johnson

Project Manager, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression

Dr. Hawley Johnson is the Project Manager for Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, an initiative to advance the understanding of international and national norms and institutions that best protect the free flow of information and expression in an inter-connected global community. Hawley has over twelve years of experience in international media development both academically and professionally, with a focus on Eastern Europe. She recently worked with the award winning Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project to launch the Investigative Dashboard (ID), a joint effort with Google Ideas offering specialized databases and research tools for journalists in emerging democracies.  Previously, as the Associate Director of the Media and Conflict Resolution Program at New York University, she oversaw the implementation of over eight US government sponsored media development programs in eleven countries. In 2012, she completed her Ph.D. in Communications at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her dissertation – a study of the evolution of media development policies in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and Macedonia – was grounded in extensive field research in the region. She has a M.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a B.A. in International Affairs from American University.

Bach Avezdjanov

Bach Avezdjanov

Program Officer, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression

Bach Avezdjanov is the Program Officer for Columbia Global Freedom of Expression. Prior to joining the initiative, he has worked in Kyrgyzstan for Freedom House, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Tian Shan Policy Center at the American University of Central Asia. Much of his work focused on legislative reform pertaining to torture prevention. He also worked on strengthening public assembly, religious freedoms, minority rights, and women’s rights.

After, Bach joined the UNHCR operation in Kassala, Sudan, a city on the border with Eritrea. In the capacity of a protection officer, he monitored refugee rights issues and designed projects to ensure that those issues are resolved.

Bach is fluent in Russian and holds a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.

Amalie Bang

Amalie Bang

Legal Officer, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression

Amalie Bang holds an LL.M. from Copenhagen University and a master’s degree from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization. Throughout her career she has worked with human rights and freedom of expression including at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, at the Council of Europe, for the Danish Government and at the European Union Delegation to the United Nations. She has conducted extensive research in the field of freedom of expression and media law, among others at the Dutch law firm Kennedy Van der Laan. From October 2016 she has been based at the Global Freedom of Expression Initiative at Columbia University.

Marietta Cauchi

Marietta Cauchi

Media Law Consultant

Editor, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression

Marietta Cauchi spent fifteen years as a commercial and media lawyer in London where she represented media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Economist and online-based publications and advised on international and complex litigation and all areas of media law. Subsequently Ms Cauchi worked for twelve years as a journalist for Dow Jones Newswires/Wall Street Journal covering financial services, investigative and regulatory matters and defence. Ms. Cauchi works with the International Senior Lawyers Project advising, training and writing for NGOs, journalists, other media officials and staff on human rights, defamation, privacy, data protection, freedom of information and related rights globally. Ms. Cauchi has also written authoritative legal articles for a number of reference books, trade magazines and online platforms, specifically on defamation and media law, intellectual property rights and litigation.

Jonathan McCully

Jonathan McCully

Editor, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression

Legal Officer, Media Legal Defence Initiative

Jonathan McCully is a Legal Officer at the Media Legal Defence Initiative, an organisation that helps provide legal assistance to journalists, bloggers and independent media outlets around the world before domestic and international courts. For instance, Mr McCully has been involved in cases before the European Court of Human Rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. He has also worked on cases before domestic courts in Uganda, Singapore and Tanzania. He has trained lawyers from East and Southern Africa on freedom of expression and media law, and is a supervisor at the University of Edinburgh Freedom of Expression Law Clinic.

Mr McCully has a Bachelor of Laws from Trinity College Dublin, and a Masters of Laws in Information Technology, Media and Communications Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has a particular interest in media law matters; and has published widely on freedom of expression, privacy, open justice, human rights and intellectual property. His articles have been published by the International Forum for Responsible Media Blog and the Media Law Resource Centre.

 

Sofía Jaramillo

Sofía Jaramillo

Legal Officer, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression

Sofia Jaramillo Otoya is the Legal Officer for Columbia Global Freedom of Expression. Prior to joining the initiative, she worked in Colombia as a research coordinator at the Center for Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia) and as a professor at Rosario University. She has also performed consultancies for various organizations such as the Foundation for Free Press (FLIP) and the Inter-American Press Association. Previously, she served as a human rights specialist at the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She received her law degree from Rosario University, and her Master of Laws (LL.M) degree from Columbia University Law School where she was a Human Rights Fellow and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Peter Bessada

Peter Bessada

Legal Researcher

Peter Bessada is researcher who contributed to our work by providing research and legal analysis of Freedom of Expression cases in the Middle East.  Peter’s regional and legal expertise have been an asset to this project. Peter is an American immigration attorney from an Egyptian background. He lived in several Middle Eastern countries and practiced law in Iraq.  Peter formerly worked for Human Rights Watch, where he has provided legal analysis and closely followed and reported on human rights affairs in Libya, Egypt and several other Middle Eastern countries.”

Brenna Carpenter

Brenna Carpenter

Legal Researcher

Brenna Carpenter is currently pursuing her Juris Doctorate at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. In addition to working with Columbia’s Freedom of Expression Initiative, she is a legal researcher at Arizona State University’s Public Health Law & Policy Program.
Brenna received her Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona in 2014. During her undergraduate career, she studied abroad in Salvador, Brazil and wrote an honors thesis on sex tourism in Northeast Brazil. She has previously worked with the International Rescue Committee and the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona.

Sutawan Chanprasert

Sutawan Chanprasert

Independent Human Rights Researcher

S​utawan has been working as a researcher since she received her master’s degree in international development at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand in 2013. She independently does research on the issues of human rights and criminal justice for various organizations. She joined Duncan McCargo as his research assistant ​in 2014 before being introduced to the Global FoE & I Jurisprudence Project in mid 2015. Her work for the Global FoE & I Jurisprudence Project is on the issues in Southeast Asia.

Kevin Crow

Kevin Crow

Legal Researcher

Kevin Crow is an international lawyer who holds research and teaching positions at the Transnational Economic Law Research Centre of the University of Halle-Wittenberg Law School, Germany, and the Asia School of Business – an MIT Sloan collaboration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is the author of several international law articles that have appeared in American, Asian, and European law journals, and is currently completing a Ph.D. thesis at the Transnational Economic Law Research Centre at the University of Halle-Wittenberg under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Christian Tietje. His research focuses on ‘judgment’ and ideology in international economic law and international humanitarian law, and most recently, on the private sector’s role in ‘authoring’ public international law. He holds a B.A. from the University of Washington, a J.D. from the University of Southern California, and an LL.M. from the London School of Economics. He is licensed to practice law in the State of California.

Shayan Davoudi

Shayan Davoudi

Legal Researcher

Shayan Davoudi is a legal researcher for the Global Freedom of Expression and Information at Columbia University.  He is also a Dean’s Fellow at the United Nations Committee Against Torture Project within American University Washington College of Law. During his legal studies in the U.S. with emphasis on international human rights law, Shayan worked with various academic institutions, governments, and civil society organizations, including the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration, International Weapons Control Center of DePaul University College of Law, Ghana’s Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Human Rights Advocacy Centre, Heartland Alliance International, and Child Rights and Protection Consultancy-International. He completed his Juris Doctor degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. Shayan is currently pursuing a joint Master of Laws degree in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law.

Rob Eilbacher

Rob Eilbacher

Researcher

Robert Eilbacher is supporting the Global Freedom of Expression initiative in conjunction with his studies at Columbia University. Although Rob has worked in the litigation office of Raymond Asher, most of his experience has been in the real estate industry. He has successfully completed real estate transactions with Google, Starbucks, Tesco and many others.

Ashley Geary

Ashley Geary

Legal Researcher

Ashley graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in May of 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Anthropology. Following her undergraduate, she was accepted into Florida Coastal School of Law where she graduated, cum laude, in May of 2013. Due to her interest in the public interest sector and environmental law she decided to pursue an LLM at Vermont Law School in Environmental Law. Ashley graduated from Vermont Law School, magna cum laude, in August of 2014. After her graduation, Ashley worked as a remote consultant for the Wildlife Conservation Society doing policy research on nature-based defenses to coastal disaster risk reduction. She then accepted a position as a Law Clerk with the second judicial district where she works currently. Ashley is licensed in Colorado, Florida (currently in-active), and New York (pending character and fitness) and is working with Columbia’s Freedom of Information project due to her intense interest in the public’s right to know and freedom of expression.

Jennifer A. Giuttari

Jennifer A. Giuttari

Legal Researcher

Jennifer A. Giuttari currently specializes in appellate law before the Montana Supreme Court. She formerly taught legal research and writing at Missoula College. Jen co-founded Montana Legal Justice, PLLC, a public interest law firm, where she specialized in civil rights, criminal defense, and appellate advocacy. Jen also previously served as Interim Legal Director and Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties (ACLU) of Montana, where she litigated a variety of constitutional and civil rights issues such as the right to free speech, the right to vote, and the right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.

Jen received her law degree from The University of Montana School of Law in December 2007. While in law school, Jen served on the law school Honor Committee, and was President of the Women’s Law Caucus. Jen also served as Notes Editor of the Montana Law Review, and authored three law review publications.

  1.  Morse v. Frederick: Locking the “Schoolhouse Gate” on the First Amendment, 69(2) Mont. L. Rev. 447 (2008).
  2. State v. McGowan, 68(1) Mont. L. Rev. 241 (2007).
  3. State v. Delao, 68(2) Mont. L. Rev. 499 (2007).

Jen is licensed to practice law in the State of Montana, the U.S. District Court for the District Montana, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the District of Columbia. She is based in Bali, Indonesia.

Wen Heng

Wen Heng

Legal Researcher

Wen is currently pursuing a Masters in Intellectual Property with Queen Mary, University of London. He completed his undergraduate law degree at Keele University. Having passed the bar last year, he is currently expanding his knowledge on more intricate and niche areas of law, by studying as broad a field as possible during his Masters. In addition to contributing to the Global Freedom of Expression Database, Wen is also an assistant editor with the Queen Mary Journal for Intellectual Property, and on the Law Students’ Committee for the International Bar Association.

Despite the Intellectual Property Specialism, Wen’s areas of interest include Media law, human rights and cybercrime

Portia Karegeya

Portia Karegeya

Legal Researcher

Portia Karegeya earned a postgraduate LL.B. degree from the University of Cape Town in 2011, where she also graduated with a Bachelor of Economics and Law. In 2013, Karegeya obtained a Master of Laws from McGill University and from 2014-2015 she was a Sonke Health and Human Rights fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she also received an LLM (2014) in Public Interest Law and Policy. Her primary academic focus has been pharmaceutical patents and access to affordable medicines. Most recently her work has focused on Gender, HIV/AIDS and Ebola. However she has also worked in the field of Freedom of Expression and Information advocacy. She is committed to the ideals of human rights and social justice and ultimately plans to pursue these ideals through a career in public interest and human rights law.

Aakanksha Kaul

Aakanksha Kaul

Legal Researcher

Aakanksha Kaul is an advocate in Delhi, India. She holds an LLM degree from Columbia University (2016) and an LLb. degree from King’s College London (2011). She also has a BA Hons. (History) degree from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

She is a Counsel for the Union of India in the Supreme Court of India. She began working as an independent counsel from 2013. She has previously worked for Luthra & Luthra Law Offices and in the Chambers the Additional Solicitor General of India. She has experience in arbitration, commercial litigation, intellectual property, tax and criminal law.

Nevena Krivokapić

Nevena Krivokapić

Legal Researcher, Share Foundation

Nevena Krivokapić currently holds the position of Legal Researcher at SHARE Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in Serbia established with a goal to fight for the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights within the fields of privacy, free speech, surveillance and government transparency and efficiency. She is the Foundation’s coordinator for online media and freedom of expression in the digital environment. Her research is mostly focused on the regulation of online media, defamation, and third-party content on the Internet.

During her studies, Ms Krivokapić was a member of the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Law winning team at the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition. She is the Moot Court Coordinator for regional and international rounds of the Monroe E. Price Moot Court Competition, and was a Moot Court Assistant since 2013. Prior to joining SHARE Foundation, Ms. Krivokapić worked as an associate at the Stojkovic & Prekajski Law Office, dealing exclusively with media law and free speech issues and cases. In 2012, Ms Krivokapić earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Law and in 2015 she passed the Bar Exam.

 

Lili Kunfalvi

Lili Kunfalvi

Program Coordinator

Lili Kunfalvi obtained her Master of Arts in American Studies graduating from Columbia University in 2015. She wrote her thesis on the role of U.S. media in the Kosovo War. She has previously worked at the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation that monitors the human rights conditions of ethnic Hungarians living as minorities in Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia and Ukraine. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Pázmány Péter Catholic University, in Hungary. Lili has extensive international experience living in various countries, including Canada and the USA. During her studies in Hungary, she received an Erasmus Scholarship and spent a semester at the University of Maribor, Slovenia.

Aline Longstaff

Aline Longstaff

Legal Researcher and Editor

Aline Longstaff is currently a juris doctor candidate at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark law school (April 2016). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic), History, and International Studies from the University of Utah (2011) and holds a Masters of Theological Studies in Islamic Studies from Harvard University (2013). She has externed in Utah’s Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court, District of Utah in addition to working as a researcher and editor on various legal projects related law & religion, human rights, and freedom of expression.

Christopher Merken

Christopher Merken

Legal Researcher

Christopher is a first-year law student at Villanova Law School. A recipient of Villanova Law’s full tuition Dean’s Merit Scholarship, Christopher graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware with a BA in Political Science in December 2016. While at UD, Christopher interned for Vice President Joe Biden as a White House Intern and conducted legal research on the Warren Court as well as freedom of assembly of political parties in Europe. Christopher hopes to clerk for a federal judge following the conclusion of his JD program at Villanova Law, and is a passionate world traveler.

Adriana Minovic

Adriana Minovic

Legal Researcher

Adriana Minovic currently works as an Internal Market Advisor in the Office for European Integration of the Republic of Serbia. Prior to that, she has worked in the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications as a Deputy Secretary for Chapter 10 – Media and Information Society, where she was responsible for organization and preparation of the Serbian delegation for screening for CH 10 and in that capacity she participated in negotiations with the EU, about Serbia’s accession to EU. Moreover, she is one of the associates of the first Serbian ICT law database where she contributes with her expert knowledge in this area. Adriana was always actively involved with civil society through cooperation with numerous NGOs dealing with the media and new technologies, such as Share Defense, Independent Journalist Association of Serbia, IREX/USAID, etc. Adriana graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade and during her studies she was a member of the winning team of the Faculty of Law at the “Monroe E. Price” International Media Law Moot Court Competition, which is traditionally held at the Oxford University. She has extensive moot court experience as a participant, coach and a judge. Adriana’s academic papers were published in various academic journals and she held many lectures in the area of ICT regulation and freedom of expression on-line, especially in regard of “notice and take-down procedures”, intermediary liability and net neutrality issues.

Estefania Henson Murray

Estefania Henson Murray

Legal Researcher

Estefania Henson Murray graduated with honors from the University of Buenos Aires, specializing in Public International Law. As a student, she represented Argentina at the Human Rights World Moot Court Competition in Pretoria, South Africa; after which she earned the scholarship that brought her to Columbia University. Estefania joined the Global Freedom of Expression & Information Project in August 2014, focusing on Latin American jurisprudence.

Chouchou Namegabe

Chouchou Namegabe

Journalist, Human Right Activist and Co-Founder of AFEM (Association des Femmes des Médias)

Chouchou Namegabe, 38, graduated in 2002 from the Institut Superieur Pedagogique de Bukavu with a degree in English and African Culture Studies. She started her carrier as a radio journalist and producer for the renowned community station Radio Maendeleo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she remained for 10 years. In parallel, in 2003 she co-founded the South Kivu Women’s Media Association (“Association des Femmes des Médias du Sud-Kivu”, AFEM), a NGO that trains Congolese women journalists to use radio as a tool for promoting and defending women’s rights. She managed AFEM until she moved to the US in 2015.  Namegabe’s fight against sexual and gender based violence led her in 2007 to plead the cause of Kivu women at the International Court of Justice at The Hague. In 2009, she received the Fern Holland Award from the Vital Voices Global Partnership for her work in building awareness of sexual violence against women and was asked to testify about the plight of women in the DRC before the American Senate. She received many award from 2009 and was named one of the “Top 100 Most Inspiring People Delivering for Women and Girls” by the advocacy group, Women Deliver. In 2012 she won the DVF Award for Women Leading Change and in 2013, she received the Premio Anna Politkovoskaya Award from Internazionale Italian news magazine. She is the 2009 Nominee for the Knight Award for Journalism by The International Center for Journalists for promoting high-quality, independent media—and training young female journalists–in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Additionally, Chouchou is an International Advisor board member of ” Press Start”, a Network of experienced journalists, social media experts and free press advocates to respond to reporter’s needs who are struggling against repression. She travels the world speaking at universities and global forums about conflict and peace-building, human rights, sexual violence and women’s empowerment.

Nakul Nayak

Nakul Nayak

Legal Researcher

Nakul Nayak is a legal researcher whose interests revolve broadly around human rights. He graduated from National Law University, Jodhpur, with honours in Constitutional Law in 2015. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Trade, Law and Development.

He is currently a Fellow at the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi, India. At the Centre, his research areas include civil liberties, particularly freedom of expression online and offline.

Joshita M Pai

Joshita M Pai

Legal Researcher

Joshita M Pai graduated in 2015 with BA LLB Hons. from Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur and has a diploma in media law and internet policy. She is currently a Fellow at the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi and is a part of the civil liberties team. Intermediary liability, data protection, paid news and opinion polls are few of the areas she has worked on in the past.

At the Centre for Communication Governance, she works on privacy. As a Privacy Fellow, she has engaged with many domestic policy issues such as the Unique Identification Authority of India and the Aadhar Scheme, The DNA Profiling Bill 2015 and The National Draft Encryption Policy 2015. She intends to work on the intersection between privacy and freedom of expression in the near future.

Marco A. Sabino

Marco A. Sabino

Legal Researcher

Dr. Marco A. Sabino is a researcher who provides legal analysis of Freedom of Expression in Brazil and South America. He works as an executive for Globo TV, one of the America’s biggest broadcasters, in the advertising area. He holds a Ph.D. in Litigation from the University of São Paulo, School of Law. His dissertation – a study of the judicial intervention on public health – was awarded as the best dissertation of 2014 by the University São Paulo. He is a lawyer with 12 years experience, professor of Ethics, Law and Corporate Governance. He is attending the Post-Doctorate Program at University of Coimbra, Portugal, where he studies the limits of the protection conferred to commercial speech. Additionally, he has earned post-graduate certificates in Civil Procedure and Litigation (Catholic Law School, São Paulo), Civil and Commercial Law (Autonomous Law School of São Paulo) and Teaching (University Anhembi-Morumbi).

Sadot Santana

Sadot Santana

Legal Researcher

Sadot Santana-Miranda obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico in 2011. He completed his Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law in May of 2014. While at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, he participated in study abroad programs in Cuba and Canada. He also co-founded the first online publication of the University of Puerto Rico dedicated to International Law called Pangea, in which he served as Editor in Chief. Sadot represented his law school in the International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 2014. Sadot has recently published an article regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the implications to human rights after the construction of the Wall in the University of Puerto Rico Law Review. His areas of interests include International Law, Human Rights, Politics, and Law in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. He currently participated as a volunteer reporter in the working committees for the adoption of new Principles of Universal Jurisdiction supported by the Fundación Internacional Baltasar Garzón.

Elliot Singer

Elliot Singer

Legal Researcher

Elliot Singer was born on the East Coast but grew up in the Midwest.  He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in anthropology in 2008.  After graduation Elliot joined Teach For America in Greater New Orleans and taught elementary school for two years.  He attended law school at Tulane University and graduated in 2014 with a certificate in environmental law.  Elliot currently lives with his wife and dog in Denver, Colorado.

Sanjana Srikumar

Sanjana Srikumar

Legal Researcher

Sanjana Srikumar is a Research Fellow at the Education Initiative of Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy. She graduated from National Law University, Jodhpur, pursuing her B.A. LL.B. (Trade and Investment Hons.). At the University, she was Editor-in-chief at the Indian Journal of Arbitration Law, and teaching assistant for constitutional law. She has previously interned with various human rights advocates, Supreme Court Justice S.J. Mukhopadhyaya and at public policy organizations, with a focus on constitutional law, socio-economic rights and criminal justice. She has also participated in and coached teams for various national and international moot court competitions, with a particular focus on issues involving freedom of expression. /span>

Rohan Tigadi

Rohan Tigadi

Legal Researcher

Rohan Tigadi is a student of National Law University-Jodhpur pursuing B.B.A LL.B(Business Law Honors). He was semi-finalist and won the runners-up memorial award at the 8th Price Media Moot Court Competition organized by the University of Oxford. He is interested in the fields of Constitutional Law, Media Laws and Dispute Resolution. He has also served as Teaching Assistant for a period of two years in the conduct of Constitutional Governance courses in National Law University-Jodhpur.  Previously, he has interned with Judges of the Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Karnataka.

 

Kelechi Uchendu

Kelechi Uchendu

Legal Researcher

Kelechi Uchendu is currently pursuing her LLM in Environmental Law at Vermont Law School. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Vermont Law School in 2016. She also received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Pre-Law with a specialization in Environmental Science from Michigan State in 2013. While at Michigan State University and Vermont Law, Kelechi participated in study abroad programs to various countries including Antarctica. She has been to all seven continents and plans to continue traveling. In addition to school and researching, Kelechi loves listening to music and blogging on her personal blog. She calls Metro Detroit her home but loves New York City and plans to eventually move to the ‘Big Apple’.

 

 

Sofia Verza

Sofia Verza

Former Visting Scholar, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression

Sofia holds a master degree in Law from the University of Trento (Italy), with a master thesis on the national security-related limitations to free expression in Italy and Turkey.

Currently, she is collaborating with the Italian think tank Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT) in the realm of the ECPMF project (European Centre for Press and Media Pluralism).

She studied in Istanbul at Bilgi and Yeditepe University, specializing in the field of criminal and media law. In Istanbul, she worked for the IKV Foundation (Economic Development Foundation), which focuses on the Turkish-European relations, researching in the field of freedom of expression.

She has been the vice-president of MAIA (Make An Impact Association) Onlus in Trento for two years. The association works on raising awareness about the Israeli-Palestinian question and realizes cultural projects both in Italy and in the West Bank.

Kyle Welch

Kyle Welch

Legal Researcher

Kyle received a B.S. in mechanical engineering at Ohio State University in 2011 before receiving his J.D. from California Western School of Law in 2014. In his time at CWSL, Kyle interned at New Media Rights, a nonprofit organization providing free and low-cost legal advice to internet users, artists, and entrepreneurs (where he is now an acting member on the advisory board); studied patent prosecution during an internship at SPAWAR, in the Navy’s patent division of general counsel; served as an associate editor for the California Western Law Review and International Law Journal; and externed for the Honorable Karen Crawford at the United States District Court, Southern District of California.

Kyle had a comment on custodial interrogation and Miranda v. Arizona published in the California Western Law Review in 2014, and an article on what he termed “crisis legislation” as illustrated by the Patriot Act published in the Capital University Law Review in summer 2015. Kyle is now an attorney in the state of California. He is currently a licensing associate at the San Diego State University Technology Transfer Office, where he works to secure intellectual property rights on behalf of the university, and then to transition that intellectual property to market for the public benefit. Kyle is thrilled to be a part of the Global Freedom of Expression at Columbia University’s mission to further international norms for freedom of speech and expression. He also likes football, basketball, and rock and roll.

Sophia Williams

Sophia Williams

Legal Researcher

Sophia Williams is a graduate of Tulane University Law School, where she served as the Editor in Chief of the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law.  She focused extensively in the area of international human rights law and  spent a summer abroad at Tulane’s Center for International Human Rights and International Criminal Law in Amsterdam to further her studies.

After law school, Sophia completed an internship with the Stimson Center in Washington, DC, with its Future of Peace Operations Division, tracking peacekeeping efforts in Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Sudans.  Sophia is currently working as a Project Fellow with Lawyers Without Borders, an organization that focuses on international rule of law, access to justice, and human rights.

Ali Wykis

Ali Wykis

Legal Researcher

Ali Wykis is a researcher providing legal analysis on cases in North America and Europe. Ali graduated from Penn State Law in 2014. She also graduated, with honors, from Purdue University and was a Hansard Scholar at the London School of Economics. She has previously worked at Amnesty International, Alaska Innocence Project, the U.S. State Department at the U.S. Mission to the United Nation, the United Kingdom Parliament, and the U.S. Senate. Her areas of interest include women’s rights, civil liberties, immigration, and election law.