Academic Collaborators

Prof Claudia Aradua, Professor of International Politics, King’s College London

Claudia Aradau is Professor of International Politics in the Department of War Studies and Principal Investigator of the Consolidator Grant Security Flows (‘Enacting border security in the digital age: Political worlds of data forms, flows and frictions’), funded by the European Research Council (2019-2024). Her research has explored the implications of security practices globally. As more and more problems and people become constituted as objects and subjects of security, she has inquired into the effects this has for democratic politics and critique. Her current research focuses on how digital technologies reconfigure security and surveillance practices, as well as the relations between security, democracy and critique. Claudia spent a decade as associate editor and editor of Security Dialogue (until 2018). She is a member of the editorial collective of Radical Philosophy and member of the editorial boards of Security Dialogue and International Political Sociology.

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Prof Fleur Johns, Faculty of Law, UNSW Sydney

Fleur Johns is Professor in the Faculty of Law, working in the areas of public international law, legal theory, law and development, law and society (or socio-legal studies), and law and technology. Fleur studies emergent patterns of governance on the global plane, and their social, political and economic implications, employing an interdisciplinary approach that draws on the social sciences and humanities and combines the study of public and private law. In 2021, Fleur will commence a four-year Australian Research Council Future Fellowship working on a project entitled ‘Diplomatic Knowledge, Disasters and the Future of International Legal Order’. In 2021-2022, Fleur will be a Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Fleur is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Fleur’s recent work has focused on the role of automation and digital technology in global legal relations, especially in development, humanitarian aid and disaster relief. She is currently leading an Australian Research Council-funded project entitled ‘Data Science in Humanitarianism: Confronting Novel Law and Policy Challenges’.

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Prof Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Princeton University

Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Scheppele’s work focuses on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress. After 1989, Scheppele studied the emergence of constitutional law in Hungary and Russia, living in both places for extended periods. After 9/11, she researched the effects of the international “war on terror” on constitutional protections around the world. Since 2010, she has been documenting the rise of autocratic legalism first in Hungary and then in Poland within the European Union, as well as its spread around the world. Scheppele is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the International Academy of Comparative Law. In 2014, she received the Law and Society Association’s Kalven Prize for influential scholarship. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law, elected as a “global jurist.” From 2017-2019, she was the elected President of the Law and Society Association.

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Prof Grégoire Mallard, Professor Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva)

Grégoire Mallard is Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and Director of Research at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva). He is the author of Fallout: Nuclear Diplomacy in an Age of Global Fracture (University of Chicago Press, 2014) and Gift Exchange: The Transnational History of a Political Idea (Cambridge University Press 2019). He is also the co-editor of Contractual Knowledge: One Hundred Years of Legal Experimentation in Global Markets (Cambridge University Press 2016), and Global Science and National Sovereignty: Studies in Historical Sociology of Science (Routledge 2008). His other publications focus on prediction, the role of knowledge and ignorance in diplomacy and the study of harmonization of legal regimes as a social process. In 2017, he has been the recipient of an ERC starting grant (2017-2022) for his new project titled Bombs, Banks and Sanctions.

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Prof Naz K. Modirzadeh, Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School

Naz K. Modirzadeh is the founding Director of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (HLS PILAC). In May 2016, she was appointed as a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School. Modirzadeh advises and briefs international humanitarian organizations, UN agencies, and governments on issues related to international humanitarian law, human rights, and counterterrorism regulations relating to humanitarian assistance. Her current scholarship focuses on normative and practical dimensions of the U.S. “War on Terror” and other contemporary challenges concerning international law and armed conflict. In addition to taking part in several expert advisory groups for UN research initiatives, Modirzadeh is a non-resident Research Associate in the Humanitarian Policy Group of the Overseas Development Institute and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She is also on the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group, on the Advisory Board of Geneva Call, and on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP). She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Dr Dimitri Van Den Meerssche, Lecturer in Law and Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences Fellow, Queen Mary University London

Dimitri Van Den Meerssche is a Lecturer in Law and Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences Fellow at Queen Mary University London (QMUL). Until 31 August 2022 Dimitri worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Infra-Legalities project at Edinburgh Law School and he continues to collaborate with Gavin Sullivan on algorithmic border governance research. Dimitri’s research focuses on virtual borders, digital governance and the law of international organisations and is inspired by critical security studies, actor-network theory and science & technology studies. His writing has appeared in the Human Rights Law Review, European Journal of International Law, Journal of the History of International Law, Leiden Journal of International Law, International Organisations Law Review, London Review of International Law, Transnational Legal Theory and Law and Development Review. His first monograph (The World Bank’s Lawyers: The Life of International Law as Institutional Practice) was published by OUP in 2022. He is a founding committee member of the ESIL Interest Group on International Law and Technology.

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Prof Karen Yeung, Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow in Law, Ethics and Informatics, Birmingham Law School

Karen Yeung joined Birmingham Law School and the University of Birmingham’s School of Computer Science as Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow in Law, Ethics and Informatics in January 2018. Karen is actively involved in several technology policy and related initiatives in the UK and worldwide, including those concerned with the governance of AI, one of her key research interests. In particular, she is involved in the UN Global Judicial Integrity Network and is a former member of both the EU’s High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (2018-2020) and the Council of Europe’s Expert Committee on human rights dimensions of automated data processing and different forms of artificial intelligence (MSI-AUT) (2018-2020). As rapporteur for the Council of Europe’s MSI-AUT expert committee, she undertook a Study on the Implications of Advanced Digital Technologies (including AI systems) within a Human Rights Framework for the Concept of Responsibility Within a Human Rights Framework (2019) which provides a critical overview of the characteristics of machine learning systems that make them prone to generating unintended adverse impacts to individuals and society, raising important questions concerning responsibility for those impacts. Her recent academic publications include Algorithmic Regulation (co-edited with Martin Lodge) in 2019 and The Oxford Handbook of Law, Regulation and Technology (co-edited with Roger Brownsword and Eloise Scotford) in 2017.

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