Visiting Scholars


Sarah Palazuelos is a 6th
year student of pharmaceutical studies at the University of Paris
Descartes-La Sorbonne. Her experience with
the pharmaceutical industry started in Buenos Aires at CEVA Laboratories during
an exchange program at the University of Buenos Aires. She worked in the
Regulatory Affairs department contributing to the development of a drug that
fights dengue fever. Ms. Palazuelos graduated in 2012 with a Master’s degree in Public Health
Care Administration and Management with a focus on the Regulation of Health
Industries. She developed a deep interest in the Public Health sector, leading
to becoming a pharmacy resident at the Cochin Hospital in Paris where she
managed clinical trials, screening of diseases and monitoring of patients. She worked last summer as a research assistant of Dr. Peter Pennefather
on a scoping review at the University of Toronto. This
intriguing research activity was her first exposure to Intellectual Property (IP)
and made her consider completing an internship in order to strengthen her knowledge in IP. Ms. Palazuelos is currently a visiting student
researcher at UC Berkeley, School of Law, where she is assisting Professor
Ken Taymor on projects dealing with Health Economics and pursuing research to
complete her PharmD this year.


Radu N. Catană is a Fulbright Senior visiting scholar at Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy. He holds the chair of business and corporate law at Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca, Romania, where he also detains the position of general chancellor of the university. Radu Catană is a member of the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education’s permanent commission and a practicing attorney-at-law in the Romanian Bar Association. After an LL.M in business law at Université de Paris XII (1997), he obtained the Ph.D. degree in law (2002) with a thesis on “The Role of Justice in the Operation of Commercial Companies”  (2003, Lumina Lex, Bucharest, Romania). Radu Catană followed his research interests in the field of company law and corporate governance within the frameworks of different fellowships (e.g., the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Law and Private International Law, Hamburg, 2008) and grants (e.g. Romanian National Council for Scientific Research, 2007-2010) with results such as a monograph on the “Shareholders’ Democracy in Corporate Law” (2008, Sfera Juridica, Cluj, Romania). His research during the Fulbright fellowship at Berkeley Law will focus on strengthening corporate directors’ duties after the global financial crisis, by encompassing the actual trends and challenges of the corporate law and governance from a comparative law perspective.

Claudia B. Langer studied law at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and the University of Geneva, Switzerland, with a specialization in Intellectual Property and Competition Law. During her studies, she worked for the World Health Organization in Geneva and a pharmaceutical company in Basel, Switzerland. Having passed her First State Exam (J.D. equivalent) in 2007, she clerked for IP judges and worked in the Regulatory and Intellectual Property Department of an American law firm in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2009, Ms. Langer was admitted to the German bar. She has been working as a Research Fellow since 2008 and as a Research Associate since 2010 at the Institute for Information and Business Law at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Her research interest is the intersection of Intellectual Property and Competition/Antitrust Law. In her Ph.D. thesis Ms. Langer compares German, European, and American legal and economic aspects of this intersection with regard to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Since January 2011, she has been a visiting scholar at BCLBE researching on stem cells and patents from a comparative law point of view with Ken Taymor.

Emilie L. Mazzei is currently a junior lecturer in law at the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne where she teaches Banking Law. After graduating with Honors from her Masters in Financial Law, she began her Ph.D studies at the Research Center of Financial Law (Centre de Recherche en Droit Financier) of the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne. Her doctoral thesis is about “The Principle of Efficiency and Financial Law” and her main research focuses on the relationship between Economic Fundamental Principles and Financial Market Regulation. As a contributor for a French online encyclopedia, she also published various articles. Emilie Mazzei passed the Bar Exam of Paris (CRFPA) in 2006.


Su Qi is a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship for Ph.D. dissertation academic research. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Intellectual Property Strategy at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. Her main research focuses on IP Law and IP Management. Her doctoral thesis on IP Management in Multinational Enterprises analyzes network relationships in IP management and international business strategy to provide new insights for international entrepreneurship. It further analyzes differences between the fundamental preconditions, cultural values, and IP legal environment between the U.S. and China.