Visiting Scholars

The Visiting Scholars Program is one of CSLS’s most important and fruitful activities, enriching current scholarship and stimulating new research ideas in a “unique interdisciplinary and international research environment,” in the words of one recent visitor. In recent years, CSLS has welcomed some 25 visiting scholars annually from the U.S. and many other countries, in a range of disciplines, including law, political science, sociology, criminology, history, public administration and communications.  In 2011-2012, for example, 23 visiting scholars gathered at the Center from the U.S. (9), Europe (7), Middle East (1), Mexico (1) and Asia (5).




David Collins is a Professor of International Economic Law at the City Law School of City, University of London where he teaches and researches the law of the World Trade Organization and international investment law. He has written more than thirty articles and books and has acted as an advisor to a number of international organizations including the World Bank and the International Bar Association. His research has attracted funding from the British Academy, the UK Society of Legal Scholars and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. David is Chair of the UK Law Society’s Working Group on Trade in Legal Services and in a Member of the Law Society’s International Committee. He has been a Visiting Fellow at academic institutions including Georgetown, Columbia, Sydney and Hong Kong. Prior to his work in academia, David practiced law in Toronto, Canada. He is Called to the Bar of Ontario, New York State and is a Solicitor of England and Wales. While at Berkeley in the Fall of 2017 David will be working on his next book: The Public International Law of Trade in Legal Services to be published by Cambridge University Press. (10/17-11/17)

Marc de Leeuw is Senior Lecturer with the School of Law at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He received his PhD from the University for Humanistic Studies (Utrecht) and MA from the Free University Berlin. Before joining UNSW he lectured philosophy at Macquarie University (2011-12) and was a Junior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University (2008-10). De Leeuw is the founder and convener of the UNSW Law Initiative for Biolegalities and is co-editor of the new Book Series Biolegalities with Springer/ Palgrave MacMillan. His research projects broadly engage with legal-philosophical and legal-scientific questions relating to the interaction between law and nature, law and biology, and law and life. While at Berkeley, De Leeuw will work on a book, together with Sonja van Wichelen, that explores how biological knowledge from the new biosciences interacts with law and legal knowledge (9/17-12/17)

Kathryn A. Heard will receive her Ph.D. in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program, with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, at the University of California, Berkeley, in September 2017.  She has also received an M.Sc. (with distinction) from the European Institute of the London School of Economics and a B.A. (with honors) in Politics and German Studies from Whitman College.  While a visiting scholar, Kathryn will begin work on her book manuscript, The Power of Reason and the Promise of Religious Freedom in Late Secular Liberalism, which examines how political theorists and legal actors use discourses of reason to regulate the public life of religious expression.  Her most recent publication, on how political theory can illuminate the affective power of Employment Division v. Smith, can be seen in the journal of Law, Culture, and the Humanities.  Broadly construed, her research and teaching areas are: modern and contemporary political theory; critical theory; constitutional jurisprudence; theories of religious and cultural pluralism; theories of justice and democracy; feminist theory and jurisprudence; citizenship and immigration; and law, culture, and the emotions.  Prior to her academic career, Kathryn worked as a policy advocate for the American Civil Liberties Union as well as the European Council’s International Justice Project.  (8/17-8/18)

Susanne Krasmann is Professor of Sociology at the Institute for Criminological Research, University of Hamburg. She was Fellow of the Straus Institute, New York University School of Law (2010/11) and at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Toronto (2001) as well as the Goldsmith College, Department of Sociology, University of London (1999/2000). Her current research areas are Law and Its Knowledge; Sociology of Security; Epistemologies of Control; Vulnerability & Political Theory; Poststructuralist Perspectives (e.g. Governmentality; Affect). She is co-editor of Governmentality: Current Issues and Future Challenges (Routledge, 2010) and has widely published in international journals, e.g. Foucault Studies, Leiden Journal of International Law, Punishment & Society, Surveillance & Society, Theoretical Criminology. In the field of legal theory and criminology she conducted research, inter alia, on “drones and the practice targeted killing”, on “the torture debate and the rule of law” and on “enemy penology”. Her current projects are on “Politics of Truth and Practices of Secrecy” and on “Situational Awareness as a New Paradigm of Governing Security”. (10/17-11/17)

Valentine Mahieu is a Ph. D. candidate in criminology at the Free University of Brussels (U.L.B.) and a researcher in the National Institute for Forensics and Criminology in Belgium. Since 2014, she has been working on a project financed by the Belgian Science Policy Office (Belspo) entitled ‘Justice and Management: the stakes for the transition to a modernized judicial (JAM)’. Thanks to this program she has started a doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Professor Sybille Smeets entitled “Clerks and secretaries: the practices of the actors ‘in the shadow’ within the Justice and the Police system”. She has adopted a qualitative inductive and empirical approach with long time observations of the everyday work of these administrative staff, completed by other methodological tools like documentary analysis, interviews and a focus group. She is also a teaching assistant at the school of criminology of the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Free University of Brussels. (6/17-8/17)

Tsukasa Mihira is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Integrated Human Studies and the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Japan. He is a 2017 Fulbright Visiting Scholar at CSLS. His research interests are constitutional law, judicial politics and sociology of law with emphasis on comparative constitutional politics and he has made particular efforts to establish a field of judicial politics as an academic discipline in Japan. His publications include Ikenshinsa-sei wo Meguru Politics [Politics of Judicial Review] (Seibundoh, 2012), which won the book prize from the Japanese Association of Sociology of Law in 2013, and three co-edited books on constitutional law. While at CSLS, he will conduct a comparative analysis of the contrasting administration of judicial review by the Supreme Courts of the United States and Japan from legal, sociological and political science perspectives (especially judicial politics perspective). He received his doctorate from Kyoto University in 2009. He is currently a board member of the Japanese Association of Sociology of Law. (9/17-8/18)

Ken Tanaka is a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, Kansai University in Japan. He received his Master of Law from Kobe University in 1997. He completed coursework in the Doctoral Program, Graduate School of Law, Kobe University in 2000. He was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, U.C. Berkeley in 2006-07. Ken’s specialty is administrative law, in particular, environmental law. He has conducted research on environmental audit, the legal systems on wetland, land reclamation project, etc. In addition, he has conducted research on tobacco regulations. His book Law and Policy on Tobacco Regulation (Nippon Hyōronsha) was published in 2014, and he was awarded a prize by the Public Policy Studies Association Japan in 2015. During his stay at the Center, he will conduct research on tobacco regulations and environmental regulations. (9/17-8/18)

Jéssica Traguetto is a PhD student at University of Brasilia – Brazil. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Administration from the Federal University of Goias – Brazil. Currently, she works as an administrator of this same university. She has extensive experience as a manager during the time she worked for her family company, which is also a partner. Her research focuses on the Role of Judges in the Institutionalization of Therapeutic Jurisprudence and she is a member of the research group “Administration of Justice” of UnB. In 2017, she presented a paper at the congress “International Meeting on Law and Society”. In her time as a visiting scholar in Berkeley, Jessica will collect data with judges for her thesis and hope to have a rich learning experience with colleagues and faculty at the University of California. (8/17-12/18)

Sonja van Wichelen is Senior Research Fellow with the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney, Australia. She received her PhD in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam (2007) in the Netherlands. Before joining the University of Sydney, she held appointments with the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University (2007-2009), the Pembroke Center at Brown University (2009-2010), and the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney (2010-2014). Van Wichelen is currently the convener of the Biopolitics of Science Research Network and co-editor of the new Book Series Biolegalities with Springer/Palgrave Macmillan. Her research projects broadly engage with the body, law, and science in the age of globalization and the effects that changes in these areas have on our understanding of citizenship. She published on a variety of topics, including science and legitimacy, migration and globalization, transnational reproduction, religion and the body. While at CSLS in Berkeley, Van Wichelen will work on a book, together with Marc de Leeuw, that explores how biological knowledge from the new biosciences interacts with law and legal knowledge (9/17-12/17)

Stu Woolman is Professor of Law and the Elizabeth Bradley Chair of Ethics, Governance and Sustainable Development at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is also Research Fellow at the South Africa Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law.  He holds degrees in philosophy – Wesleyan (BA)(Hons), Columbia (MA) — and law — Columbia (JD), Pretoria (PhD).  Stu is the creator, primary author and editor-in-chief of the seminal 5 volume treatise, Constitutional Law of South Africa, and creator and editor-in-chief of the Constitutional Court Review.  Other books include: The Selfless Constitution: Experimentalism and Flourishing as Foundations of South Africa’s Basic Law (2013) and The Constitution in the Classroom: Law and Education in South Africa, 1994 – 2008 (2009), as well as several co-authored and co-edited volumes. While at the Center, he will attempt to complete South Africa’s Aspirational Constitution, Chastened, 1994 – 2017 (due out 2018). As South Africa’s National Research Foundation has recently noted, Stu’s books, treatise, articles and book chapters have made him the most highly cited scholar by the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Some of his work can be viewed online at;; and (7/17-12/17)

Ruth Zafran is an Assistant Professor at the Radzyner School of Law, IDC Herzliya, Israel and a Visiting Scholar at the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies for 2017-18, as well as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law & Society. Ruth is a graduate of the Law Faculty – Tel-Aviv University (LL.B., 1997), and the Hebrew University, Jerusalem (LL.D., 2004). She was previously a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society in 2006-2007. Her research focuses on family law, especially the status of children in the family, parenthood definition and the legal ramifications of Assisted Reproductive Technology. She is currently working on two research projects, one that deals with International Surrogacy and the other that examines the status of siblings (and so called “half siblings” and “step siblings’) in diverse families. (8/17-7/18)

Lijun Zou is an associate professor of Law at the University of Nanking. She teaches courses in jurisprudence and legal history. She earned her PhD at The Center for Jurisprudence Research of Jilin University. Her research interests are in the areas of judicial institution and judicial theory. Much of her work focuses currently on issues of public policy and judicial justice, both in the U.S. and China. At CSLS, she will be focusing on a project of judicial “policy paradigm” (contemporary China), which contains but is not limited to judicial policy, policy paradigm, judicial function, political analysis, comparative analysis and social learning. The proposed research aims at summarizing and theorizing the construction and reform of China judicial system into several characteristic stages, which are also defined and analyzed, in order to achieve a creative transformation of China contemporary judicial ideas. Recent publications relating to this project include: Discourse Analysis of the “Value Substance, Devalue Procedure” Thesis, in Law and Social Development; Criticism of the Source-based Criteria of Legal Validity, in Hebei Law Science; Political Rationality of Judicial Policy, in Journal of Liaoning University; Analysis on “Active Justice” Ambiguity, in Studies in Law and Business; “Judicial Demolitions” as a Public Policy, in Qinghai Social Sciences. (8/17-8/18)


Nathanael Tilahun Ali is a lecturer in public international law at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and originally from Ethiopia. He is also a member and coordinator of a major interdisciplinary research project on rule of law ( at Erasmus University, involving legal scholars, historians and social scientists from the university, together with Kim Lane Scheppele (Princeton) and Jan Klabbers (Helsinki). During his visit at Berkeley, he will be working on a research project that studies the use of risk management techniques by global banks to fight financial crimes (terrorism financing and money laundering). His broader research interests are international law theory, global security governance, critical and third world approaches to international law, and personal and cultural alternatives to legal accountability. Dr Ali has previously held visiting scholar appointments at Queen Mary University of London (2016), the Lauterpacht Center for International Law at University of Cambridge (2014) and Hofstra University in New York (2011). Dr. Ali is recipient of a prestigious Dutch research grant (Niels Stensen Fellowship 2016) and a collaborative research grant from Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School. (2/17-1/18)

Smadar Ben-Natan is a PhD candidate at Tel-Aviv University and an Israeli human rights lawyer, approved to practice before the ICC. She holds an LLB from Tel-Aviv University (1995) and a Masters of international human rights law (distinction) from the University of Oxford (2011), where her MA Dissertation won the Morris Prize for the best dissertation in her class. Her PhD research, written under the supervision of Prof. Shai Lavi and Prof. Aeyal Gross, is titled: Enemy Criminal Adjudication: Criminal Law, Martial Law and Armed Conflict. It discusses the plurality of legal systems Israel has employed between 1967 and 2000 to adjudicate national security offences, and suggests several paradigmatic models of enemy criminal adjudication.  Smadar’s research interests include human rights and criminal justice, military courts and tribunals and international humanitarian law. Her publications discuss Prisoners of War status for Palestinian prisoners, reflections of patriotism in the Israeli trial of Hezbollah fighters, and the application of Israeli law in the military courts of the OPT. During her career as a lawyer she was cited twice (2005, 2007) as one of the 50 most influential women in Israel, and awarded for her special contribution by the Israeli Public Defense. She taught professional trainings for Palestinian lawyers on the Israeli military courts, as well as trained lawyers and medical professionals on documenting torture and litigating torture claims. (8/16-5/18)

Hadar Dancig-Rosenberg is an Associate Professor at the Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law and a Visiting Professor at the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies for 2017-18, as well as a CSLS visiting scholar. She specializes in criminal law and procedure, and her areas of expertise include non-adversarial criminal justice, therapeutic jurisprudence, philosophy of criminal law and the interface between criminal and constitutional law. Before joining Bar-Ilan Professor Dancig-Rosenberg served as the Academic Director of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Legal Clinic for Violence Against Women. During the 2016-2017 academic year she was an Israel Institute and the CSLS Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley. She has published in leading American and Israeli law journals and received numerous grants and awards for academic excellence and community involvement. She is currently a Co-Principal Investigator (PI) of a study on the community courts in Israel and also works on an empirical project on the use of social media by sexual assault victims.  (8/16-7/18)

Trang (Mae) Nguyen is a lawyer and John A. Hazard Memorial Fellow in Comparative Law for the 2017-2019 term. Mae is also an affiliated scholar at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, New York University School of Law. Her research focuses on comparative Vietnamese and Chinese legal developments, including Vietnam and China’s land and maritime border negotiations, environmental litigation, and criminal justice systems. In her previous work, Mae litigated gender discrimination claims at a legal non-profit in Berkeley, CA; advocated for data-driven criminal justice reforms at the California Office of the Attorney General; and co-founded a non-profit organization to provide educational and professional programs for Vietnamese youth. Mae earned a J.D. degree from NYU School of Law, where she was a Jacobson Law & Leadership Fellow and an executive editor of the NYU Law Review. (1/17-1/18)

Behnoosh Payvar is a researcher at Lund University. She received her Ph.D. in collaboration between the University of Tuebingen and Lund University in 2013. She is the author of Space, Culture and the Youth in Iran – Observing Norm Creation Processes at the Artists’ House (Palgrave Macmillan 2015). As a guest researcher and lecturer at Tehran University in 2015, she initiated a new series of lectures, courses (BA, MA and PhD level) and research on ‘norms, law and society,’ which took place in cooperation between Lund and Tehran. 
Her present research is on the interrelations of norms and law in Iran, studying the case of ‘women, work and law’.  As a visiting scholar, she is working on the field material collected in Tehran during 2015 and 2016 that will culminate in a monograph.  (9/16-6/18)

 Jason S. Sexton is a CSLS visiting scholar through June 2018 and also a Visiting Fellow in the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion. He has taught at Cal State Fullerton for the last three years, where he is the Pollak Library Faculty Fellow and edits the UC Press-published, Boom California. He holds the Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, and has written widely in the areas of California studies, prison studies, religious studies, and contemporary theology. He has written The Trinitarian Theology of Stanley J. Grenz (Bloomsbury) and edited Theology and California: Theological Refractions on California’s Culture (Routledge). He is currently writing a book that gives an interdisciplinary theological account of the incarcerated church.   (7/16-6/18)

Martin Sybblis is a PhD Candidate in the Sociology Department at Princeton University and a Graduate Associate in the Law and Public Affairs Program at the Woodrow Wilson School.  His research examines commercial law in a comparative context.  Martin’s dissertation focuses on the role of lawyers in the development of commercial law in the British Caribbean post-colonies of Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.  Prior to his doctoral studies, Martin served as a consultant to the World Bank; he also practiced law for over seven years, as an Assistant County Attorney (in-house counsel) for Miami-Dade County and an Associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP.  Immediately following law school, he was a Law Clerk for United States District Court Judge Marcia G. Cooke in the Southern District of Florida.  Martin received a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, a Master in Public Policy from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut. (5/16-8/18)

Anjuli Verma is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Jurisprudence and Social Policy, as well as a CSLS visiting scholar. She will join the Politics Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz as an Assistant Professor, beginning in 2018. She received her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine and her B.A. in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia. Anjuli’s research examines punishment, law, and inequality from an interdisciplinary perspective using multiple methods. Her work appears in Law & Society Review, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Ethnography, The Oxford Handbook on Prisons and Imprisonment, The British Journal of Criminology, The American Journal of Bioethics and is forthcoming in Sociological Perspectives and The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Before graduate school, Anjuli worked as a policy advocate and communications strategist at the American Civil Liberties Union and held internships at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama and the National Indian Human Rights Commission in New Delhi. See also: (9/16-9/18)