Visiting research academics

We have an active academic visitors program at the school that encourages scholars from across the globe to conduct research at our school.  Find out how you can apply.

2023 Visiting Research Fellows

Dr Antal Berkes headshotDr Antal Berkes 

Dr Antal Berkes is lecturer in law at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. Antal holds a Master in Law from the Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest); postgraduate degrees from the Central European University (Human Rights LLM) and Université Aix-Marseille III (Master in International Law). He completed his PhD at Université Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) in co-supervision with the Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest) in 2015. Between 2016 and 2018, Antal was postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Manchester, Manchester International Law Centre. In 2019, he was postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Pretoria, SARChI Professorship on International Constitutional Law (Prof Erika de Wet), where he was preparing a monograph entitled International Human Rights Law Beyond State Territorial Control (Cambridge University Press, 2021). 

His expertise lies in the field of public international law and international human rights law. His current research develops third State responsibility in international law through the case study of eliminating modern forms of slavery. 


Profile image of Johan BouchtProfessor Johan Boucht

Johan Boucht is Professor of Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Norway. His main research interests are the general principles of criminal law, confiscation law and police law.



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Dr Mark Bromley 

Dr Mark Bromley is a Senior Researcher in the Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control Programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). His research focuses on national, regional and international efforts to regulate the trade in conventional arms and dual-use items. Particular areas of expertise include the transparency of international arms trade, the export control policies of EU member states, EU engagement in export control issues, the Arms Trade Treaty, and controls on the trade in cyber-surveillance tools.


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Professor Ralph Brubaker 

Ralph Brubaker is the James H.M. Sprayregen Professor of Law at the University of Illinois, where he teaches courses in bankruptcy, bankruptcy procedure, corporate reorganizations, contracts, conflict of laws (private international law), and restitution. Professor Brubaker has three degrees from the University of Illinois, including his J.D. summa cum laude and an M.B.A., and he received Bronze Tablet distinction (highest honors) and C.P.A. certification as an undergraduate. He clerked for Judge James K. Logan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and he practiced in the bankruptcy and corporate reorganization group with the law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (now Squire Patton Boggs) in Cleveland, Ohio. Professor Brubaker was a member of the faculty at the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia from 1995 until 2004, when he returned to his alma mater. Professor Brubaker is the Editor-in-Chief and a contributing author for West’s Bankruptcy Law Letter, he is co-author of a bankruptcy casebook, and he has written dozens of journal articles and essays. He is particularly expert in the complex jurisdictional and procedural facets of federal bankruptcy proceedings. Professor Brubaker has been an editorial advisor for the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, and the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal. He is a member of the American Law Institute, a Conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference, and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, for which he has been the Scholar-in-Residence. Professor Brubaker has served on the executive committee of the board of directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), and he was a member of the advisory committee on business enterprise sales for the ABI’s 2014 Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11.


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Professor Andrew Choo

Andrew Choo, BCom, LLB (UNSW Sydney), DPhil (Oxford), is a Professor of Law, and immediate past Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise), at the Law School of City, University of London. He is also a barrister at Matrix Chambers, London. Prior to his appointment at City, University of London, he held Professorships of Law at Brunel University London and the University of Warwick, and, earlier, appointments at the University of Leicester and UNSW Sydney. His research interests include evidence and procedure, especially criminal evidence. His published work has been cited in judgments in the decisions of various appellate courts, including the House of Lords, the UK Supreme Court, the Privy Council, the Supreme Court of Canada, the High Court of Australia, the New Zealand Supreme Court and the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.


Professor Graham Dutfield

Graham Dutfield is Professor of International Governance at the School of Law, University of Leeds. As such he has a keen interest, going back several decades, in governance of technology, knowledge and property in the context of such major global challenges as public health, food security, biodiversity conservation, ecosystems management, and climate change. 

His research on intellectual property covered such themes as intellectual property and biomedical and agricultural innovation, human rights, sustainable development, biotechnology, traditional knowledge and folklore, bioprospecting, and Indigenous Peoples' rights.  More general scholarly interests include the law, science and business of creativity and technical innovation from the enlightenment to the present, especially in the life sciences.  

The latest major productions resulting from his research are a second edition of Dutfield and Suthersanen on Global Intellectual Property Law, and a history of the pharmaceutical industry called That High Design of Purest Gold: A Critical History of the Pharmaceutical Industry, 1880-2020.  


Diem Leandra Leandra Diem 

Leandra Diem holds a master’s degree in law, which she obtained from the Universities of Lucerne and Paris Nanterre. Currently, she is a Research Assistant and PhD Candidate of the University of Lucerne (Switzerland). Her research focuses on Public Economic Law, especially on Antitrust and Public Procurement Law. During her stay at the TC Beirne School of Law, she will write her PhD dissertation project on Big-ridding form a Public Procurement Law Perspective.


Dr Monika Stempkowski Profile image of Dr Monika Stempkowski

Monika Stempkowski holds a PhD in law as well as a master's degree in psychology, which she obtained from the Universities of Vienna, Austria and Urbino, Italy. She is registered as a clinical and health psychologist with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health as well as certified mediator with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Justice. Since 2012, Monika Stempkowski has been working at the department of criminal law and criminology at the University of Vienna in the field of criminology. Her research focuses mainly on the topics of mentally ill offenders, prison studies, legal psychology and drug crime. 


Profile phot of visiting academic Dr Peter WangDr Peter Wang

Peter Shucheng Wang is an Associate Professor at the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong. He has authored four books – including, most recently, Law as an Instrument (Cambridge University Press 2022) – and over fifty journal articles. He was a Fulbright Scholar (Emory University) and a Clarendon Scholar (Oxford University). He has held visiting positions at Harvard and NUS (Singapore).


Profile photo of Barry Wright standing outside.Professor Barry Wright

Barry Wright (BA University of Toronto, LLB Osgoode Hall Law School/York University, LLM LSE/University of London, PhD York University) is Professor Emeritus of Law and History at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada where he has been on faculty for over thirty-five years. His scholarship on political trials and national security measures in Canadian history includes his contributions to the five-volume Canadian State Trials series, including his role as lead editor (the fifth and final volume, on the period 1939-1990, was published by the University of Toronto Press in November 2022). He has also published widely on comparative criminal law reform, colonial governance, and the rule of law in the nineteenth-century British Empire, with a focus on the policy impact of utilitarianism and criminal law codification, including Thomas Macaulay’s India penal code and its colonial adaptations elsewhere, and the James Fitzjames Stephen-influenced Canadian (1892), New Zealand (1893), and Queensland (1899) criminal codes. He has been a regular visitor to UQ Law and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.


Professor Danaya Wright Professor Danaya Wright 

Danaya Wright is the T. Terrell Sessums & Gerald Sohn Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.  Professor Wright is also an affiliate professor in the Departments of History and Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research. 

One of Professor Wright’s principal areas of research is on the origins of English family law, particularly nineteenth century reforms in the area of child custody and divorce law.  Two of her articles in this area were chosen best papers at the 1st and 3rd Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum competitions for young scholars, and another article won the Donald Sutherland prize for the most significant work in English Legal History from the American Society for Legal History.  She is currently writing a book on the history of judicial interference in the family and constructions of public and private patriarchy.

Besides her work in English legal history, Professor Wright’s other scholarly interests are in nineteenth-century property rights of railroads and the conversion of abandoned corridors to public-use recreational trails.  She is one of the leading experts on rail-trail conversions and is frequently asked to give expert testimony in critical rail-trail cases and to assist in writing appellate briefs in the area. 

She has authored a popular casebook on trusts and estates and is deeply involved in finding legislative solutions to the heirs property problems plaguing vulnerable homeowners, especially in the South. She has received numerous grants to facilitate empirical work on property losses as well as probate barriers and the need for intestacy reforms, especially for decedents and heirs in non-traditional families.

She has also written numerous articles and provided testimony on the Equal Rights Amendment and other constitutional law matters. Her constitutional law scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Court and numerous lower courts. As chair-elect of the UF Faculty Senate, she is busy researching issues of academic freedom, post-tenure review, and censorship.

She holds an AB in English from Cornell University, an MA in English from the University of Arizona, an MA in Liberal Education from St. John’s College, a JD from Cornell University, and a PhD in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University.  She joined the faculty of the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1998.


Dr Qinqing Xu

Dr Qinqing Xu is a lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at Durham Law School. Qinqing obtained her PhD degree with Examiners’ Commendation for Outstanding Thesis from the University of Wollongong, Australia. She also completed a Bachelor of Law with Distinction and a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language and Literature, and a Master of Law with Distinction. Qinqing’s research interests focus on copyright, including music copyright, and cover a wide range of other topics such as intellectual property issues related to gaming and intangible cultural heritages. She has presented her research at different international conferences. Her monograph ‘Collective Management of Music Copyright: A Comparative Analysis of China, the United States and Australia’ is published by Routledge in 2023. Qinqing was also granted a funded visiting fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in 2022, Germany.