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2022 Legal Writing Instructors

Mary O. Jensen

Mary O. Jensen has been teaching legal writing at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School for more than 20 years and also teaches online courses at the University of Tulsa College of Law and Concord Law School where she has designed course curricula. She has published in law journals and lectured and presented at legal writing conferences. She maintains an active private law practice and writes fiction (under pseudonyms) when there is time.

Denise Posse-Blanco Lindberg

A native of Havana, Cuba, Denise Posse-Blanco Lindberg holds a BA in Communications and graduate degrees in Educational Psychology (MS), Social Work (MSW), and Health Science (PhD). She graduated second in her class, magna cum laude, from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1988. Denise then clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and at the U.S. Supreme Court for Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. She has practiced appellate and healthcare law and acted as general counsel of a managed healthcare company. From 1998 to 2015, she served as a district judge in Utah’s Third Judicial District and later became a senior district judge. From 2018 to 2021, she and her husband, Neil, represented the ICLRS and Latter-day Saint Charities at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. They are currently ICLRS Senior Fellows. Denise also serves on the executive committee of the Latin American Consortium for Religious Liberty. She has presented at events throughout Latin America and the United States on topics ranging from judicial independence, the rule of law, and mediation to religious freedom, human dignity, and women’s roles in society.

Neil A. Lindberg

Neil A. Lindberg holds a BS in Sociology, an MPA, and a JD from BYU. Before beginning his law career, he worked in city planning in California and Utah. For nearly 30 years Neil’s law practice focused on zoning, land use, land development, and municipal law. He worked for 19 years as a Municipal/City Council Attorney and then became “of counsel” with a private law firm. In his practice Neil negotiated numerous land development agreements and advised private developers and local governments on zoning and development. He is an expert in drafting, revising, and updating municipal land development codes, and on legislative and executive “separation of power” issues. Neil has lectured frequently at planning and municipal law
conferences. He served for several years on the Board of Directors of the Utah Land Use Institute, dedicated to bridging the divide between land developers and local governments. From 2018 to 2021, he and his wife, Denise, represented the ICLRS and Latter-day Saint Charities at the Organization of American States. They now serve as ICLRS Senior Fellows.

Jane Wise

Jane Wise served as an Associate Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School from 2017 to January 2022. For 20 years she was an adjunct professor at BYU Law School, where she taught legal writing, lawyering skills, and law and literature courses. She helped develop the Law School’s highly ranked legal writing program and developed curricula for the American legal academy, including materials for English-as-a-second-language law students. Jane edited all print publications at BYU Law School for more than 15 years and was editor of its alumni magazine. She is the co-editor of two books and author of three book chapters and numerous articles, films, and presentations. Jane has been a commentator on Public Radio International and National Public Radio, a featured newspaper and magazine columnist, and an essayist for “Music and the Spoken Word,” the Sunday morning radio and television broadcast of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Jane holds BA/BFA and JD degrees from the University of Utah. Prior to entering academia, she clerked for the Utah Supreme Court and maintained a general practice of law.

Oxford Program Teaching Professors Profiles

Pasquale Annicchino

Pasquale Annicchino (PhD Siena, LLM University College London) is a Senior Assistant Professor of law at the University of Foggia, Italy. In 2020/2021 he taught Global Law and Religion at Central European University (Vienna) and FGV-Direito Rio (Rio de Janeiro). He is a member of the OSCE/ODIHR panel of experts on freedom of religion or belief and, upon appointment of the Italian Minister of Interior, a member of the Italian Council for the relationships with Muslim communities. He has also been an adjunct professor of law at Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School and at St. John’s University School of Law. He is the author of Law and International Religious Freedom: The Rise and Decline of the American Model (2017) and more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in journal such as: Oxford Journal of Law and Religion; First Amendment Law Review; European Public Law; Ecclesiastical Law Journal; George Washington International Law Review.

I Ketut Ardhana

I Ketut Ardhana was educated in the Faculty of Arts in the Department of History in Udayana University and continued his studies, earning a Doctorandus degree at the Faculty of Letters in Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta (1985). He received his master’s degree in Asian Studies from the Australian National University (ANU, 1994) and his PhD degree at Passau University in Germany (2000). He has been involved in many projects on Smart Cities and interfaith programs. His publications include “Female Deities in Balinese Society: Local Genious, Indian Influences, and Their Worship”; “The Temple of Besakih, Sukuh and Cetho”; “Strengthening of Local Wisdom, Hinduism and Pancasila”; and others. He is a Professor of
Asian History in the Faculty of Arts in Udayana University; Vice Chancellor of the Widya Kerthi Foundation, Universitas Hindu Indonesia (UNHI) in Denpasar; and Patron of the International Journal of Interreligious and Intercultural Studies (IJIIS). He is currently the First Vice President of the International Federation of Social Sciences Organization (IFSSO) in Istanbul, Turkey.

Nazila Ghanea

Dr Nazila Ghanea is Associate Professor in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford. She serves as Associate Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub and is a Fellow of Kellogg College (BA Keele, MA Leeds, PhD Keele, MA Oxon). She serves as a member of the OSCE Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief and on the Board of Trustees of the independent think tank, the Universal Rights Group. She has been a visiting academic at a number of institutions including Columbia and NYU, and previously taught at the University of London and Keele University, UK and in China. Nazila’s research spans freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, women’s rights, minority rights and human rights in the Middle East.

Mark Hill QC

As a Barrister (Queen’s Counsel), Professor Mark Hill specializes in ecclesiastical law and religious liberty. He has been involved in litigation in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. He is recognized as the Britain’s leading practitioner in ecclesiastical law. He is in addition Honorary Professor of Law at Cardiff University; formerly Visiting Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge; Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa; Visiting Professor at the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London; and Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame Sydney, Australia. He is Ecumenical Fellow in Canon Law at the Venerable English College in Rome and serves the Church of England as Chancellor ( judge of the consistory court) of the Dioceses of Chichester, Leeds, and Europe.

Paul Martens

Paul Martens is Associate Professor of Ethics in the Department of Religion and the Director of Interdisciplinary Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University. Since growing up as a Mennonite on the Canadian prairies, Martens has continued to identify within the Anabaptist tradition. He earned his PhD in Moral Theology/Christian Ethics from the University of Notre Dame in 2005 and served as an Edward Sorin Postdoctoral Fellow upon graduation. His early writings are primarily concerned with the fraught relationship between religious ethics and philosophical accounts of morality. Increasingly, he has been working on concrete issues in global ethics like the relevance of nonviolence, environmental ethics, interreligious cooperation, and human dignity. At present, he is exploring the role that natural law (or something analogous) might play in bridging these philosophical and practical concerns. He co-edits two book series—Kierkegaard as Christian Thinker (Eerdmans) and the T&T Clark Studies in Anabaptist Theology and Ethics. His publications include The Heterodox Yoder (2012), Kierkegaard and Christian Faith (ed.) (2016), Reading Kierkegaard I: Fear and Trembling (2017), and Recovering from the Anabaptist Vision: New Essays in Anabaptist Identity and Theological Method (ed.) (2020). His articles have appeared in Modern Theology, Studies in Christian Ethics, Journal of Scriptural Reasoning, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, International Journal of Systematic Theology, Mennonite Quarterly Review, and others.

David Moore

David Moore, Sterling and Eleanor Colton Endowed Chair in Law and Religion at BYU Law School, joined the International Center for Law and Religion Studies as an Associate Director in 2019. Professor Moore has been involved with the Center since his days as a law student, including serving on the Center’s Academic Advisory Council. Professor Moore is a scholar of international law, development, human rights, and U.S. foreign relations law. His publications have appeared in leading journals, including the Harvard, Columbia, Virginia, and Northwestern Law Reviews. Professor Moore served as Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs at the law school and has received the University’s R. Wayne Hansen Teaching and Learning Fellowship, the BYU Law Alumni Association Teacher of the Year Award, and the Student Bar Association First Year Professor of the Year Award. From 2017 to 2019, Professor Moore worked in multiple roles at the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C. As Acting Deputy Administrator, he assisted the USAID Administrator in managing the U.S.’s leading development and humanitarian assistance agency, with approximately 11,000 employees worldwide and appropriations of roughly $20 billion. He represented the Agency at Deputy’s Committee meetings of the National Security Council and in multilateral meetings of the U.N. General Assembly, G-7, World Bank, and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, as well as in bilateral meetings with donor and host countries. As General Counsel, Professor Moore led an office of more than 100 attorneys in advising senior agency leaders around the globe. From September to December 2020, Professor Moore served on the United Nations Human Rights Committee. Professor Moore previously taught at the University of Kentucky College of Law, as a visiting professor at George Washington University Law School, and as an Olin Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. He clerked for Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., during the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2007 Term and began his legal career as an Honor Program trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch. Professor Moore is a summa cum laude graduate of Brigham Young University Law School, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Law Review and graduated first in his class.

Ewelina U. Ochab

Ewelina U. Ochab is a legal researcher, human rights advocate and author. She works on the topic of persecution of minorities around the world, with major projects including Daesh genocide in Syria and Iraq, Boko Haram atrocities in West Africa, and religious minorities in South Asia.  She is co-founder of the Coalition for Genocide Response and authored the proposal for the Initiative UN International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, marked on August 22.  Ochab has written more than 30 UN reports (including Universal Periodic Review reports) and has made oral and written submissions at the Human Rights Council sessions and the UN Forum on Minority Issues. She has been published in
Forbes, the Huffington Post, Oxford Human Rights Hub and many more. Ochab is currently working on her PhD in International Law, Human Rights and Medical Ethics. She was a member of the Inaugural Class of the ICLRS Young Scholars Fellowship on Religion and the Rule of Law, which took place in summer 2018 in Oxford.

Preeti Oza

Preeti Oza works at St. Andrew’s College (University of Mumbai–India). She has been an academician, having more than 17 years of experience in teaching UG, PG, and doctoral students. Her core research area is Cultural Studies, with specific reference to Literary Studies of Marginal Society. She has worked and published extensively in the areas of Dalit-Buddhist studies, Religion and Culture, Engaged Buddhism, Film and Literature, and Quality in Higher Education. She has received an ICI Post-Doctoral Fellowship on “Religion and Culture in South East Asia” from Hong Kong University (2017–19). Currently, she is working on an international MOOC on “Faith and Urban Resilience” under the aegis of ICRS-Indonesia. Her recent publications include edited book volumes titled Buddha and Buddhism—Beyond Nirvana, and God Online—Indian Spirituality in the Digital Space. Some of her recently published articles are “Religious and Community Discrimination: Literature as Protest in Dalit Writings in India and Black American Literature in the West” (2022), “Syncretism from Sufi to Sage Relevance of Sant Kabir Today” (2021), “Buddhism and Social Relational Theories from India to the World” (2020), “Religion, Culture, and the Process of Marginalization” (2021), “Buddhism and the Spread of Religion Through the Inner Nuances of Caves: A Case Study of Western India” (2021), “Faith and COVID-19 Pandemic Crises” (2021).

Andrea Pin

Andrea Pin (JD, University of Padua; PhD, Univeristy of Turin) is Associate Professor of Comparative Public Law at the University of Padua Law School, and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law & Religion Emory University. He has held visiting positions at Emory University, Notre Dame University, and Trinity College, Dublin. In 2014 he was Visiting Fellow, Kellogg Center for International Studies, Notre Dame University. Between 2011 and 2013 he clerked for the Italian Constitutional Court’s Judge Marta Cartabia. His articles have appeared in the Yale Journal of International Law, the Texas Journal of International Law, the German Law Journal, the Emory International Law Review, the George Washington International Law Review, the Brigham Young University Law Review, the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, the St. John’s Law Review, and the Ecclesiastical Law Journal. He authored The Legal Treatment of Muslim Minorities in Italy (Ashgate 2016).

Brett Scharffs

Brett G. Scharffs, Rex E. Lee Chair and Professor of Law at J. Reuben Clark Law School, was appointed Director of the Law School’s International Center for Law and Religion Studies effective 1 May 2016.  He had served the Center as Associate Director and Regional Advisor for Asia since 2009 and the Law School as both Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Dean for Faculty and Curriculum. Formerly Francis R. Kirkham Professor of Law, Professor Scharffs was appointed on 1 September 2017 to the Law School’s Rex E. Chair. Professor Scharffs’ teaching and scholarly interests include law and religion, legal reasoning and rhetoric, philosophy of law, and legislation and regulation. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he received a BSBA in international business and an MA in philosophy. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned a BPhil in philosophy. He received his JD from Yale Law School, where he was Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Dicky Sofjan

Dicky Sofjan is a Core Doctoral Faculty in the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) based in the Graduate School of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta. His background is in political science and international relations, while focusing his research on the nexus between religion and politics in Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. He is also an international board member of Globethics.net and director of its national office in Indonesia. He has been involved in many interfaith initiatives and programs with the Indonesian Ministries of Religious and Foreign Affairs. He was the initiator and creator of a religious literacy program in Indonesia with the Ministry of Religious Affairs, which involved the training of some 1000 religious extension officers and actors across 14 districts and mayoralties throughout Indonesia. His publications include Why Muslims Participate in Jihad: An Empirical Survey on Islamic Religiosity in Indonesia and Iran (2006, 2007); Religion, Public Policy and Social Transformation in Southeast Asia (ed.), volumes I (2016) and II (2017); and Virus, Manusia dan Tuhan: Refleksi Lintas Iman tentang Covid-19 (ed.) (Virus, Humans and God: Interreligious Perspectives on the Covid-19 Pandemic) (2021). His articles have been published by the Journal of Religions, Review of Faith and International Affairs, Journal of Hemispheres, Al-Jami’ah, and others.

Marco Ventura

Since 2001 Marco Ventura is a professor with tenure in law and religion at the University of Siena where he lectures at the Law School as well as in the Master on public and culture diplomacy at the Jean Monnet Centre of excellence in cultural relations and diplomacy (CREDO) investigating the role of culture in the EU’s external relations and public diplomacy. He has been a member of the panel of experts on freedom of religion or belief of OSCE / ODIHR (2016-2022), the Director of the Center for Religious Studies at Fondazione Bruno Kessler of Trento (2016-2021), the annual president of the European Consortium for Church and State Research (2019) and a professor of canon law and law and religion at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
(2012-2015). He has single-authored 7 books and more than 100 articles in Italian, French and English. He earned a PhD at the University of Strasbourg in 1992,

Dmytro Vovk

Dr. Dmytro Vovk teaches law and runs the Center for the Rule of Law and Religion Studies at Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and co-edits the blog Talk About: Religion and Law. He works as an expert on the rule of law and religious freedom for the UNFPA, OSCE/ODIHR, the Council of Europe, Freedom House, and the USAID, and is an academic adviser to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine and the Ukrainian State Agency for Ethnic Policies and Freedom of Conscience. In 2019, Vovk was appointed a member of the OSCE/ODIHR Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Dr. Vovk was a Kennan- Fulbright Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in the United States (2017), a Visiting Scholar at the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, BYU Law School (2018–19), a Virtual Visitor to Northwestern Buffett Institute Global Affairs (2022), and a member of the inaugural class of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies’ Young Scholars Fellowship on Religion and the Rule of Law held at Christ Church, Oxford, United Kingdom, in 2018. Among his recent authored publications are the chapters “Forced Displacement, Religious Freedom and the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict,” for a volume forthcoming from the Amsterdam University Press, and “Soviet Law and Political Religion,” in Law as Religion, Religion as Law, forthcoming from the Cambridge University Press; and the policy paper Religion and Forced Displacement in Ukraine (2020). He co-edited with Elizabeth A. Clark Religion During the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict (Routledge 2020). And he has translated W. Cole Durham, Jr.’s, and Brett G. Scharffs’s Law and Religion: National, International and Comparative Perspective (Russian translation, forthcoming in 2022-23) and Paul Gowder’s Rule of Law in the Real World (Ukrainian translation, 2018).