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Oxford Program Teaching Professors Profiles

Kristina Arriaga

For over 20 years, Kristina Arriaga has worked on the defense of religious freedom internationally and domestically as Advisor to the United States delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, an appointee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and as the Executive Director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a U.S.-based public interest law firm that defends the free expression of all religious traditions. While at Becket, she launched the only religious liberty clinic in the United States, at Stanford Law School. She also led the firm while it secured the rights of Native Americans to use eagle feathers in their powwows, persuaded the U.S. Army to let a Sikh Bronze Star Medalist serve with his articles of faith, as well as protected the rights of a small order of Catholic nuns who take care of the dying elderly poor.

Joseph E. David

Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and the Program in Judaic Studies at the Yale The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (2019). He is an Associate Professor of Law at Sapir Academic College in Israel.  His research focuses on Law and Religion, Legal History, Comparative Law, and Jurisprudence. He is the author of The State Rabbinate: Election, Separation and Freedom of Expression (2000), The Family and the Political: On Belonging and Responsibility in a Liberal Society (2012), Toleration within Judaism (2013), and Jurisprudence and Theology in Late Ancient and Medieval Jewish Thought (2014). He edited The State of Israel: Between Judaism and Democracy (2000), Questioning Dignity: Human Dignity as Supreme Modern Value (2006), Nomos and Narrative for the Hebrew Reader (2012), The Gift of the Land and the Fate of the Canaanites in Jewish Thought (2014).  Professor David has held academic positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, New York University, the University of Oxford, the Hebrew University, the Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya and The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.

Cole Durham

W. Cole Durham, Jr., Susa Young Gates University Professor of Law at Brigham Young University is Founding Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. From its official organization on January 1, 2000, until May 1, 2016, Professor Durham was Director of the Center, which was organized to provide an institutional base for long-term initiatives in the field of law and religion throughout the world, begun in the Law School in the mid-1980s by Professor Durham and continued in subsequent years with the involvement of many students and colleagues. He holds an AB degree in Philosophy from Harvard College and received his juris doctorate degree from Harvard Law School.

Ján Figeľ

Dr. Ján Figeľ was nominated in May 2016 by the European Commission as the first Special Envoy for promotion of freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) outside the European Union. Formerly European Commissioner for Education, Training & Culture, Dr. Figeľ has also held other positions such as State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was the Chief Negotiator for Slovakia’s accession into the EU. He joined the Christian Democratic Movement party in 1990 and was elected in 1992 as an MP to the National Council of the Slovak Republic, serving on its Foreign Affairs Committee and becoming a member of Slovakia’s delegation to the Council of Europe. In 1998 he was appointed State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was also the representative of the Slovak government in the European Convention which drafted the European Constitution. From 2004 to 2009 he served as European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Multilingualism, with a brief stint as Commissioner for Enterprise and Information Society. In 2009 we was elected leader of the Christian Democratic Movement in Slovakia. He stepped down from his Commission post in 2009 following his election as leader of the Christian Democratic Movement in Slovakia.

Ann Power-Forde

Ann Power-Forde SC is an International Judge, a Senior Counsel, and an Academic. She is currently the Presiding Judge of the Constitutional Court Chamber of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) in The Hague. She served as the judge in respect of Ireland at the European Court of Human Rights, the international tribunal tasked with enforcement of the European Convention on Human Rights among the Council of Europe’s forty-seven Member States — working through French and English — from January 2008 until her final case in July 2015.  A Consultant Adviser in International Human Rights Law, Ann joined Doughty Street Chambers in London as an Associate Tenant in September 2015, and she is a member of the Doughty Street International Team. She is Senior Counsel with extensive experience in Medical Law, Public Law and Constitutional Law.

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.

Joel Harrison

Dr Harrison’s scholarship focuses on law and religion, human rights, and constitutional law. He received his first law degree from the University of Auckland, serving on the editorial board of the Auckland U. L. Review and graduating as a senior scholar in law. After law school, he clerked for Sir Grant Hammond of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand and was a Teaching Fellow at Victoria University, Wellington. He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2007. In 2008 he worked as a Legal and Policy Advisor at the New Zealand Law Commission, focusing on sentencing reform. He was then awarded a Woolf Fisher scholarship (NZ) to read for a doctorate in law at the University of Oxford, Magdalen College. While at Oxford, Joel was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Public Law and he taught Constitutional Law at Lady Margaret Hall and Harris Manchester College.  From 2012 till 2014, he was an Associate-in-Law (Lecturer and Post-Doctoral Researcher) at Columbia Law School.

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.

Mary Jensen

Professor Jensen has been teaching legal writing at the J. Reuben Clark Law School for over twenty 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 at presented at legal writing conferences.  She maintains an active private practice and writes fiction (under pseudonyms) when there is time.

David Kirkham

David Kirkham is an associate professor in the BYU Department of Political Science and Senior Fellow for Comparative Law and International Policy at the BYU Law School International Center for Law and Religion Studies. He came to BYU in July 2007 from the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where he served as Associate Dean and Professor of International Politics and Democratic Studies. David has also been an Associate Professor of History, Director of International History, and Director of International Plans and Programs at the United States Air Force Academy. He conducted international negotiations and diplomatic activities for several years for the US Government and United Nations, including as Senior Humanitarian Affairs Officer at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva. He currently directs the BYU London Centre.

Lance Long

Professor Long teaches legal writing and environmental law courses at Stetson University College of Law. Long joined Stetson after teaching legal research and writing at the University of Oregon School of Law and Brigham Young University Law School. Before teaching, Professor Long practiced law with Morrison & Foerster in Orange County, California, USA. His practice primarily focused on contract, intellectual property, civil rights, and construction law. He is the author of the book, The Science Behind the Art of Legal Writing, and has written articles addressing legal aspects of environmental advocacy and empirical analyses of language patterns in appellate briefs and opinions. He presents his research regularly at national and regional environmental law and legal writing conferences.

Kishan Manocha

Dr. Kishan Manocha is Senior Advisor on Freedom of Religion and Belief at the Organization for Security and Co-operation Europe Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw. Before this, he was Director of the Office of Public Affairs of the Bahá’í community of the United Kingdom. He holds degrees in medicine and law from the Universities of London and Cambridge respectively. He has extensive experience in religious freedom and minority rights issues in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia as a consultant to international and non-governmental organizations. He first trained in psychiatry, completing a Research Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry, before studying law.

Peter Petkoff

Dr Peter Petkoff is a Senior Law Lecturer at the Brunel Law School. He is also Director of the Religion, Law and International Relations Programme, a collaborative international research network at Regent’s Park College, Oxford, and Managing Editor of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. He is Legal Consultant on Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression for the Representative on Freedom of the Media at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and has been a TEPSA consultant of the European Parliament as well as a consultant for the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief at the House of Lords. Peter is involved in cutting edge research on the relationship between religion and politics and law and religion. In his capacity as Director of the Religion, Law and International Relations Programme at Regent’s Park College, Oxford, he brings together lawyers, theologians, philosophers, social and political scientists and aims to develop innovative interdisciplinary strategies for studying law, religion and international relations from legal and theological perspectives.

Kim Hai Pearson

Kim Hai Pearson is Associate Professor of Law at Gonzaga University School of law.  She was appointed Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Program Innovation in January 2019.  From 2016 to 2018, Pearson was the Associate Dean of Faculty Research and Development at Gonzaga Law. Prior to joining Gonzaga Law in 2010, Pearson held a Law Teaching Fellowship at the Williams Institute housed at UCLA Law School where she taught Legal Scholarship, Law and Sexuality, and Family Law.  Her current research and writing projects focus on identity, legal classifications, and children in international trafficking streams.  In her earlier work, Pearson wrote about the impact of identity classification for domestic family law purposes, particularly unfair treatment and outcomes for racial, religious, and sexual minority children and parents. Pearson has participated in several international and regional conferences, including the Neil Gotanda Lecture at Berkeley Law, the Family Law Workshop at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the International Society of Family Law Conferences, where she presented her work on transnational/transracial adoptees and international child law. Her scholarship can be found in the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, the UC Irvine Law Review, the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law, the Oxford Handbook on LGBT Divorce and Relationship Dissolution, and the Cambridge University Press’s Feminist Judgments Rewritten Opinions: Reproductive Rights.

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.

Haim Shapira

Dr. Haim Shapira is a professor of law at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. His main areas of teaching and research are: Jewish law, rabbinic literature, legal theory and law and religion. He received his Ph.D. and other degrees in law and in Jewish studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His articles are published in Israeli, American and European leading journals. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Bar-Ilan Law Review and the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law, Religion and State and now a member of its editorial board. He was a research fellow and a visiting professor at various American and European universities including Milan University, School of Law (2016), NYU School of Law (2013-2014), The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2005-2006).

Renata Uitz

Professor Uitz started teaching at CEU in 2001 and became chair (director) of the Comparative Constitutional Law program in 2007. She is the founding co-director, with Professor Károly Bárd, of the clinical specialization at the Department of Legal Studies. Her teaching covers subjects in comparative constitutional law and human rights with special emphasis on the enforcement of constitutional rights. Theories and practices of good government, transition to and from constitutional democracy, questions of personal autonomy and equality, including religious liberty and sexual autonomy, are at the center of her research interests.

Jane Wise

Professor Wise started teaching legal writing at BYU Law School twenty years ago and has taught legal writing in online programs at the University of Tulsa College of Law and Concord Law. She has developed curricula for the American legal academy including materials for English as a–second-language law students. She has written essays for nationally syndicated radio programs, newspapers, magazines, as well as screenplays; edited books; contributed chapters to books; has written for and lectured at legal writing conferences. She has also edited print publications at BYU Law School for the past fifteen years.  Currently, she is an Associate Director for the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. She researches and teaches about law and literature and storytelling in the law. She writes for textbooks and in law journals and is a presenter at legal writing conferences. She clerked for the Utah Supreme Court and maintained a general practice.

Paul Yowell

Paul Yowell has been Fellow and Tutor in Law at Oriel College since October 2012. Prior to that, he was Lecturer in Law at New College, and a postdoctoral fellow with the Oxford Law Faculty for the AHRC project Parliaments and Human Rights. He completed the BCL in European and Comparative Law and MPhil in Law at Balliol College, and the DPhil in Law at University College. His areas of teaching are Constitutional Law, EU Law, Jurisprudence and Human Rights.