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Richard Stacey served as Director of Research at Constitutional Transitions at NYU Law until joining the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor. He holds a PhD from New York University’s Institute for Law and Society and bachelors degrees in political theory and law from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He served as law clerk to Justice Kate O’Regan and Justice Bess Nkabinde at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and has taught courses in political theory, constitutional law, administrative law and human rights at the University of Witwatersrand, the University of Cape Town and the City University of New York Law School. In 2009 he was a research consultant during Kenya’s constitutional review process and has remained involved in constitutional transitions around the world, providing technical advice through Constitutional Transitions in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. His work has appeared in a number of journals of law and political theory, the multi-author reference work Constitutional Law of South Africa (of which he acts as co-editor), and in books on constitutional design, land reform, and women’s rights.
Madhav Khosla is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government (aka Political Science) at Harvard University. His interests lie in public law, political theory, and intellectual history; and especially in Indian political thought and Indian and comparative constitutional law. Prior to coming to Harvard, he worked at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and clerked at the Supreme Court of India. Madhav holds an LL.M. from Yale Law School, where he studied as an Inlaks Scholar, and a B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
Jan van Zyl Smit
Dr. Jan van Zyl Smit is a research fellow in the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, an independent research centre within the British Institute for International and Comparative Law in London. His current research focuses on the appointment and removal of judges in Commonwealth jurisdictions, how the African regional court system strengthens the rule of law, and legal and theoretical aspects of the influence of human rights law on the interpretation of statutes. Jan graduated with an LL.B. magna cum laude at the University of Cape Town, and was law clerk to Deputy Chief Justice Pius Langa (later Chief Justice) at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, before going on to graduate study at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, where he completed a DPhil on the UK Human Rights Act. After completing the doctorate he taught public law and international human rights at Oxford Brookes University. Jan conducted research for the Committee of Experts which drafted the 2010 Constitution of Kenya and has served more recently as a consultant to the Kenya Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board, a body tasked with determining whether members of the serving judiciary are suitable to remain in office. In 2013 he also served as a consultant to the International Center for Transitional Justice on judiciary reform issues in Tunisia.
Mr. Asanga Welikala has an LL.B and LL.M (European Public Law) degrees from the University of Hull, UK, where he also won the F.W. Taylor Prize for the most outstanding performance by an LL.M student. Mr. Welikala’s research interests lie in comparative (especially Commonwealth) constitutional law and applied constitutional theory, and he is currently completing his PhD thesis on plurinational constitutionalism as applied to Sri Lanka at the University of Edinburgh. In early 2013, Mr. Welikala was appointed ESRC Teaching Fellow in Public Law at Edinburgh Law School. He teaches in three major public law courses: Public Law of the United Kingdom and Scotland (PLUS), Public Law and Individual Rights (PLAIR), and Constitutional Law Honours. Mr. Welikala is also a Senior Researcher of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), Sri Lanka. His most recent publication is the two-volume edited collection (2012) The Sri Lankan Republic at 40: Reflections on Constitutional History, Theory and Practice (Colombo: CPA). In addition to Sri Lanka, he has worked on aspects of constitutional and legal reform in a number of countries including the Maldives, Nepal, Indonesia, Thailand, Nagorny-Karabakh, Ethiopia (Ogaden), Libya and Egypt. In 2004-5, during the constitution-making process in Iraq, Mr. Welikala was a Legal Officer in the Office of Constitutional Support, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), in Baghdad. In that capacity, he coordinated and contributed to the UN’s substantive input in the areas of federalism, fiscal and financial arrangements, the constitutional regulation of the oil and gas sector, and the bill of rights.