Alfred Brownell

Alfred Brownell, from Liberia, who came to NUSL in December 2016, has been re-appointed as a visiting scholar in the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) for a second year, through December 2018. His faculty sponsor is Lucy Williams. One of Africa’s leading environmental and human rights defenders, Mr. Brownell works in the area of indigenous land rights (natural resource rights and the sustainable use of natural resources).

As a founder, CEO, and Lead Campaigner at Green Advocates, Liberia’s first public-interest environmental law and human rights organization, Mr. Brownell has worked for almost twenty years as researcher, legal counsel and advocate for impoverished rural communities to ensure them a voice in decisions affecting their natural resources. In his field research, Mr. Brownell has established the serious human rights impacts of large agribusiness activities, including the destruction of sacred sites, burial grounds, farmlands, forests and wetlands that serve as a primary source of food for local communities. He has also documented the deleterious impact on food security and on traditional subsistence farming practices prompted by the introduction of monocrop agriculture.

Mr. Brownell co-authored Liberia’s first comprehensive framework environmental legislation and legislation related to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and Liberia’s progressive land rights policy, which establishes customary land as a category of land ownership with the same status as private property rights. He is also widely recognized for his leadership in the field of natural resource rights. Mr. Brownell serves on the Steering Committee of the Corporate Accountability Working Group of the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) and coordinates inputs from African civil society organizations into to the drafting of a UN treaty on business and human rights. He is a Steering Committee member of the ETO (extraterritorial obligations) Consortium, Coordinating Committee member at OECD-Watch, a founding member of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition and former international board member of the EITI. Regionally, he serves as Head of Secretariat and Facilitator of the Mano River Union Civil Society Natural Resources Rights and Governance Platform, which is bringing a multi-state lawsuit at the ECOWAS Court against seven African governments for their failure to protect the rights of local communities.

Mr. Brownell is a 1994 graduate of the University of Liberia, College of Agriculture and Forestry (Bachelor of Science in General Agriculture). He is a 1999 graduate of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia (JD/LLB) and a 2002 graduate of Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, LA (LLM in Environment and Energy Law).

Ellen Gallagher, 

Ellen Gallagher, a US scholar whose appointment runs April 2017 – April 2018, is working with Rachel Rosenbloom on immigration issues. Ms. Gallagher hopes to further develop an adjunct course entitled “Immigration and the American Ideal: Preserving Principles of Equality and Human Rights in a Broken System,” which she currently teaches at Stonehill College, to emphasize issues pertaining to civil vs. criminal detention, regulating and reducing the use of solitary confinement, and delivering appropriate medical and mental health services within detention settings.

Ms. Gallagher has worked at the US Department of Homeland Security since 2002: as a senior policy advisor in the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties since December 2013, and as Senior Ombudsman in the Office of the CIS Ombudsman from July 2012 to November 2013. From 2002 to 2012 she worked for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as Special Counsel in the Office of the Chief Counsel; from 1998 to 2002 she worked for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as senior attorney advisor in the Office of Congressional Relations.

Ms. Gallagher is a 1991 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law (JD) and a 1984 graduate of Harvard College (BA in Social Studies).

Judge Juwan Kim

Judge Juwan Kim of the Seoul (Korea) Central District Court, who arrived in mid-August (his appointment is effective August 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018) is here to conduct research on freedom of expression and the limits on freedom of expression. He is working with Jootaek Lee and Margaret Woo. Judge Kim’s particular interest in the issue of freedom of expression and the limits on freedom of expression arises from his having presided over a case brought by a group of North Korean defectors who sued the South Korean government for having restricted the defectors’ right to send up balloons carrying messages critical of the North Korean regime on account of the danger posed by the North’s reaction to the balloons, which was to open fire on the balloons’ launch site.

Judge Kim is a 2002 graduate of the College of Law, Seoul National University (Bachelor of Laws) and a 2005 graduate of the Korean Judicial Research and Training Institute.

Ling Yi

Ling Yi, from China, who arrived in mid-September 2017, is scheduled to stay at NUSL through mid-May 2018. She is working with Jessica Silbey, focusing on U.S. intellectual property law.

Ms. Yi is an associate professor, a master supervisor, and a doctor of procedural law at the Central South University School of Law and a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She teaches intellectual property law, including copyright law, patent law, and trademark law.

Ms. Yi is a 2002 graduate of in Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (Bachelor of Laws), a 2007 graduate of HuaZhong University of Science and Technology (Master of Laws), and a 2012 graduate of XiangTan University (Doctor of Procedural Law).

Weiwei Zhang

Weiwei Zhang, from China, is due to arrive in late December for one year, staying through December 2018. She is sponsored by Margaret Woo and proposes to conduct her research on Article 48 of the Constitution of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Article 48 dates from the era of political mobilization during the Chinese revolution and provides that women in the PRC shall have equal rights to men in all spheres of life, including political, economic, cultural, social and family life, but with the revolutionary context having receded in the process of building the modern Chinese state, women in the PRC now need to reassert their constitutional equal rights.

Ms. Zhang is Associate Professor of Law at Xiamen University School of Law, specializing in Comparative Constitutional Law and Civil Rights. She is a 1998 graduate of the South-Central University for Nationalities Law School (BA – Law) and a 2008 graduate of Wuhan University Law School (JSD).