Dr Erika Arban and Dr Tom Gerald Daly were appointed as Co-Editors of the Blog in March 2018, charged with reviewing and transforming the Blog and developing a comprehensive publication strategy. Dr. Dinesha Samararatne joined the team in September 2019. Watch our Video Editorial and read our new Mission Statement for a sense of how we have redeveloped the Blog, and our plans for the future. In developing the Blog we welcome feedback from all Blog users: you can send us feedback and suggestions by filling out the form in the Contact Us section.
Dr Dinesha Samararatne
Dr. Dinesha Samararatne is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the ARC Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law and a Co-Convenor of Constitution Transformation Network of the Melbourne Law School. Her recent research work has been in relation to public participation in constitution-making, judicial enforcement of economic and social rights, judicial interpretation of fundamental rights, the influence of Indian public law in the development of public law in Sri Lanka and access to justice. During her Postdoctoral Fellowship Dinesha is focusing on constitution-making in post-war contexts. For the period of the Fellowship, Dinesha is on leave from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka where she has been serving as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Public & International Law at the Faculty of Law. She read for her master’s degree as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School, MA, USA and she completed her doctoral studies at the University of Colombo. Dinesha has previously been affiliated with the Centre on Comparative Constitutional Law as a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow (April – May 2018).
Dr Erika Arban
Erika is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Melbourne Law School. Her research focuses on comparative federalism, comparative constitutional law and legal research methodology. Before joining the project, she lectured in Comparative Federalism at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and in Public Law at the University of Ottawa (Canada). Erika received her PhD at the University of Ottawa (Canada), where her doctoral thesis Italian Regionalism and the Federal Challenge was awarded the Governor General Gold Medal for the best thesis in the Humanities. She also holds a LLM from the University of Arizona (USA) and a Bachelor in Law from the University of Trieste (Italy).
Dr Tom Gerald Daly
Tom is Director of Democratic Decay & Renewal (DEM-DEC), Associate Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law, MLS Fellow at Melbourne Law School, and Co-Convenor of the Constitution Transformation Network (MLS). He has previously clerked for the Chief Justice of Ireland (6 years) and has worked at the Judicial Studies Institute and the Global Justice Academy at Edinburgh University. As a consultant on public law, human rights, and democracy-building he has worked on Council of Europe, EU, African Union and International IDEA projects, most recently managing a major €3m Council of Europe project on strengthening judicial ethics in Turkey and designing an African Judicial Network for the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights. Recent publications include a monograph, The Alchemists: Questioning Our Faith in Courts as Democracy-Builders (Cambridge University Press, 2017). His current research project concerns the role of public law in countering 'democratic decay' worldwide. He has written on democratic decay as a columnist for the I-CONnect blog and tweets @DemocracyTalk.
The Co-Editors are ably assisted by an Associate Editor, who has day-to-day responsibility for coordinating the technical and copy-editing aspects of the work of the editorial team. The Associate Editor is also crucial in the formation of ideas and plans for posts on the Blog.
The current Associate Editor is Toerien van Wyk.
Toerien van Wyk
Toerien is a PhD candidate in the ARC Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law at Melbourne Law School. Her interests are in comparative constitutional law, fundamental rights and access to information. Before joining the Laureate Program, Toerien was a Co-Director of the South African History Archive, a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting struggles for justice using access to information laws and archival practice. She has also previously been employed as a legal consultant, a human rights researcher, and a law lecturer. Toerien holds an LLM in Fundamental Rights and a Higher Diploma in International Taxation, both from the University of Johannesburg, as well as a Baccalaureus Legum degree (LLB) from the University of South Africa.
The Assistant Editor performs initial reviews of posts and provides vital copy editing support, working closely with contributors to ensure clarity and readability of posts.
The current Assistant Editor is Julian Murphy.
Julian is a PhD student at Melbourne Law School. Julian's research focuses on the relationship between statutory interpretation and constitutional values. Prior to coming to Melbourne Law School Julian held a post-Graduate Public Interest Fellowship from Columbia Law School and, before that, worked as a Judge's Associate at the High Court of Australia. Julian holds undergraduate degrees in law and literature from the University of Melbourne and an LLM from Columbia University.
CONTENT & COMMS ASSISTANT
The Content & Comms Assistant is responsible for critical technical tasks like the publication of blog posts and their promotion through our newsletter and social media profiles.
The current Assistant is Stephanie Brenker.
Stephanie Brenker (née Batsakis) is an Australian legal practitioner. She recently concluded a role as a Judge’s Associate at the High Court of Australia, prior to which she worked as an Australian solicitor in the London office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, and in the London and Tokyo offices of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Stephanie has provided pro bono legal services to Citizens Advice Bureaus, the International Senior Lawyers Project and Anti-Slavery International among others. She is on the Board of a grassroots non-profit organisation based in Kampala called Leading Change Uganda. Stephanie holds a BCL from the University of Oxford (UK), and a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne (Australia).