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. 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 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 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 designing an African Judicial Network for the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, and managing a major €3m Council of Europe project on strengthening judicial ethics in Turkey. 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 2 Editorial Assistants, who perform initial review of submissions, copy editing, and have day-to-day responsibility for the technical tasks (i.e. posting blogs, correcting errors etc). They are also crucial in the formation of ideas and plans for posts on the Blog.
The current Editorial Assistants are Taylor Mitas and Duncan Willis.
Taylor Mitas is an editorial assistant of the IACL Blog and a JD student at Melbourne Law School. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Media and Communications. Taylor is passionate about constitutional law and also has an interest in privacy and data regulation.
Duncan Willis is a final year Juris Doctor candidate at the University of Melbourne. Prior to studying law he completed a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne with majors in French and History and a Diploma of Languages in Russian. He has worked as an editorial assistant for the IACL Blog since July 2017. His interests are in constitutional and administrative Law as well as international crimes and the principle of universal jurisdiction.