Visiting Researcher, 2016-2017
Pedro Hartung is a CAP-affiliated Visiting Researcher for the 2016-17 academic year. He is a Ph.D. candidate at University of São Paulo Law School in the Public Law department, researching the state’s intervention in families’ affairs to protect children’s rights. Besides the discussion of the legal status of children, his current project involves the analysis and evaluation of judicial governance and decision-making processes on cases related to children, and specifically the suspension or termination of parental rights.
Pedro holds a B.L. degree from University of São Paulo/Brazil and a Zertifikat– Aufbaustudium in den Grundzügen des Deutschen Rechts from Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (LMU)/Germany. He is a member of the Brazilian Bar and works as Policy and Advocacy coordinator at Alana Institute, an NGO which specializes in the promotion and protection of children’s rights in Brazil, with a focus on the child’s relationship with the media and corporations.
From 2012-2016 he served as a National Counselor at the National Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents – CONANDA – for the Secretariat for Human Rights of the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil – Brasília/DC, representing the Brazilian state in various international agendas, such as the 2015 Day of General Discussion (United Nations/Committee on the Rights of the Child), the Public Hearing on media and children’s rights (OAS/Inter-American Commission on Human Rights), and the 2015 Meeting of Senior Officials on Human Rights and Foreign Ministries of MERCOSUR and Associated States (RAADH). For two years he worked as the coordinator of Luiz Gama Human Rights Clinic at the University of São Paulo Law School.
Harvard Law School S.J.D. Candidate
Claire Houston is an S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School, working under the supervision of CAP Faculty Director, Professor Elizabeth Bartholet. She also completed the requirements of the LL.M. at Harvard Law School, and holds an LL.B. from Queen’s Law School (Canada) and a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Trent University (Canada). Claire is a past fellow at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Claire articled at the Ontario Office of the Children’s Lawyer and clerked for justices of the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Claire’s doctoral research considers the impact of feminist legal theory and advocacy on laws respecting family violence. She was also the lead author on a recent study commissioned by the Ontario chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts on child protection intervention in high conflict custody cases. Claire has also written and published in the areas of children’s participation rights, protecting substance-exposed infants, and children’s health care decision-making.
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Harvard Law School LL.M. Candidate
Divya Srinivasan is pursuing an LL.M. at Harvard Law School, with a concentration in International Human Rights. She graduated from law school in India in 2014, after which she worked as a labor lawyer in India. She is taking courses on child rights during her year at Harvard. During her internships in law school in India, she worked on issues relating to child sexual assault.
Harvard Law School S.J.D. Candidate
Dan Zhou is an S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School. Professor Elizabeth Bartholet is one of his field supervisors for his doctoral research project. In 2016, he completed the requirements of the LL.M. at Harvard Law School, and also holds a master’s degree from Renmin University of China.
His S.J.D. project will explore the topic of public interest lawyering in China. He will examine the nature, place of, and possibilities for public interest advocacy at the margins of Chinese society. Two areas of interest germane to his project are women’s rights and the rights of the child. Zhou will investigate how Chinese public interest lawyers work on advocacy for children, youth and women. By implication and by extension, his research will provide a window into the broader meaning of law and justice in authoritarian regimes.
He is one of the very few Chinese lawyers to ever come out to local, national and international media about his sexual orientation, personal experiences and legal advocacy. After he had worked on commercial law matters for 8 years, he founded a public interest legal advocacy organization in Shanghai in 2005, focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues and rights of people with HIV/AIDS. Also, he made a groundbreaking contribution to research on, and critique of, legal treatment of same-sex intimacy in modern Chinese society by publishing a book in the Chinese language in China in 2009. In addition, he has cooperated with the China Law Center of Yale Law School over the past decade on comparative antidiscrimination law related to sexual orientation and gender identity as well as HIV/AIDS. He was a visiting scholar at Yale’s China Law Center in 2004 and in 2015.
Visiting Researcher, 2015-2016
Lisa Lucile Owens was a CAP-affiliated Visiting Researcher for the 2015-16 academic year. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University in the sociology department. Broadly, Lisa’s work involves the study of agency, identity, and norms in traditional and novel social spaces, including cyberspaces and markets. Her current project uses as point of departure policy analogies from non-cyberspace contexts to discuss agency and identity formation of children in cyberspace. In particular, she focuses on children’s privacy rights, analyzing the rights language already used in both protective measures specific to children and in children’s rights to free expression. This project ultimately interrogates the way rights policies construct “the child” as a rights-holder with agency and identity.
Lisa holds J.D. and LL.M. degrees and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. Prior to beginning her Ph.D., Lisa worked at the Harvard Management Company and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She also served previously as the Director of Public Affairs for the State of Alabama at Planned Parenthood of Alabama.
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Visiting Researcher, 2015
Charlotte Proudman was a CAP-affiliated Visiting Researcher for Fall 2015. Charlotte is working on a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Cambridge, researching the role of law in changing harmful social and cultural practices, and specifically female genital mutilation (FGM) against women and girls in the UK. The empirical research involves semi-structured interviews with FGM-practicing community members and professionals responsible for designing and enforcing legislation. Charlotte worked closely with the Shadow Minister for Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls in drafting FGM legislation which was introduced in the Serious Crime Act 2015. Charlotte’s interest in FGM stems from practicing as a barrister in family law. She is a barrister at the Chambers of Michael Mansfield QC in London.
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Dr. Sunita Siwach
Visiting Researcher, 2010-2011
Dr. Sunita Siwach was a CAP-affiliated Visiting Researcher in 2010-11 and has been engaged in a comparative study of Psycho-Social Legal Well-Being of Adopted Children of Indian Origin in India and United States of America. She is a recipient of Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship, 2010-11 (affiliated to Harvard law School, Harvard University, USA) as a Visiting Researcher. As a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow she got the opportunity to present her research work in various Institutions. During this period she has visited various Universities and colleges such as North West Indian College, Washington State, USA, San Diego State University, California, USA, College of Sequoias, California, USA, University of North Texas, Denton Texas, USA, South-Eastern University, Florida, USA, under Fulbright Occasional Lecture Fund and presented her Research Work. As a Fulbrighter she got the opportunity to interact with Fulbright community across the world. As a visiting Researcher she attended more than hundred seminar/conferences/symposia etc. During this period she also visited Canada and participated in International Adoption Summit.
Sunita obtained her Doctoral degree in Psychology. The Ph.D. research work was sponsored by Bureau of Police Research & Development, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Her Research work was on Police Specific Stress and Burned Out Stress Syndrome in Police Personnel. She has widely published her work on police in The Indian Police Journal. She also taught Psychology as Associate Professor in a college. She has also worked as Deputy Director in Psycho-Social-Division and Public Cooperation Divisions in National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development, Ministry of Women and child Development Government of India. During her tenure she worked with International and Grass-Root level NGO’s. She has worked for prevention of Human Trafficking in India and widely published on the topic. She has also worked as Deputy Director in Central Adoption Resource Authority, Ministry of Women and child Development Government of India. She was in-charge inter-country adoption in CARA. During her tenure she tried to simplify the adoption guidelines so that maximum children can get loving and caring families in India and Abroad. She worked with various Embassies/High Commissions, Central Authorities and Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption. She also worked with various Recognized Indian Placement Agencies, Authorized Foreign Adoption Agencies, Special Adoption Agencies at National and International level worldwide. During this period she visited France and hold discussion with Government of France on various International issues related to inter-country adoption of Indian children in France.
Presently she is working as Deputy Secretary in University Grants Commission, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Visiting Researcher, 2010-2011
Ayako Harada was a CAP-affiliated Visiting Researcher in 2007-08. She has been engaged in research on children and family law issues involving child abuse and neglect, child custody, and adoption. She served as a CAP-affiliated Visiting Scholar from February 2008 to March 2009. While she was at Harvard, she focused on American adoption policies and practices. She earned her doctoral degree (LL.D) from Kyoto University in 2007. In 2008, she published a book entitled “America’s Struggle with Child Abuse Crisis: Prevention Efforts and Family Welfare Policies” (written in Japanese). Currently she is a Research Associate at Waseda University Institute of Comparative Law, Tokyo, Japan.
Visiting Researcher, 2006-2007
Liping Wang was a CAP-affiliated Visiting Researcher in 2006-07. She is a Law Professor at Shandong University School of Law in P. R. China. She is also a member of Chinese People’s Political Consulative Conference in Shandong Province, the president of Family Law Association of Shandong Province and a member of Gender & Law Research Center in the Chinese Association of Social Science. Her research and teaching interests include human rights, civil law and issues related to women, children, family and labor. Liping Graduated from Shandong University in 1986 with B.A in Law, from Xiamen University in 1989 with M.A in Civil Law, and from Shandong University in 2004 with Ph. D in Jurisprudence. She was a 2006-2007 Fulbright Research Visiting Scholar in CAP at Harvard Law School. Her publications include: On the Protection of Privacy in the Information Age (Shandong People’s Press,2008), Study on the Parenthood Law (Law Press, 2004) , A Jurisprudential Study of Family Law (Shandong People’s Press, 2003) , Children’s Rights (Shandong People’s Press, 2002), as well as numerous law review articles in China (for example, “A Comparative Study on Child Custody Between The U. S. and China”, Legal Forum Vol. 2, 2008 ). She was very active in participating in the legislations relating to family law, women law and children law. She has won Distinguished Women Worker of Shandong Province Award and Excellent Young Professor in Teaching of Shandong University Award for her outstanding work. For more information about her, please visit http://www.law.sdu.edu.cn/teachers/wangliping.htm.
Colonel Mukul Saxena
Visiting Researcher, 2005-2006
Indian Army Colonel Mukul Saxena was a CAP-affiliated Visiting Researcher in 2005-06. While at Harvard, he was engaged in research on the impact of localized conflict/emergency settings on children with particular reference to their treatment under stringent national security laws. His other research interests in the field of child rights include the freedom of expression and right to manifest religious belief. In 2007, he published an article in Symposium on Law and Religion titled, “The French Headscarf and the Right to Manifest Religious Belief” (The University of Detroit Law Review, 2007). Mukul is a graduate of the National Defence Academy, Kharakwasla, India and completed an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex, UK. He is presently commanding an Indian Army Infantry Battalion in Kashmir and is a Ph.D. fellow at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. He is also a consultant with the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, New Delhi and is presently leading a study for the Commission on substance abuse among children in Northeast India. He has also been actively involved human rights advocacy in the Indian Army.