Mascha Gugganig is working as a guest researcher at the Institute of Law in August 2019. She received her PhD at the Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia. In her doctoral thesis, she explored and continues to be interested in norms, institutions and trans-institutional practices of education and (visual) ethnography in regards to land relations, Indigenous (Hawaiian) epistemologies, and technoscience in agriculture. In 2014-2015, she was a Fellow at Harvard University’s Program on Science, Technology & Society, and received her Master at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna in 2009. In 2017-2018 she led the EU project „Cultivating Engagement: a citizen participation forum on vertical farming“ that investigated and communicated this urban food growth concept. In her current project “Innovation of food, innovation of Europe?” (funded by the German Research Foundation), she researches the role of, and alternatives to innovation and technology in sustainable agriculture at the EU policy level and in agricultural practices.
Tshering Dolkar is a Junior Lecturer for Environmental Law at Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, Bhutan. She studied Law (LL.B.) at the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom, from 2011 to 2015. For her studies at the University of Kent, she received a prestigious scholarship from His Majesty the King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. In 2016, she completed her Post Graduate Diploma in National Law from the Royal Institute of management in Thimphu, Bhutan. She received her LL.M. degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Oregon, United States of America, in 2018. Furthermore, she was a visiting faculty member at the Economic Social Development Rights Winter School at Kathmandu Law School, Nepal, in 2018 and completed a one-month internship with the High Court of Bhutan.
Nikolaus Pöchhacker is currently doing his PhD at the Digital/Media/Lab at the Munich Center of Technology in Society (MCTS) of the Technical University of Munich. Before his academic life, he worked as an IT professional. He studied Sociology (BA), Computer Science (EC), and Science and Technology Studies (MA) at the University of Vienna. From 2013 to 2016 he was a research assistant at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, where he was involved in several projects on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). In his work he is researching the relationship between democratic institutions, social order and algorithmic systems in various domains, bringing together perspectives from Media Theory, STS, Computer Science and Sociology. Most recently, he is exploring the impact of algorithmic procedures and digital legal technologies on the legal system, e.g. algorithmic recidivism risk calculation and predictive policing.
Bo-Mi Choi is a multi-media producer and intellectual historian. Born in Seoul, South-Korea, she grew up in Hamburg, Germany, where she studied law at Universität Hamburg before she came to the United States to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI. She received her Ph. D. in Modern European Intellectual History from the University of Chicago and taught for many years critical theory and continental philosophy on the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard College, where she still advises student theses.
For the last six years, Choi has served in the role of Senior Producer for the Vienna Project at Harvard University and produced a feature-length film titled The Burning Child, a historical documentary on art, architecture and homemaking in fin-de-siècle Vienna. As a visiting fellow at our Institute Bo-Mi Choi will be working on the Citizen Science project "Earth Constructions in the Weinviertel".
JIANG Xingran is currently a Ph.D. student in the Faculty of Law, University of Macau, China. She received her Bachelor degree from the National Police University for Criminal Justice, China, and obtained her Master degree in criminal law from China Youth University of Political Studies.
She does research in Criminal Law, International Law, Anti-Money Laundering Law and Anti-Terrorism Law. Recent topics of her studies include the comparative study on AML/CFT law of the EU and China, the implementation of international anti-terrorist measures in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, the internet-borne public disturbance crime and charges, the perspectives on adding rehabilitation justice into parole practice. Her research has been published in Chinese influential journals, such as Frontier and Theory Monthly.
Rostam J. Neuwirth
Rostam J. Neuwirth
Rostam J. NEUWIRTH is Associate Professor and serves as the Coordinator of the International Business Law Program (IBL) in English language at the Faculty of Law of University of Macau (China). His research interests include WTO and International Business Law, European Union Law as well as Comparative Law and Legal Theory concerning global governance, the so called Trade Linkage Debate”, cultural diversity and creative economy. Other fields of his study are focusing on topics such as “Law, Rhetoric and Cognition” or “Law and New Technologies” He received his PhD degree from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence (Italy) and holds a Master’s degree in Law (LL.M) from the Faculty of Law of McGill University in Montreal (Canada). He spent his undergraduate studies at the University of Graz (Austria) and the Université d’Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand (France). Before his appointment as an Assistant Professor at the University of Macau in 2007, he was Visiting Professor at the West Bengal University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata (India) and the Hidayatullah National Law University in Raipur (India). Additionally, he was Visiting Professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney (Australia), the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo (Mozambique) an the Pan-European University in Bratislava (Slovakia). Prior to his teaching assignments he worked for two years at the Department of European Law (Department I.4, European Law) of the Völkerrechtsbüro (International Law Bureau) of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs before and during the Austrian EU-Presidency (2004-2006).
Prof. Neuwirth will be teaching at the Institute of Law during the summer term 2017. The title of his course is “Global Governance – Challenges and Asian legal contributions: A view from China.”
Content: During the course students will gain insights in China’s strategy regarding sustainability. Prof. Neuwirth aims to illustrate opportunities and challenges China has to face. There will also be a critical view of solutions proposed by the Chinese Government to address current problems. The course focuses on the legal situation and political programs. This approach should lead the students to a better understanding of China’s politics and influence in a national and international context.
Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences): At the end of the course students will be able to:
- Identify the cornerstones of the present international legal system from a political, economic, and legal perspective.
- Discuss and explain the main challenges and opportunities deriving from the rising role of Asia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
- Illustrate the main policy challenges that the PRC faces in the present and near future.
- Describe the main global, regional and local cooperation initiatives launched by the PRC.
- Recognise and interpret problems related to cultural and social diversity between Asia and the West.
Marcel Lanz has been working on his dissertation project at our Institute from the 4th of July until August 26th 2016. He is working as a graduate assistant for the professorial chair of Obligation Law, European Private Law and Comparative Law at the Université de Fribourg (Switzerland). His research focuses on liability law considering the use of nanomaterials.
After an exchange semester at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (USA) he completed his studies with a Master of Law in Fribourg (Switzerland).
Abstract Dissertation Project:
With the use of nanomaterials research and industry are setting high hopes on method and product development. At the same time concerns are on the rise that the use of nanomaterials might entail unknown risks towards humans and the environment.
A fundamental discussion on legal questions arising from the use of nanomaterials has not taken place yet. Therefore, this research project sets its goal on analysing questions arising from the applicable liability law when nanomaterials are used. First, there will be a distinction made from other legal challenges concerning new technologies (genetic manipulations, electromagnetic fields, asbestos etc.). After that, existing legal frameworks which are relevant to nanotechnology will be analysed. The main focus will be on the topic of liability law (product liability, non-contractual liability, pharmaceutical law, human research law) and contractual liability law (sales contracts, working contracts etc.). Especially, questions concerning damages in the legal sense, causality and periods of limitation will be addressed.