The American Society of Comparative Law actively encourages early career researchers and scholars through the the Younger Comparativists community. The community is led by the Younger Comparativists Committee, and advisory groups including the Affiliates, Linkages and Engagement, and Scholarship. For more information about the Committees and its members, please browse below or contact its respective leadership. To learn more about the rules and procedures of the YCC, see our ByLaws.
YOUNGER COMPARATIVISTS COMMITTEE
- Ozan Varol, Chair
- Lewis & Clark Law School
Ozan Varol is an Assistant Professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, where he teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, Islamic law, and criminal law. His recent scholarship has focused on comparative constitutional transitions and constitutional design. Professor Varol is the author of 10 law review articles published or forthcoming in academic journals such as the California Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Harvard International Law Journal, International Journal of Constitutional Law, Texas International Law Journal, and Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. He is the only scholar to twice receive the American Society of Comparative Law’s Younger Comparativists Prize. Professor Varol’s recent publication, Temporary Constitutions, was selected as one of the best three papers in the 2014 AALS Scholarly Papers Competition and awarded “Honorable Mention.”
- Virginia Harper Ho, Vice-Chair & Secretary
- University of Kansas School of Law
Virginia Harper Ho is an Associate Professor and Docking Faculty Scholar at the University of Kansas School of Law, where she teaches business organizations, corporate finance, Chinese law, and a course on corporate social responsibility and the law. Her research focuses on the intersections of law and governance from a comparative perspective. She has written recently on shareholder activism, comparative corporate governance, Chinese labor law reform, and corporate social responsibility, and her work has been published by the Vanderbilt, Columbia, and Fordham international law journals, the Journal of Corporation Law, the Columbia Journal of Asian Law, and the University of California-Berkeley’s Institute for East Asian Studies. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and a B.A., summa cum laude, and M.A. from Indiana University-Bloomington.
- Sally Brown Richardson
- Tulane University Law School
Richardson is an Assistant Professor of Law at Tulane University Law School, where she teaches common law property, civil law property, community property, and comparative law. Sally has published numerous articles that reconsider how traditional property and community property doctrines might be modernized to operate more effectively and efficiently given changes in society since their creation. In doing so, much of Sally’s work uses a comparative lens to examine what common law jurisdictions might learn from civil law jurisdictions and vice versa. Sally is also the author of the forthcoming textbook, Community Property in the United States.
- Afra Afsharipour
- University of California Davis School of Law
Afra Afsharipour is Professor of Law and Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall Research Scholar at University of California, Davis School of Law. She teaches courses in business associations, business planning, and mergers and acquisitions. Her scholarship has focused on comparative corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions, and transactional law. Her articles have been published in a number of law reviews, including the Columbia Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and UC Davis Law Review. Prior to joining the faculty of UC Davis in 2007 she was a corporate attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rosemary Barkett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She received her JD from Columbia Law School, where she was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and a BA, magna cum laude, from Cornell University.
- David Landau
- Florida State University College of Law
David Landau is Mason Ladd Professor at Florida State University College of Law. He writes primarily about the field of comparative constitutional law, with a focus on Latin America. His recent work has focused on democratic transitions and the potential risks of constitutional amendment and constitution-making for democracy, as well as on judicial activism on socioeconomic rights issues across the developing world. He has published in various journals including the Harvard International Law Journal, the UC Davis Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, and the Alabama Law Review. In 2011, Professor Landau served as a consultant on constitutional issues for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Honduras. Since 2012, he has been a founding editor of IConnect, the blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law.
The mission of the Affiliates Advisory Group of the YCC is to identify younger comparative law scholars in the Society and worldwide, and to facilitate the scholarly exchange of ideas and research in all areas of comparative law. To this end, the Affiliates Advisory Group compiles and maintains a database of comparative law scholars worldwide whose scholarly experience does not exceed ten years as of July of the current calendar (“YCC affiliates”); invites the participation of current YCC affiliates and other interested younger scholars in the Society’s activities in coordination with the Linkages & Engagement Advisory Group; develops connections to other organizations globally that are focused on comparative law; and develops programs and outreach to future YCC affiliates by expanding the visibility of the society among future members of the bar and the academy.
- Joshua Karton — Chair
- Queen’s University Faculty of Law
Joshua Karton is an Associate Professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. His teaching and research encompass comparative and international contract law, international arbitration, globalization and law, conflict of laws, and sociological analysis of law. Professor Karton holds a BA from Yale, a JD from Columbia, and a PhD in international law from Cambridge. Before commencing his doctoral studies, he practiced in commercial litigation at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York and Hong Kong. This academic year, Professor Karton is a visiting professor at the National Taiwan University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
- Melanie Reid
- Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law
Melanie Reid is an Associate Professor at Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law in Knoxville, Tennessee. She teaches and writes in the area of comparative criminal procedure, comparative penology, federal criminal law, and national security. Professor Reid holds a JD from the University of Notre Dame and a M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College. Prior to teaching, she was a trial attorney in the narcotics section at the U.S. Department of Justice and an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida. She is also a former law clerk for Judge Charles Wilson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
- Patrick Yingling
- Reed Smith LLP
Patrick Yingling is an associate in Reed Smith LLP’s appellate practice group. Previously, he clerked for the Honorable D. Michael Fisher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and taught as a visiting lecturer at Moi University School of Law in Kenya. His research interests and publications touch on a variety of subjects, including government corruption, comparative law, and civil/appellate procedure. Patrick received his J.D. with honors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he served as the Senior Articles Editor of the Law Review.
- Antonia Baraggia
Antonia Baraggia is Research Fellow in Constitutional Law at University of Milan, Department of National and Supranational Public Law. She has been Visiting Fellow at Fordham University, Law School. Baraggia holds a PhD in Public Law from University of Turin. Her research interests include citizenship, federalism, bicameralism, human rights, right to education and autonomy of Universities considered in a comparative perspective.
- Valentina Scotti
Valentina Rita Scotti holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Public Law at the Doctoral School in Law and Economy, sec. of Comparative Public Law, at the University of Siena and she is Post-doctoral Fellow in Comparative Public Law at the Department of Political Science of the LUISS Guido Carli of Rome, where she is also fellow of the Center for Studies on Parliament – CESP. At the LUISS Department of Political Science she also has hold classes as Adjunct Professor in Comparative Constititutional Law and in Institutions of Muslim Countries. Her main areas of research are the constitutional transitions in the Mediterranean area, transjudicialism in India and the migration of constitutional ideas, on which she recently published her first monograph (Il Costituzionalismo in Turchia fra identità nazionale e circolazione dei modelli, Maggioli, 2014 – Constitutionalism in Turkey between national identity and cross-fertilization).
LINKAGES AND ENGAGEMENT ADVISORY GROUP
The mission of the Linkages and Engagement Advisory Group of the YCC is to identify and develop opportunities for younger comparative law scholars in the Society to engage in scholarly exchanges both within the Society and in cooperation with other organizations that involve younger scholars engaged in the study of comparative law. To this end, the Linkages and Engagement Advisory Group establishes liaisons to other organizations involved in the study of comparative law to identify opportunities for younger comparativists; communicates those opportunities to younger comparativists in the Society in coordination with the Affiliates Advisory Group; compiles and maintains teaching materials on comparative law, including course syllabi and textbooks, in view of enhancing the teaching of younger comparativists; and establishes and maintains a mentorship program to promote professional development, scholarly collaboration, and stronger relationships across the field of comparative law.
- Joel Colón-Ríos
Joel Colón-Ríos is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington. His main areas of research are comparative constitutional law and constitutional theory. He is the author of Weak Constitutionalism: Democratic Legitimacy and the Question of Constituent Power (Routledge, 2012) and La Constitución de la Democracia (Universidad Externado de Colombia, 2013).
- Rana Lehr-Lehnardt
Rana Lehr-Lehnardt, a visiting associate professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, focuses her work and research on international human rights issues, with an emphasis on family law under sharia (Islamic law), general women’s rights and issues of freedom of religion and belief. Professor Lehr-Lehnardt earned her master of laws (LL.M.) from Columbia Law School, with an emphasis in international human rights law. She graduated magna cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, where she was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Law. While obtaining her law degree, Professor Lehr-Lehnardt was the recipient of the National Association of Women Lawyers Award (2002) for motivation, tenacity, academic achievement, and contributing “to the advancement of women in society.”
- Eugene Mazo
Eugene Mazo is expert in constitutional law and election law at the Wake Forest University School of Law in North Carolina. His research concerns the regulation of the political process, democratic development, and constitutional design. Professor Mazo’s articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Stanford Journal of International Law, Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy, Wake Forest Law Review, Florida State University Law Review, Kentucky Law Journal, and Election Law Journal. Professor Mazo is co-editor of the book Election Law Stories (with Joshua Douglas), which is being published by Foundation Press in 2015. A graduate of Columbia College, he received his M.A. from Harvard, a D.Phil. from Oxford, and a J.D. from Stanford, where he was articles editor of the Stanford Law Review.
- Sushma Nagaraj
Sushma Nagaraj is an independent commercial litigation and arbitration practitioner from Mumbai, India. She has experience with private international law and comparative law, handling litigation and arbitration matters relating to challenges and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, proof of foreign law and matters relating to domestic and international commercial arbitration. She has worked with two leading disputes law firms in India – AZB & Partners and Bharucha & Partners. She has also completed the Summer Course and Directed Studies in private international law at The Hague Academy of International Law and the private international law course at the Indian Society of International Law.
SCHOLARSHIP ADVISORY GROUP
The mission of the Scholarship Advisory Group of the Younger Comparativists Committee (“YCC”) is to identify and support scholarship of younger comparative law scholars in the American Society of Comparative Law (the “Society”) and worldwide, and to facilitate the scholarly exchange of ideas and research in all areas of comparative law. To this end, the Scholarship Advisory Group serve as the body responsible for advising the YCC as to which submissions should fill the YCC’s panel at the Annual Meeting of the Society; compiles, archives and circulates by email twice annually to the YCC distribution list a collection of new comparative law scholarship by scholars whose scholarly experience does not exceed ten years as of July of the current calendar year; and communicates information on new scholarship in the area of comparative law of interest to younger comparativists.
- Assistant Professor and Associate Dean for International Programs
- Florida State University College of Law
Professor Landau writes primarily about the field of comparative constitutional law. His recent work has focused on democratic transitions and the potential dark side of constitutional amendment and constitution-making for democracy in places like Latin America and Egypt. He has also worked on judicial activism on socioeconomic rights issues across the developing world, and on how to design effective methods of interpretation and enforcement for rights to housing, health, and food. He has published in various journals including the Harvard International Law Journal, the UC Davis Law Review, and the Alabama Law Review and presented his work internationally in places like Colombia, Australia, and France.
- Professor of Law
- Indiana University McKinney School of Law
Shawn Boyne is a Professor of Law at the IU McKinney School of Law. Her recently published book, “The German Prosecution Service: Guardians of the Law,” (Springer 2014) explores how objectivity shapes the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in the German system. In 2011, her paper, “The Many Faces of Prosecutorial Objectivity,” was selected for participation in the Annual Comparative Law Works in Progress Workshop held at Yale. She is one of three founders of the Comparative Law Professors Blog.
- Associate Professor of Law
- University of Minnesota Law
Neha Jain is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. Her scholarship focuses on public international law, criminal law, legal theory, and comparative law. She received a B.C.L. and D.Phil. in Law from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes scholar. She has served as a law clerk to former Chief Justice V.N Khare of the Supreme Court of India and worked as a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law. Her work has been published in the European Journal of International Law, American Journal of Comparative Law, Chicago Journal of International Law, and Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law.
- Professor of Law
- Washington & Lee Unversity Law
Christopher Bruner is a Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University. His teaching and scholarship focus on corporate law and securities regulation, including international and comparative dimensions of these subjects. Professor Bruner’s comparative study of U.S. and U.K. corporate governance, “Power and Purpose in the ‘Anglo-American’ Corporation,” won the 2010 Association of American Law Schools Scholarly Papers competition. His book, Corporate Governance in the Common-Law World: The Political Foundations of Shareholder Power (Cambridge University Press, 2013), develops a new comparative theory of corporate governance in common-law countries. Professor Bruner received his A.B., M.Phil., and J.D. from Michigan, Oxford, and Harvard, respectively.
- Assistant Professor of Law
- University of South Carolina School of Law
Aparna Polavarapu is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she teaches courses on rule of law, transnational law, international human rights, and comparative law. Her scholarship focuses on rule of law issues, gender equality, constitutional and human rights, and customary/statutory law interaction. Much of Professor Polavarapu’s scholarship draws from her field work in Africa, where she has worked with local legal partners to advocate for women’s human rights. Professor Polavarapu received a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a J.D. and LL.M. from Georgetown Law, and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.