LAPA Announces 2015-2016 Fellows

The Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University is pleased to announce its fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year.  They are:

  • Zaid Al-Ali, Senior Adviser on Constitution-building for the Arab region, International IDEA
  • Daniel R. Ernst *89, Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center
  • Dimitry Kochenov, Chair in EU Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
  • H. Timothy Lovelace, Jr., Associate Professor of Law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • Mark Fathi Massoud, Assistant Professor, Politics Department and Legal Studies Program, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Sherally Munshi, Research Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center

Each class of LAPA fellows brings to Princeton expertise in law and legal studies.  The fellows spend the academic year working on their own research projects, participating in law-related seminars, engaging with faculty and students pursuing law-related academic inquiries and often teaching in the curricula of various programs on campus.  Each fellow will also give a public seminar on their LAPA-supported research project.   The fellows were selected in a competitive process from a large interdisciplinary and international applicant pool.

Zaid Al-Ali is the Senior Adviser on Constitution-Building for the Arab Region at International IDEA and an independent scholar.  In his work, Al-Ali focuses on constitutional developments throughout the Arab region, with a particular focus on Iraq and the wave of reforms that took place in Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan and Yemen following the start of popular uprisings in December 2010.  Al-Ali has published extensively on constitutional reform in the Arab region, including on process design issues and the impact of external influence.  He is the author of The Struggle for Iraq’s Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy (Yale University Press 2014).  Prior to joining International IDEA, Zaid worked as a legal adviser to the United Nations in Iraq, focusing on constitutional, parliamentary and judicial reform.  He also practiced international commercial arbitration law for 12 years, representing clients in investment and oil and gas disputes mainly as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling LLC in Paris and also as a sole practitioner.  He holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, a Maitrise en Droit from the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and an LL.B. from King’s College London.  He is the founder of the Arab Association of Constitutional Law and is a member of its executive committee.  At Princeton he will be working on a book project on the future of Arab constitutional reform. 

Daniel R. Ernst *89 is a Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught since 1988. Ernst teaches courses at Georgetown in American legal history and property.  He is the author of Lawyers Against Labor (1995), for which he received the Littleton Griswold Award of the American Historical Association, and Tocqueville’s Nightmare (2014).  He is also the co-editor of Total War and the Law (2003).  Ernst was a Fulbright Research Scholar at the National Library of New Zealand in 1996 and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in 2003-04. From 2006 to 2010, he was co-editor of "Studies in Legal History," a book series sponsored by the American Society for Legal History and the University of North Carolina Press, and he is the principal contributor to Legal History Blog. Ernst earned his law degree at the University of Chicago.  He received an LL.M. from the University of Wisconsin, and his Ph.D. in history from Princeton University.  During his year at LAPA he will be working on a book examining the history of New Deal lawyers.

Dimitry Kochenov holds a Chair in EU Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Groningen (The Netherlands). He is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Natolin (Poland). His research focuses on European citizenship and the principles of European Union law, with emphasis on justice, democracy and the rule of law. His recent books include EU Citizenship and Federalism: The Role of Rights (ed., Cambridge University Press (in press)); Reinforcing the Rule of Law Oversight in the European Union (ed. with Carlos Closa, Cambridge University Press (2015)); Europe's Justice Deficit? (ed. with Gráinne de Búrca and Andrew Williams, Hart Publishing, Oxford (2015)) and European Union's Shaping of the International Legal Order (ed. with Fabian Amtenbrink, Cambridge University Press (2013)). Kochenov served as a consultant to several governments and international organizations, including the government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on the application of EU law in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom in preparation for the constitutional reform which led to the restructuring of the Netherlands Antilles.  He has also been a consultant to the government of the Maltese Republic, on the recent citizenship law reform.  Kochenov has held several fellowships and visiting faculty positions in law programs in the United States and around the world. He holds an LL.D. from the Netherlands; an LL.M. from the Central European University (Budapest); and degrees in Law and in Arts from the Russian Federation.  At LAPA he will be working on a monograph on the place of EU citizenship in European constitutionalism.

H. Timothy Lovelace, Jr. is an Associate Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he teaches American Legal History, Race and the Law, and Advanced Constitutional Law.  He recently published “Making the World in Atlanta’s Image” in the Law and History Review and has a forthcoming article, “Cold War Stories,” in the Journal of American History.  His current book project, entitled The World is on Our Side: The U.S. Origins of the U.N. Race Convention, examines how the U.S. civil rights movement shaped the development of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.  Lovelace earned his J.D. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia.  Before joining the Maurer faculty, Lovelace served as the inaugural Armstead Robinson Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies and as the Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. 

Mark Fathi Massoud is Assistant Professor in the Politics Department and Legal Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research focuses on law in conflict settings and authoritarian states, and on Islamic law and society. He teaches international law, human rights, and comparative law. His recent book, Law’s Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan  (Cambridge, 2013), is based on fieldwork in Sudan and it won the Law and Society Association's Herbert Jacob Prize for best book in law and society as well as Honorable Mention in the American Political Science Association’s Pritchett Prize competition for best book on law and courts. Previously, he was a law professor at McGill University and a postdoctoral fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.  A member of the California bar, Massoud holds a J.D. and Ph.D. in jurisprudence and social policy from the University of California at Berkeley.  During his year at LAPA, Massoud will be researching and writing on Islamic Law and human rights in Somalia.

Sherally Munshi will be joining LAPA after teaching at Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a research fellow.  She has taught courses in law, literature, and American / ethnic studies at Georgetown and Columbia.  Her current research explores the history of Indian immigration to — and exclusion from — the United States in the early twentieth century.  Drawing upon a range of material, including legislative history, reported and unreported case law, political memoir and the life-writing of individual immigrants, her research broadly illuminates the role that immigration law and policy have played in defining the nation-state, its legal institutions, and contemporary social arrangements. Her writing has appeared in the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, American Journal of Comparative Law, The Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, and Harper's.  Munshi also practiced law for several years at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, LLP in New York City, where she worked on pro bono matters in immigration and family law.  She earned her JD from Harvard Law School and PhD in comparative literature from Columbia University.  At LAPA, Munshi will continue her research and writing on the legacies of immigrant exclusion.  She will be the LAPA /Perkins Fellow.