Global experts join the School of Law as Visiting Staff

In recent months, the School of Law has appointed several members of Visiting Staff to strengthen our research groupings, international outlook, and contribute to our student experience. One recent appointment includes Justice Andrew Phang SC, Senior Judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore.

Head of School, Professor James Devenney, commented “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Justice Andrew Phang, such a distinguished judge and academic, to the School as a Visiting Professor. This further strengthens our global faculty and research networks.”

Our new Visiting Staff will “provide invaluable expertise and networks to further enhance the School of Law’s international presence and capacity for generating world-leading research.”

You can read about our newest Visiting Staff below:

The Honourable Justice Andrew Phang SC joins us as Visiting Professor with undeniable strengths in contract law. Justice Phang has had a distinguished career as an academic and judge in Singapore culminating with his appointment as Senior Judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore from January 2023.

Professor Michael Addo has been appointed a Visiting Professor and will expand the international reach of Global Law at Reading (GLAR). He has held several leadership positions with the United Nations bringing outstanding experience in international law and human rights to the School.

Professor Paul Wragg is a leading expert on press regulation and free speech and joins us as a Visiting Professor.

Professor Allan Beever is an international authority on tort law and the theory of private law. As a Visiting Professor, Professor Beever will bring an excellent array of expertise to the School.

Professor Kenneth Christie has joined the School as a Visiting Professor and will also contribute to the activities of Global Law at Reading (GLAR). An experienced political scientist, Professor Christie is a recognised authority on human security, an area that overlaps with much of the research conducted in the School.

Professor Ademola Abass has been appointed Senior Visiting Research Fellow. With experience at the African Union, NATO, UNDP, and as a member of the Lagos State cabinet, Professor Abass brings both practical and academic knowledge of international law to the School.

Professor Tatjana Papić joins us as a Visiting Fellow. Professor Papić is Professor of Public International Law and International Human Rights Law at the Union University Belgrade bringing expertise on issues such as state responsibility and the European Court of Human Rights to Global Law at Reading (GLAR).

Dr Amy Maguire is a Visiting Research Fellow at the School. Dr Maguire is an expert on international human rights law and one of the co-founders of the University of Newcastle’s (Australia) Centre for Law and Social Justice.

Conor McEneaney joins us a Visiting Fellow. Mr McEneaney is a Legal Director in global law firm DLA Piper’s Dublin office. He has significant experience of advising clients on intellectual property and technology transfer which will greatly benefit our students and programmes.

Bracing Scarcity: Can NFTs Save Digital Art? with Dr Lital Helman

Event details

20th June 2023, 12:00 – 13:00

Online via Teams – Book your free place here

Presentation Topic

This paper analyses the markets for digital artworks and shows that NFTs could potentially address the most pressing and long-lasting dilemma of art and the digital world: how to maintain the incentive to create digital art without overshadowing the big promise of the internet—to maximize access to content. This incentive-access friction was so far perceived as a necessary trade-off in copyright theory, and the internet presented a powerful manifestation of it. It has become a truism: the more enhanced the access to works has become online, the less likely artists were to benefit from their works. Everyone had to pick a side or draw the line somewhere on this incentive-access continuum.


Dr Lital Helman is a Senior Lecturer at the Ono Academic College Faculty of Law in Israel. Her research focuses on Intellectual Property Law and Law and Technology. Dr Helman holds an S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, which she pursued as a J. William Fulbright scholar. She also served as a Fellow with the Kernochan Center at Columbia University Law School and with the Engelberg Center at New York University School of Law.  Dr Helman is also responsible for developing policies on IP and law and technology at the Israeli Ministry of Justice, and is co-founder and board member of, an AI-driven platform for international students worldwide.



Ruvi Ziegler talks about the Israeli government’s plan to reform the judicial system

The invite to the interview was prompted by the following quote from Ruvi posted in the Jewish News

‘‘The Israeli government states that it seeks to ‘reform’ Israel’s legal system. In reality, the legal changes it seeks to implement will significantly weaken constitutional review of human rights violations, leaving Israel’s already vulnerable minorities subject to the exercise of untrammelled power by its majority.” He said the changes would also “undermine the independence of the judiciary by altering a long-standing balanced Judicial Appointment Committee, handing over absolute power to the government of the day.” ”Given the severity of the threat to Israel’s democratic character, it is vital to speak out against these dangerous proposals.’’

Listen to Ruvi’s interview on Good Morning Scotland

The segment starts at 1h 45min in.