Welcoming Ammar Zafar, Visiting Scholar at University of Georgia School of Law

We at the University of Georgia School of Law Dean Rusk International Law Center are pleased to welcome a new Visiting Research Scholar: Ammar Zafar, a PhD candidate at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom.

Zafar’s doctoral research focuses on the potential of central bank digital currencies, implemented through blockchain technology with the aim of establishing an inclusive and sustainable monetary system. While at the Dean Rusk International Law Center, he plans to conduct comparative research on how U.S. financial regulations and Federal Reserve fiscal policies address legal and macroeconomic issues related to CBDCs and blockchain technology. Zafar holds a master’s degree in Banking and Corporate Finance and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Legal Practice from Britain’s University of Bristol, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from Karnataka State University, India, and an LL.B. degree from BPP Law University in London.

Serving as Zafar’s Georgia Law faculty sponsor will be Professor Usha Rodrigues, who holds the M.E. Kilpatrick Chair of Corporate Finance and Securities Law.

Zafar is visiting pursuant to an institutional partnership between the University of Liverpool and the University of Georgia. His visit continues our Center’s long tradition of hosting, for brief or extended stays, scholars and researchers whose work touches on issues of international, comparative, or transnational law. Details and an online application to become a visiting scholar here.

Visiting Scholar Piotr Uhma Delivers Lecture on International Law and Democracy

IMG_2095Last week, Georgia law faculty, students, and friends from other departments were treated to a lecture by Dr. Piotr Uhma, Visiting Research Scholar at the Dean Rusk International Law Center. Uhma presented his new paper, completed while in residence at the Center, What democracy is the value of international law? In it, he focuses on the linkages between democracy and international law, explores the shape of democracy in the context of a changing international order, and the issue of non-liberal democracy. In particular, he discussed Poland’s recent political changes and what they mean for democracy and the rule of law.

Uhma serves as a lecturer in international law and postdoctoral researcher at the Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Kraków University, located in Kraków, Poland. He formerly held multiple posts with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and worked as Director of the Legal and Corporate Communications Office of the Polish Electric Power Grid company, PSE Operator S.A. He has been visiting at the Center during the spring 2018 semester.