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Meet our Visiting Fellows

Promoting diversity, inclusion, and scientific excellence is critical to any cutting-edge academic environment. That is why the Law Centre for Health and Life, has welcomed many Visiting Fellows to conduct their research in-residence at our centre for a period of time. Find below our current and past visiting fellows.

Visiting Professors
  • Scott Burris, J.D

    Scott Burris, J.D.  is Professor of Law and Public Health at Temple University, where he directs the Center for Public Health Law Research. His work focuses on how law influences public health, and what interventions can make laws and law enforcement practices healthier in their effects. He is the author of over 200 books, book chapters, articles and reports on issues including urban health, HIV/AIDS, research ethics, and the health effects of criminal law. He founded and directed the Public Health Law Research and Policies for Action programs for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and his work has been supported by organizations including the Open Society Institute, the National Institutes of Health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK Department for International Development, and the CDC.  He has served as a consultant to numerous U.S. and international organizations including WHO, UNODC and UNDP. He has been a visiting scholar at RegNet at the Australian National University, the Center for Health Law at the University of Neuchatel, the Department of Transboundary Legal Studies at the Royal University of Groningen, and the University of Amsterdam. He was  a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Cape Town Law School. He has been the recipient of the American Public Health Law Association Health Law Section Lifetime Achievement Award and the Jay Healey Health Law Teachers Award from the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.  He is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the U.K. Faculty of Public Health (honorary). Professor Burris is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (A.B.) and Yale Law School (J.D.).

    Burris is the premier methodologist in the emerging field of legal epidemiology. With Alex Wagenaar, he is the editor of Public Health Law Research: Theory and Methods (Wiley 2013).  His latest book, The New Public Health Law: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Practice and Advocacy, has just been published by Oxford University Press.

Visiting Fellows
  • Mahsa Shabani

    Mahsa Shabani is Assistant Professor in Health Privacy Law at the Faculty of Law and Criminology, Ghent University in Belgium. Her research focus is on personal data protection, health privacy, data sharing, and data-driven biomedical research ethics, law and policy. She has extensively published her work in scientific journals with a broad readership in the fields of data protection, medical law, bioethics,  genomics and bioinformatics. Previously, she was a visiting scholar at the Center of Genomics and Policy at McGill University, the Center for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX) at University of Oxford, and the Columbia CEER at Columbia University Medical Center. In the recent years, she has been collaborating with various international and European projects such as the Regulatory and Ethics Working Group of Global Alliance for Genomics and Health initiative, EUCelLEX and euCanSHare projects. Currently, she is a member of the Ethics advisory broad of various European Commission (EC) and IMI funded projects and acts as an external expert for the EC. She is also a selected member of the Scientific Committee of the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium, European Society of Human Genetics (member of the SPC) and The Joint Action for the European Health Data Space. 

  • Kaat Van Delm

    Kaat Van Delm is a PhD researcher from KU Leuven, focusing on big data and health law, more specifically on 'real world data' and the EU legal framework. She obtained a Master's degree in Law from KU Leuven (cum laude, 2014), and an LL.M in European Legal Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges (cum laude, 2015). In 2019, she qualified as a lawyer at the Brussels bar. She worked in two international law firms, as well as at the European Commission as a Blue Book Trainee, before joining KU Leuven in May 2020. She receives funding from the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO). Kaat is a Visiting Fellow at the Law Centre for Health and Life from October to December 2022.

  • Majd Alshoufi

    Majd Alshoufi obtained his Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy from Damascus University (Syria), followed by a Masters's degree in Public Health from Debrecen University (Hungary). He is currently completing a Master of Health and Environment at Utrecht University. Majd's research interests concern the effect of EU policy on the availability of medicines in the EU's southern neighborhood, and the factors affecting medicine access in these countries. Majd is a Visiting Fellow at the Law Centre for Health and Life  in August and September 2022.

  • Svitlana Hotsulyak

    Svitlana Hotsulyak obtained her PhD on a historical and legal study of the sanitary legislation of Ukraine at the end of XX and beginning of XXI centuries, from the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University in Kharkiv, Ukraine.  In her research, she examines the specificities of sanitation and epidemiological law from a theoretical and historical perspective. Svitlana is a Visiting Fellow at the Law Centre for Health and Life from April to August 2022.