Academic Visitors 2012-13

Dr Ronggong He, Professor at School of Law, Wuhan University, China

(1 October 2012 - 30 September 2013)

Dr. Ronggong is associate Professor at School of Law, Wuhan University and supervisor for postgraduates in Criminal Law and Criminology. He is also Deputy Secretary-General of the Provincial Research Committee on Criminal Law (Hubei, P.R.China) and Secretary-General of the Research Center on Financial and Securities Crime, Wuhan University.

Ronggong is interested in and specializes in Criminal Law, Criminal Justice Policy and Criminology. He is author of more than 40 academic articles on Behaviour Theory of Crime, Joint Crime, Reform of Death Penalty in China, Drug Crime and Securities Crime. Since 2005, he has been organizing and being engaged in the Program on “Promoting Reform of Death Penalty System in China ”sponsored by the UK and the European Union, especially specializing in “Chinese Public Opinion and Reform of Death Penalty System in China” and “Global Research on Death Penalty of Drug Crimes and Lessons to China”. By this November, his book “Policy of Drug Crime in China and Restriction on Application of Death Penalty” should have been published.

During his visit in Oxford, Ronggong will focus on research on the British Criminal Legal System and its characteristics, especially the British system on punishment.


Arjen Leerkes , Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam

(5 November to 23rd November 2012)


Arjen Leerkes is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (0.8 fte) and a researcher at the Documentation and Research Centre of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice (0.2 fte). His research focuses on the societal operation and consequences of the governmental regulation of international migration in Europe and the United States. Recent publications include ‘Local Limits to Migration Control: Practices of Selective Migration Policing in a Restrictive National Policy Context’ (in Police Quarterly) and ‘Borders Behind the Border. An Exploration of State-level Differences in Migration Control and their Effects on U.S. Migration Patterns’ ( Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies). In 2009 Amsterdam University published his dissertation Illegal Residence and Public Safety in the Netherlands


Raquel Matos,  Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education and Psychology of the Catholic University of Portugal   

(8 January – 25 January 2013)

Raquel Matos is assistant professor at the School of Education and Psychology of the Catholic University of Portugal. In the last 10 years she has developed several research projects about gender, crime and imprisonment. She has published articles and book chapters about life trajectories of women in prison and she has also published a book about “life pathways, meanings of crime and identity construction in young female offenders”. She is currently coordinating a project about foreign national women in Portuguese prisons, and she will focus on that research during her visit to Oxford.

Dr. Efrat Arbel, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law

(25 January – 25 February 2013)

Efrat Arbel (SJD, Harvard Law School) is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law. Her research examines Canadian and U.S. approaches to rights protection at the intersection of refugee, aboriginal, and prisoner law. Arbel is recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, and was named Canada Research Fellow by the Harvard University Weatherhead Center for International Affairs from 2008-2011. She has worked as a research associate and teaching fellow at Harvard Law School, as a research associate at the Kennedy School of Government, and a researcher with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Law Clinic. Her current research examines the Canada-United States border as a site through which to study the relationship between migration law, criminal law, and national identity.

Dr Michael Hor,  Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore 

(21 April to 15 June 2013)

Dr Hor has taught and researched in criminal law related subjects for almost 25 years. He studied law in Singapore (LLB 1984), Oxford (BCL 1990) and the University of Chicago (LLM 1998). He has held visiting positions in the Universities of Hong Kong and Toronto. His current interest is in the constitutionalisation of criminal process where rules of criminal law and procedure are tested against constitutional or human rights norms.

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