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A warm welcome to our new Assistant Professors in the Law School

The Law School is delighted to welcome our new Assistant Professors Dr. Christiane Ahlborn and Dr. Jiarong Zhang to its teaching staff.

The Law School is delighted to welcome 2 new Assistant Professors to our teaching staff this semester. Joining us is Assistant Professor Dr. Christiane Ahlborn, and Assistant Professor Dr. Jiarong Zhang. We extend a warm welcome to both and are delighted to have them as part of our team.

Christiane Ahlborn

Christiane Ahlborn is Assistant Professor of Public International Law. Dr. Ahlborn is a general international lawyer with research interests and expertise in diverse areas of international law. Those areas include the law of international responsibility, the law of treaties, the law of international organizations, theories of international law, international human rights law, international refugee law, and international cyber law. At Trinity's School of Law, she teaches modules and supervises students in Public International Law and International Refugee and Migration Law.

Dr. Ahlborn has published in leading peer-reviewed journals such as the European Journal of International Law, the Leiden Journal of International Law, and the International Organizations Law Review. She is on the Editorial Board of the newly established Arab Yearbook of Public and Private International Law, and she was previously a Submissions Editor for the Harvard International Law Journal. She is a Co-Chair of the United Nations (UN) Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association (ILA), a former member of the ILA Study Group on UN Sanctions, and former Co-Rapporteur of the ILA Study Group on Responsibility of International Organizations.

Before joining Trinity, Dr. Ahlborn worked as a Legal Officer (Public International Law and Treaty Law) in the Office of Legal Affairs of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). She also served as Legal Officer in the Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs in New York, facilitating the work of the Sixth (Legal) Committee of the UN General Assembly and the International Law Commission (ILC). In addition, she had academic positions at the Vienna School of International Studies and the University of Amsterdam, and she has practice experience with Human Rights Watch, the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She holds a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Amsterdam, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and an MIS in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID).

Jiarong Zhang

Dr. Jiarong Zhang is an Assistant Professor in Intellectual Property Law. Jiarong"s research interests include Copyright Law, Creative Industries, Intellectual Property Law and emerging Technologies, Data Protection, Intellectual Property Law and Cultural Property & traditional knowledge, and Intellectual Property Legal History. At Trinity, Jiarong runs the module Intellectual Property Rights and Emerging Technologies. She also leads LLM Intellectual Property Law Dissertation Groups. Jiarong serves the law school as a LLM Deputy Director.

Jiarong has published widely in leading intellectual property law journals, including European Intellectual Property Review. Jiarong has also served as a reviewer of the Journal of World Intellectual Property.

Jiarong completed her PhD at the University of Glasgow School of Law and the CREATe Centre. She obtained her LL.M. by Research degree in intellectual property law at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and her LL.B. at Nankai University. Alongside her research, Jiarong is a qualified lawyer in China.