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Center for Democratic Governance and Rule of Law at Ohio Northern University Faculty and Administrators


Ohio Based Personnel:


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Ohio Based Personnel:



Professor Fenton




Howard N. Fenton, director

Howard N. Fenton is the director of the center and teaches Comparative Administrative Law and the Rule of Law Seminar. He received both his B.S. and J.D. with honors from the University of Texas. He has more than 30 years of experience in administrative and legislative law as well as public international and international trade law. For almost 20 years, he has consulted on law reform in developing democracies, focusing on reforms in administrative law and procedure, the legislative process, and public participation and awareness. He has authored numerous materials on law reform and served as chief of party for the USAID-funded Rule of Law Project in Tbilisi, Georgia, from 2001-02.



Adrianna Braden, Assistant Director





Adrianna C. Braden, assistant director and LEVAS program administrator


Mara Smith, AJMP Administrator





Mara A. Smith, AJMP Program Administrator


Professor Johnston




Darlene Johnston, Legal English Facilitator

Darlene Johnston is the legal English facilitator for the LEVAS and LLM programs. She has been at ONU for 11 years. She has a master's degree in English from Indiana University and a master's in TESOL and bilingual education from the University of Findlay. She currently is working on her Ph.D. in composition and rhetoric at Bowling Green State University. 


Professor Hall




Karen Hall, Director LL.M., Assistant Professor of Law

Karen Hall serves as the director of the LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law program and assistant professor of law. Prior to joining ONU, Hall served 10 years with the U.S. Department of State in its Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. While there, she directed the development and management of State Department assistance to the criminal justice system in Afghanistan as part of the overall U.S. foreign assistance initiative. Hall developed programs dealing with institutional development, access to justice, protection of women’s rights and legal education. She spent 2006-08 living at the Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, directly managing the State Department’s criminal justice and corrections programs. Hall earned multiple Meritorious and Superior Honor awards from the State Department for her work. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Russian from Brigham Young University, her Master of Arts in security studies from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.



Professor Anderson



Professor Brian Anderson, Assistant Director LL.M, Professor of Law, and KFLID Program Administrator

Brian Anderson is the assistant director of the LL.M. program and teaches the Competitiveness and Corruption course. He was the first American student to complete the LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law program at ONU. Anderson served as a reference librarian and assistant professor in ONU’s Taggart Law Library before assuming his current role in the LL.M. program in early 2015. Before commencing his academic career, he served as a law clerk and legal advisor to Aloysie Cyanzayire, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Rwanda. In that capacity, he also assisted with the MCC Rwanda Justice Strengthening Project on legal education reform in Rwanda and overall justice sector support. In 2011, he also taught courses in international relations in the Department of History, Politics and Justice at Ohio Northern University. Anderson studied law at Ohio Northern University, graduating with high distinction. He later earned not only his LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law from ONU, but also his master's degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His B.A. is from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.



Professor Kamatali



Jean-Marie Kamatali, Professor of law

Jean-Marie Kamatali joined the College of Law in 2008 and teaches International Human Rights Law, International Comparative Law: NGOs, and Legal Issues in Transitional Democracies. He holds a law degree from the National University of Rwanda, an M.A. in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a doctorate in law from Karl Franzens University-Graz in Austria. He has taught at Notre Dame Law School and different universities in the U.S., Africa and Europe. He was dean of the law school at the National University of Rwanda from 1998-2002 and contributed significantly to the legal and institutional rebuilding of Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. He has worked as consultant for numerous international organizations and has published multiple articles and book chapters in Africa, Europe and United States.





International Personnel:





Nabila Moradi




Nabila Moradi, LEVAS In-Country Consultant

Ms. Nabila Moradi is the Country Representative for the Center for Democratic Governance and Rule of Law at Ohio Northern University in Kabul, Afghanistan. Moradi works closely with the Center Director and Assistant Director to administer the Legal Education of Visiting Afghan Scholars Program (LEVAS).

Previously, Moradi worked for the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum as a Policy Advisor.  She has several years of experience with NOGs, including experience with Counterpart International (USAID) and GIZ (German International Cooperation).

Moradi earned her LL.B. in Law and Political Science from Kabul University, and her LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law from Ohio Northern University. She is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA).





Mohammad Fahim Samadi, AJMP In-Country Consultant (Afghan National Administrator)

Mohammad Fahim Samadi serves as the Jessup national administrator and is primarily responsible for administering the INL Afghanistan Jessup Moot Court Program (AJMP) in Afghanistan. The consultant works closely with Howard N. Fenton (center director), Mara A. Smith (Ohio-based program administrator), and the center's administrative assistant on issues related to project implementation in the field.





Sayed Ramiz Hussaini, AJMP In-Country Consultant (Afghan National Program Assistant)

Sayed Ramiz Hussaini supports the Mohammad Fahim Samadi (Afghanistan-based consultant and Jessup National Administrator), Mara A. Smith (Ohio-based program administrator), and the center's administrative assistant on issues related to project implementation in the field.