The Rita and John Cornforth Medal for Research Excellence awarded to ADM+S Research Fellow

Author  ADM+S Centre
Date 26 October 2023

ADM+S Research Fellow José-Miguel Bello y Villarino has received the Rita and John Cornforth Medal for Research Excellence at the University of Sydney, for outstanding achievement in research at the University that contributes to the overall advancement of our communities. 

Based at the University of Sydney node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision Making and Society, José-Miguel conducts research on the governance of artificial intelligence. Jose-Miguel’s thought leadership, insight and generosity during his studies have distinguished him in the Law School of the University of Sydney.

José-Miguel Bello y Villarino’s career was already well established when he decided to undertake a PhD in Law. He served as a member of the Diplomatic Corps of Spain and served in diplomatic postings in Eastern Europe, West Africa, South-East Asia and Central America. His last position before moving to Sydney was Deputy Head of Mission in Islamabad. 

His PhD research on corruption and international law is highly regarded by his peers and mentors. During his studies he was awarded a University Postgraduate Award (cat. 5), the Walter Reid scholarship and a Fulbright-Schuman scholarship for the exchange programme at Harvard Law School. His dissertation was praised as “a masterful combination of trenchant normative argument and level-headed practical recommendation”.


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