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Faculty

  • Philip Alston
    John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law
    Philip Alston teaches international law, international criminal law, and a range of human rights subjects. He has degrees in law and economics from the University of Melbourne and a JSD from Berkeley. He previously taught at the European University Institute, the Australian National University, Harvard Law School, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He was one of the founders of both the European and the Australian and New Zealand societies of international law and was editor-in-chief of the European Journal of International Law from 1996 through 2007. In 2014, he was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as its Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. From 2004 to 2010, he was UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, undertaking official missions to Sri Lanka, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Philippines, Israel, Lebanon, Albania, Kenya, Brazil, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, and the United States. He has also been on the Independent International Commission on Kyrgyzstan (2011) and the UN Group of Experts on Darfur (2007) and served as Special Adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Millennium Development Goals (2002-07); chairperson (1991-98) and rapporteur (1987-91) of the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights; and UNICEF’s Senior Legal Adviser on children’s rights (1986-92).
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  • José Alvarez
    Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law
    A former president of the American Society of International Law and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Institut de Droit International, José Enrique Alvarez has made substantial scholarly contributions to a wide range of subjects within international law, including the law-generating roles of international organizations, the challenges facing international criminal tribunals, and the international investment regime. Along with NYU colleague Benedict Kingsbury, Alvarez is the co-editor-in-chief of the leading peer-reviewed journal in the field, the American Journal of International Law. Alvarez has been a special adviser on international law to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, an attorney adviser with the Office of the Legal Adviser of the US Department of State, and has taught at Columbia, the University of Michigan, George Washington, and Georgetown law schools. His series of lectures at The Hague Academy of International Law on the subject of foreign investment was subsequently published as The Public International Law Regime Governing International Investment (2011). His general course on public international law at the Xiamen Academy of International Law, a series of fifteen lectures delivered at China’s Xiamen University in 2013, is expected to be published as a monograph in the near future.
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  • Oscar Chase
    Russell D. Niles Professor of Law;
    Co-Director, Institute of Judicial Administration
    Oscar Chase regularly teaches courses on various aspects of civil procedure, including the basic first-year course and a seminar on comparative procedure. Another of his courses is Professional Responsibility, a survey of legal ethics. His books on procedure include Civil Litigation in New York (sixth edition, 2013) and Civil Litigation in Comparative Context (co-authored, 2007). In recent years, Chase has advocated for increasing the interdisciplinary and comparative aspects of law teaching and scholarship. He offers a popular colloquium, Culture and the Law, in which the tools of anthropology and sociology are used to add understanding of disputing systems. His book Law, Culture, and Ritual: Disputing Systems in Cross-Cultural Context (2005) explores how culture and disputing institutions interrelate. His work has been translated into Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Chase is currently a vice president of the International Association of Procedural Law. He began his legal career as an attorney in the legal services program and was involved in establishing the law reform orientation of the first federally funded program in New York. Chase then taught at Brooklyn Law School before joining the NYU School of Law faculty, where he served as vice dean from 1994 to 1999.
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  • Jerome Cohen
    Professor of Law on sabbatical (fall)
    Jerome Cohen is the senior American expert on East Asian law. As Jeremiah Smith Professor, associate dean, and director of East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School from 1964 to 1979, he helped pioneer the introduction of East Asian legal systems and perspectives into American legal curricula. Each year at NYU Law Cohen teaches a course on Chinese law and society. He also offers courses on China’s attitude toward international law and settling international business disputes with Chinese entities. The U.S.-Asia Law Institute, which he co-leads, sponsors many extracurricular programs, conducts research on contemporary legal developments in China and Taiwan, organizes conferences and exchanges with experts from both sides of the Taiwan Strait, and participates in training programs for Chinese legal specialists in the United States and China. Cohen, who formerly served as C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and director of Asian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, remains adjunct senior fellow there and is responsible for the Winston Lord Round Table on US Foreign Policy and the Rule of Law in Asia.
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  • Kevin Davis
    Vice Dean;
    Beller Family Professor of Business Law
    Kevin Davis teaches courses on contracts, regulation of foreign corrupt practices, secured transactions, and law and development, as well as seminars on financing development and contract theory. His current research is focused on contract law, anticorruption law, and the general relationship between law and economic development. Davis received his BA in economics from McGill University in 1990. After graduating with an LLB from the University of Toronto in 1993, he served as law clerk to Justice John Sopinka of the Supreme Court of Canada and later as an associate in the Toronto office of Torys, a Canadian law firm. After receiving an LLM from Columbia University in 1996, he was appointed an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and in 2001 was promoted to associate professor. Davis has also been a visiting assistant professor at the University of Southern California, a visiting fellow at Cambridge University’s Clare Hall, and a visiting lecturer at the University of the West Indies in Barbados.
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  • Gráinne de Búrca
    Florence Ellinwood Allen Professor of Law;
    Faculty Director, Hauser Global Law School;
    Director, Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice
    Prior to joining NYU School of Law, Gráinne de Búrca held tenured posts as professor at Harvard Law School, Fordham Law School, and the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, and as fellow of Somerville College and lecturer in law at Oxford University. She was deputy director of the Center for European and Comparative Law at Oxford, and co-director of the Academy of European Law at the EUI. She was a visiting professor at Columbia Law School, a Straus Inaugural Fellow at NYU, and a member of NYU’s Global Law faculty. Her field of expertise is European Union law and transnational governance, with particular focus on EU law and governance, human rights law, and international relations law. She studied law at University College Dublin and the University of Michigan Law School and was admitted to the bar at King’s Inns, Dublin. She is co-editor of the Oxford University Press book series Oxford Studies in European Law, and co-author of the textbook EU Law, currently in its fifth edition. She serves on the editorial boards of the European Law Journal and the Journal of Common Market Studies, and on the advisory boards of numerous other journals.
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  • Rochelle Dreyfuss
    Pauline Newman Professor of Law on leave (fall);
    Co-Director, Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy
    Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss holds BA and MS degrees in chemistry and was a research chemist before entering Columbia Law School, where she served as articles and book review editor of the Law Review. She is a member of the American Law Institute and served as a reporter for its Intellectual Property: Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and Judgments in Transnational Disputes project. She sits on the National Academies’ Committee on Science, Technology, and Law. Dreyfuss clerked for Judge Wifred Feinberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Chief Justice Warren Burger of the US Supreme Court. She was a member of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society, and a consultant to the Federal Courts Study Committee, the Presidential Commission on Catastrophic Nuclear Accidents, and the Federal Trade Commission. She has edited several books on intellectual property, including Balancing Wealth and Health: The Battle Over Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines in Latin America (2014, with César Rodríguez-Garavito), and she co-authored A Neofederalist Vision of TRIPS: Building a Resilient International Intellectual Property System (2012, with Graeme Dinwoodie).
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  • Cynthia Estlund
    Catherine A. Rein Professor of Law
    Cynthia Estlund is a leading scholar of labor and employment law and workplace governance. In her recent book Regoverning the Workplace: From Self-Regulation to Co-Regulation (2010), she chronicles the current crisis of workplace governance and charts a potential path forward. In her first book, Working Together: How Workplace Bonds Strengthen a Diverse Democracy (2003), she argued that the workplace is a site of both comparatively successful integration and intense cooperation, and she explored the implications for democratic theory and for labor and employment law. Other writings focus on freedom of speech and procedural fairness at work; diversity, integration, and affirmative action; and critical perspectives on labor law. Her current research is in comparative perspectives on fundamental labor rights, and labor unrest and labor law reform in China. Before joining the NYU School of Law faculty in 2006, Estlund taught at the University of Texas School of Law and Columbia Law School. Estlund graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University, in Appleton, Wisconsin, in 1978. She earned her JD at Yale Law School in 1983.
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  • Samuel Estreicher
    Dwight D. Opperman Professor of Law;
    Director, Center for Labor and Employment Law;
    Co-Director, Dwight D. Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration
    Samuel Estreicher has published more than a dozen books, including a forthcoming Cambridge University Press book on access to civil justice; leading casebooks on labor law and employment discrimination and employment law; and authored more than 150 articles in professional and academic journals. After clerking for Judge Harold Leventhal of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, practicing in a labor law firm, and clerking for Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. of the US Supreme Court, Estreicher joined the NYU School of Law faculty in 1978. He is the former secretary of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association, a former chair of the Committee on Labor and Employment Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and chief reporter of the Restatement Third of Employment Law, sponsored by the American Law Institute. He is also of counsel to Schulte Roth & Zabel in its employment and employee benefits group. In addition, he maintains an active appellate and ADR practice. The Labor and Employment Research Association awarded him its 2010 Susan C. Eaton Award for Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner. In recent years, Estreicher has published work in public international law and authored several briefs in the Supreme Court and US courts of appeals on international issues. In 2013, he was appointed a member of the Administrative Review Board of the Asian Development Bank in Manila in the Philippines. Estreicher received his BA from Columbia College, his MS in industrial relations from Cornell University, and his JD from Columbia Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review.
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  • Franco Ferrari
    Professor of Law;
    Director, Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law
    Franco Ferrari, who joined the NYU School of Law faculty in Fall 2010, was most recently a chaired professor of international law at Verona University in Italy. Previously, he was a chaired professor of comparative law at Tilburg University in the Netherlands and the University of Bologna in Italy. After serving as a member of the Italian delegation to various sessions of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) from 1995 to 2000, he was legal officer at the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, International Trade Law Branch, from 2000 to 2002, where he was responsible for numerous projects, including the preparation of the UNCITRAL digest on applications of the UN Sales Convention. Ferrari has published more than 280 law review articles in various languages and 17 books in the areas of international commercial law, conflict of laws, comparative law, and international commercial arbitration. Ferrari is a member of the editorial boards of various peer-reviewed European law journals (Internationales Handelsrecht, European Review of Private Law, Contratto e impresa, Contratto e impresa/Europa, and Revue de droit des affaires internationales). Ferrari also acts as an international arbitrator both in international commercial arbitrations and, most recently, investment arbitrations.
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  • Harry First
    Charles L. Denison Professor of Law;
    Co-Director, Competition, Innovation, and Information Law Program
    Harry First is a specialist in antitrust and business crime. He is the co-author of the casebook Free Enterprise and Economic Organization: Antitrust (7th Ed. 2014) (with John Flynn and Darren Bush), as well as a casebook on regulated industries (with John Flynn). He was twice a Fulbright Research Fellow in Japan and taught antitrust as an adjunct professor at the University of Tokyo. First’s most recent scholarly work has focused on various aspects of antitrust enforcement and theory, including The Microsoft Antitrust Cases: Competition Policy for the Twenty-first Century (with Andrew I. Gavil) (MIT Press, forthcoming 2014), “Your Money and Your Life: The Export of U.S. Antitrust Remedies” in Global Competition Law and Economics (Stanford University Press, 2013), “Antitrust’s Democracy Deficit” (Fordham Law Review, 2013), and two chapters in The Design of Competition Law Institutions: Global Norms, Local Choices (Oxford University Press, 2013), one dealing with the United States, the other with Japan. First is also the author of a casebook on business crime and a recently published article, “Business Crime and the Public Interest: Lawyers, Legislators, and the Administrative State” (University of California Irvine Law Review, 2012). First is a contributing editor of the Antitrust Law Journal, foreign antitrust editor of the Antitrust Bulletin, a member of the executive committee of the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association, and a member of the advisory board and a senior fellow of the American Antitrust Institute.
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  • Eleanor Fox
    Walter J. Derenberg Professor of Trade Regulation
    Eleanor Fox LLB ’61 is a prominent antitrust and comparative competition law scholar. Her recent work includes articles on antitrust, markets, developing countries, and global governance, and casebooks on US antitrust law and European Union law. Fox served as a member of the International Competition Policy Advisory Committee to the Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust under President Clinton, and as a member of the National Commission for the Review of Antitrust Laws and Procedures under President Carter. Fox has served as a trustee and member of the executive committee of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, vice president of the American Foreign Law Association, chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Section on Antitrust Law, chair of the Section of Antitrust and Economic Regulation of the Association of American Law Schools, vice president of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, vice chair of the ABA Antitrust Section, and trustee of New York University Law Center Foundation. She lectures annually at the Competition Directorate of the European Commission and has been an adviser on competition policy in numerous newer antitrust jurisdictions including South Africa, Egypt, Tanzania, Indonesia, central and eastern European nations, and the Common Market of Southern and Eastern Africa.
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  • Clayton Gillette
    Max E. Greenberg Professor of Contract Law
    Clayton Gillette’s teaching and scholarship concentrate on contracts, commercial law, and local government law. His research concerns issues as varied as local redistribution, contract design, long-term contracts, the political economy of international sales law, standard form contracts, municipal bankruptcy, and relations between localities and their neighbors. He has recently supervised students working on governance structures that increase fiscal stability for the Office of the Emergency Manager of the City of Detroit, and has consulted in litigation and arbitrations on subjects ranging from the interpretation of sophisticated financial contracts to defaults on municipal bonds. Before joining the NYU School of Law faculty in 2000, he was the Perre Bowen Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. He earned his JD from the University of Michigan and a BA from Amherst College. After law school, he clerked for Judge J. Edward Lumbard of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and was associated with the law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.
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  • David Golove
    Hiller Family Foundation Professor of Law
    David Golove specializes in the constitutional law of foreign affairs and has written extensively on the constitutional history pertaining to that field. He is best known for his book-length article “Treaty-Making and the Nation: The Historical Foundations of the Nationalist Conception of the Treaty Power,” published in the Michigan Law Review, in which he comprehensively considers a question of constitutional law that has been controversial from the moment of the nation’s birth in 1776: Can the US government, through its power to make treaties, effectively regulate subjects that would otherwise be beyond the reach of Congress’s enumerated legislative powers—for example, a treaty prohibiting the death penalty? He answers yes, and in doing so he has produced both a major work of legal historical scholarship and an important legal and constitutional defense of federal power. Golove has also written about the constitutional issues raised by so-called international delegations of governmental authority and the war on terror. Golove received his BA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1979 and has law degrees from Boalt Hall and Yale. He teaches in the fields of constitutional law and international law.
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  • Ryan Goodman
    Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law
    Ryan Goodman, in addition to his posts at NYU School of Law, is an associated member of the Department of Sociology and an affiliated member of the Department of Politics at NYU. Before joining the Law School, he was the Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and director of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. Goodman has published articles in leading law reviews and has also co-authored several books, two of which include: Socializing States: Promoting Human Rights Through International Law with Derek Jinks (2013) (winner of top annual book award by the American Society of International Law), and International Human Rights, with Philip Alston (2012). His work makes significant contributions to the evaluation of human rights treaties, to the law of armed conflict, and to international law more generally. The US Supreme Court relied on Goodman’s amicus briefs in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld when it overturned the government’s system of military commissions, and in Lawrence v. Texas, when it overturned an anti-sodomy statute. Goodman received his BA in government and philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his JD from Yale Law School and a PhD in sociology from Yale University. He is a member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law, a member of the US Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also the co-editor-in-chief of the civil liberties and national security blog, Just Security.
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  • Stephen Holmes
    Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law
    Stephen Holmes’s research centers on the history of European liberalism, the 1787 Constitution as a blueprint for continental expansion, the incoherence of the deep state in the Russian Federation, and the difficulty of combating international terrorism within the bounds of the Constitution and the rule of law. In 1988, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete a study of the theoretical foundations of liberal democracy. He was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2003-05 for his work on Russian legal reform. Besides numerous articles on the history of political thought, democratic and constitutional theory, state building in post-Communist Russia, and the war on terror, Holmes has written several books, including The Cost of Rights: Why Liberty Depends on Taxes, co-authored with Cass Sunstein (1998), and The Matador’s Cape: America’s Reckless Response to Terror (2007). After receiving his PhD from Yale in 1976, Holmes taught briefly at Yale and Wesleyan universities before becoming a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University in 1978. He later taught at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and Princeton before joining the faculty at NYU School of Law in 2000.
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  • Robert Howse
    Lloyd C. Nelson Professor of International Law
    Robert Howse received his BA in philosophy and political science with high distinction, as well as an LLB with honors, from the University of Toronto, where he was co-editor-in-chief of the Faculty of Law Review. He also holds an LLM from Harvard Law School. Howse has been a visiting professor at, among other institutions, Harvard Law School, Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the University of Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne). His books include Leo Strauss Man of Peace (2014, forthcoming, Cambridge University Press), The Regulation of International Trade (with Michael Trebilcock and Antonia Eliason; fourth edition, 2013), and The WTO System: Law, Politics, and Legitimacy (2007). He is also co-translator and principal author of the interpretative commentary Alexandre Kojeve, Outline of a Phenomenology of Right (2000). Howse has been a frequent consultant or adviser to government agencies and international organizations such as the OECD, UNCTAD, and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has also been a consultant to the investor’s counsel in a number of investor-state arbitrations. Howse is a member of the Board of Advisers of the NYU Center for Law and Philosophy. He serves on the editorial advisory boards of the London Review of International Law, The Journal of World Investment and Trade, Transnational Legal Theory, and Legal Issues of Economic Integration. He is co-founder of the New York City Working Group on International Economic Law.
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  • Benedict Kingsbury
    Murry and Ida Becker Professor of Law;
    Director, Institute for International Law and Justice
    Benedict Kingsbury’s broad, theoretically grounded approach to international law closely integrates work in legal theory, political theory, and history. With NYU colleague Richard Stewart, he initiated and directs the Global Administrative Law Research Project, a pioneering approach to issues of accountability and participation in global governance. They launched the Global Administrative Law Network, and together with Andrew Hurrell edit the Law and Global Governance book series for Oxford University Press. Kingsbury has directed the Law School’s Institute for International Law and Justice since its founding in 2002. He and NYU Professor José Alvarez became the editors-in-chief of the century-old American Journal of International Law in 2013. Kingsbury has written on a wide range of international law topics, from trade-environment disputes and indigenous peoples issues to interstate arbitration, investor-state arbitration, and the proliferation of international tribunals. His edited volumes include Governance by Indicators (2012), and books on Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) and Alberico Gentili (1552-1608). After completing his LLB with first-class honors at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand in 1981, Kingsbury was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford. In 1984, he graduated at the top of his class in the MPhil program in international relations at Oxford. He subsequently completed a DPhil in law at Oxford and has taught at Oxford, Duke, Harvard Law School, the University of Tokyo, the University of Paris 1, and the University of Utah.
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  • Mattias Kumm
    Inge Rennert Professor of Law on leave (fall)
    Mattias Kumm’s research focuses on basic issues in European and comparative constitutional law, international law, and philosophy of law. Kumm joined NYU School of Law in 2000 after studies in law, philosophy, and political science in Kiel, Germany, and Paris and doctorate work at Harvard University. He holds a part-time joint appointment as a professor for globalization and the rule of law at the Social Science Research Center and Humboldt University, both in Berlin. He has held visiting appointments at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, and the European University Institute (Florence), and has lectured at other leading universities worldwide. Kumm is a founding editor and editor-in-chief of Global Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press) and on the board of I•CON and other journals, as well as a member of the faculty advisory committee of the Institute for International Law and Justice at NYU Law.
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  • Margaret Satterthwaite
    Professor of Clinical Law;
    Faculty Director, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice;
    Director, Global Justice Clinic
    Margaret Satterthwaite’s research interests include economic and social rights, human rights and counterterrorism, and empirical methods in human rights. Satterthwaite graduated magna cum laude from NYU School of Law in 1999 and served as a law clerk to Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1999-00 and to the judges of the International Court of Justice in 2001-02. She has worked for a variety of human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights First, and the Commission Nationale de Verité et de Justice (Haitian Truth and Justice Commission), and has authored or co-authored more than a dozen human rights reports. She has engaged in human rights work in places such as Haiti, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, the United States, and Yemen. Satterthwaite has served as a human rights consultant and advising expert to UN agencies and special rapporteurs and has been a member of the boards of directors of several human rights organizations, including Amnesty International USA and the Global Initiative on Economic and Social Rights. She is a member of the Human Rights Reference Group of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
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  • Linda Silberman
    Martin Lipton Professor of Law;
    Co-Director, Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law
    Linda Silberman teaches Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Comparative Procedure, International Litigation, and International Commercial Arbitration. She is co-director of NYU’s Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law. She is a member of the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Private International Law (UK) and Revista Española de Derecho Internacional (Spain). She is also a member of the Academic Council of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a board member of the Institute of Judicial Administration. Her own scholarship covers a wide variety of domestic and transnational subject areas: conflict of laws; domestic and comparative procedure; transnational litigation, in particular judicial jurisdiction and judgment recognition; class actions; international arbitration; and international child abduction. Her articles have been cited by state and federal courts, including the US Supreme Court, as well as by the courts of other nations. Silberman has played an important role at the American Law Institute (ALI), serving as an adviser on two large projects: the Restatement Third of the US Law of International Commercial Arbitration and the Restatement Fourth of the Foreign Relations Law of the US. Previously, she was co-reporter (with Andreas Lowenfeld) for ALI’s Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments: Analysis and Proposed Federal Statute. Silberman has testified in Congress on judgment recognition, first on libel tourism and later on the need for a federal statute on recognition and enforcement. She has been active in the New York City Bar Committee on International Commercial Disputes as well as the City Bar Committee on Arbitration. She is also a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law. Silberman recently served as a distinguished research scholar at Queen Mary School of International Arbitration in London and earlier as a scholar-in-residence at WilmerHale in London. Silberman is co-author of Civil Procedure: Theory and Practice (fourth edition, 2013) and Civil Litigation in Comparative Context (2007).
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  • Richard Stewart
    University Professor;
    John Edward Sexton Professor of Law;
    Director, Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law
    Richard Stewart is recognized as one of the world’s leading scholars in environmental and administrative law. His current research projects include how to deploy law to reform and secure justice in global governance; innovative regulatory strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; regulatory changes in the electricity sector to promote sustainability, resilience, and efficiency; and solving the challenge of nuclear waste. Stewart also works on global climate law initiatives, electricity sector reform, and environmental law reform projects in China and other developing countries through the International Environmental Law Clinic and the Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law. Students are closely involved in these projects. Prior to joining the faculty, Stewart served as Byrne Professor of Administrative Law at Harvard Law School and as a member of the faculty of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He has served as assistant attorney general in charge of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the US Department of Justice and chairman of the Environmental Defense Fund. Stewart directs, with NYU School of Law Professor Benedict Kingsbury, a major project on global administrative law that examines and advances mechanisms of transparency, participation, reason giving, and review to meet accountability gaps in global regulatory institutions. He recently published a major book on US nuclear waste law regulation and policy.
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  • Alan Sykes
    Robert A. Kindler Professor of Law on leave (fall)
    A leading expert on the application of economics to legal problems, Alan Sykes focuses his research on international economic relations. His writing and teaching have encompassed international trade, torts, contracts, insurance, antitrust, and economic analysis of law. He has been a member of the executive committee and the board of the American Law and Economics Association, and he currently serves as reporter for the American Law Institute Project on Principles of Trade Law: The World Trade Organization. Sykes is associate editor of the Journal of International Economic Law and a member of the board of editors of the World Trade Review. He formerly served as editor of the Journal of Legal Studies and the Journal of Law and Economics. Before joining NYU School of Law in 2012, Sykes was the James and Patricia Kowal Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He is a former National Science Foundation graduate fellow in the Department of Economics at Yale University. He is on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law.
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  • Frank Upham
    Wilf Family Professor of Property Law
    Frank Upham teaches Property, Law and Development, and courses on comparative law and society with an emphasis on East Asia and the developing world. His scholarship focuses on Japan and China, and his book Law and Social Change in Postwar Japan received the Thomas J. Wilson Prize from Harvard University Press in 1987. Recent scholarship includes “Who Will Find the Defendant If He Stays with His Sheep? Justice in Rural China,” “From Demsetz to Deng: Speculations on the Implications of Chinese Growth for Law and Development Theory,” and “Resistible Force Meets Malleable Object: The Story of the ‘Introduction’ of Norms of Gender Equality into Japanese Employment Practice.” Upham has spent time at various institutions in Asia and works in Japanese and Chinese. Current research interests include the relationship between employment law and low birthrates in Japan, the role of the judiciary in economic transformation in 19th- and early-20th-century Japan, and the role of property rights in economic growth from the English Enclosure movement to contemporary China. Upham graduated from Princeton University in 1967 and Harvard Law School in 1974 and worked as a journalist in Asia and as an assistant attorney general in Massachusetts before entering academia. Prior to moving to NYU School of Law in 1994, he taught at Ohio State, Harvard, and Boston College law schools.
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  • Jeremy Waldron
    University Professor
    Jeremy Waldron teaches legal and political philosophy at NYU School of Law. Until recently, he was also Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at Oxford University (All Souls College). A prolific scholar, Waldron has written extensively on jurisprudence and political theory, including numerous books and articles on theories of rights, constitutionalism, the rule of law, democracy, property, torture, security, homelessness, and the philosophy of international law. His books include Dignity, Rank, and Rights (2012), Partly Laws Common to All Mankind: Foreign Law in American Courts (2012), The Harm of Hate Speech (2012), Torture, Terror, and Trade-offs: Philosophy for the White House (2010), Law and Disagreement (1999), and The Dignity of Legislation (1999). Waldron was born and educated in New Zealand, where he studied for degrees in philosophy and law at the University of Otago, and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand in 1978. He studied at Oxford University for his doctorate in legal philosophy and taught there as a fellow of Lincoln College from 1980 to 1982. He has since taught at the University of Edinburgh; the University of California, Berkeley; Princeton University; and Columbia Law School. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998 and a fellow of the British Academy since 2011, Waldron has given many prestigious academic lectures, such as the Tanner Lectures at Berkeley in 2009, the Holmes Lectures at Harvard Law School in 2009, and the Hamlyn Law Lectures in England in 2011.
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  • J.H.H. Weiler
    University Professor on sabbatical (fall);
    Joseph Straus Professor of Law;
    European Union Jean Monnet Chaired Professor;
    Director, Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice;
    Director, Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization;
    Director, Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law and Justice
    Joseph Weiler studied law (LLB and LLM) in the United Kingdom (Sussex and Cambridge) and at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (PhD), where he later served as professor of law and head of the Department of Law. In the United States, prior to his appointment at NYU School of Law, he served as professor of law at the University of Michigan and as a chaired professor at Harvard Law School. His research and teaching focus on international law, the law of the European Union and the WTO, and the interface between religion and law. Among his noted books are The Constitution of Europe, Un Europa Cristiana, and a novella, Der Fall Steinmann. Weiler is currently on leave serving as president of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
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