Global Faculty

The Global Faculty expand NYU Law's faculty by inviting leading law professors from around the world who teach regularly at NYU while retaining their affiliation with their home institutions.  They specialize in diverse fields of law, not just international law, and are renowned scholars in their countries and areas of interest. Their courses provide an extraordinary opportunity for NYU students to learn from and interact with these eminent scholars and to gain a new perspective on important legal issues. Along with our Global Fellows and Hauser Global Scholars, the Global Faculty represent the heart of the Hauser Global Law School Program and a key element in the intellectual life of the Law School.

NYU School of Law's relationship with many global faculty is continuing and intimate over several years, rather than single one-semester or one-year arrangements. The global faculty are thereby integrated fully into the fabric of the Law School, both its academic programs and the collateral activities that largely define the institution.

Academic Year 2014-2015

Fall Semester

Fareda Banda

Fareda Banda, BL Hons, LLB (Zimbabwe), DPhil (Oxon), is a Professor of law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her areas of interest include gender focusing on the human rights of women, family law and issues pertaining to law and society in Africa. She holds a doctorate in law from the University of Oxford. Following her doctorate she worked as a Research Assistant at the Law Commission of England and Wales before returning to Oxford on a two year Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship. She is an Associate Editor (Africa) of the International Survey of Family Law while also sitting on the editorial board of the Journal of African Law and the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family. She sits on the advisory board of the Journal of Southern African Studies and the international advisory boards of three other publications. Fareda is a member of the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch Africa and of the Policy Committee of Human Rights Watch. Her publications include a book entitled Women, Law and Human Rights: An African Perspective. Other publications include consultancy reports for the Lord Chancellor's Department on why women and ethnic minorities are under-represented in the ranks of Queens Counsel (with Kate Malleson), for Minority Rights Group on gender and indigeneity (with Christine Chinkin) as well as for the United Nations on laws that discriminate against women. She has taught on courses in Kampala, Harare, Oslo, Pretoria, Onati and continues to teach on the Oxford summer Mst human rights programme. She is currently working on gender and constitutional change in select African states and on the legal experiences of Africans in the diaspora.

Law and Society in Africa Seminar
Human Rights of Women Seminar


Dorit Beinisch was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. In 1967 President Beinisch received her Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and two years later she completed her Master of Laws (LL.M.) summa cum laude at the same university. Dorit Beinisch began her long and distinguished public service career when she joined the Ministry of Justice in 1967. President Beinisch served in the Ministry of Justice for 28 years, holding the most senior positions and becoming the first woman in Israel to serve in these positions. She worked as a Senior Attorney in the Criminal Law Department and in 1975 she was nominated to be the director of the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law. Seven years later Dorit Beinisch became the Deputy State Attorney and in 1988 she was nominated the State Attorney of Israel (the first woman at this position). Along with her service at the State Attorney’s office, President Beinisch led an approach of non-discriminatory law enforcement, developed the duty of the state to protect human and civil rights while enforcing the law and implementing administrative acts by state agencies, and determined an uncompromising policy of enforcing the rule of law with regard to the police and the security forces. Dorit Beinisch represented the state of Israel before the Supreme Court in a variety of cases, especially significant constitutional, administrative and criminal law cases in which she was influential in shaping the state’s policy of protecting democratic values. In December 1995 Dorit Beinisch was appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel, and in September 2006 she was appointed as the President (Chief Justice) of the Supreme Court, being the first woman in Israel to hold this distinguished position. Dorit Beinisch is married and has two daughters. She lives in Jerusalem.
Eyal Benvenisti, LL.B (Jerusalem) 1984, LL.M. (Yale) 1988, J.S.D. (Yale) 1990, is Anny and Paul Yanowicz Professor of Human Rights at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law and Director of “GlobalTrust – Sovereigns as Trustees of Humanity”, a research project, funded by an ERC Advanced Grant. He has been a Global Professor at New York University School of Law since 2003 and was visiting professor at several law schools including Harvard, Columbia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Toronto. He was the inaugural professor of the “Max Planck Master Class Series in International Law" at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. Between 1990 and 2002, he taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Law where he held the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in Public International Law. He has been the recipient of several prizes including the Humboldt Research Award, the Fulbright-Yitzhak Rabin Award, and the Francis Deak Prize. He is an Associate Member of the Institut de Droit International (2011), serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of International Law, and International Law in Domestic Courts, and is founding Co-Editor of Theoretical Inquiries in Law (1997-2002, Editor in Chief 2003-2006). Publications include: The International Law of Occupation (2nd Ed., Oxford University Press 2012); Sharing Transboundary Resources: International Law and Optimal Resource Use (Cambridge University Press, 2002); War is Governance: Explaining the Logic of the Laws of War from a Principal-Agent Perspective, 112 MICHIGAN L. REV. (forthcoming, 2014) (with Amichai Cohen); Sovereigns as Trustees of Humanity: On the Accountability of States to Foreign Stakeholders, 107 AM. J. INT’L. L 295 (2013); Reclaiming Democracy: The Strategic Uses of Foreign and International Law by National Courts, 102 AM. J. INT’L. L 241 (2008); The Empire’s New Clothes: Political Economy and the Fragmentation of International Law, 60 STAN. L. REV. 101 (2007) (with George W. Downs); Exit and Voice in the Age of Globalization, 98 MICH. L. REV. 167 (1999); Collective Action in the Utilization of Shared Freshwater: The Challenges of International Water Resources Law, 90 AM. J. INT’L. L. 384 (1996); Judicial Misgivings regarding the Application of International Norms: An Analysis of Attitudes of National Courts, 4 EUR. J. INT’L. L. 159 (1993).

Stefan Grundmann

Stefan Grundmann is the Professor of Private and Business Law at Humboldt Univer­sity, Berlin (as of 2004) and Professor of Transnational Private Law at the European University Institute, Florence (as of 2013).  He studied in Munich, Aix-en-Provence, Lisbon and Berkeley (Cal.). His research interests include company and banking law, legal theory, and contract law. His publications include: The Law of Fiduciary Relationships (1997), European Contract Law (1999 and ongoing), European Company Law (2004, 2007, 2011, 2012); and several com­mentaries on banking and German contract law - all books and commentaries in German, European Company Law is published also in English, articles on all topics as well. Currently he works on a Private Law Theory, in English and German (2014, 2015).

Comparative Contract Law Seminar

Frederic Jenny

Frederic Jenny holds a Ph.D in Economics from Harvard University (1975), a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Paris (1977) and an MBA degree from ESSEC Business School (1966). Frederic Jenny is professor of Economics at ESSEC Business School in Paris. He is Chairman of the OECD Competition Committee (since 1994), and Co-Director of the European Center for Law and Economics of ESSEC ( since 2010). He was previously Non Executive Director of the Office of Fair Trading in the United Kingdom (2007-2014 ), Judge on the French Supreme Court (Cour de cassation, Economic Commercial and Financial Chamber) from 2004 to August 2012, Vice Chair of the French Competition Authority (1993-2004) and President of the WTO Working Group on Trade and Competition (1994-2003) He was visiting professor at Northwestern University Department of Economics in the United States (1978), Keio University Department of economics in Japan (1984), University of Capetown Business School in South Africa (1991) and Haifa University School of Law in Israel (2012). He is currently Visiting Professor at University College London Law School (since 2005) He is member of the editorial board of several scientific journals (“Concurrences”, “ Journal of Competition Law and Economics”, “World Competition”), member of the advisory board of the “Interdisciplinary Center for Competition Law and Initiative, Middle East Initiative” and Chairman of the scientific board of Consumer Unity Trust of India (CUTS), the largest consumer organization in India. Frederic Jenny has written extensively about trade, competition and economic development and has served as an adviser to many developing countries on competition and trade issues.

Antitrust: International and Comparative Seminar
Globalization and Law: An Economic Perspective on International Trade and Competition Seminar


Spring Semester

Graeme Dinwoodie

Graeme B. Dinwoodie is the Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law at the University of Oxford, Director of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, and a Professorial Fellow of St. Peter’s College.  Professor Dinwoodie holds law degrees from the University of Glasgow, Harvard Law School (where he was a John F. Kennedy Scholar), and Columbia Law School (where he was a Burton Fellow). Prior to taking up the IP Chair at Oxford, Professor Dinwoodie was a Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.  He has also previously taught at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and from 2005-2009 held a Chair in Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary College, University of London.  He was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2003, and served as President of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) from 2011-2013.  In 2008, the International Trademark Association awarded Professor Dinwoodie the Pattishall Medal for Teaching Excellence in Trademark Law.  He is the author of numerous articles and books on trade mark law and on international and comparative intellectual property law.

International Intellectual Property Law
Trademarks in Cyberspace Seminar


Johanna Hey

Johanna Hey is Professor of Tax Law and Public Law and Director of the Institute of Tax Law at Cologne University, Germany.

She studied Law at the University of Würzburg and in Cologne and in 1996 received her Doctor Juris (Ph.D. equivalent) at the University of Cologne. Her Ph.D. thesis was awarded the German Tax Law Association´s Albert Hensel medal. She gained her qualification to be called to a professorship (Habilitation) with her award-winning post-doctoral research thesis on Certainty in Tax Planning in 2001, also at the University of Cologne.

Before taking up her professorship in Cologne she held the Chair for Business Taxation at Düsseldorf University in Germany from 2002 to 2006. She has also taught at the University of Münster in Germany and at Leuven/Tilburg University in Belgium/Netherlands. In 2007 she was attached to NYU Law School as Senior Emile Noël Fellow.

She has been a member of the Advisory Board of the German Ministry of Finance since 2004 and Research Director of the Institute for Finance and Taxation in Berlin (a non-profit research institute founded by commerce and industry in Germany) since 2010. She has chaired the Scientific Council of the German Tax Law Association since 2011 and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim.

Johanna Hey is editor in chief of a leading legal commentary on German personal and corporate income taxation. In 2015 she was appointed editor in chief of the highly rated research-oriented tax law journal Steuer und Wirtschaft, and she is on the editorial board of several other German tax journals.

Her main fields of research are individual income tax and business taxation, fundamental and constitutional principles of taxation, as well as the influences of European law on tax law. She has published widely on many aspects of German, European and international tax law and on German public and constitutional law.

Tax Treaties
Comparative Tax Policy Seminar