Global Faculty

The Global Faculty Program expands 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 Visitors and Hauser Scholars, the Global Faculty represent the heart of the Hauser Global Law School 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 2013-2014

Fall Semester

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.

David Dyzenhaus

David Dyzenhaus is a professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Toronto, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.  He has taught in South Africa, England, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand, Hungary, and the USA. He holds a doctorate from Oxford University and law and undergraduate degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. In 2002, he was the Law Foundation Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Law, University of Auckland. In 2005-06 he was Herbert Smith Visiting Professor in the Cambridge Law Faculty and a Senior Scholar of Pembroke College, Cambridge. In 2014-15, he will be the Arthur Goodhart Visiting Professor in Legal Science in Cambridge.

Professor Dyzenhaus is the author of Hard Cases in Wicked Legal Systems: South African Law in the Perspective of Legal Philosophy (now in its second edition), Legality and Legitimacy: Carl Schmitt, Hans Kelsen, and Hermann Heller in Weimar, and Judging the Judges, Judging Ourselves: Truth, Reconciliation and the Apartheid Legal Order. He has edited and co-edited several collections of essays. In 2004 he gave the JC Smuts Memorial Lectures to the Faculty of Law, Cambridge University. These were published by Cambridge University Press in 2006 as The Constitution of Law: Legality in a Time of Emergency.

Law and Morality: An Introduction to Philosophy of Law
Rule of Law Seminar

Mohammad Fadel

Mohammad H. Fadel is the Canada Research Chair for the Law and Economics of Islamic Law and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, which he joined in January 2006.  Professor Fadel teaches Business Organizations, The Law of International Business and Finance Transactions, Religion and the Liberal State: the Case of Islam, and Trusts. Professor Fadel wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on legal process in medieval Islamic law while at the University of Chicago. Professor Fadel was admitted to the Bar of New York in 2000 and practiced law with the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, New York, where he worked on a wide variety of corporate finance transactions and securities-related regulatory investigations. Professor Fadel also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Honorable Anthony A. Alaimo of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Professor Fadel has published numerous articles in Islamic legal history and Islam and liberalism. 

Introduction to Islamic Law
Islamic Business Law: Theory and Practice Seminar

Lech Garlicki

Judge Lech Garlicki (born in 1946 in Warsaw, Poland) is a Polish jurist and constitutional law specialist. Since 1968 he has worked at the Warsaw University (since 1987 as full professor), in the years 1980-1993 he was member of the Warsaw bar, in the years 1993-2001 he was judge of the Constitutional Court of Poland and in the years 2002-2012 he was judge of the European Court of Human Right (president of the 4th Section in 2011-2012).

Judge Garlicki is vice president of the International Association of Constitutional Law and one of the Founding Members of the European Law Institute. He lectured at numerous universities in Europe, the United States, Israel, Japan, China and Hong Kong. He is author or editor of over 300 publications in different languages, including a five-volume Commentary to the 1997 Constitution of Poland and two-volume Commentary to the European Convention on Human Rights.

European Court of Human Rights Law
Human Rights and Terrorism: The ECHR's Perspective Seminar

Stefan Vogenauer

Stefan Vogenauer is Linklaters Professor of Comparative Law and Fellow of Brasenose College at the University of Oxford. He is Director of the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law and an elected member of the International Academy of Comparative Law.

Professor Vogenauer received his legal education in England (Oxford), France (Paris) and Germany (Kiel and Regensburg). He has lectured in many different countries and has held formal visiting positions in Australia, South Africa and the United States.

Apart from comparative law his research interests lie mainly in the areas of European legal history, private law, international uniform law, and legal method. He has published extensively in all these areas. His recent work has centred on comparative and transnational contract law, where he co-edited substantial publications on the proposed reform of French law, the proposal for a Common European Sales Law and the UNIDROIT Principles of Commercial Contracts. He is a co-author of the leading student text in the field (Ius Commune Casebooks on the Common Law of Europe: Cases, Materials and Text on Contract Law, 2nd edn, Oxford 2010). In 2012 Professor Vogenauer advised both the United Kingdom Ministry of Justice and the European Parliament on the proposed Common European Sales Law.

Comparative Contract Law Seminar
Introduction to Comparative Law

Spring Semester

Stefan Bechtold

Stefan Bechtold is associate professor of intellectual property at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He is a graduate of the University of Tübingen School of Law, Germany, and of Stanford Law School (JSM 2002). From 2005 to 2008, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn, Germany. Stefan Bechtold has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Haifa Faculty of Law as well as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, the University of Amsterdam's Institute for Information Law, and the University of Munich School of Management. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, advising the ministry on all issues of economic policy. Stefan Bechtold's research interests include intellectual property, law and technology, telecommunications law, and antitrust law, as well as law & economics. His research has been published in European and U.S. journals, including the American Journal of Comparative Law and the Journal of Law, Economics & Organization. In his youth, Stefan Bechtold composed numerous orchestral and chamber music works which have been awarded several composition prizes and have been repeatedly performed and broadcast.

Innovation Law and Economics
Technology Law and Policy Seminar

Lord Lawrence Collins

Lord Collins of Mapesbury was a justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom from 2009 to 2011, and continues to serve as an acting judge of the court.  He is also a non-permanent judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal. He now practices as an international arbitrator.

Before becoming a judge, Lord Collins was a partner in the London firm of solicitors, Herbert Smith, specializing in international litigation. While in practice, he handled many important international cases, including the Laker Airways civil conspiracy case against transatlantic airlines, the Iranian and Libyan bank cases arising out of the U.S. assets freeze, and the Pinochet extradition case for the government of Chile.

In 2000, Lord Collins became the first solicitor to be appointed direct to the High Court bench (Chancery Division), as Mr. Justice Lawrence Collins. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2007 as Lord Justice Lawrence Collins, and to the House of Lords in April 2009 as Lord Collins of Mapesbury (the judicial functions of the House of Lords were transferred to the new Supreme Court in October 2009). As a judge, he has written several leading opinions in the fields of international litigation and arbitration.

Lord Collins is the author of many books and articles on private and public international law, including since 1987 the general editorship of Dicey and Morris (now Dicey, Morris and Collins) on the Conflict of Laws, the fifteenth edition of which was published in 2012. Since 2011, he has been a professor at University College London. He is also an emeritus and honorary fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and an honorary fellow of Downing College, Cambridge. He is an elected member of the Institut de droit international, and a Fellow of the British Academy.

Select Problems in Transnational Law Seminar

Radhika Coomaraswamy 

Professor Radhika Coomaraswamy was the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women and until recently the U.N. Under Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict. Ms. Coomaraswamy began her career as a constitutional lawyer and has written two books on the constitutional process in her native Sri Lanka and on the role of the Judiciary in plural societies. She was also Chairperson of the Sri Lankan Human Rights Commission from 2003-2006.

Since the 1980s, Professor Coomaraswamy has been a strong voice for women's international human rights and has written extensively on the subject while serving as the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women. Her annual reports covered thematic issues, and her country visits - to look at comfort women in Japan, women trafficked in Nepal and Poland, women victims of domestic violence and rape in Brazil and South Africa and women in US prisons - explored the actual impact of international norms in specific contexts. Since 2006 as the Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict, Professor Coomaraswamy has been in charge of preparing the annual report of the Secretary general on Children and Armed Conflict. As a result she has developed an expertise on the protection of civilians, especially children in the context of armed conflict. She has also visited conflict areas throughout the world from Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Burundi, Cote d'Ivoire, Myanmar, Israel and Palestine and Southern Thailand, advocating for the rights of children and meeting with state and non state actors to protect children from grave violations. Professor Coomaraswamy has won many awards including the International Law award of the American Bar Association.

Ms. Coomaraswamy received her B.A. from Yale, her J.D. from Columbia, and her LL.M. from Harvard.

Children and Armed Conflict Seminar
International Human Rights of Women

Dennis Davis

Dennis Davis holds B.Com. and LL.B. degrees from the University of Cape Town, an M. Phil. from Cambridge, and an LL.D. (Hon)  from the University of Cape Town. He taught at the University of Cape Town from 1977 to 1990. In 1990, he was appointed as Director of the Centre of Applied Legal Studies at the University of Witwatersrand. In 1995, he held joint professorial appointments at both Cape Town and Witwatersrand until he was appointed as judge of the Western Cape High Court in 1998. He became Judge President (Chief Judge) of the Competition Appeal Court in 2000, which is the highest court for antitrust/competition law in South Africa. He also serves as an appellate judge on the Labour Appeal Court.

During his career as an academic which continues at the University of Cape Town as a professor of law, Davis  has taught in a wide range of fields including legal theory, constitutional law, competition law, labour law, taxation and company law. In this context he has held visiting appointments at Toronto, Harvard, NYU (2007), Brown, Cairo, Georgetown and Melbourne.

During the constitutional negotiations leading to a democratic South Africa, he was a drafter of the electoral laws and later of the constitutional provisions dealing with the federal structure of government. He later was one of the drafters of the Competition Act of 1998 and the Company’s Act of 2008. He has also advised in constitutional drafting in other transitional countries. During the 1990’s he moderated his own national television current affairs programme, Future Imperfect. 

Representative publications include South African Constitutional Law: the Bill of Rights (with Halton Cheadle); The South African Law of Insurance; Precedent and Possibility: the use and abuse of Law in South Africa (with Michelle Leroux); Deference Lite: the Case for Social and Economic Rights, South African Journal of Human Rights (2006); Transformative Constitutionalism, South African Journal of Human Rights (with Karl Klare, 2010). Forthcoming in 2014 is a book on Constitutional Values: Is Cosmopolitism Alive? 

Colloquium on Globalization, Economic Development, and Markets
Labor Law in the Context of Globalization

Michael Kobetsky

Dr. Michael Kobetsky is an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Law School and he is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, ANU College of Law. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, Faculty of Law, Centre for Tax Law. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University and a Ph.D. from Deakin University. Dr. Kobetsky is the principal author of one of Australia’s leading taxation texts which is now in its eighth edition. His most recent book, titled International Taxation of Permanent Establishments: Principles and Policy (Cambridge University Press), was published in 2011.

Dr. Kobetsky is a member of the United Nations Sub-Committee on Transfer Pricing which drafted the United Nations Practical Manual on Transfer Pricing for Developing Countries. He is a consultant to the United Nations. Since 2004, Dr. Kobetsky has been a consultant to the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration. Dr. Kobetsky has presented seminars and conference papers in numerous countries on tax treaties and transfer pricing.

During 2011 and 2012, Dr. Kobetsky worked as a consultant for USAID on its Nepal Economic, Agriculture and Trade Activity. He drafted transfer pricing guidelines, principles for the attribution of profits to permanent establishments and a model tax treaty for Nepal. He is a consultant to GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit or German Society for International Cooperation which is the German government foreign-aid organization) and was a member of the team mapping the tax system in Laos in 2012 for the International Tax Compact. In 2011, Dr. Kobetsky presented seminars in Australia on international taxation on behalf of AusAID to government officials from Iraq. From 2007 to 2011 he made presentations on tax treaties and transfer pricing at the Asian Development Bank Institute's Regional Tax Forum held in Tokyo for developing Asian economies.

Comparative and International Anti-Tax Avoidance
Tax Treaties

Wojciech Sadurski

Wojciech Sadurski is Challis Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney Faculty of Law; in 1999-2009 he was Professor of Legal Theory and Philosophy of Law at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence (in 2003-2006 he was head of Department of Law at the EUI). He is also Professor in the Centre for Europe at the University of Warsaw (Poland) and holds a title of Professor of Legal Science (titular) in Poland. He is recurrent visiting professor at the University of Trento (Italy) and in Cardozo Law School (New York). He taught and was visiting professor at various universities in Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States, including at Cornell University in Ithaca and in University of Toronto. He published extensively on jurisprudence, philosophy of law, political philosophy, constitutional theory and comparative constitutional law; his most recent English-language books include “Constitutionalism and the Enlargement of Europe” (Oxford University Press 2012), “Equality and Legitimacy” (Oxford University Press 2008) and “Rights Before Courts: A Study of Constitutional Courts in Postcommunist States of Central and Eastern Europe” (Springer 2005 and 2008). He is Chairman of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Community of Democracies, and is currently involved in organizing and running constitutional reform workshops in Myanmar (Burma).

Introduction to Political Philosophy Seminar

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