Paris Faculty Bios

Alberto Alemanno

Global Clinical Professor of Law

Alberto Alemanno is Associate Professor of Law at HEC Paris where he holds a Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law & Risk Regulation. He is also Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches Global Risk Regulation. Prior to joining the HEC faculty, he clerked for Judge Allan Rosas and Judge Alexander Arabadjiev at the Court of Justice of the European Union and for Enzo Moavero Milanesi, the current Italian Minister for European Affairs, at the European General Court. He has previously worked as a Teaching Assistant at the College of Europe in Bruges and qualified as an attorney at law in New York. He has published extensively in the areas of EU law, international economic law and risk regulation. He is the founder and editor of the European Journal of Risk Regulation, the Area Editor for Policy of Risk Analysis and he is a member of the editorial boards of the Revue du Droit de l’Union européenne, the European Food and Feed Law Review. He is also the founder and scientific director of the Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy.

Alemanno has also provided advice to a variety of organizations, such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the UN International Trade Centre, the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority and the European Court of Auditors as well as governments across the work on various aspects of European Union law, WTO law and international health law.

Originally from Italy, Alemanno earned a Laurea in Giurisprudenza cum laude from the Università degli Studi di Torino, LLM degrees from Harvard Law School and the College of Europe, and a PhD in International Law and Economics from Bocconi University.

He is the recipient of the 2011 Chauncey Starr Distinguished Award by the Society for Risk Analysis for the most exceptional contributions to the field of risk analysis by a scholar aged 40 or under as well as the 2013 ECTA Award for the best paper dealing with intellectual property rights in Europe (Plain Packaging of Cigarettes under EU Law).


Diego P. Fernández Arroyo

Global Professor of Law

Diego P. Fernández Arroyo, born in Argentina, is a professor at the School of Law of Sciences Po in Paris since 2010, on leave from the Complutense University of Madrid. He teaches subjects related to international dispute resolution, arbitration and conflict of laws. He is co-director of the Global Governance Studies Program and co-director of the Research Project Private International Law as Global Governance (PILAGG). He is also a Global Professor at New York University (Paris) and an honorary professor of the Buenos Aires and Córdoba Universities (Argentina). Professor Fernández Arroyo is a member of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law, a former President of the American Association of Private International Law (ASADIP, 2007/2010), and an active member of a number of academic institutions (International Academy of Comparative Law, International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law, International Law Association, International Arbitration Institute, etc.). A former Professor of the University of Salamanca and Visiting Professor of the Universities Paris II, Lyon III, Paris III, Fribourg, Federal of Santa Catarina, Federal of Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro State, Ottawa, California (Davis), Iberoamericana (Mexico City), La Habana, Kansai (Osaka), Waseda (Tokyo), Central of Venezuela, Buenos Aires, National of Cordoba, Montevideo, Los Andes (Bogotá), Medellin, etc., Professor Fernández Arroyo is also a member of Argentinean Delegations before UNCITRAL (Working Group on Arbitration) and CIDIP (Organization of American States). He has represented ASADIP before the Hague Conference of Private International Law as well. Professor Fernández Arroyo is actively involved in the practice of international arbitration as an independent arbitrator and an expert. He has developed several projects in the field of arbitration and international business law for the European Union, the Andean Community, the MERCOSUR, and the Latin-American Integration Association. He has published several books and a number of articles in more than 20 countries. Professor Fernández Arroyo is co-editor of the Globalization Law Library.


Theodor Meron

Charles L. Denison Professor of Law Emeritus and Judicial Fellow

Since his election to the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in March 2001, Judge Theodor Meron has served on the Appeals Chamber. He was elected president of the tribunal from 2003 to 2005 and again in 2011, and was appointed president of the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in March 2012. A leading scholar of international humanitarian law, human rights, and international criminal law, Meron helped build the legal foundations for international criminal tribunals. A Shakespeare enthusiast, he has also written extensively on the laws of war and chivalry in Shakespeare’s history plays. He received his legal education at Hebrew, Harvard, and Cambridge universities. Meron was co-editor-in-chief of the American Journal of International Law and counselor in international law to the US Department of State. In 2010, he was elected honorary president of the American Society of International Law. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Society of International Law, the French Society for International Law, the Institute of International Law, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among other honors, Meron was awarded the Manley O. Hudson Medal of the American Society of International Law and the Charles Homer Haskins Prize of the American Council of Learned Societies, and he is an officer of the (French) Legion of Honor, as well as a grand officer of the (French) National Order of Merit. He was granted a doctorate honoris causa by the University of Warsaw.


Maxi Scherer

Global Professor of Law

Maxi Scherer is a full-time faculty member at Queen Mary, University of London, Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) and School of International Arbitration. She teaches International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration and International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement. She has taught International Arbitration and Litigation, International Private Law, European Civil Procedure and Comparative Law at various universities and law schools around the globe. In 2011, Dr. Scherer was appointed as Global Hauser Research Fellow at NYU Law School. She has also been selected to serve as Director of Studies at the Hague Academy of International Law in 2016. Maxi Scherer studied law at Cologne University, Germany (LLM, summa cum laude) and at University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, France (maîtrise, DEA, top of class) where she also earned her PhD in international private law (summa cum laude). She is a member of the Paris Bar and a solicitor in England and Wales. Maxi speaks English, French and German fluently. She has practiced as a lawyer for almost 15 years and maintains an arbitration and consulting practice with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, London.

Marco Torsello

Global Professor of Law

Professor Torsello is a Researcher and Professor of Law at the University of Bologna, Faculty of Law and Verona University, Faculty of Law in Italy and a Global Professor at NYU School of Law. He received his JD (summa cum laude) from the University of Bologna in 1994 and his LLM in 1998 from the University of Nijmegen, in the Netherlands. His teaching activity covers several subjects, including Comparative Private Law, Law & Language, International Contracts, and International Business Transactions. His previous Visiting Professorships include those at New York University School of Law, Columbia Law School, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, the University of Paris Ouest – Nanterre La Défense (France), Loyola Law School Los Angeles, Loyola University Chicago, the University of Western Ontario (Canada), as well as at several Italian Universities. He was also a Guest Researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut für Ausländisches und Internationales Privatrecht in Hamburg (Germany) and a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School, and served as the Italian Delegate at UNCITRAL (the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law), Working Group on International Contract Practices (2000). He is the author of several articles and books in English and Italian dealing with comparative law, international business transactions, international contracts and other legal issues.