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. Fernandez Arroyo

Global Professor of Law

A distinguished specialist in international law, Diego P. Fernández Arroyo is a member of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law and the President of the American Society of Private International Law. After graduating from the National University of the Littoral (Santa Fe, Argentina) and from the Complutense University (Madrid, Spain) which awarded him a lawyer’s degree and a PhD in Law (summa cum laude), Diego P. Fernández Arroyo taught private international law, international commercial law and community law in prestigious institutions as a Full Professor (Professor at the University Complutense of Madrid, and Honorary Professor at the National University of Cordoba in Argentina since 2000), and Visiting Professor (University of Panthéon – Assas Paris 2, the Hague Academy of International Law, the Central University of Venezuela, the University of Montevideo, the University of Ottawa, the Federal University of Santa Catarina, UC Davis, the Ibero-American University of Mexico, the University of Freiburg, etc.). Since 2010, he has been a Professor at Sciences Po Law School, where he teaches dispute resolution as well as global litigation and conflict of law. He is also co-director of three specialties of the Master’s Degree in economic law. Though he is a professor and researcher, Professor Fernández Arroyo has always maintained a strong commitment to practice, as an arbitrator in international affairs and as an advisor to international institutions (European Union, Inter-American Development Bank, Mercosur, etc.), and by taking part in several international codification undertakings (UNIDROIT, CNUDCI, the Hague Conference on International Private Law, and the Inter-American Specialized Conference on Private International Law).

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 LLP, 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 J.D.(Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Bologna in 1994 and his LL.M. 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.