Paris Faculty Bios

Tim W. Dornis

Global Professor of Law

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Tim W. Dornis holds the Chair of Private Law, International Private and Economic Law, and Comparative Law at Leuphana Law School. His scholarship examines questions of market regulation and policymaking in private international law, international economic law, and intellectual property law, with a special focus on economic analysis, socio-legal theory, and comparative perspectives.
Tim studied law and economics at the Eberhard-Karls University of Tuebingen (JD equivalent, PhD/Dr. iur.), Columbia Law School (LLM, Kent Scholar), Stanford Law School (JSM, SPILS Fellow), and Zurich University (Habilitation). His post-doctoral thesis, Trademark and Unfair Competition Conflicts: Historical-Comparative, Doctrinal, and Economic Perspectives, was published in 2017 by Cambridge University Press.
Before joining Leuphana’s faculty, Tim spent several years practicing in an international law firm and as a tenured civil-law judge in Germany, where he held a number of different positions on the bench and in the Department of Justice. In 2011, he was a Global Hauser Fellow from Practice & Government at NYU Law.
In addition to being a Global Professor of Law at the NYU Law in Paris program, Tim is a visiting professor at the Università di Verona. He is also admitted to practice law in New York.

Lamin Khadar

Global Adjunct Professor of Law
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Lamin Khadar is the Pro Bono and Diversity Manager for Dentons Europe. Based in Dentons’ Amsterdam office, Lamin works across 23 locations in Europe and Central Asia to manage Dentons’ international pro bono practice and diversity and inclusion commitment. On an on-going basis, Lamin works on pro bono and diversity projects with major international NGOs, international organizations and leading law schools.

Before joining Dentons, Lamin was the Pro Bono Associate for Europe at DLA Piper and prior to that he worked variously for an EU law think tank, a commercial law firm and an international human rights organization.

Lamin is also the co-founder and senior advisor to The Good Lobby, a Brussels-based civic start-up operating across Europe and a contributor to Rights CoLab, a New York based think tank contributing to research into business, rights, technology and finance.

Lamin is a qualified lawyer (England and Wales, 2012), and has practiced in the fields of international and European human rights law, European Union law and international dispute resolution and arbitration.

Francesca Ragno

Francesca Ragno

Francesca Ragno is Associate Professor of International Law at the School of Law of the University of Verona, where she currently teaches Private International Law, Public International Law and Governance of International Crises. She graduated in Law (J.D.) with honors at the University of Bologna and obtained her PhD from the University of Verona. Throughout her career, she has researched and lectured at several Universities in Italy and abroad, such as the University of Heidelberg and the University of Pittsburgh (as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair). Her teaching and scholarship span international litigation, conflict of laws, international commercial arbitration and uniform law. She is a qualified attorney in Italy


Maxi Scherer
Global Professor of Law

Maxi Scherer (PhD (Sorbonne), LLM (Cologne), MA (Sorbonne)) is a full-time tenured Professor of Law at Queen Mary, University of London and a Special Counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale a Dorr LLP in London. She has extensive experience with arbitral practice both in civil and common law systems. She has represented and advised clients in numerous international arbitrations proceedings and has served as arbitrator in over 50 ad hoc and institutional arbitrations (ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, DIS etc), including as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator, presiding arbitrator and emergency arbitrator.

Maxi is admitted to the bar in Paris (France) and as solicitor (England and Wales) and has been regularly ranked by Who’s Who Legal, The Legal 500 UK etc. as leading arbitration practitioner. She publishes extensively in the field of international arbitration, and is the General Editor of the Journal of International Arbitration (Wolters Kluwer).

Other prior academic appointments include Visiting Professor at SciencesPo Law School Paris, Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown Centre of Transnational Legal Studies, as well as visiting positions at Bucerius Law School Hamburg, University of Melbourne, Freie Universität Berlin, Sorbonne Law School, Université de Versailles, Université de Fribourg Switzerland, Universität Würzburg, Pepperdine Law School, Universität Basel and Université de Paris X Nanterre.


Marco Torsello
Global Professor of Law

JD cum laude (Bologna, Italy, 1994), LLM in European Business Law (Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 1998), admitted to the Bar in 1997 (top 1%), Marco is Professor of Law at the University of Verona, School of Law and Visiting Professor at Bucerius Law School, in Hamburg (Fall 2017).
His teaching activity covers several subjects, including Comparative Private Law, International Contracts, European and International Business Transactions. His previous Visiting Professorships include those at NYU Law School (Fall 2011 and Fall 2015), Sciences Po (Paris), Fordham Law School, Columbia Law School, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, the University of Paris Ouest – Nanterre La Défense (France), the University of Western Ontario (Canada), Loyola Law School Los Angeles, Loyola University Chicago, as well as at several Italian Universities.
Marco 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 books and articles in English and Italian dealing with comparative law, international business transactions, international contracts and other issues.