The Global Law Faculty Program expands NYU Law School'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 Law 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 2012-2013
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, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law. Previously Hersch Lauterpacht Professor of International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law, Director of the Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law at Tel Aviv University (2002-2005), and Director of the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University (2000-2002). Associate Member, Institut de Droit International (2011).
He serves on the Editorial Boards of the American Journal of International Law, and International Law in Domestic Courts. Was founding Co-Editor, Theoretical Inquiries in Law (1997-2002, Editor in Chief 2003-2006). He is Global Visiting Professor at New York University School of Law (since 2003), and was Visiting Professor at several US law schools (Harvard, Columbia, Michigan, Pennsylvania). He was a Humboldt Fellow at the Humboldt University and the University of Munich and a Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for International Law at Heidelberg.
Areas of teaching and research include international law, constitutional law and administrative law.
Publications include The International Law of Occupation (2nd Ed., Oxford University Press 2012 (1st Ed., Princeton University Press, 1993); Sharing Transboundary Resources: International Law and Optimal Resource Use (Cambridge University Press, 2002); Reclaiming Democracy: The Strategic Uses of Foreign and International Law by National Courts, 102 AM. J. INT’L. L 241 (April 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 EUROP. J. INT’L. L. 159 (1993).
Shaheed Fatima is a barrister at the English Bar. She was educated at the Universities of Glasgow (LLB (Joint First Class Hons)), Oxford (BCL) and Harvard (LLM; Kennedy Scholar and Gammon Fellow).
Shaheed has a diverse practice spanning human rights law, public law, commercial law and international law. She has litigated cases in English courts (from the High Court to the Supreme Court), the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and the International Court of Justice. She has appeared in some of the leading human rights cases of recent times including those which have arisen out of the UK's involvement in Iraq and its post-9/11 counter-terrorism measures, notably Al-Skeini v UK and Al-Jedda v UK (Grand Chamber, European Court of Human Rights). She was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel) in 2011. She is regularly featured in the independent legal directories as a leading junior in administrative and public law, human rights and civil liberties and public international law.
In December 2007 Shaheed was awarded the Liberty/JUSTICE “Human Rights Lawyer of the Year” Award for “her remarkable work, often on a pro bono basis. For her brilliant analysis, consistent arguments and commitment in debating human rights cases before both the British and the European Courts.” She was shortlisted for the Chambers Bar Awards 2011 as Junior of the Year in Human Rights & Public Law.
Shaheed is the author of "Using International Law in Domestic Courts" (Hart Publishing, second ed forthcoming in 2012/2013). She has previously taught at Pembroke College, Oxford and Harvard Law School.
Fernando Gomez is Professor of Civil Law and Law and Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona Spain. A graduate of the University of Madrid and the University of Bologna (Italy), he has taught at several Universities in Europe (University of Madrid-Complutense, University of Wales, University of Hamburg), Israel (IDC-Herzliya) and the US (George Mason). He is currently editor of InDret, the leading Spanish e-journal in legal studies, and co-editor of the Review of Law and Economics, a leading law and economics scholarly publication. He is currently serving in the Expert Group of the European Commission on a Common European Sales Law. His research interests lie in the application of economic methods and reasoning to a broad range of legal areas, especially Contracts, Torts, Legal Harmonization, and Judicial Behavior.
Comparative Law & Economics of Contracts
Legal Harmonization Seminar
Janos Kis is co-founder and first chairman of Hungary’s liberal party and a leading member of the democratic opposition to the former communist regime in Hungary. He earned his degree in philosophy at the Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest (1967). From 1967 through 1973, he was a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and was dismissed after co-authoring a critical interpretation of the Marxian conception of socialism. He returned to academia in 1991 and taught at the Central European University in Budapest. The courses he taught include Contemporary Political Philosophy, Theory of Justice, Political Authority and Obligation, and Democratic Theory. He is currently working on popular sovereignty and value conflict.
Professor Kis was founder and editor-in-chief of the underground political review Beszélõ from 1981 to 1989. L’Égale Dignité, his book on the nature and justification of the claim of human rights (Le Seuil, 1989), appeared originally in the underground press. He worked as a freelance translator, and his translations include treatises of Rousseau, The Vocation of Man by Fichte, and Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. Since his return to academia, he published many articles and books on political theory, including Political Neutrality, Constitutional Democracy, and Politics as a Moral Problem.
Although he is now out of politics for 20 years, Professor Kis continues to play a role as a public intellectual defending the liberal position on many controversial issues such as the woman’s right to abortion, assisted suicide, freedom of expression and of assembly, separation of state and church, the issue of national minorities, and constitutionalism.
Dirk van Zyl Smit
Dirk van Zyl Smit holds an LL.B. degree from the University of Stellenbosch, a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh and an honorary doctorate in law from the University of Greifswald. He is currently Professor of Comparative and International Penal Law at the University of Nottingham. Until the end of 2005 he was Professor of Criminology at the University of Cape Town, where he was also Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1990-1995. In recent years he has also been a visiting professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin, the Paul Cezanne University in Aix en Provence and the Catholic University of Leuven. His publications include Principles of European Prison Law and Policy: Penology and Human Rights (with Sonja Snacken) (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Taking Life Imprisonment Seriously in National and International Law (Kluwer, 2002). His current research addresses both indeterminate sentences and non-custodial sanctions in comparative perspective.
Professor van Zyl Smit has acted as an expert adviser to the Council of Europe on the new European Prison Rules and on the Rules on Juvenile Offenders subject to Sanctions and Measures, and to the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime for its Handbooks on Alternatives to Imprisonment and the International Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners. He has also advised the governments of Bangladesh, Malawi and Bosnia and Herzegovina on new prison legislation. In South Africa he was actively involved in law reform as a member of the Goldstone committee on public violence and public demonstrations in 1992, as the primary consultant for the Correctional Services Act 1998 and as a member of the National Council on Correctional Services from 1995 to 2004. In addition, he was project leader of the committee of the South African Law Commission investigating sentencing and author of its report and draft legislation: a New Sentencing Framework (2000).
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, or women trafficked in Nepal and Poland, or women victims of domestic violence and rape in Brazil and South Africa and women in US prisons, explore 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. 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.
Horst Eidenmueller was born in Munich, Germany. He obtained an LL.M. at Cambridge University (1989) and a Ph.D. from Munich University (1994) after working for McKinsey & Co. in the 1990s. After is Habilitation in 1998, he was a law professor at the University of Muenster from 1999 until 2003. Since 2003, he holds the chair for Private Law, German, European and International Company Law and Munich University. From 2007 until 2011, this position was designated as a research professorship under the excellence scheme of the German Research Foundation. Eidenmueller’s main research areas are contract law, company and bankruptcy law, and alternative dispute resolution. He is known for his economic and empirical analysis of problems in these fields. Eidenmueller is a Visiting Professor on a continuous basis at Oxford University and has held visiting positions at major other universities such as Cambridge (2007) and Harvard (2011). From 2008 to 2009, he was a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. Eidenmueller is a Research Associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute (since 2009) and a Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (since 2008).
Carlo Garbarino is Professor of Taxation at Bocconi University Milan, Global Law Professor, New York University 2012-13. Member of Dipartimento di Studi Giuridici and of Steering Committee of the Ph.D., Program in International Economic Law of the same University, affiliated member of the Department of Accounting, Bocconi. Member of the Steering Committee Research Department – SDA Bocconi. Ph.D. in Comparative and International Taxation, Master of Laws at the University of Michigan, Visiting Scholar at Yale University Law School, and Visiting Professor at Université Sorbonne-Paris, University of Michigan Law School, New York University, University of San Paulo, University of Florida. Member of the Faculty of Scuola Direzione Aziendale (SDA) – Bocconi, of International Network for Tax Research – OECD, Paris, and of Tax Committee-American Chamber of Commerce. Member of the Editorial Board of Alta Scuola Formazione ODC, Milan, Director of Osservatorio Fiscale e Contabile – SDA Bocconi. Internships at Caplin & Drysdale, Washington DC (1986), Roberts & Holland, New York (1987). Formerly Associate Studio Legale Bisconti, Milan (1989 – 2000), Of-counsel Tax, Head of tax department, Allen & Overy, Milan, (2001-2005). Editor of EC Tax Review, Economia & Management – SDA (2008-2010), Diritto tributario internazionale; Editor-in-chief of Fiscalità e Commercio Internazionale, Director of the Series of volumes "Comparative and International Taxation", Bocconi University Press – Egea, Milan; editor of four volumes: Aspetti fiscali delle operazioni internazionali, 1995; Convenzione Italia-USA contro le doppie imposizioni. Commentario, 2001; Le Convenzioni dell'Italia in materia di imposte su reddito e patrimonio. Commentario, 2002, Aspetti internazionali della riforma fiscale, Milano 2004. Author of Manuale di tassazione internazionale, Milan, 2008, and of three monographs, as well as of about seventy publications on Italian, comparative and international taxation.
Vincenzo Varano, professor and former dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Florence, is a highly respected European comparative lawyer. A graduate of the University of Florence Law School, he completed his legal education at Stanford Law School in 1966. He has been a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and a Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School, Brooklyn Law School, Northwestern Law School, and the European University Institute. As a member of the Global Faculty, he visited NYU in 1994, 1998, 2004, 2009, and 2011. He is a Titular Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. His main research interests include comparative methodology, comparative legal systems, and comparative civil procedure.. He has written extensively on these areas. His most important recent publications include: Manuale di diritto processuale civile europeo (with M. Taruffo, Torino, Giappichelli, 2011); the 4th edition of La Tradizione giuridica occidentale (with V. Barsotti) (Torino, Giappichelli, 2010); Civil Litigation in Comparative Context (St. Paul, Thomson/West, 2007), co-authored with O. G. Chase, H. Hershkoff, L. Silberman, Y. Taniguchi, and A. Zuckerman; and Chapter 10 on Comparative Civil Justice (co-authored with O. G. Chase) of the Cambridge Companion to Comparative Law (M. Bussani & U. Mattei eds.), due to be published by Cambridge University Press in the Summer of 2012.