spring 2015 Faculty
ESADE Law School
Professor at ESADE Law School (Barcelona) and at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (London, Spring 2015). Education in law and philosophy, including doctoral degree from Cornell University (JSD, 2004), and master degree from the European Academy of Legal Theory (Brussels) (LL.M., 2000). Teaches in the fields of Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Professional Ethics. His writings, in English and Spanish, cover a wide range of fields, from traditional studies in legal philosophy, to legal education and professional ethics, and also appear in professional publications, blogs and general media. He has been visiting professor and speaker in different schools and universities across Europe and North America, including among others Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), ICADE Law School (Madrid), Bucerius Law School (Hamburg), Free University of Berlin, University of Southampton, Santa Clara University, Boston College and Georgetown Law. He taught at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in Fall 2009 and again during the academic year 2013-2014, in which he served as the Academic Co-Director. He is currently co-chair of the Academic Council of the CTLS. His last publication, 'What Law for Transnational Legal Education', co-authored with three students, reflects on the experience of teaching and learning transnational law at the CTLS.
'What Law for Transnational Legal Education? A Cooperative View on an Introductory Course to Transnational Law and Governance" Transnational Legal Theory, Volume 6, Issue 2 (2015) (forthcoming) (coauthored with Joshua Anderson, Francois Meier and Sierra Robart).
"Transnational Law as an Excuse. How Teaching Law Without the State Makes Legal Education Better", in C. Menkel-Meadow, V. V. Ramraj & F. Werro (eds.), in Teaching Transnational Law: Substantive Issues, Pedagogical Approaches, Ashgate, Oxford (forthcoming, 2015).
"Amorality Explained. Analysing the reasons that explain the standard conception of legal ethics", The Ramon Llull Journal of Applied Ethics, vol.4 (2013), pp.51-66.
"Senses of Sen: Reflections on Amartya Sen's ideas of justice", International Journal of Law in Context, vol.8, n.1, pp.155-178 (2012) (coauthored with Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Arif Jamal, Victor Ramraj & Francisco Satiro).
"Shaping the Future of (Jesuit) Legal Education", Explore, Fall 2011, Santa Clara University.
"Law and Cultural Diversity in Spain", in M.C. Foblets, J.F. Gaudreault-DesBiens & A.D. Renteln, Cultural Diversity and the Law. State Responses from Around the World, Bruylant - Yvon Blais, Brussels, 2010 (coauthored with María Elósegui).
"The Cultural Defence in Spain", in A.D. Renteln & M.C. Foblets, Multicultural Jurisprudence: Comparative Perspectives on the Cultural Defence, Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2009 (coauthored with Barbara Truffin).
Los votos discrepantes del juez OW Holmes, Iustel, Madrid, 2006 (editor and translator into Spanish of the dissenting opinions of Justice Holmes at the US Supreme Court).
Judge Harry M. Fisher Professor of Private International and Inter-Religious Law
Celia Fassberg is a Professor at the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research focuses primarily on Private International Law (Conflict of Laws) and Comparative Law. In addition to these subjects she has taught International Transactions, Admiralty Law, Transnational Family Law, Transnational Insolvency Law, She received her LL.B, from the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her S.J.D. from Harvard Law School. She clerked in the Israeli State Attorney's office and on the Supreme Court of Israel (for Justice Aharon Barak).
Foreign Judgments in Israeli Law: Deconstruction and Reconstruction (Jerusalem, 1996) (in Hebrew)
Private International Law (2 vols, 2013) (in Hebrew)
"Form and Formalism: A Case Study", 31 Am.J.Comp.L.627(1983); "The Forum: Its Role and Significance in Choice-of-Law", 84 Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Rechtswissenschaft 1 (1985);
"Choice-of-Law Models: The Internal Interreligious Context", 2 Mélanges Vander Elst 885 (Brussels, 1986);
"Coherence and Continuity: A Study in Comparative Codification", 22 Is.L.R. 184 (1987);
"On the Finality of Foreign Judgments", 18 Mishpatim 35 (1988) (in Hebrew);
"Product Liability and the Conflict of Laws: Theory and Practice", 9 Tel Aviv University Studies in Law 205 (1989);
"Classification for Choice-of-Law", 19 Mishpatim 401 (1990) (in Hebrew);
"The Intertemporal Problem Reconsidered: Israeli Matrimonial Property" 39 Int. & Comp. L.Q. 856 (1990);
"Cross-Border Insolvency in Israeli Law", Cross-Border Insolvency: National and Comparative Studies 128 (ed. I. Fletcher, Max Planck Institut für Ausländisches und Internationales Privatrecht, Vol. 36, 1992);
"Judicial and Legislative Jurisdiction in the Hague Conventions on Private International Law" 27 Is.L.R. 460 (1993);
"Israel and the Palestinian Authority: Jurisdiction and Legal Assistance", 28 Is.L.R. 318 (1994);
"Choice-of-Law and the Assessment of Damages in Torts", 26 Mishpatim (1995) 367 (in Hebrew);
"Legal Aspects of Israeli-Palestinian Economic Relations" The Arab-Israeli Accords: Legal Perspectives 157 (ed. Cottran and Mallat, Kluwer, 1996);
"Rule and Reason in the Common Law of Foreign Judgments" 12 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 193 (1999);
"Law and Justice in Choice-of-Law: Matrimonial Property after Nafisi v. Nafisi" 31 Mishpatim 97 (2000)(in Hebrew);
"On Time and Place in Choice-of-Law for Property", 51 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 385 (2002);
"Language and Style in a Mixed Legal System", 78 Tulane Law Review (2003);
"Lex Mercatoria: Hoist with its own Petard?", 5 Chicago International Law Journal 67 (2004);
"Religious Diversity and Law" Human Diversity and Law 25 (eds. Mauro Bussani, Michele Graziadei) (Staempfli, Bruylant, Sakkoulas, 2005);
"Recognition of Foreign Judgments: Negative Declarations", 28 Tel Aviv University L.R. 951 (2005) (in Hebrew);
"Conflict of Laws: United States Law", Encyclopedia of Legal History (ed. Lawrence Friedman et al.) (OUP)(2009);
Queen Mary, University of London
Queen Mary University
Rémy Gerbay teaches international commercial law at Queen Mary University in London. Prior to joining the School of Law at Queen Mary, Rémy was the Deputy Registrar of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), between 2009 and 2012. Rémy was also acting Registrar of the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre in Dubai.
Immediately prior to joining the LCIA, Rémy was in private practice with English law firm Herbert Smith LLP, in London and Paris, where he concentrated on commercial and investment arbitration (ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICSID).
Rémy received a French law degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Lyon III, a two-year Master's in international law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (IUHEI, University of Geneva), and an LL.M., Dean's List, from Georgetown University Law Centre. For his work at Georgetown Law, Rémy was the recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship. He was admitted to practice as an attorney (state of New York) and as a Solicitor (England and Wales). Rémy has taught international arbitration at SciencesPo (Paris) and Universite Jean Moulin (Lyon), and regularly speaks at conferences.
Alon Harel is the Mizock professor of law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He wrote numerous articles in moral, political and legal philosophy. He also published articles on law and economics, criminal law and constitutional theory. His recent book Why Law Matters (Oxford University Press, 2014) argues that legal institutions and procedures are not only means to secure independently specifiable ends. They are constituent aspects of a just society and the contribution they make to it is not contingent but necessary.
Recent publications include:
Alon Harel, Why Law Matters (Oxford University Press, 2014).
Alon Harel, The Duty to Criminalize (forthcoming in Law and Philosophy, 2014)
Alon Harel, The Case Against Privatization 41 Philosophy and Public Affairs 67-102 (2013) (with Avihay Dorfman).
Alon Harel, Necessity Knows No Law 61 University of Toronto L.J., 845-867 (2011) (with Assaf Sharon).
Alon Harel, Commensurability and Agency: Yet Two Unmet Challenges to Law and Economics 96 Cornell L. Rev. 749-788 (2011) (with Ariel Porat).
Alon Harel, The Easy Core Case for Judicial Review 2 Journal of Legal Analysis 227-256 (with Tsvi Kahana).
Alon Harel, Criminal Responsibility for Unspecified Offences 94 Minnesota L. Rev. 261-310 (2009) (with Ariel Porat).
Alon Harel, Uncertainty Revisited: Legal Prediction and Legal Postdiction 107 Michigan L. Rev. 467-499 (2008) (with Ehud Guttel).
Alon Harel, Why Only the State May Inflict Criminal Sanctions: The Case Against Privately Inflicted Sanctions 14 Legal Theory 113-133 (2008).
Alon Harel, The Economics of Stigma: Why More Detection of Crime May Result in Less Stigmatization 36 Journal of Legal Studies 355-377 (2007) (with Alon Klement).
Alon Harel, The Right to Judicial Review 92 Virginia L. Rev. 991-1022 (2006) (with Yuval Eylon).
Alon Harel, Ex-Post Egalitarianism 21 Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, 57-75 (2005) (with Zvi Safra & Uzi Segal).
Alon Harel, Matching Probabilities: The Behavioral Law & Economics of Repeated Behavior 72 University of Chicago L. Rev., 1197-2005 (2005) (with Ehud Guttel).
Alon Harel, Theories of Rights in Blackwell's Guide to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory,191-206(eds. Martin P. Golding & William Edmundson, 2005).
Alon Harel, The Virtues of Uncertainty in Law: An Experimental Approach 89 Iowa L. Rev. 443-494 (2004) (with Tom Baker and Tamar Kugler).
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The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London
Dr Cian C. Murphy is the 2014/15 Academic Co-Director of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies and a faculty member of The Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London. At CTLS he teaches The Rule of Law Under Globalisation (Fall 2014) and the core course Transnational Law and Governance (Spring 2015 - co-teaching with Philomila Tsoukala). In Spring 2013, Dr Murphy was a Fulbright-Schuman Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center and the NYU School of Law.
Before joining the King's faculty in September 2010 Dr Murphy was Teaching Fellow at University College London and Research Fellow at City University. He has been Visiting Lecturer on the LL.M degrees at NUI Galway (2012) and Queen Mary University of London (2014). Dr Murphy holds degrees from University College Cork (BCL, 2005) and King's College London (LL.M, 2006 & Ph.D, 2010).
Dr Murphy's research and teaching interests lie in the relationship between collective power and individual rights and the role that law plays in that relationship. His publications examine transnational governance, counter-terrorism law, security co-operation, and human rights. His most recent monograph, EU Counter-terrorism Law: Pre-emption & the Rule of Law, won the SLS Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship (Second Prize) in 2013. Dr Murphy also recently published, with Diego Acosta Arcarazo , EU Security and Justice Law: After Lisbon and Stockholm . Dr Murphy's current writing focuses on the dynamics of transnational law and will result in a monograph, Control Beyond the State, to be published in 2015.
In public debate Dr Murphy has written for Human Rights in Ireland and The Guardian . He was a legal consultant in the leading case, C-584/10 P Commission v Kadi, before the European Court of Justice. Support for his research has come from the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the National University of Ireland, the Modern Law Review, the EU Framework Programme 7, the Fulbright Commission and the British Academy. A selection of his research publications can be found on SSRN.
At King's, Dr Murphy serves as Chair of College Examination Misconduct & Disciplinary Committees, and has served as acting Chair of the College Research Degrees Examination Board. His previous leadership roles also include Director of Graduate Research Studies, Head of Graduate Studies for Law, and Chair of the Examination Board for the MA Criminology and Criminal Justice.
University of Fribourg
Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Cross-Cultural Business Practice
Professor Marcel Niggli earned his doctoral degree (Ph.D.) and his Habilitation from the University of Zurich. He is a full Professor of criminal law and philosophy of law at the University of Fribourg and currently dean of the law faculty. He has taught philosophy and sociology of law, criminology as well as criminal law, specifically business crimes. His research interests and publications include white collar crime, corporate criminal responsibility, but also racial discrimination and its criminal prosecution as well as the philosophy of language and pragmatism.
|University of Torino
Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza
2012-ongoing: Associate professor in criminal proceedings law. Abilitated full professor in 2012 ASN.
Teaching subjects: Criminal proceedings law; judicial cooperation in criminal matters; law of the criminal enforcement; Criminal procedural law of the EU.
2008-2012: Assistant Professor in Criminal proceedings Law (Univerisity of Torino, Faculty of Law)
2005-2010: Adjunct Professor (professore a contratto) in Criminal proceedings Law, Lumsa University, Rome, Italy
2003-2008: Research fellow, University of Torino, Italy. Held classes in many II level Masters, both national and international (Unicri, Turin staff college, International Crime and Justice; Lumsa, Palermo, Master in family law and juvenile Criminal proceedings Law; University of Turin, Faculty of Law, Master in European Criminal Justice)
2003: PhD in criminal law and criminal proceedings law in the University of Genoa
1999: law degree in the University of Turin (110/110 cum laude and printing license)
1994: high school degree in foreign languages, in Collegio Valdese, Torre Pellice (To)
Rapporteur to many national and international congresses (among others: 2003, Santiago del Chile, national rapporteur at the preparatory Colloquium to the XIV AIDP International Congress; 2005, Como [It] Università dell'Insubria, Pena, riparazione e conciliazione; 2008, Turin, Bar Order, Il giudice di pace penale: tenuità del fatto; 2012, Pisa, Scuola Sant'Anna, Ginnasio dei penalisti, Libertà dal carcere, libertà nel carcere; 2013, Messina, April 27th [Human Rights in European Criminal Law after the Treaty of Lisbon], The right to information in the EU legislation). Also held classes at Scuola Superiore della Magistratura (2013) and Scuola superiore dell'avvocatura (2012).
Investigator in many national (PRIN 2003, New technologies and criminal proceedings; PRIN 2005, European cooperation in criminal matters; PRIN 2010, Problem solving e decisione: aspetti logici, psicologici e neuroscientifici nell'ambito della giustizia penale) and international projects; member of the W.O.C. research project, approved and financed by EU Commission in Sept. 2013.
Since 2010, editor in chief of the scientific journal La legislazione penale (directed by Proff. drr. Chiavario, Padovani, Marzaduri, De Francesco and dr. Manzione).
Member of E.L.I. (European Law Insitute) and of ASPP (Associazione tra gli Studiosi del Processo Penale).
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LL.B., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México LL.M., S.J.D., Harvard
600 New Jersey Avenue N.W.
Alvaro Santos is Co-Director of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS) 2014-2015 and Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He teaches and writes in the areas of international trade, law and economic development, transnational labor law, and legal theory. His recent scholarship looks at how emerging countries may expand their regulatory policy space for development in the international trade regime.
Professor Santos regularly teaches at Harvard's Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) and Georgetown's WTO Academy. He has taught at the University of Texas, Tufts University, Melbourne Law School, and at the University of Turin-ILO Master's program. Professor Santos serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Law and Development Review, and the Latin American Journal of International Trade Law. He holds S.J.D. and LL.M. degrees from Harvard Law School, and a LL.B. from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
Law and the New Developmental State: The Brazilian Experience in Latin American Context (Alvaro Santos, David M. Trubek, Helena Alviar Garcia & Diogo R. Coutinho eds., Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press 2013). [ BOOK]
The New Law and Economic Development: A Critical Appraisal (Alvaro Santos & David M. Trubek eds., New York: Cambridge University Press 2006). [ BOOK]
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
Alvaro Santos, International Law and Its Discontents: Critical Reflections on the War on Drugs or the Role of Law in Creating Complexity, 106 Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. 172-176 (2013). [ HEIN]
Book Chapters and Collected Works
Alvaro Santos, The Trouble with Identity and Progressive Origins in Defending Labour Law, in Critical Legal Perspectives on Global Governance: Liber Amicorum David M. Trubek 207-246 (Gráinne de Búrca, Claire Kilpatrick & Joanne Scott eds., Oxford: Hart Publishing 2014). [ BOOK]
Alvaro Santos, Carving Out Policy Autonomy for Developing Countries in the World Trade Organization: The Experience of Brazil and Mexico, in Law and the New Developmental State: The Brazilian Experience in Latin American Context (Alvaro Santos, David M. Trubek, Helena Alvair Garcia & Diogo R. Coutinho eds., Cambridge University Press 2013). [ BOOK]
Alvaro Santos & David M. Trubek, Introduction: The Third Moment in Law and Development Theory and the Emergence of a New Critical Practice, in The New Law and Economic Development: A Critical Appraisal 1-18 (Alvaro Santos & David M. Trubek eds., New York: Cambridge University Press 2006). [ BOOK]
Alvaro Santos, The World Bank's Uses of the "Rule of Law" Promise in Economic Development, in The New Law and Economic Development: A Critical Appraisal 253-300 (Alvaro Santos & David M. Trubek eds., New York: Cambridge University Press 2006). [ SSRN] [ Gtown Law] [ BOOK]
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Queen Mary, University of London
PhD (University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne) DEA, Maitrise and LLM (Universities of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne and Cologne)
Avocat à la Cour (Paris Bar)
Solicitor (England & Wales)
Location: Lincoln's Inn Fields
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. Maxi Scherer is also the Academic Director of Queen Mary's LLM programme which is to open in Paris in 2013. She has published a number of articles and books in the field of international arbitration and litigation, including as co-author of the forthcoming The New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, C.H. Beck München & Hart Publishing Oxford.
Maxi Scherer studied law at Cologne University, Germany (LLM, summa cum laude) and at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France (maitrise, 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 practised as a lawyer for almost 15 years and maintains an arbitration and consulting practice with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, London.
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, including at Sciences Po Law School Paris, University of Melbourne, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Business School ESCP-EAP Europe Berlin, Pepperdine Law School, University of Basel, Universities of Fribourg/Bern/Neuchâtel, University of Versailles and University of Paris 10 Nanterre. 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 is a member of the French Committee on Private International Law (ComitÃ© Français de Droit International Privé), the French Comparative Law Society (Société de Législation Comparé), the London Court of International Arbitraiton (LCIA) as well as the German (DIS) and Swiss (ASA) Arbitration Associations. She is also a member of the global advisory board of the ICDR Y&I, the international arm of the American Arbitration Association. Maxi speaks regularly on international arbitration topics at conferences and seminars, including at the British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators', the Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) of the ICC, the Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG) of the LCIA, the Inaugural Conference of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) and the Centre for Research on International Investment Law (CREDIMI).
Ethics in International Arbitration -- Introduction to The European and Middle Eastern Arbitration Review, with G. Born, in: Global Arbitration Review Special Report, p. 3, 2009;
The Effects of Insolvency on International Arbitration, in: Kluwerblog, 2009;
Bridging Cultural Gaps in International Arbitration -- Introduction to The European and Middle Eastern Arbitration Review, with G. Born, in: Global Arbitration Review Special Report, p. 7, 2008;
Commentary of the French Supreme Court decision dated 11 January 2005, in: Revue Critique de Droit International Privé, p. 85, 2006;
Zwänge und Entwicklungen im Prozessrecht: das Neue Deutsche Schiedsverfahrensrecht [Necessity and Development in Procedural Law: The New German Arbitration Law], in: Gerichtsverfahren zwischen Gerechtigkeit und Ökonomie [Judicial Process between Justice and Economics], p. 141, 2005;
Pre-Trial Discovery nach dem Haager Beweisübereinkommen, [Pre-Trial Discovery under the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad], Commentary of the Paris Court of Appeals decision dated 18 September 2003, p.456, IPRax 2005;
Le Nom en Droit International Privé, Etude de droit comparé français et allemand [The Name in Private International Law, a Study of French and German Comparative Law], LGDJ, 2004;
Werbung und Internet, Rechtliche Probleme in Deutschland und in Frankreich [Advertisement and Internet: Legal Issues in Germany and France], in: Rechtsfragen der Informationssgesellschaft, published by Thomas Hoeren/Robert Queck, Erich Schmitt Verlag, 1999;
Pre-Trial Discovery-Maßnahmen in Deutschland: Neuauflage des Deutsch-Amerikanischen Justizkonflikts [Pre-Trial Discovery Measures in Germany: another US-German Judiciary Conflict?], with M. Reufels, in: RIW, p. 667, 1999; and
Die ärztliche Arbeitsunfähigkeitsbescheinigung im Spannungsfeld von deutschem und europäischem Recht [The Medical Certificate of Incapacity to Work in the Crossfire of German and European Law], with M. Reufels, in: RJHA, p. 85, 1996.
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B.Mus., Conservatory of Northern Greece; LL.B., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; M.A., University Pantheon Assas, Paris II; S.J.D., Harvard
600 New Jersey Avenue N.W. Washington, DC 20001
Philomila Tsoukala is an Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown Law. Her research interests focus on the comparative position of family law in the political economy of western liberal states, with a special emphasis on the gendered character of the legal regulation of the family and the market. Her most recent article "Marrying Family Law to the Nation" published in the American Journal of Comparative Law uses legal historical insights from the nation-building stage of European history to analyze the contemporary debates over the harmonization of family law in Europe. She is co-editor of the forthcoming new edition of Professor Judy Areen's Family Law casebook. She teaches Family Law I, European Union Law, Legal Justice, and a seminar on the legal regulation of the Family and the Market. Previously Professor Tsoukala was a Visiting Associate Professor at GULC, a Visiting Assistant Professor (Emerging Scholars Program) at the University of Texas School of Law (Emerging Scholars Program), and a Byse Fellow at Harvard Law School. She has a SJD from Harvard Law School, a master's degree from Paris II, Panthéon-Assas, and a LLB from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Philomila Tsoukala, Judith Areen & Marc Spindelman, Family Law: Cases and Materials (New York: Foundation Press/Thomson Reuters 6th ed. 2012). [ BOOK]
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
National University of Singapore
Helena Whalen-Bridge is an Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. She holds a B.A. (University of Connecticut, 1981), J.D. (University of Connecticut, 1985), and LL.M. (National University of Singapore, 2002). Helena started her professional career as Law Clerk for Hon. John F. Moulds in United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, followed by five years of jury trials and appeals as Deputy Attorney General with the California Attorney General's Office. She is admitted to the bars of Connecticut and California. After acting as In-House Counsel in Japan and Singapore, Helena joined the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. She ran the first year Legal Skills Programme from 2003-2009 and now teaches advanced and graduate skills courses.
Helena developed multiple courses for NUS, including Legal Ethics, Comparative Advocacy and Legal Argument & Narrative. Helena has received the NUS Teaching Excellence Award and is a longstanding member of the Law Faculty's Teaching Excellence Committee. Her research interests include legal education, comparative legal skills, and legal ethics and pro bono. She has published on Singapore pro bono (Asian Journal of Comparative Law 2014) and non-profit pro bono (Legal Ethics 2010), the connection between ethics and legal narrative (Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors 2010), and global legal skills (Journal of International Law in Context, 2014) and comparative legal analysis (Journal of Legal Education 2008 and Asian Journal of Comparative Law 2006). Helena is a founding member of the Law Society of Singapore's Project Law Help, and she worked with the UNDP Team that translated Lao laws into English. She has been the Faculty Advisor for the Law Faculty's student Pro Bono Group since its inception in 2005.
"The Reluctant Comparativist: Teaching Common Law Reasoning to Civil Law Students and the Future of Comparative Legal Skills" (2008) Journal of Legal Education