Spring 2018 Faculty
Free University of Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin
Christian Armbrüster holds the chair of Private Law, Commercial and Company Law, Insurance Law and Private International Law at Freie Universität Berlin. He started his academic career as a Professor of Private Law at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg in 2000 before changing to Berlin in 2004. Since then he has been responsible for Freie's ERASMUS exchange programs for law, and he has taught at international partner universities including Barcelona (ESADE), Paris, Rome, UC Hastings, and UConn. He held the office of Dean of the Law Faculty from 2015 to 2017.
Apart from his academic activities Christian Armbrüster served as a judge in the Court of Appeal in Berlin for six years. His advice has been sought by the German Parliament in the context of various law-making projects. He has acted as an Arbitrator in various national and international cases.
Current research projects include Contract Law, Legal Aspects of Digitalisation, International Insurance Programs and International Arbitration. Some pro bono work is dedicated to the protection of Cultural Heritage through Private law. A comprehensive list of Christian Armbrüster's publications is available online.
Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London
Professor David Caron is presently serving as a Judge with the Iran - United States Claims Tribunal in the Hague and as Professor of International Law at King’s College London.
Professor Caron joined as Dean of The Dickson Poon School of Law from the US, where he was the C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Rule of Law, member of the Executive Council of the American Bar Association Section on International law, member of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on Public International Law, Co-Director of the Law of the Sea Institute, Co-Director of Berkeley’s Miller Institute on Global Challenges and the Law, and as a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law.
Professor Caron attended the United States Coast Guard Academy graduating with High Honors with emphases in Physics and Political Science and as Commander of the Corp of Cadets in 1974. He served first in the Arctic as the Navigator and Salvage Diving Officer aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, and second in San Francisco as the Assistant Chief of the Marine Environmental Protection for California. In 1979, Professor Caron was a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom attending the University of Wales and receiving a Masters’ degree in Marine Law and Policy. Professor Caron studied law at the University of California at Berkeley graduating Order of the Coif, as Editor in Chief of Ecology Law Quarterly and as co-recipient of the Thelen Marrin Prize for outstanding student scholarship in 1983.
Following Berkeley, Professor Caron served as a legal assistant to Judges Richard M. Mosk and Charles N. Brower at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal. While there, Professor Caron began his associations with the Hague Academy of International Law becoming the 25th American to receive its Diploma and with the University of Leiden where he received his Doctorate in Law. He thereupon served as a Senior Research Fellow with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law in Heidelberg and thereafter practiced with the San Francisco firm of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro before joining the law faculty at Berkeley in 1987.
Professor Caron’s scholarship addresses international law and organization, with the corpus of work focusing on public and private international dispute resolution, international courts and tribunals, the United Nations, the law of the sea, international environmental law, climate change and general theory of international law.
David Caron served as Chair of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration from 2005 to 2009 and is a Co-Editor in Chief of World Arbitration and Mediation Review. He has served as an arbitrator in international matters, including from 1996 to 2003 service as a Commissioner with the Precedent Panel (E2) of the U. N. Compensation Commission in Geneva resolving claims arising out of the 1990 Gulf War. He is a member of the Bars of the State of California and of England and Wales, and is a Barrister Member of Chambers at 20 Essex Street.
Professor Caron received the Deák prize of the American Society of International Law for outstanding scholarship by a younger scholar in 1991. In 2000, he received the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Award of the University of California for outstanding achievement and contribution to the field of international law. In 2006, he served as a member of the Faculty in the Public International Law Session of the Hague Academy of International Law. He served as the President of the American Society of International Law from 2010 to 2012.
University of Torino
University of Fribourg
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Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Moshe Hirsch is the Von Hofmannsthal Professor of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Department of International Relation and Law Faculty), Co-director of the International Law Forum at the Hebrew University Law Faculty, and co-organizer of the Jerusalem Forum on Memory, Society and Law. Prof. Hirsch specializes in international legal theory (particularly sociological analysis of international law), international economic law, and public international law. He co-organizes a series of international workshops on the sociology of international law. A significant part of his publications involves interdisciplinary research that employs, inter alia, sociological theories, game theory, political economy and international relations theory.
His recent publications include;"Invitation to the Sociology of International Law" (Oxford University Press, 2015);"The Sociology of International Economic Law" (European Journal of International Law, 2008);"Explaining Compliance and Non-Compliance with ICSID Awards: a Multiple Theoretical Approach" (Journal of International Economic Law, 2016);"African Countries in the World Trading System" (co-author, International &Comparative Law Quarterly, 2012);"Interactions between Investment and Non-Investment Obligations in International Investment Law", in Oxford Handbook of International Law on Foreign Investment (Oxford University Press, 2008);and "Developing Countries", in The Encyclopedia of Public International Law (Max Planck Institute 2008).
In addition to lecturing at the Hebrew University, Prof. Hirsch taught numerous courses on international economic law and international legal theory in other academic institutions (including in London, Toronto, Dundee, Berlin Oñati, New York, Zurich, Vancouver, and Macau).
University of Melbourne
Dr Scott Stephenson is a Senior Lecturer at Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne. His research focuses on topics of Australian and comparative constitutional law and theory, including federalism, the migration of constitutional ideas, models of rights protection, political backlash against courts, and quasi-constitutional law.
After receiving his BA and LLB(Hons) with the University Medal in Law from the Australian National University, he worked at the High Court of Australia, first as the Court's Legal Research Officer and then as Associate (Law Clerk) to Justice Virginia Bell AC. He then obtained his LLM and JSD from Yale University. While at Yale, he held the position of Tutor-in-Law for two years, was awarded the Fox International Fellowship to spend a year undertaking research at the University of Cambridge, and visited the University of Copenhagen's Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts).
His book on the bills of rights in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, From Dialogue to Disagreement in Comparative Rights Constitutionalism (Federation Press, 2016), was awarded the Holt Prize in 2015. He has published in a number of Australian, Irish, UK and international journals, including the Dublin University Law Journal, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, the Melbourne University Law Review, and Public Law.
From Dialogue to Disagreement in Comparative Rights Constitutionalism (Federation Press, 2016).
Journal Articles & Book Chapters
'Rights Protection in Australia' in Adrienne Stone &Cheryl Saunders (eds), Oxford Handbook of the Australian Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2017) (forthcoming).
'When Constitutional Conventions Fail' (2015) 38 Dublin University Law Journal 447–64.
'The Supreme Court's Renewed Interest in Autochthonous Constitutionalism'  Public Law 394–402.
'Federalism and Rights Deliberation' (2014) 38 Melbourne University Law Review 709–54.
'Constitutional Reengineering: Dialogue's Migration from Canada to Australia' (2013) 11 International Journal of Constitutional Law 870–97.
'Review of Stephen Gardbaum, The New Commonwealth Model of Constitutionalism: Theory and Practice' (2013) 76 Modern Law Review 1156–62.
Short Pieces & Commentary
'Scott Stephenson, Michael Crommelin and Cheryl Saunders on the Judgments in Plaintiff M68-2015 v Commonwealth', Opinions on High Blog, 29 February 2016 (with Michael Crommelin and Cheryl Saunders).
'Court Ruling Leaves the Buck with MPs', Pursuit, 3 February 2016.
'The Complications and Consequences of Constitutional Comparison', Opinions on High Blog, 2 November 2015.
'The Constitutional Referendum in Comparative Perspective: Same-Sex Marriage in Ireland and Australia', International Journal of Constitutional Law Blog, 4 June 2015.
Republished in Michel Rosenfeld, Norman Dorsen, Susanne Baer, Susanna Mancini and Andras Sajo (eds), Comparative Constitutionalism: Cases and Materials (West Academic Publishing, 3rd ed, 2016) (forthcoming).
'Federalism and Liberty in Australia Through the Lenses of Same-Sex Marriage and Organised Crime', UK Constitutional Law Association Blog, 13 November 2013.
'The Future of Rights Reform in the Age of the Referendum', UK Constitutional Law Association Blog, 17 July 2013.
'The Constitutional Significance of Statutory Repeal: How Far Can Parliament Turn Back the Clock?', UK Constitutional Law Association Blog, 7 March 2013.
(for the Fall 2017 profile, please click here)
600 New Jersey Avenue N.W.
After graduating from law school, where he was Articles and Book Reviews Editor of the Columbia Law Review, Professor Vazquez served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then practiced law with Covington and Burling in Washington, DC, before joining the law school faculty as a visiting professor of law in 1990, and then as an associate professor in 1991. From 2000 to 2003, he was the United States member of the Inter-American Juridical Committee, the organ of the Organization of American States responsible for juridical matters and for promoting the progressive development and codification of international law in the Americas. Professor Vazquez has written and taught primarily in the areas of international law, constitutional law, and federal courts.
Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress
- Carlos M. Vázquez &Stephen I. Vladeck, The Constitutional Right to Collateral Post-Conviction Review, 103 Va. L. Rev. (forthcoming). [SSRN]
- Carlos M. Vázquez, Habeas as Forum Allocation: A New Synthesis, (working paper). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
- Carlos M. Vázquez, Out-Beale-Ing Beale, (working paper). [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
- Carlos M. Vázquez, Four Problems with the Draft Restatement's Treatment of Treaty Self-Execution, 2015 BYU L. Rev. 1747-1799. [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
M. Vázquez &Catherine Powell, Introduction
to Symposium on the International Legal Obligation to Criminalize Marital
Rape, 109 Am. J. Int'l L. (Unbound) 187-188