Faculty

All our lecturers are specialized in different areas of law. Making contact with them and joining discussions during the summer law school is a very unique feature of our program. 

Professor Steven Barkan

Steve Barkan came to the UW Law School as the Director of the Law Library in 1995. In addition to administering the Law Library, Professor Barkan teaches Torts I and Torts II to first-year students. He is the director of the Law School's summer study abroad program in Giessen, Germany, and he directs the Law School's student and faculty exchange program with the University of Giessen. This fall, he is team-teaching a course on European Union Law with a visiting professors from Giessen. Prior to coming to the Law School, Professor Barkan was on the faculty of the Marquette University Law School, where he served as the Director of the Law Library, Associate Dean, and Interim Dean, and taught legal ethics and workers' compensation law, among other subjects.

In 1993, he was the recipient of the first Excellence in Academic Law Librarianship Award sponsored by the West Publishing Company. Professor Barkan also has served as the Associate Law Librarian at the University of Texas School of Law, a research librarian for the Supreme Court of the United States, and a reference librarian at the University of Southern California Law Library. He practiced personal injury and workers' compensation law in Ohio for six years and is a member of the Wisconsin and Ohio bars.

Professor Barkan is the primary author (with the late Roy M. Mersky and the late Donald J. Dunn) of the ninth edition of Fundamentals of Legal Research. In 1992, he was the founding editor of Perspectives, a journal devoted to teaching legal research and writing in law schools.

Professor Edward Fallone

Professor Edward Fallone joined the faculty of the Marquette University Law School (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in 1992. He teaches in the areas of constitutional law, corporate law, corporate crimes and immigration law, and has published frequently on these topics. He has also offered a course in International Criminal Law at the Justus Liebig University Law School in Giessen, Germany and at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Prior to joining Marquette University Law School, Professor Fallone practiced law with the firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in Washington, D.C., where he represented military defense contractors in securities fraud and white collar crime cases. He is a 1988 recipient of a J.D. degree from the Boston University School of Law, and he received his B.A. degree from Boston University in Spanish Language and Literature. Professor Fallone is a former President of the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association and has been active in a variety of organizations devoted to providing legal and social services to the Hispanic community of southeastern Wisconsin. In 2013, he ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Prof. Dr. Thilo Marauhn

Co-Director, Franz von Liszt Institute for International and Comparative Law; Associate Director, Centre for International Environmental and Development Research. Educated at the Universities of Mannheim, Wales (Aberyswyth, U.K.), Bonn and Heidelberg, Professor Marauhn holds a law degree (state exam, equivalent to J.D., Heidelberg), a Postgraduate Diploma in International Law and Relations (Wales), an M.Phil. in International Relations (Wales), and a Dr. iur. utr. (Heidelberg). He earned his venia legendi in public law, international and European law from the University of Frankfurt/Main.

Following a short period as Professor of Law at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, U.K.) he was appointed Professor of Law at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Faculty of Law, in 2001. Also, he has been a visiting professor of constitutional theory at the University of Lucerne, Faculty of Law (Switzerland), since 2001, and he has been a visiting professor at UW Law School in 2005 and 2008. He served as the Dean of the Faculty of Law, in Giessen between 2006 and 2009.

Professor Marauhn has been a member of numerous councils and academies, including, among others, the German National Advisory Committee on International Humanitarian Law (since 1995), the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (currently chair), the Scientific Advisory Board of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt/Main (currently chair), and the Advisory Board on United Nations Issues of the German Federal Foreign Office (since 2008). Apart from being a book series editor (Ius internationale et europaeum) and a member of editorial boards (including the Journal of Conflict and Security Law, OUP), he has published widely in international journals and has edited many books on international law issues (among others, with CUP). His main research interests focus on international legal approaches to human rights, environment and development, and international security.

Dr. Sorcha MacLeod

Dr Sorcha MacLeod is a Lecturer in International Human Rights Law in the School of Law at the University of Sheffield in the UK, where students voted for her as one of the university’s most inspirational teachers. She holds an LLB (Hons) in Scots Law and an LLM in International Natural Resources Law from the University of Dundee, and a PhD from the University of Glasgow. She is an expert in the area of business and human rights with a particular interest in the private military and security industry.  She has published widely on these topics. She is Principal Investigator on an ESRC-funded research project ‘From Rhetoric to Practice: Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.’ Previously, she was a Principal Investigator on the EU-Funded PRIV-WAR project, as well as a member of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Working Group on regulating private military and security contractors.  She participated in the Montreux Document process and in the development of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers and the International Code of Conduct Association. She has Observer Status at the ICoCA. She is a human rights technical expert for the British Standards Institute (BSI) and a member of the UK delegation which drafted the new ISO18788 Management system for private security operations. She was a Human Rights Subject Matter Expert on the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s PSC1 pilot audit certification scheme for Private Military and Security Companies and continues to audit human rights compliance in this sector. Moreover she is an invited expert to the ‘UN Intergovernmental Working Group to consider the possibility of elaborating an international regulatory framework on the regulation, monitoring and oversight of the activities of private military and security companies.’ She also advises civil society organisations on business and human rights issues.

Dr. Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt

Dr. Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt is an expert in business and human rights, in particular pertaining to the private military and security industry. She directs the Human Rights in Business Program housed at American University Washington College of Law’s Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, where she leads efforts to educate the legal and business communities on corporate responsibility issues and spearheads a collaborative project to promote effective corporate human rights impact assessment. In various capacities, she has been involved in a variety of efforts to develop national and international standards for private security providers, to include participating in the drafting convention to finalize the Articles of Association for the International Code of Conduct Association for Private Security Service Providers, chairing the US delegation to the ISO committee that developed ISO 18788: Management System for Private Security Operations, and most recently chairing the five year review of ANSI/ASIS PSC.1: Management System for Quality of Private Security Company Operations. She serves as an Observer to the International Code of Conduct Association. Her publications examine soft law initiatives in the private security industry, and her research more broadly explores the effectiveness of multi-stakeholder corporate governance.

Dr. DeWinter-Schmitt is also Senior Managing Director at Human Analytics, a D.C.-based risk management consultancy specializing in helping public and private organizations address human rights risks associated with operating in complex environments. She has assisted clients with developing management systems to meet industry standards.

Until 2012, Dr. DeWinter-Schmitt was an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of International Service’s Peace and Conflict Resolution Program where she taught courses among other things on corporate social responsibility, international ethics, and the economics of violence and peace. From 1998 to 2002, she was a staff member of Amnesty International USA, first in its National Field Program and then as Program Associate to the Just Earth! Program on Human Rights and the Environment. For the last fifteen years, she has served on Amnesty International USA’s Business and Human Rights Group as a volunteer thematic expert.

She received her PhD in international relations from American University’s School of International Service, her master’s degree in political science with minors in economics and sociology from the University of Marburg, Germany, and her undergraduate degree in political science with a minor in German from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.

Dr. Michael Weiß

Michael Weiß was educated at the University of Giessen (Germany) and the University of Warwick (United Kingdom). He graduated in 2004 and holds a law degree (first state exam, J.D. equivalent) from the University of Giessen as well as a ‘Certificate of English Law’ from the University of Warwick (with distinction). 

After his first state exam Dr Weiß worked as a research assistant at the University of Gießen and in cooperation with the international law firm Linklaters LLP in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and Brussels (Belgium). He earned his Doctor juris (S.J.D. equivalent) from the University of Giessen in 2010. His doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Hybrid Regulation Instruments’ (Hybride Regulierungsinstrumente), was supervised by Prof Dr. Thilo Marauhn. The thesis provides an analysis of legal, factual and extraterritorial effects of national corporate governance codes.

Throughout his legal education and the preparation of his doctoral thesis Dr. Weiß was supported by a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).

Following his legal traineeship at the commercial law chamber of the court of appeals in Frankfurt am Main, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Linklaters LLP in Frankfurt am Main and Adidas AG in Herzogenaurach (Germany), Dr. Weiß achieved the second state exam in 2008.

Since 2008 Dr. Weiß works as an attorney-at-law in the Corporate/M&A department of Linklaters LLP in Frankfurt am Main. Dr. Weiß has specialized experience in mergers & acquisitions, capital market and corporate law. He advises national and international corporate clients and banks on complex cross-border transactions, in particular public takeover transactions, and on all aspects of German capital market and corporate law.

Dr. Adam Andrzejewski

Adam Andrzejewski is Assistant Professor at the Kozminski University in Poland, where he teaches in the Law School, offering classes in Comparative Corporate Law, International Economic Law, and Intellectual Property Law. He has also offered a course in International Intellectual Property Law at the Chile Summer Program in Santiago. Dr. Andrzejewski is also a practicing attorney-at-law. 

Adam Andrzejewski completed his legal education at the universities of Warsaw in Poland and Cologne in Germany. He graduated with distinction in 2007 and holds a law degree (J.D. equivalent). From 2008 to 2011, he was a research associate at the Institute for Public, European and Public International Law at Justus Liebig University, Giessen. He earned his Doctor juris (S.J.D. equivalent) from the University of Giessen in 2013. His doctoral thesis, supervised by Prof. Dr. Thilo Marauhn, was on patent auctions as an alternative business structure for intellectual property assets acquisition and sales. He received a scholarship from the federal state of Hessen for his research in Giessen and at Max Planck Institute in Munich. Throughout his preparation of his doctoral thesis Dr. Andrzejewski was supported by a scholarship from the Hesse, a federal state of Germany.

Following his legal education, Dr. Andrzejewski cooperated with GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals in Warsaw and Ernst & Young in Dublin. He also worked as an attorney-at-law in the Intellectual Property and Technology department of DLA Piper in Warsaw. 

His main research interests focuses on corporate governance in different jurisdictions, international trade law, European law, and intellectual property rights. In his private practice he has specialized in corporate law, mergers & acquisitions and intellectual property law. He advises national and international corporate clients.

Dr. Pablo Rueda-Saiz

Pablo Rueda-Saiz is a Colombian lawyer who holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked for the Office of Legal Counsel at the Presidency of Colombia, as well as at the Ministry of the Interior, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and as a deputy judge at the Colombian Constitutional Court. He has taught comparative constitutional law as well as other courses on law and society at the legal studies program at U.C. Berkeley. He will be a Tinker Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School during the Fall of 2018. He has published both in English and in Spanish on topics related to Colombian and comparative constitutional law, as well as in law and society.

Professor Paul M. Secunda

Professor Secunda joined Marquette University Law School in the summer of 2008, after six years on the faculty of the University of Mississippi School of Law. He teaches Employee Benefits (social security) and Pension Law, Labor Law, Employment Law, Employment Discrimination Law, Education Law, and Civil Procedure.  

In 2013, U.S. Secretary of Labor Solis appointed Professor Secunda to a three-year term to the Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council, where he advises the Department on employee benefit law issues involving retirement and welfare benefit plans.  In 2014, he was named Vice-Chair of the ERISA Advisory Council, and in 2015, he served as its Chair.

Professor Secunda’s legal scholarship centers on comparative analyses of employee rights to employee benefits, as well as on the civil liberties and civil rights of employees, with a focus on public employees’ constitutional speech, privacy, and associational rights.  He is the author of nearly five dozen books, treatises, articles, and shorter writings. 

Professor Secunda was in Australia last year as both a Senior Fulbright Scholar focusing on a comparative analysis of the Australian Superannuation Guarantee and as a Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law School, teaching a class in Comparative Superannuation Law.  Professor Secunda is an elected member of both the American Law Institute and the National Academy of Social Insurance.