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 Anuj Desai

Anuj C. Desai is the William Voss-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin, where he teaches in both the Law School and the iSchool (The Information School), offering classes in Cyberlaw, First Amendment, Intellectual Freedom, Statutory Interpretation, Legislation and Regulation, and Copyright.

Professor Desai writes in a variety of different areas, with a focus on understanding how social, historical, and institutional contexts shape law. His publications have appeared in the Stanford Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Law and Social Inquiry, Federal Communications Law Journal, Journal of Institutional Studies, and University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. Professor Desai has served as a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China; National Tsing Hua University Institute of Law for Science and Technology in Hsinchu, Taiwan; and National Taiwan University College of Law in Taipei, Taiwan. He is also co-director of the Law School's summer program in International and Comparative Law in Giessen, Germany.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Desai practiced law with the Seattle, Washington firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, where his practice focused primarily on First Amendment, defamation, newsgathering, copyright and trademark litigation. Before his time in private practice, he served as a legal assistant to the American judges at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague and clerked for the late Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and Judge David S. Tatel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He also worked briefly in the Legal Adviser's Office at the U.S. State Department and also at the Legal Resources Centre in Grahamstown, South Africa. In addition, he has served as an administrative appellate judge, as a member of the Administrative Review Board of the United States Department of Labor; as a Senate-confirmed member of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, an independent, quasi-judicial agency of the United States Department of Justice that adjudicates claims of U.S. nationals against foreign governments; and as a member of a National Academics of Science, Engineering and Medicine's panel studying options for the future management of dual-use research of concern. 

Professor Desai is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He received his A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard University (where he was awarded a Henry Russell Shaw Fellowship), a Master's in International Affairs from Columbia University and a J.D. from the University of California-Berkeley (Berkeley Law), where he was Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review.

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.

Professor John K.M. Ohnesorge

John Ohnesorge is the George Young Bascom Professor in Business Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he teaches Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Chinese law, and Law and Development. He is the director of the law school's East Asian Legal Studies Center, and chaired the Wisconsin China Initiative from 2007 to 2011. He has published extensively on issues related to law, development, and East Asia, and has taught related courses in Sao Paulo, Seoul, Xiamen, and Bangkok. Professor Ohnesorge received his B.A. from St. Olaf College (1985), his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School (1989), and his S.J.D. from Harvard Law School (2002), writing a dissertation on the importation and diffusion of Western administrative law in Northeast Asia. In 1997 - 1998 he was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, and spent Fall, 2017 as a visiting scholar at Seoul National University.

Dr. Sorcha MacLeod

Dr Sorcha MacLeod is an expert on business, human rights and security, particularly private military and security companies, and has published widely on this topic. She is WEOG member of the UN Human Rights Council's Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination. Formerly a member of the Law School at the University of Sheffield, she is currently based in Berlin where she is a Visiting Professor at Free University Berlin and at the Hertie School of Governance. From October 2019 she will be a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Copenhagen.

She is an invited expert to the UN Inter-governmental Working Group on private military and security companies and participated in the drafting of the Montreux Document on private military and security companies and the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers. She has Observer Status at the International Code of Conduct Association. She has advised governments, industry and civil society organisations on business, human rights and security 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.