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 Dr. Ben Chigara

Professor Dr. Ben Chigara is the founding Director of Brunel University’s Research Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) which was inaugurated by Lord Bill Brett in May 2004. He has held lectureships at Warwick University (2001-03); Leeds University (1999-2001); Oxford Brookes University (1998-99); and various teaching positions at the University of Nottingham (1997-1999); Denmark, and Zimbabwe. He served as Deputy Head of the School of Social Sciences and Law from 2004 until its restructuring in 2005, after which he served as Deputy Head of School (Operations) of the newly established Brunel Law School until September 2007.

As the author of numerous refereed journal articles, monographs and book chapters, Ben obtained a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Nottingham; an LL.M with Distinction and Best Performance Award from the University of Hull; and a BA (Hons) in Law and Psychology from the University of Keele. He has a keen interest in the workings of the International Legal System and its possible development to meet the challenges of our time.

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.

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 School of Library and Information Studies, offering classes in Copyright, First Amendment, Legislation, Legislation and Regulation, and Cyberlaw. He is currently on leave, serving as an administrative appellate judge, as a member of the Administrative Review Board of the United States Department of Labor. He also serves as a part-time Commissioner 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.

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, Hastings Law Journal, Federal Communications Law Journal, and University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. His papers are available for download on the Social Science Research Network. 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.

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 Departmentand also at the Legal Resources Centrein Grahamstown, South Africa.

Professor Desai 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 (Boalt Hall), where he was Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review.

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 is currently a lecturer on Constitutional Justice at the University of Los Andes Law School, in Bogota, Colombia. 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.