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Visiting International Professors Program

To create a more global campus, Penn Law annually invites several internationally recognized experts in international and comparative law from around the world to Philadelphia.

Penn Law faculty members nominate these Bok Visiting International Professors who are distinguished senior academics, jurists or professionals across a wide range of disciplines and specialties.

While at Penn, Bok VIPs teach a course, offer a faculty seminar, and participate in Law School and University activities related to their field. The Bok Professors are drawn from around the globe, diversifying curricula for students and providing additional resources for standing faculty. The Bok VIP program gives students access to top international experts and offers new perspectives on cutting edge issues in international and comparative law.

  Title Course Highlights

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Emanuele Conte

Professor of Legal History at Roma Tre

 Spring 2014 

“Role of Society in Shaping Western Legal Institutions”

Esteemed scholar in areas of legal history, theory, and law & humanities

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 Sir Roy Goode

Emeritus Professor of Law at Oxford University

 Spring 2014

“Transnational Commercial Law: Policies and Problems”

One of world’s leading scholars of commercial law.

Date: January 27, 2012 Place: Washington, DC Credit: Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS

Tracy Robinson

Commissioner, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; Professor of Law at University of the West Indies

Spring 2014

“Global Human Rights and National Moral Debates”

Rapporteur on the rights of women. Specialist in gender rights, LGBTI rights, sexual rights, and rights of the child.

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Gary Born L’81

Partner at Wilmer Hale; Chair of firm’s International Arbitration Practice Group

Fall 2013

“International Commercial Arbitration”

Widely regarded as world’s preeminent authority on international commercial arbitration and international litigation.

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Johannes Masing

Judge on the Federal Consitutional Court of Germany; Professor of Law at University of Freiburg

Fall 2013

“Federal Variety of Human Rights Protections in Europe”

Sitting Judge on Germany’s Consitutional Court, tasked with ensuring that all statutes comply with the constitution. 

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Yaffa Zilbershats

Deputy President of Bar Ilan University (Ramat Gan, Israel)

Fall 2013

“Legal Aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”

Expert in international law, human rights law, and immigration law. 

Hualing FuHualing Fu

Professor of Law at University of Hong Kong; Former head of HKU Law Department (Hong Kong)

Spring 2013

“Chinese Law” (co-taught with Professor Jacques deLisle)

Legal expert in corruption, human Rights in China, and legal relations between Hong Kong and Mainland China.

imageJoseph McCahery

Professor of International Economic Law at Tilburg University; Program Director of the Finance and Law Program at Duisenberg School of Finance (Netherlands)

Spring 2013

Guest lecturer for several corporate and law and economics courses

An esteemed scholar of corporate law, international securities and banking regulation

imageXixin Wang

Vice Dean and Professor of Constitutional & Administrative Law at Peking University (Beijing, China) Spring 2013 “Administrative Law as a Vehicle for Political Reform in China” A significant figure in law reform in China; founder of a pioneering center on public participation in government

imageBrigitte Haar

Professor of Law at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University
(Frankfurt, Germany)

Fall 2012
“Executive Compensation before and after the Crisis: Corporate Governance in Comparative Perspective”
Professor Haar’s visit follows on from the 2011 Global Forum at Frankfurt that focused on corporate governance after the financial crisis

imageFabrizio Cafaggi

Professor of Comparative Law at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) Fall 2012
“The Making of European Law”
A leading scholar of private law and regulation in Europe, Cafaggi has also focused on transnational private law’s impact on new EU member states

imageHenrik Lando

Professor of Law and Economics at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and Director of the Center for Law, Economics, and Financial Institutions Spring 2012
“Contracting in a Globalized World”
Lando is one of the leading law-and-economics scholars in Europe

imageJoshua Getzler

Professor of Law and Legal History at Oxford University (Oxford, UK) Spring 2012
“Roman Foundation of Western Law”
One of the leading theoretical contributors to the area of riparian rights, Getzler’s historical text has been cited in the highest common law courts.

imageHideki Kanda

Professor of Law at the University of Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan) Spring 2012
“Law and Society in Japan”
Kanda is widely regarded as the top corporate and securities academic in Japan; his corporate law book is the standard text on the subject.

imageJuan Guzmán Tapia

Former Dean of the Central University of Chile Law School (Santiago, Chile) and Director of  the Center for Human Rights Studies Fall 2011
“Transitional Justice”
Judge Guzman led the investigation and prosecution of General Augusto Pinochet for human rights violations

imageArie Reich

Dean of the Law Faculty at Bar-Ilan University (Tel Aviv, Israel) Fall 2011
“The European Court of Justice”
A world renowned expert on international trade law, Reich serves as Israel’s representative to UNCITRAL

imageHauwa Ibrahim

Founding partner at Aries Law Firm (Abuja, Nigeria) and Research Associate at Harvard University Spring 2011
“Women, Justice and Shariah”
In recognition of her human rights work for women in Nigeria, the European Parliament awarded Ibrahim the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought

imageKP Krishnan

Secretary of the Economic Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of India (New Delhi, India) Spring 2011
“Indian Capital Market Regulation”
Responsible for setting policy reform agenda and strengthening institutional and legislative framework of capital markets in India

imageZhaojie Li

Professor of Law at Tsinghua University Law School and Director of the Center for International Legal Studies (Beijing, China) Spring 2011
“China and International Law”
One of China’s leading and maverick scholars on international law 

imageMichael Stolleis

Former Director of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (Frankfurt, Germany) Spring 2011
“Rise and Decline of the European Nation State”
Stolleis is widely considered the leading historian of modern continental European public law.

imageOkko Behrends

Emeritus Professor of Roman Law, German Private Law and the History of Civil Law at Göttingen University  (Göttingen, Germany) Fall 2010
“Civil Law: Cultural Importance and Practical Utility”
 

imageArmin Von Bogdandy

Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg, Germany) and Professor of Public Law at Goethe-University (Frankfurt, Germany) Fall 2010
“Universalism and Particularism in International Law”
Von Bogdandy is President of the OECD Nuclear Energy Tribunal and a former member of the Scientific Committee for the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights

imageChenguang Wang

Dean of Tsinghua Law School and Professor of Legal Theory, Legislative and Judicial Theory, and Comparative Law (Beijing, China) Spring 2010
“China and International Law”
A major contributor to modern legal education in the PRC, Wang currently focuses on public health law

imageSetsuo Miyazawa

Professor of Law at Aoyama Gakuin University Law School (Tokyo, Japan) Spring 2010
“Justice System Reform in Japan”
Miyazawa’s first English-language book, Policing in Japan, received the Distinguished Book Award from the American Society of Criminology.
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