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University of Pennsylvania Law School Welcomes First of Six Bok Visiting International Professors to Campus for 2011-12

September 30, 2011

Chilean Judge Juan Guzmán Tapia who prosecuted dictator Pinochet arrives at Penn this month

In October the University of Pennsylvania Law School welcomes Juan Guzmán Tapia, the distinguished Chilean judge who led the investigation and prosecution of dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet, as one of six Penn Law Bok Visiting International Professors who will teach during the 2011-12 academic year. Guzman Tapia joins in residence fellow Bok professor Arie Reich, Dean of the Law Faculty of Bar-Ilan University and Bok Professor who arrived earlier in September.  In total, Penn Law will host six Bok VIPs during the 2011-12 academic year.

Each year Penn Law brings to Philadelphia several internationally recognized experts in international and comparative law from around the world to serve as Bok Visiting International Professors. In recent years, senior academics, jurists or professionals across a wide range of disciplines and specialties, from China, Germany, India, Japan, and Nigeria have participated in the program.

Bok professors spend several weeks at Penn Law to teach a short course to upper-level students, host a faculty seminar, and participate in Penn Law and Penn-wide activities in connection with their field of expertise. The Bok VIP program gives students access to top international experts and offers new perspectives on cutting edge issues in international and comparative law.

The 2011-2012 Bok Professors are:

Arie Meir ReighArie Reich (September 2011)
Arie Reich is the Dean of the Law Faculty at Bar-Ilan University in Israel and a world renowned expert on international trade law. He pioneered the field in Israeli academia and has published some thirty academic books and articles in Israel, Europe, and North America. The University of Pennsylvania  Journal of International Law has published his work and also invited him to write the foreword (with Oren Perez) for its Winter 2005 issue. The Israeli government has appointed him as its representative to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and as one of its arbitrators under the Washington Treaty for the Settlement of Investment Disputes and under the Mexico-Israel Free Trade Agreement. He received his LL.B. from Bar Ilan University and his LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Gideon Parchomovsky, the Robert G. Fuller, Jr. Professor of Law, will serve as Reich’s faculty host while at Penn Law.
Juan Guzman Tapia

Juan Guzmán Tapia (October 2011)
Juan Guzmán Tapia is a distinguished Chilean law professor who gained international prominence as the judge who led the investigation and prosecution of dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Judge Guzmán’s efforts to bring Pinochet to trial formed the basis for the 2008 feature-length documentary The Judge and the General. Guzmán retired from the Santiago appeals court in 2005 and is now a Professor of Procedural Law at the School of Law of the Catholic University of Santiago. He has also served as Dean at the School of Law at the Central University of Chile, where he now directs the center for human rights studies. Judge Guzmán has been honored with the Oscar Romero Award for Leadership in Service to Human Rights and the Letelier-Moffit Human Rights Award. Practice Associate Professor of Law Sarah Paoletti will serve as Guzmán’s faculty host.

Henrik Lando

Henrik Lando (January 2012)
Henrik Lando is Professor of Law and Economics and the Director of the Center for Law, Economics, and Financial Institutions at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS). He is one of the leading law-and-economics scholars in Europe, writing about a wide variety of areas of the law, including contracts, torts, criminal law, and evidence, and has published extensively in interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journals. He has visited numerous universities in the United States, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where was a visiting scholar in the economics department. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Copenhagen. Howard Chang, the Earle Hepburn Professor of Law, will serve as Lando’s faculty host.

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Joshua Getzler (January or February 2012)
Joshua Getzler is a senior member of the law faculty of Oxford University, where he is a University Lecturer in Law and a Reader in Legal History as well as a Fellow at St. Hugh’s College. Since 2007, he has also been a Conjoint Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He studied both law and history at the Australian National University, then earned a doctorate degree in legal history at Oxford University. His research and scholarship covers a wide range of topics: modern legal history, law and economics, contracts, equity and trusts, property theory, capital markets, and Roman law. His 2004 book, A History of Water Rights at Common Law is considered one of the leading theoretical contributions to the area of riparian rights. In 2005, Getzler won the Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship, awarded by the U.K. Society of Legal Scholars (SLS), for his book. Assistant Professor of Law Shyam Balganesh will serve as Getzler’s faculty host.

Hideki Kanda

Hideki Kanda (Co-teaching course with Eric Feldman in March 2012)
Hideki Kanda is Professor of Law at the University of Tokyo. His main areas of specialization include commercial law, corporate law, banking regulation, and securities regulation. He taught as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School in 1989, 1991 and 1993, and as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School in 1996. His corporate law book is the standard text on the subject in Japanese universities. He has written many articles in English as well as Japanese in his areas of specialization. He is widely regarded as the top corporate and securities academic in Japan. Both Edward Rock, the Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law, and Charles Mooney, the Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Professor of Law, will serve as his faculty hosts.

Pratap Mehta

Pratap Mehta (March 2012)
Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s core research interests include political theory, constitutional law, society and politics in India, governance and political economy, and international affairs.  He has taught, studied and conducted research at many peer institutions including Harvard, Oxford, and Princeton.  Dr. Mehta also serves on many government and policy bodies in India, including the Prime Minister of India’s National Knowledge Commission and the Supreme Court appointed Committee on Regulating Indian Universities.  In addition to serving on committees Mehta has developed policy reports for organizations such as the World Bank, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, and the U.K. Department for International Development.  His work is widely published in both academic journals and media outlets. Shyam Balganesh will serve as Mehta’s faculty host.

Previous Bok Visiting International Professors have included Okko Behrends, Göttingen University (Germany); Armin von Bogdandy, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law(Germany); Hauwa Ibrahim, Aries Law Firm (Nigeria); KP Krishnan, Secretary of the Economic Advisory Council of the Prime Minister (India); Zhaojie Li, Leading PRC scholar on China and the international legal system; Michael Stolleis, University of Frankfurt (Germany); Chenguang Wang, Tsinghua University, (China), China; Setsuo Miyazawa, Aoyama Gakuin University, ( Japan); Jean-Bernard Auby, Sciences Po (France); Michael Faure, Maastricht University (Netherlands; Gunther Frankenberg, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Akio Shimizu, Waseda Law School (Japan); and Michael Trebilcok, University of Toronto (Canada).