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Bok Visiting International Professors bring a global perspective to campus

September 03, 2013

Five distinguished faculty members from around the world will visit Penn Law in the coming academic year to offer short, specialized courses, as part of  a unique program designed to enrich the Law School’s curriculum with global perspectives.

The Bok Visiting International Professors program annually brings top internationally recognized experts to campus. The professors are selected for their contributions to their fields by the Law School’s faculty, who serve as their hosts.

The 2013-14 Bok professors:

Johannes Masing, University of Freiburg, Germany – Teaching “Federal Variety of Human Rights Protections in Europe” (co-teaching with Bill Ewald) (hosted by Professor Christopher Yoo, September 12 – October 1, 2013)

Professor Masing is an expert on German constitutional and administrative law. He serves as a judge on the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany and is a full professor on the Faculty of Law at the University of Freiburg, where he also received his law degree. Professor Masing’s diverse research interests include asylum law, municipal law, the state and church, citizen mobilization in law enforcement, parliamentary right of inquiry, and the challenges of Europeanization. In the field of administrative law, he has focused particularly upon the law of network industries, such as telecommunications, energy law, and railroad law. In 2008, Professor Masing received the Gay-Lussac-Humboldt Prize, which is awarded by the French Ministry of Higher Education to researchers who have made outstanding contributions to their fields. 

Yaffa Zilbershats, Bar-Ilan University, Israel – Teaching “Legal Aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” (hosted by Gideon Parchomovsky, September 15 – October 6, 2013)

Professor Zilbershats currently serves as the Deputy President of Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and she was previously Dean of the Law Faculty. Her area of expertise is international law, as well as human rights law and immigration law. A graduate of Bar-Ilan University, she received an LLM from New York University in 1980 and a PhD from Bar-Ilan in 1992. Professor Zilbershats has served as Deputy President of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists since 2004, as Head of the Committee of the Israel Science Foundation in 2009, and in many other public positions. She is the author of The Human Right to Citizenship (2002), as well as numerous articles and book chapters in Hebrew and English, on citizenship, the right of movement, the Israeli Constitution and other issues. 

Gary Born L’ 81, London, England – Teaching “International Commercial Arbitration” (hosted by Steve Burbank, October 1 –October 12, 2013)

Born, a Penn Law graduate, is widely regarded as the world’s preeminent authority on international commercial arbitration and international litigation. Born is the chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group of WilmerHale and a partner in the firm’s London office. He has participated in more than 550 international arbitrations, including four of the largest ICC arbitrations and several of the most significant ad hoc arbitrations in recent history. He is one of only three lawyers in the world, and the only lawyer in London, to receive global “starred” status in the Chambers Europe rankings. Born has published a number of leading works on international arbitration, international litigation and other forms of dispute resolution, including International Commercial Arbitration (Kluwer 2009), which is regarded as the leading treatise in the field.

Emanuele Conte, Roma Tre University, Italy (hosted by David Skeel, January 2014)

Conte is a Professor of Legal History at Roma Tre and Director of its Department of Legal History and Theory. Professor Conte’s research focuses primarily on medieval and early modern legal history and on the relationship between history and law in the 19th and 20th century. He has written widely in Italian, English and French, and has given papers and lectures internationally. Professor Conte graduated cum laude in 1983 from the University La Sapienza of Rome, and received his PhD in Medieval Legal History at the University of Milan. Professor Conte serves as a member of the board of direction of the Rivista Internazionale di Diritto Comune, the board of editors of the e-review Forum Historiae Iuris (Berlin), and is a member of the scientific board of the Ecole Normale Superieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Lyon. Professor Conte played a key role in the Spring 2010 Global Research Seminar on Comparative Corporate Governance in Europe and the United States. 

Sir Roy Goode, Oxford University, England– Teaching “Policies and Problems of Transnational Commercial Law” (hosted by Charles Mooney, March 2014)

Goode is Emeritus Professor of Law at Oxford and one of the leading scholars of commercial law in the world. He was knighted in 2000 for his contributions to commercial law, law reform, and legal academia. During his time at the University of London, Professor Goode founded the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary. Professor Goode is a former member of the Crowther Committee on Consumer Credit, the Monopolies and Mergers Commission and the DTI Advisory Committee on Arbitration. He chaired the Pension Law Review Committee, which was set up following the Maxwell scandal, and which led to the Pensions Act of 1995. He was previously chairman of the executive committee of JUSTICE, the all-party human rights and law reform organization. Professor Goode additionally served for many years on the Governing Council of UNIDROIT.

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