International and Comparative - Faculty Activities

The law school's faculty includes a number of international and comparative law specialists.  Click here for recent updates on international and comparative faculty activities.

Kathleen Clark, Professor of Law
Kathleen Clark is an expert on national security law, legal ethics, and anti-corruption measures. She has served as an ethics consultant for the United Nations Development Program and the ABA’s Europe and Eurasia Program (CEELI), and has led ethics workshops in Europe, Africa and South America. A member of the American Law Institute, Clark is past chair of the National Security Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and has served on the board of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

Gerrit De Geest, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law, Innovation and Economic Growth
Gerrit De Geest specializes in law and economics and in comparative law. Before joining the Washington University Law faculty in 2007, he was a professor of law and economics at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Past president of the European Association of Law and Economics, he is a member of the Economic Impact Group of the Common Principles of European Contract Law. He is series editor of the forthcoming 2nd edition of the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, co-editor of the New Horizons in Law and Economics book series (Edward Elgar), and consultant editor of the European Review of Contract Law. He has published numerous books and articles applying economic analysis to contract, tort, and comparative law. He is co-editor of the Review of Law and Economics and consultant editor of the European Review of Contract Law. He has published numerous books and articles in the fields of economic analysis of contract law, tort law, and comparative law.

John N. Drobak, George Alexander Madill Professor of Law, Professor of Economics & Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
John Drobak is a pioneer in interdisciplinary study, ranging from his leadership role with the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies to the course he co-teaches with Nobel Laureate (Economics), Douglass North, to his many joint programs with other departments on campus. He has served as a consultant to the governments of Czechoslovakia and the Republic of Georgia; Secretary and Executive Committee member for the Society for New Institutional Economics; and as a fifteen-year member of the M.B.A faculty for the U.S. Business School in Prague. His recent scholarship includes extensive work on privatization and democratization.

Dorsey D. Ellis, Jr., Dean Emeritus and William R. Orthwein Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus
Dorsey D. Ellis, Jr. served as dean of the School of Law for more than a decade. His teaching and scholarship focus on the areas of torts and antitrust. In recent years, he has taught in England, Japan, New Zealand, and the Netherlands, has published on U.S. antitrust law throughout the world, and has taught Comparative Competition Law in the Law School’s Summer Institute for Global Justice. He also participated in the 2004 APEC Competition Policy Conference in Tokyo.

Frances H. Foster,  Edward T. Foote II Professor of Law
Frances Foster specializes in the legal systems of socialist and former socialist countries and in trusts and estates law. In recent work, she has compared approaches to trusts and inheritance in the United States and in China, based on her original translations of Chinese legislation, cases, and scholarship. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Comparative Law and an associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law.

Steven Gunn, Adjunct Professor of Law & Director of the American Indian Law & Economic Development Program
An expert in American Indian law, Steven Gunn represents American Indian tribes in actions to protect their land, resources, rights, and cultural heritage, including a recent case representing the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. He has worked with students to coordinate a symposium on contemporary and comparative perspectives on the rights of indigenous peoples. Gunn directs the American Indian Law and Economic Development Externship, in which students spend a summer assisting with legal work and living on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He has served as chair of the AALS Section on Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples and vice chair for public service of the ABA Native American Resources Committee.

Peter A. Joy, Professor of Law & Director, Criminal Justice Clinic (Law School Vice Dean beginning January 1, 2010)
Peter Joy is well known for his work in clinical legal education, legal ethics, and trial practice. The inaugural director of the School of Law’s Trial & Advocacy Program, he teaches Trial Practice & Procedure, Criminal Justice Clinic, Legal Profession, and Comparative Legal Ethics Seminar. He serves on the AALS Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, the AALS Executive Committee of the Section on Professional Responsibility, the ABA Accreditation Committee of the Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) Board of Governors, and he is past chair of the AALS Clinical Education Section and past president of the Clinical Legal Education Association. He is on the Board of Editors of the Clinical Law Review, and he is a Contributing Editor to Criminal Justice, a quarterly publication of the ABA. Professor Joy is active in developing clinical legal education in Japan, publishing and teaching extensively on the subject, and has lectured in Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, and South Africa on clinical education and legal ethics topics.

Tove Klovning, Foreign, Comparative & International Law Librarian and Lecturer in Law
As the Foreign/Comparative/International Law Librarian & Lecturer in Law, Professor Klovning oversees foreign, comparative and international law library services and assists with legal research questions relating to foreign law, comparative law and international law. She also assists with legal research questions relating to the American legal system. She maintains a series of international and comparative research guides available online at

Michael H. Koby, Associate Dean for International & Graduate Programs; Professor of Practice; Director, Trial and Advocacy Program
Michael Koby teaches the law school’s “Introduction to U.S. Law,” an intensive, two-semester course for foreign Masters and exchange students. He has lectured in Japan and Spain on the distinctive aspects of U.S. law and legal methodology, and has lectured at the International Law Institute in Washington, D.C., to international and foreign procurement practitioners on the characteristics of common-law systems.  

D. Bruce La Pierre, Professor of Law
Bruce La Pierre is an expert in school desegregation, election law, and federalism issues, and has established an Appellate Clinic for law school students. He has taught abroad at Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Portugal, the University of Navarra in Spain, and at the Law School’s Summer Institute for Global Justice. He is a frequent lecturer at Aoyama Gakuin University (Japan). He has also participated in the Jean Monnet Chair International Summer Seminar in Rome.

David S. Law, Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science
David Law has published and lectured extensively on topics including comparative public law, law and social science, comparative judicial politics, and legal and political theory. He is a former Hitachi Fellow in Japan, where he was a visiting associate professor at Keio University Faculty of Law.

Ronald M. Levin, Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law
Ronald Levin is a nationally known administrative law scholar who has coauthored a casebook and written many articles in that field. He is past chair of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and of both the AALS Sections on Administrative Law and on Legislation. He has lectured in Japan and served as a consultant to the Supreme Court of Indonesia. He served as a reporter on judicial review for the ABA’s Project on the Administrative Law of the European Union, which work resulted in the publication of Administrative Law of the European Union: Judicial Review (George Bermann et al. eds., 2008) (with Frank Emmert and Christoph Feddersen).

Jo Ellen D. Lewis, Director, Legal Practice Program and Professor of Practice
Jo Ellen Lewis has served several times as a visiting professor at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, teaching courses ranging from real estate transactions to introductions to the American judicial system. She has also taught a Japanese graduate-level law course on, among other topics, an analysis of the First Amendment in the context of a recent federal court case. Since 2007, she has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar.

Wei Luo, Director of Technical Services and Lecturer in Law
Wei Luo is an expert in codification of law and of Chinese legal research, and has lectured and published widely on these subjects. He created and maintains the Internet Chinese Legal Research Center at He was also an instructor at Xiamen University Law School in Xiamen, China.

Maxine Lipeles, Director, Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic and Senior Lecturer in Law
Maxine Lipeles directs the law school’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, which offers pro bono legal and technical support to local environmental and community organizations. In addition to a number of environmental law and clinical courses, she teaches Global Warming & The Law.

Gregory Magarian, Professor of Law
Professor Magarian’s research and teaching interests focus on constitutional law, the First Amendment, and legislation. He has recently taught a course in China and will teach in the 2010 Summer Institute for Global Justice in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Charles R. McManis, Thomas and Karole Green Professor of Law
Charles McManis is an internationally recognized expert in intellectual property law. He is a member of the American Law Institute and has served as a consultant for the World Intellectual Property Organization. A member of the International Association of Teachers and Researchers of Intellectual Property, he has taught, lectured, or researched throughout the United States and in Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. In 2007, he was appointed an ambassador to Korea University as part of the university’s McDonnell International Scholars Academy.

Kimberly Norwood, Professor of Law & Professor of African & African American Studies
Kimberly Norwood has focused her research on Black identity issues and issues affecting poor students and students of color in the urban public education setting. Her recently created course entitled “Race Education & the Law,” is a service learning course involving judges, lawyers, law students and high school students working together throughout the school year and has received national recognition. She has recently won several awards based on her work in this course and in the community including the 2009 Women’s Justice Award, the 2009 Scovel Richardson Mound City Bar Association award and the 2009 National Bar Association’s Humanitarian Award. She also teaches Torts, Products Liability and occasionally works in the school’s renowned Civil Justice Clinic. Among her international work, she has co-founded and directed public interest externships for law students working in Ghana and Kenya, she has lectured in Japan on the American tort law system, she taught both undergraduate and law courses on American Tort Law at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan, and she presented a lecture to the faculty at Waseda University Law School, also in Tokyo, entitled “Three Examples of Using Legal Curricula as Tools to Promote Personal Empowerment.” That lecture is being published as part of the Waseda Clinical Law Journal in the fall of 2009.

Adam H. Rosenzweig, Associate Professor of Law
Adam Rosenzweig concentrates his research and teaching in the area of tax law and policy, including international taxation and international business transactions. Before joining the Washington University faculty in 2007, he was a visiting assistant professor at Northwestern University. He also was in private practice in New York, where he focused on federal income tax law and specialized in the areas of private equity, hedge funds, equity derivatives, and cross-border capital markets.

Leila Nadya Sadat, Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law and Director, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute
Leila Sadat, an authority in international criminal law and human rights, is particularly well known for her expertise on the International Criminal Court (ICC). She is representing the government of East Timor in the upcoming ICC negotiations, and attended the diplomatic conference in Rome where the ICC was established on behalf of the International Law Association. She is also a member of the ABA Task Force on the ICC. Sadat is a co-author of the leading international criminal law casebook and has won several awards for her scholarship. She served on the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom and currently is leading the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative, an international group of experts in drafting a Specialized Convention on Crimes Against Humanity. A member of the American Law Institute, she practiced in Paris, France, and clerked on both of France’s Supreme Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Gilbert Sison, Adjunct Professor of Law
Gilbert Sison practices law with the St. Louis firm of Rosenblum, Schwartz, Rogers & Glass, PC. Prior to that, he practiced at Bryan Cave, LLP, and Thompson Coburn, LLP. He serves as the coach of the law school’s Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team and teaches a course in international courts and tribunals. In his seven years as coach, the law school has won three U.S. Regional Championships and has also won a number of written and oral awards.

Brian Tamanaha, Professor of Law
Professor Tamanaha is an expert in general jurisprudence, comparative law and society, and law and development. He has taught at the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University and was recently a member-in-residence at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.

Karen Tokarz, Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law and Public Service, and Professor of African and African American Studies.
A conflict resolution expert and internationally recognized leader in clinical legal education, Professor Tokarz is the Director of the Washington University School of Law Dispute Resolution Program. While on sabbatical in 2008-09, Professor Tokarz was a visiting scholar at the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation. In 2008, she also served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist for Africa, collaborating with the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, in the development of their dispute resolution masters program. She previously worked with the clinical education program at the University of Kwa Zulu-Natal in 2001. She has coordinated summer public internships in South Africa for approximately 60 law students during the past eight summers and facilitated a law student exchange program between Washington University and KwaZulu-Natal. Recipient of Washington University’s 2005 Founders Day Distinguished Faculty Award, Professor Tokarz serves on the steering committee for the University’s Richard Gephardt Institute for Public Service. In spring 2010, she will begin co-teaching a full-semester International Justice & Conflict Resolution Practicum to provide students opportunities to learn international criminal law and practice, and conflict resolution theory and practice, working with lawyers practicing before international courts and tribunals, with international judges, and with lawyers in international conflict resolution offices such as the UN. 

Melissa Waters, Professor of Law
Melissa Waters is an expert in several areas of international and comparative law, including foreign relations law, international human rights law, international criminal law, and complex civil litigation. Her scholarship focuses on the incorporation of international law into domestic legal regimes, and in particular on the role of transnational judicial dialogue in developing international legal norms and in transforming U.S. and other domestic courts into key mediators between domestic and international law. Professor Waters serves as the university's ambassador to Utrecht University (Netherlands) under the McDonnell International Scholars Academy.