International & Comparative Law In Germany - Faculty

Thilo MarauhnThilo Marauhn
Professor of Law
Justus Liebig University — Giessen Law School

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 legend 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 visiting professor of constitutional theory at the University of Lucerne, Faculty of Law (Switzerland), since 2001, and he has been visiting professor at UW Law School in 2005 and 2008. He served as Dean, Faculty of Law, at 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 Development 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.

Benedict ChigaraBenedict Chigara
Professor of Law
Brunel University London

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.

Anuj DesaiAnuj Desai
Voss Bascom Professor of Law
University of Wisconsin Law School

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.

Ed FalloneEd Fallone
Associate Professor of Law
Marquette University Law School

Professor Edward Fallone joined the faculty at 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 past 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.

Sorcha MacLeodDr. Sorcha MacLeod
Freie Universität Berlin and The Berlin School of Economics and Law

Dr. MacLeod previously taught at the University of Sheffield's School of Law in Great Britain.  Currently, she holds Lecturer positions at the Freie Universität Berlin and The Berlin School of Economics and Law. 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 she has Observer Status at the International Code of Conduct Association. 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 organizations on business and human rights issues.

Dr. Pablo Rueda-SaizDr. Pablo Rueda-Saiz
University of Los Andes Law School

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.

Dr. Michael WeissDr. Michael Weiss
Linklaters LLP

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.