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.

Dr.  Adam AndrzejewskiDr. Adam Andrzejewski
Kozminski University, Poland

Adam Andrzejewski is Assistant Professor at the Kozminski University in Poland, where he teaches in the Law School, offering classes in Comparative Corporate Law, International Economic Law, and Intellectual Property Law. He has also offered a course in International Intellectual Property Law at the Chile Summer Program in Santiago. Dr. Andrzejewski is also a practicing attorney-at-law.

Adam Andrzejewski completed his legal education at the universities of Warsaw in Poland and Cologne in Germany. He graduated with distinction in 2007 and holds a law degree (J.D. equivalent). From 2008 to 2011, he was a research associate at the Institute for Public, European and Public International Law at Justus Liebig University, Giessen. He earned his Doctor juris (S.J.D. equivalent) from the University of Giessen in 2013. His doctoral thesis, supervised by Prof. Dr. Thilo Marauhn, was on patent auctions as an alternative business structure for intellectual property assets acquisition and sales. He received a scholarship from the federal state of Hessen for his research in Giessen and at Max Planck Institute in Munich. Throughout his preparation of his doctoral thesis Dr. Andrzejewski was supported by a scholarship from the Hesse, a federal state of Germany.

Following his legal education, Dr. Andrzejewski cooperated with GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals in Warsaw and Ernst & Young in Dublin. He also worked as an attorney-at-law in the Intellectual Property and Technology department of DLA Piper in Warsaw.

His main research interests focuses on corporate governance in different jurisdictions, international trade law, European law, and intellectual property rights. In his private practice he has specialized in corporate law, mergers & acquisitions and intellectual property law. He advises national and international corporate clients.

Dr. Rebecca DeWinter-SchmittDr. Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt
American University Washington College of Law

Dr. Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt  is an expert in business and human rights, in particular pertaining to the private military and security industry. She directs the Human Rights in Business Program housed at American University Washington College of Law’s Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, where she leads efforts to educate the legal and business communities on corporate responsibility issues and spearheads a collaborative project to promote effective corporate human rights impact assessment. In various capacities, she has been involved in a variety of efforts to develop national and international standards for private security providers.  Her publications examine soft law initiatives in the private security industry, and her research more broadly explores the effectiveness of multi-stakeholder corporate governance.

Until 2012, Dr. DeWinter-Schmitt was an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of International Service’s Peace and Conflict Resolution Program where she taught courses among other things on corporate social responsibility, international ethics, and the economics of violence and peace. From 1998 to 2002, she was a staff member of Amnesty International USA, first in its National Field Program and then as Program Associate to the Just Earth! Program on Human Rights and the Environment. For the last fifteen years, she has served on Amnesty International USA’s Business and Human Rights Group as a volunteer thematic expert.
She received her PhD in international relations from American University’s School of International Service, her master’s degree in political science with minors in economics and sociology from the University of Marburg, Germany, and her undergraduate degree in political science with a minor in German from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.

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.

Paul SecundaPaul Secunda
Professor of Law
Marquette University Law School

Professor Secunda teaches employee benefits law, labor law, employment discrimination law, employment law, education law, civil procedure, and trusts and estates at Marquette University Law School. He is the Director of Marquette Law School's Labor and Employment Law Program, ranked in the Top 10 Labor and Employment Law Programs in the United States.

Professor Secunda writes extensively on employee benefits (with emphasis on study of the international and comparative aspects of workplace retirement plans), labor law, employment law (with emphasis on the constitutional rights of public employees), employment discrimination law, and education law (with emphasis on special education law). His research tends to take an international and comparative law focus on the retirement and health benefit rights of U.S. employees in comparison to other countries, the constitutional rights of public employees, the organizational and collective bargaining rights of public and private sector employees, workplace privacy rights, and the rights of special education children.

Professor Secunda received the Senior Fulbright Scholar Award for 2015-2016 to study Australian workplace retirement law (superannuation) at Melboure University Law School.  He was a Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law School, teaching in their Masters of Law program both international employment law and comparative superannuation (workplace retirement plan) law.  He was again a Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law in March 2017. Professor Secunda's previous international research and teaching experiences have included: visiting professor at the Universite de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense during June 2011, visiting professor of law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School during the summer and fall 2011 semesters, the 2012 Hicks Morley Visiting Professor of International Labour Law at The Western Ontario Faculty of Law, and visiting professor of law for the part-time LLM Comparative Law Program and visiting scholar at the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto. He was a visiting scholar at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in May of 2016.

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.

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