Laura Spitz is the Vice Provost for International Affairs at Cornell University, and a Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean at Cornell Law School. As Vice Provost, Dr. Spitz leads the Global Cornell initiative. She also oversees a portfolio that includes the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell Abroad, the Cornell University Press, and Cornell's China Center initiative. At the law school, Dr. Spitz is the faculty advisor for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society and the coach of Cornell's Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration moot team.
Prior to joining Cornell, Dr. Spitz was a partner in the corporate commercial group at Miller Thomson LLP (Canada). She has previously taught at the University of Colorado (where she won two teaching awards), as well as the University of Ottawa, Emory University and the University of New Mexico. Dr. Spitz will be a visiting professor of law at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in Spring 2017. She has taught continuing legal education courses (C.L.E.s) and made presentations in her areas of expertise both domestically and internationally, including at University College Dublin, the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, Yale University, the University of New Mexico and Emory University, as well as before the 10th Circuit Judicial Conference and the Georgia Senate Committee on Bankruptcy Reform.
Dr. Spitz received her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Toronto, her law degree from the University of British Columbia and her J.S.D. from Cornell Law School.