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bio_Barceló_John_jjb16_B&W John J. Barceló III is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of International and Comparative Law and the Reich Director of the Berger International Legal Studies Program at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York. He is also the founding director and currently a co-director of Cornell's 2014 Summer Institute of International and Comparative Law held in Paris each July. He received a doctorate in law (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School and a J.D. degree from Tulane University Law School. At Cornell he teaches international commercial arbitration, international trade and business law (including WTO law), and European Union law. For many years he also taught Public International Law and Admiralty Law at Cornell. Professor Barceló is a coauthor of International Commercial Arbitration—A Transnational Perspective (5th ed., 2012) (with Tibor Varady and formerly Arthur von Mehren).  The upcoming 6th edition will be published in 2015. He is also coeditor of A Global Law of Jurisdiction and Judgments—Lessons from the Hague (2002) and Lawyers' Practice and Ideals—A Comparative View (1999). He has published widely in U.S. and European legal journals, especially in the field of international commercial arbitration and international trade law. He was a Fulbright scholar in 1966-67 at the University of Bonn, Germany, and has taught or lectured in Argentina, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the U.K., and Spain. He has experience as an international arbitrator. Professor Barceló was a consultant to the U.S. Department of Commerce on international trade law from 1981 to 1983. He has held visiting positions at St. John's College, University of Oxford (1987); the University of Siena, Italy (1987); the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (1996 and 1998); Pompeu Fabra law faculty in Barcelona (2002); the Bucerius law faculty in Hamburg (2004; 2007; 2010; 2012); the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (2004-2010); and the Centre for Law, Economics and Institutions at Torino, Italy (2006). He is currently a visiting professor at the Central European University, in Budapest, Hungary (1995-2014) and at Humboldt University in Berlin (May-June, 2014). He holds the honor of Chevalier de l'Ordre national de la Legion d'honneur (awarded April 2, 2012, by nomination of President Nicolas Sarkozy).

bio_hanks_james_jjh22James J. Hanks, Jr. is a partner in the 550-lawyer firm of Venable LLP, with offices in Baltimore, New York, Los Angeles and Washington, and is an adjunct professor of law at Cornell Law School. He received an A.B. degree from Princeton University; an LL.B. degree from the University of Maryland Law School, where he was an editor of the Maryland Law Review; and an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School. During the 1967-68 term, he served as law clerk to Judge Charles Fahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In private practice, Professor Hanks represents publicly- and privately-held corporations and other entities in securities offerings and other financing transactions. Professor Hanks has advised buyers or sellers in more than 250 mergers or acquisitions, including many valued at more than one billion dollars. He has also represented parties in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other transactions. Professor Hanks regularly serves as independent counsel to the boards of directors of major U.S. corporations and as an expert witness in connection with major transactions, stockholder litigation, conflicts of interest, and corporate governance issues. He also advises foreign governments on revision of their corporate and securities laws. At Cornell Law School, Professor Hanks has taught courses in securities regulation, corporate counsel, and business combinations. He has also taught classes in corporation law at law schools in the United States and the Republic of South Africa and at the Institute of Law in Beijing. Professor Hanks is the author of Maryland Corporation Law and the coauthor (with former Stanford Law School Dean Bayless Manning) of the third edition of Legal Capital. He is also the author of several law review articles and is a frequent speaker on corporation law issues. He has been actively involved in the revision of the Model Business Corporation Act and is a member of the American Law Institute. During the Fall, 2003, Professor Hanks was Commerzbank Visiting Professor of Law at Bucerius Law School, in Hamburg, Germany, and has taught there occasionally since then. Mr. Hanks appears in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America in three categories: Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, Corporate Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law. In 2008, he received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award of the Maryland State Bar Association Section of Business Law..

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bio_Hans_Valerie_vh42_B&W (1)Valerie Hans conducts empirical studies of law and is one of the nation's leading authorities on the jury system. Trained as a social scientist, she has carried out extensive research and written widely about social science and the law. Her theoretical and policy interests in citizen participation in law have led her to focus on jury decision making. Her research and writing have encompassed a range of topics such as the juvenile death penalty, racial and gender discrimination, the litigation explosion, the adversary system, corporate responsibility, the insanity defense, court legitimacy, and media impact. She is also studying the introduction of new lay participation systems in Japan and Korea. Her books include Business on Trial: The Civil Jury and Corporate Responsibility (2000); The Jury System: Contemporary Scholarship (2006); and two books coauthored with Neil Vidmar: Judging the Jury (1986) and American Juries: The Verdict (2007). Link to Inaugural Colloquium on Empirical Legal Studies.

bio_Holden-Smith_Barbara_bjh12_B&WBarbara J. Holden-Smith is Vice Dean and Professor of Law at Cornell Law School.  Dean Holden-Smith, recognized for her groundbreaking work in the Supreme Court history and practice, currently teaches federal courts, civil procedure, and African Americans and the Supreme Court.  After her graduation from the University of Chicago Law School, she spent a year in an Illinois law firm and then entered a clerkship with the Hon. Ann C. Williams of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Professor Holden-Smith then joined the Washington D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter, where she worked for three years in litigation, antitrust and food and drug law, before she joined the Cornell Law School Faculty in 1990.  Her scholarship has addressed the legal response to lynching and the fugitive-slave cases.  Her scholarly interests include global access to justice and the legal and political responses to historical injustices.

oskar liivak is an Assistant Professor of Law, graduated from Rutgers College with highest honors in 1994, received a Ph.D. 2000 in physics from Cornell University focusing on techniques for determining protein structure, and received a J.D. from the Yale Law School in 2005. From 2000 to 2001, he was a post-doctoral scientist working on physical realization of quantum computing in the Quantum Information Group at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. Prior to law school, he served as a patent agent in the Boston office of Fish and Richardson P.C. Most recently, Professor Liivak served as a law clerk to Judge Sharon Prost on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is teaching Patent Law and Trade Secrets in the fall and Copyright in the spring.

bio_Lasser_Mitchel_ml355_B&W Mitchel Lasser teaches and writes in the areas of comparative law, law of the European Union, comparative constitutional law, and judicial process. Before joining the Cornell faculty in 2004, he was the Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law at the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College (1986), received a J.D. from Harvard Law School (1989), an M.A. in French literature (1990) and a Ph.D. in comparative literature (1995) from Yale University. He served as a Fulbright Scholar in France from 1993 to 1994, where he researched the French civil judicial system. While a doctoral student at Yale, he held a Whiting fellowship and an Enders fellowship. Professor Lasser has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris-I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) in 2001, 2002 and 2005, the University of Lausanne in 2003 and 2004, the University of Geneva in 2004, the NYU School of Law and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in 2006, and the Católica Global Law School in Lisbon in 2009. He held the Fulbright Distinguished Visiting Chair at the Law Department of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy in 2003 and was the Maurice R. Greenberg Visiting Professor at Yale Law School in 2007-2008. His articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Cornell Law Review, the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Archives de philosophie du droit, and the Revue trimestrielle de droit civil. Oxford University Press has published his two monographs, Judicial Deliberations: A Comparative Analysis of Judicial Transparency and Legitimacy (2004) and Judicial Transformations: The Rights Revolution in the Courts of Europe (2009).

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bio_Ndulo_Muna_mbn5 Muna B. Ndulo is an internationally-recognized scholar in the fields of constitution making, governance and institution building, human rights and Foreign Direct Investments. He graduated LLB (Zambia); LLM (Harvard) and D. Phil (Oxford). He is a Professor of Law Cornell Law School and Director of the Cornell University’s Institute for African Development.  He is Honorary Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Honorary Professor, Faculty of Law, Free State University, South Africa.   He was formerly Professor of Law and Dean of the School of Law, University of Zambia.  He served as Legal Officer in the International Trade Law Brach of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) from 1986 t0 1995.  He also served as Political and Legal Adviser with the United Nations Observer Mission in South Africa (UNOMSA) and to the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General to South Africa 1992-1994; Legal Adviser to the United Nations Assistance Mission to EAST Timor (UNAMET)-1999, Legal Expert, United Nations Mission to Kosovo (UNAMIK) (2000) and Legal Expert to the United Nations Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) (2003).  He has acted as consulted to the African Development Bank (ADB) in the setting up of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), World Bank, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), National Democratic Institute (NDI) United Sates Institute for Peace (USIP) and International Development Law Organization (IDLO).  He has acted as consultant to the Kenya 2010 Constitutional Process, Zimbabwe Constitutional Process, Somalia and Sudan.  He is a recipient of the Distinguished Africanist Scholar Award (New York African Studies Association) and the Excellence in in the Teaching, Advising and Mentoring Graduate and Professional Students(Cornell university).  He is founder of the Southern African Institute for Public Policy and Research (SAIPAR) and member of its Board of Directors.  Member of the Board of the African Association of International law, He is a member of the Advisory Committee, Human Rights Watch, (Africa) and Chairperson of Gender Links, A South African NGO. He has published 14 books and over 80 articles in academic journals.

bio_Shiffrin_Steven_shs6_B&W Steven H. Shiffrin is the Charles Frank Reavis Sr., Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. He began his law school teaching career at UCLA in 1977, receiving tenure in 1981. He has been a visiting professor of law at Boston University, Harvard University, Seattle University, and the University of Michigan. He joined the Cornell faculty in 1987. Professor Shiffrin is the author of The Religious Left and Church-State Relations, Princeton University Press, 2009; Dissent, Injustice, and the Meanings of America, Princeton University Press, 1999, and The First Amendment, Democracy, and Romance, Harvard Press, 1990, winner of the Thomas J. Wilson Award. His writings have appeared in many publications, including the Cornell Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Northwestern Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, Commonweal, the New York Times Book Review, and the Washington Monthly. He is a coauthor of Constitutional Law, 11th ed., 2011, and The First Amendment, 5th ed., 2011, both of which are widely used casebooks in the field. He is working on a new book entitled, What's Wrong with the First Amendment?.

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Claude Bédard-Claret (left) and Chantal Casanova (right)

Claude Bédard-Claret is the instructor of Beginning French. A long-term resident of Paris, where she has taught French for many years, she also has strong ties to Québec. She has a Master’s degree from the Sorbonne and a Certificate of Specialization in Teaching French to Foreigners, from École Normale Supérieure de St-Cloud, Paris. Her doctoral dissertation was on the teaching of the French language. She has been a researcher at the Centre International de Recherche sur le Bilinguisme, at the Université Laval, Québec, and is the author of two texts on teaching French as a foreign language: Français contemporain (Toronto 1980) and Français à la carte (Télé-Université, Montréal 1983).

Chantal Casanova is a native of France. She obtained a master’s degree from the Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III, where she studied American Civilization. She specializes in F.L.E. (French as a second language). In France, she has taught in various institutions, including the French and Spanish Trade Office, the "INSEE " (national institute of statistics) and the C.I.E.L.F. (International Center of French Language). From 1986-1990, she was a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Romance Languages at Harvard University, as well as a teacher in the Harvard Lifelong Learning Center. Since 1994, she has participated in the Cornell Law School Summer Program in Paris, as the instructor of Intermediate French and the coordinator of the language instruction program.

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