The Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law

At the Helm

The Steering Committee of the Center consists of professors who have a special expertise and interest in the field of international business law. Learn more about our faculty:

  • Professor Karmel is the co-director of the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law. She is a former Securities and Exchange Commissioner, a Public Director of the New York Stock Exchange, and a partner at two major law firms. She teaches and writes on international securities regulation and is widely called upon by the media for her expertise in this area. Professor Karmel was a Fulbright Scholar studying securities regulation in the European Community.

  • Professor Pinto is co-director of the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law. As a former National Reporter for the Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law, Professor Pinto’s area of expertise is in the United States and comparative corporate law. He is the co-editor of The Legal Basis of Comparative Corporate Governance in Publicly Held Corporations.

  • Professor Araiza teaches administrative and constitutional law and he has published widely in these areas. After law school he clerked for Justice David Souter of the U.S. Supreme court and then practiced as an associate with two large law firms in Los Angeles. He has served as the Associate Dean for Faculty and the Rev. Richard A. Vachon, S. J. Fellow and Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. He is currently on the Rulemaking Committee of the American Bar Associations's Section on Administrative Law.

  • Professor Askin is the Founding Director of the Brooklyn Law Incubator Project (BLIP), which functions like a law firm, and represents Internet, new media, communications and other tech entrepreneurs and innovators. He has 15 years of experience in the communications industry in both the public and private sectors. Askin has provided legal and policy counsel and strategic advice for companies that build and develop networks and Internet applications. A sought-after expert in the field of Internet law, he played a key role in the tech task force of President Barack Obama’s election campaign.
  • Professor Baer focuses her scholarship on private and public efforts to restrain undesirable behavior in corporate settings. Previously, she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she handled white collar criminal prosecutions.

  • Professor Borden is a leading authority on taxation of property transactions and partnership taxation. His pioneering work on partnership and transactional tax theory appears in numerous articles and his work has been cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He is a frequent presenter at national and international tax and academic conferences.
  • Professor Brakman Reiser is an expert in the emerging field of the law of nonprofit organizations, having been at the forefront of research in this area. Her writing focuses on two distinct, but related concerns in nonprofit law: nonprofit accountability and governance, and the role of members and other non-fiduciary constituencies in nonprofit organizations. Brakman-Reiser is the faculty advisor to the Brooklyn Law Review.
  • Professor Michael Cahill’s teaching and scholarship focuses on criminal law and health law, and issues related to the formulation of effective statutory rules. He co-authored the book Law Without Justice, addressing the role of retribution in the criminal justice system, and is also co-author of a forthcoming general treatise on criminal law. Prior to teaching, Cahill served as a law clerk to Judge James B. Loken of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
  • Professor Cohen teaches commercial and corporate law and writes extensively in the domestic and international commercial law areas. He serves as the Director of Research of the Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code. In the international arena, Cohen has been active in the modernization, harmonization, and internationalization of the law governing secured credit. He is also a member of the U.S delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law.

  • Professor Dean’s research explores issues related to U.S. federal income tax law, such as the implications of making the tax treatment of business entities independent of “real world” facts. In addition, his research examines the role of current and historical tax policy in shaping the tax laws, and the economic fortunes of the developing world. Prior to joining the Law School, Professor Dean worked for several years as a tax associate at Debevoise & Plimpton. Prior to that he was with Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

  • Professor Effron teaches comparative contract law and international business transactions and is fluent in German. She spent an academic year in Germany as a fellow in the D.A.A.D. Program for International Lawyers and worked with attorneys in the legal department of a large investment bank to research questions of German and U.S. law.

  • Professor Fanto clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun and then practiced securities and corporate law in the United States and France. His scholarship focuses on banking, corporate, and securities law, corporate finance and comparative and international corporate law and governance. He is an author of a hornbook on legal obligations of directors of public companies and the co-author of a hornbook on broker-dealer law and regulation. He directs the Law School's International Economics Law Forums.
  • Professor Fullerton is an expert on procedural law, focusing on federal jurisdiction in the United States as well as on refugee and asylum systems in many countries around the world. She has been a Fulbright Scholar in Belgium and Germany, a German Marshall Fund Fellow in Hungary, and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Spain. She has served as a Reporter for Human Rights Watch and has been a consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

  • Michael Gerber teaches in the area of bankruptcy and commercial law and is the author of a leading casebook on business reorganizations. His articles and lectures have focused on bankruptcy issues including governance, ethics, and the treatment of intellectual property interests.

  • Professor Janger teaches and writes in the area of bankruptcy and commercial law. He practiced in these areas with a major law firm in Washington, D.C. and clerked for a United States Court of Appeals Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Professor Jones-Woodin teaches and writes in the areas of domestic and international copyright and intellectual property law. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

  • Professor Kimmelman is a partner at Allen & Overy LLP and teaches international litigation, commercial arbitration, international commercial arbirtration, and a commercial arbitration seminar. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School.

  • Professor Kysar has developed courses for lawyers on international taxation, taxable corporate acquisitions, and tax-exempt organizations. She was previously a tax associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where she was responsible for all tax aspects of complex domestic and international transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, bank financings, joint ventures, and restructurings.
  • Professor Lee’s teaching and research interests include property, intellectual property, international law, and the law of war. He is the recipient of multiple honors and awards, including the Nathan Burkan Prize for best paper in copyright law, the Ramsey Fellow at Princeton, the Wooden Fellowship at UCLA, and the highest distinction in general scholarship as an undergraduate at Berkeley.

  • Professor Macey’s research interests include property, environmental regulation, organization theory, responses to natural and man-made disasters, and dispute resolution. His articles have appeared in numerous journals.  After receiving his Ph.D. in urban planning from MIT, he practiced as a patent litigator with Kirkland & Ellis and taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Fordham Law School.

  • Professor Murumba is the author of several books and articles on intellectual property and legal philosophy and is the coauthor of the prestigious Restatement of the Laws of Australia. He was recently honored by Human Rights Watch for his many years of service to the organization, including as a board member and advisor to the Women’s Rights Division and the Africa Division. Murumba has taught in Uganda and Australia

  • Associate Professor Myers’ research interests include corporate law and local government law and his most recent scholarship addresses the decisions of corporate special litigation committees. Before joining the faculty in 2009, Myers practiced in the Corporate and Litigation Departments at Debevoise & Plimpton.
  • Professor Taylor is an authority in consumer law, contracts, and credit and employment discrimination. For the past 30 years, she has served as a consultant for Fair Lending and Workplace Equity. Taylor has written extensively on the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act and is a former member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council.

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Brooklyn Law School
Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law
Attn: Deanna Handler
Fellowship Program
250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201