World-Class Professors

World-Class Professors

Our international law faculty members are scholars and legal practitioners with a deep understanding of the global issues that are shaping the world economy. As frequently-published authors, their work carries significant influence in the field and their open-door policy gives students the unique opportunity to work with them on a range of projects and scholarship. They also regularly mentor students who want to publish scholarly articles on international legal topics, and eagerly guide them in this process.

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Robin Effron , who teaches comparative contract law and international business transactions, 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.

James A. Fanto directs the International Economic Law Forums for the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law Center. His extensive writings and lectures focus on the law relating to corporate boards, comparative corporate governance, cross-cultural securities disclosure, investor education, merger decision making and differences in business law and enterprises between the United States and France. 

Maryellen 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.

Roberta S. Karmel is the co-director of the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law Center. 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. Karmel was a Fulbright Scholar studying securities regulation in the European Community.

Brian Lee’s teaching and research interests include property, intellectual property, and international law. 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.

Samuel K. 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.

Arthur R. 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.