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 Arato’s research and teaching interests include international economic law, public international law, international organizations, contracts, and private law theory. He has written extensively on the law of treaties and treaty interpretation, the law of international organizations, and the law of foreign direct investment. He co-edits open-sourced teaching materials in international trade law: International and Regional Trade Law: The Law of the World Trade Organization (Weiler, Cho, Feichtner, Arato). Previously he worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP, in the International Arbitration Group.

  • 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 Beauchamp teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property and legal history. His first book, Invented by Law: Alexander Graham Bell and the Patent That Changed America, was released by Harvard University Press in fall 2014. Professor Beauchamp was previously a Sharswood Fellow in Law and History and a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania, a Microsoft/LAPA Fellow at Princeton University’s Law and Public Affairs Program and a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law.

  • 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 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 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 Sidley Austin LLP and teaches international litigation, international commercial arbitration, 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

  • 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 Pinto's area of expertise is in the United States and comparative corporate law. He is a former National Reporter for the Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law and the co-editor of The Legal Basis of Comparative Corporate Governance in Publicly Held Corporations. He is co-author of Understanding Corporate Law (LexisNexis 4th ed. 2013)

  • 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.

  • IBL Symposium: Nationalism, Regionalism, and Globalism
  • IBL Symposium: Nationalism, Regionalism, and Globalism
  • IBL Symposium: Nationalism, Regionalism, and Globalism


Brooklyn Lecture on International Business Law — Kahale on ISDS: Wild West of Int’l Law & Arbitration (CLE) on April 3.


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