Visiting Professor in Summer Semester 2010 - Professor Geoffrey P. Miller
Professor Geoffrey P. Miller, the Stuyvesant P. Comfort Professor of Law at New York University Law School, is a nationally recognized expert on the topic of class action litigation. Professor Miller attended Columbia University Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, served as a judicial clerk to Judge Carl McGowan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to Justice Byron White of the United States Supreme Court, and worked as an attorney in the United States Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel and at a private law firm before entering law teaching.
Professor Miller is the Director of NYU Law School’s Center for the Study of Financial Institutions and a founder and co-president of the Society for Empirical Legal Studies. He has been or will be a visiting professor or visiting scholar at institutions around the world, including Columbia University, Cornell University, University of Sydney (Australia), University of Basel (Switzerland), University of Auckland (New Zealand), University of Frankfurt (Germany), University of Genoa (Italy) (Summer 2008), University of Minnesota (Spring 2008) and Harvard University (Fall 2010). Professor Miller is author of three books and nearly two hundred scholarly articles in the fields of civil procedure, corporate law, banking law, legal ethics, and law and economics.
Prof. Yuji Ito as Visiting Scholar in 2010/11
Prof. Yuji Ito joined the faculty at Senshu University, Japan, as an associate professor of law in 2007 and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo. He specializes in Company, Commercial and Insurance Law and is a member of the Japanese Association of Private Law. Professor Ito will spend the academic year 2010/11 as a visiting scholar at the Institute for Law and Finance. His research in Frankfurt focuses on German Corporate Law, especially the action for injunction, and on Insurance Law. Professor Ito also published several articles in his field of research.
Prof. Yasue Takagi as Visiting Scholar in 2009/10
Prof. Yasue Takagi joined the faculty at Kyushu International University, Japan, as an associate professor of law in 2006. She specializes in Company Law and Commercial Law and is a member of the Institute of Comparative Law in Japan, the Japan Association of Private Law and the Kyushu Law Association. Professor Takagi will spend the academic year 2009/10 as a visiting scholar at the Institute for Law and Finance. Her research in Frankfurt focuses on German Corporate Governance and its comparison with the respective rules for listed companies in Japan.
Visiting Professor in Summer Semester 2009 - Professor Stanislaw J. Soltysinski
Professor Stanisław Sołtysiński (1939) has been teaching civil and commercial law at A. Mickiewicz University, Poznań, until his retirement in 2007. He graduated in 1961 at Poznań Law School. Subsequently, he spent 9 months at LSE, Oxford and Cambridge as a British Council research student (1967) and studied at Columbia University (LLM program) in 1972-73. He was teaching as a recurring visiting professor at Pennsylvania University Law School (Philadelphia) between 1975-1992. He also taught at the College of Europe (Brugge) and has been teaching at Munich Intellectual Property Center (since 2006).
Professor Sołtysiński is a member of Poland’s Codification Commission since 1997. He chairs the Subcommittee on Company Law. As chairman of special task force, he co-authored the draft of the Code of Commercial Companies adopted by the Polish Parliament in 2000. Professor is the author of more than 300 books and other publications published in Polish, English, German and other languages.
Professor is a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Arts, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Academy of Comparative Law. Since 2002, he is a member of the Governing Council of UNIDROIT. Professor Sołtysiński is also a member of the Working Group on the Model European Law.
Professor Sołtysiński combines academic activities and legal counseling. He is a founder of “Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak”, a leading Polish law firm where he now serves as an of counsel.
Visiting Professor in Summer Semester 2008 - Professor James D. Cox
Professor Cox is Brainerd Currie Professor of Law at the Duke University, Durham, USA. He joined the faculty of the School of Law at Duke in 1979 where he specializes in the areas of corporate and securities law. Prior to moving to Durham, Jim taught at the law schools of Boston University, the University of San Francisco, the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and Stanford. During the 1988-89 academic year Jim was a Senior Research Fulbright Fellow at the University of Sydney. Professor Cox earned his B.S. from Arizona State University and law degrees at University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D.) And Harvard Law School (LL.M.)
In addition to his texts Financial Information, Accounting and the Law, Corporations (2d ed 2003)(with Hazen & O’neal) and Securities Regulations Cases and Materials (3d ed 2002)(with Hillman & Langevoort), Professor Cox has published extensively in the areas of market regulation and corporate governance as well as having testified before the U.S. House and Senate on insider trading and market reform issues. The Corporation treatise won the Association of American Publishers National Book Award for Best New Professional/Scholarly Legal Book for 1995. He served as a member of the corporate law drafting committees in California (1977-80) and North Carolina (1984-1993). He serves as an consultant to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Recently Professor Cox has conducted training programs for securities regulators in Bosnia, China and Thailand and has lectured in Argentina, Australia, Chile, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom.
Professor Cox memberships include the American Law Institute, the NYSE Legal Advisory Committee, the NASD Legal Advisory Board, and Fulbright Law Discipline Review Committee.
Visiting Professor in Sommer Semester 2007 - Professor Douglas G. Baird
Douglas G. Baird is the Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. Prof. Baird has been a visiting professor at Stanford, Harvard, and Yale. He is currently a Director of the American College of Bankruptcy, and served as Vice Chair of the National Bankruptcy Conference from 1997 until 2004.
Baird received his undergraduate degree from Yale University summa cum laude and his J.D. from Stanford University, where he was Managing Editor of the Stanford Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif. He joined Chicago’s faculty in 1980 and was its Dean from 1994 to 1999.
Among Prof. Baird's numerous books are Contracts Stories (editor, 2007), Elements of Bankruptcy (4th edition, 2006), Cases, Problems, and Materials on Bankruptcy (3rd co-edition, 2000), and Game Theory and the Law (co-author, 1994). Recent articles include “Serial Entrepreneurs and Small Business Bankruptcies” in the Columbia Law Review, “Discharge, Waiver, and the Behavioral Undercurrents of Debtor-Creditor Law” in the University of Chicago Law Review, and “Absolute Priority, Valuation Uncertainty, and the Reorganization Bargain” in the Yale Law Journal.
Prof. Baird taught the course "Corporate Reorganizations" at the ILF during the Summer Semester 2007.
Visiting Professor in Summer Semester 2006 - Professor Guido A. Ferrarini
Prof. Guido A. Ferrarini is Professor of Law at the University of Genoa and Director, Centre for Law and Finance. He is Honorary Professor at the University College London and was a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School (2003) and Hamburg University (2002). He is Lead Independent Director of Telecom Italia S.p.A.; Independent Director of Autostrade S.p.A., and Chairman of TLX (a new Italian investment exchange). He is Vice-Chairman of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI), Brussels, member of the Board of Trustees of the International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC), London, and Independent Director of Assogestioni (the Italian Asset Managers Association).
Guido A. Ferrarini graduated from the Genoa Law School in 1972, and obtained an LL.M. from Yale Law School in 1978.
He is the author of various books and articles in the fields of financial law, corporate law, and business law. He is co-editor of the Rivista delle Società and editor of ECGI Law Working Papers.
Prof. Ferrarini taught the course "European Securities Regulation" at the ILF during the Summer Semester 2006.