2015 Institute Faculty

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Deirdre Ahern (LL.B. Trinity College Dublin; LL.M. (Commercial Law), University of Cambridge; Ph.D, Trinity College Dublin).  Ms. Ahern is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin where she teaches classes in corporate and commercial law.  She is Director of the Irish Corporate Law Forum and serves on the editorial boards of UK journals, The Company Lawyer and the Journal of Business Law.  A member of the European Corporate Governance Institute, she has published widely on corporate law and fiduciary obligations of directors including the treatise Directors’ Duties: Law and Practice (Thomson Reuters, 2009).  She is a contributing editor to the UK practitioner text, Gore-Browne on Companies.  In 2013 Professor Ahern was a visiting scholar at Duke University Law School conducting comparative research on the ethical foundations of the law relating to fiduciary duties as applied to directors.

Dan Bodansky (B.A., Harvard College; M.Phil., University of Cambridge; J.D. Yale Law School).  Mr. Bodansky is Foundation Professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, where he specializes in public international law.  Prior to joining the ASU faculty, he taught at the University of Washington and the University of Georgia, where he held the Emily and Ernst Woodruff Chair of International Law.  He serves as Faculty Co-Director of ASU’s Center for Law and Global Affairs.

Deborah DeMott  (B.A., Swarthmore College; J.D., New York University).  Ms. DeMott is the David F. Cavers Professor of Law at Duke Law School.  In 1989, she received the Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award from Duke University.  Ms. DeMott served as the sole Reporter for the American Law Institute's Restatement (Third) of Agency (2006).  From 2000-2002, she held a secondary appointment as Centennial Visiting Professor in the Law Department of the London School of Economics.  She has also taught as visiting professor at universities in Australia, Canada, and the United States.  She is the author of a treatise, Shareholder Derivative Actions, first published in 1987 and the co-editor (with Danny Busch) of The Liability of Asset Managers (2012), as well as numerous articles on corporate law, agency, and fiduciary obligation.

Jayne Huckerby (LL.B., University of Sydney; LL.M., New York University).  Ms. Huckerby is Associate Clinical Professor of Law and director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Duke University School of Law. Prior to joining Duke Law in 2013, she was a human rights consultant with UN Women and Research Director and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law.  Ms. Huckerby has undertaken human rights research and advocacy in the areas of gender and human rights, constitution-making, national security, human trafficking, transitional justice, and human rights in U.S. foreign policy. She has led multiple fieldwork investigations, provided capacity-building to civil society and governments in five regions, and frequently serves as a human rights law expert to international governmental organizations and NGOs, including the International Center for Transitional Justice and the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women.

Nicolas Levrat (Ph.D., University of Geneva). Mr. Levrat is a Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva. From 2007-2012, he was the Director of the European Institute at the University of Geneva, and in 2012, he launched a Global Studies Institute, which attracts 1,200 students and is developing the Geneva Global Studies Network with selected partner universities around the world. Mr. Levrat is President of the Scientific Committee of the Geneva Human Rights Week, Co-Director of the Swiss Ph.D. School of the Foundation of European Law, a Member of the Board of the European Ph.D. School and joint doctorate program on Globalization, Europe and Multilateralism, Editor of two scientific collections, and the author of a dozen books. He also regularly provides expertise for European institutions and regional governments across Europe. Mr. Levrat's research and publications are mainly focused on federalism, European integration and the structure of European legal orders, international organizations and human rights, minority rights, the role of local and regional governments in international relations, cross-border cooperation, and the impact of globalization on democratic institutions.

Darrell Miller  (B.A., Anderson University; B.A., M.A., Oxford University; J.D., Harvard Law School).  Mr. Miller joined the Duke Law faculty as a professor of law in 2013 after visiting in the spring 2012 semester.  He previously was professor of law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.  While at Cincinnati, the students twice recognized Miller with the Goldman Teaching Excellence Award.  Mr. Miller focuses his scholarship and teaching on issues concerning civil rights, constitutional law, civil procedure, state and local government law, and legal history.  His scholarship on the Second Amendment and the Thirteenth Amendment appears in prominent law reviews such as the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, and the New York University Law Review and in the online companions to the Harvard Law Review and the Texas Law Review.  In addition, Mr. Miller has been cited in opinions of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and in congressional testimony and legal briefs.  Before entering the legal academy, Mr. Miller spent five years litigating complex and appellate matters with a large law firm in Columbus, Ohio.  Prior to that, he clerked for Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Jed Purdy  (A.B., Harvard College; J.D., Yale University).  Mr. Purdy is the Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law at Duke Law School.  He teaches constitutional, environmental, and property law and writes in all of these areas.  He also teaches legal theory and writes on issues at the intersection of law and social and political thought.  Mr. Purdy is the author of four books, including a trilogy on American political identity, which concluded with A Tolerable Anarchy (2009), all from Knopf.  The Meaning of Property appeared in 2010 from Yale University Press. He has published many essays in publications including The Atlantic MonthlyThe New York Times Op Ed Page and Book Review, Die Zeit, and Democracy Journal, and his legal scholarship has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, University of Chicago Law Review, Duke Law JournalCornell Law Review, and Harvard Environmental Law Review, among others.  He is now at work on After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene, under contract with Harvard University Press.  Mr. Purdy clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval of the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City and has been a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, an ethics fellow at Harvard University, and a visiting professor at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Virginia Law School, and the Georgetown University Law Center.

Peter Sand (LL.M., McGill University; docteur en droit, Université de Paris II). Mr. Sand is Lecturer in International Environmental Law at the University of Munich/Germany, and has previously taught at McGill University Montréal, the University of Addis Ababa, the Hague Academy of International Law, Duke University School of Law, the Institut des Hautes Études Internationales (Paris II), Helsinki University, and the University of Aix-Marseille. He formerly served as senior legal officer for several international organizations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE), the UN Conference for Environment and Development (UNCED), and the World Bank; and as Commissioner for environmental claims at the UN Security Council’s Compensation Commission (UNCC). He is associate editor of the journal International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, and his publications include Lessons Learned in Global Environmental Governance (1990), Transnational Environmental Law (1999), Gulf War Reparations and the UN Compensation Commission (2011), History and Origin of International Environmental Law (2015), and over 100 periodical articles.

Richard Schmalbeck (B.A., J.D., University of Chicago).  Mr. Schmalbeck is a member of the faculty of Duke Law School, where he specializes in federal taxation.  He is also of counsel to a law firm in Washington, D.C.  He has taught at the law schools of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University, and has served as the dean of the University of Illinois College of Law.  Mr. Schmalbeck’s recent publications have primarily related to tax-exempt organizations, and international tax and estate planning.  He serves as Co-Director of the Duke-Geneva Institute.

Jonathan Wiener (A.B., J.D., Harvard University).  Mr. Wiener is the William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Professor of Law at Duke Law School, as well as Professor of Environmental Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment, and Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy, all at Duke University.  He directs the JD-LLM Program on International and Comparative Law at Duke Law School.  He was the founding Faculty Director of the Duke Center for Environmental Solutions, now the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke.  He is also a University Fellow of Resources for the Future (RFF).  In 2008, Mr. Wiener served as President of the international Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), and he is a Fellow of the SRA.  In 2012 he co-chaired the World Congress on Risk held in Sydney, Australia.  He is a member of the scientific committees of the Chaire Economie du Climat (CEC) (Paris), and of the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC) (Lausanne).  He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, the University of Chicago, Université Paris-Dauphine, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Sciences Po, and l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and CIRED in Paris.  His courses have included Environmental Law, Climate Change and the Law, Risk Regulation in the US and Europe, Mass Torts, International Environmental Law, Property Law, and Global Property Regimes.  Mr. Wiener has written widely on U.S., European, and international environmental law and risk regulation, including the books The Reality of Precaution: Comparing Risk Regulation in the US and Europe (2011, with others), Reconstructing Climate Policy (2003, with R.B. Stewart), and Risk vs. Risk (1995, with J.D. Graham).  In 2011-14, he served as a member of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), as a chapter lead author for the 5th Assessment Report, WG III, chapter on “International Cooperation.”  Before coming to Duke University, he served at the US Department of Justice, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), where he helped negotiate the Framework Convention on Climate Change (1992), attended the Rio Earth Summit, and helped draft Executive Order 12,866 on regulatory review (1993).

"I want to thank Duke Law School and the University of Geneva Law Faculty for this great opportunity. The Duke-Geneva Institute was even better than I imagined. I learned so much and the faculty and students made it a truly unique experience."

—Magda Morales, participant from Costa Rica