Short bios posted here in December. Click individual faculty names for more information.
Sara Sun Beale (B.A., J.D., University of Michigan). Ms. Beale teaches first year criminal law and upper class courses in federal criminal law, criminal procedure, and appellate practice. Her principal academic interests concern the federal government's role in the criminal justice system. She is the co-author of Federal Criminal Law and Related Actions: Crimes, Forfeiture, the False Claims and RICO, Grand Jury Law and Practice, and Federal Criminal Law and Its Enforcement, as well as scores of articles. Ms. Beale has been active in law reform efforts related to the federal government's role in criminal justice matters. Since 2005, she has served as the reporter for the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules, which drafts the procedural rules that govern federal criminal cases. She has served as an associate reporter for the Workload Subcommittee of the Federal Courts Study Committee (where much of her work focused on the Sentencing Guidelines) and as the reporter for a three branch federal-state working group convened by Attorney General Janet Reno to consider the principles that should govern the federalization of criminal law. Ms. Beale also served as a member of an American Bar Association task force studying the federalization of criminal law. She has argued before the Supreme Court of the United States on six occasions, representing the United States and as appointed counsel for an indigent defendant. Ms. Beale clerked for Judge Wade H. McCree, Jr. on the Sixth Circuit, and served in the Office of Legal Counsel and the Office of the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice before joining the Duke Law School faculty in 1979.
Isabella Beretta (study of biochemistry, cell biology and organic chemistry at ETH Zurich, dipl.sc.nat., ETH; Ph.D., Institute of Biotechnology of ETH). Ms. Beretta is Scientific Advisor in International Research and Innovation Programmes, State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research. She is responsible for scientific, financial, personnel and research policy matters and elaboration of the Swiss position in the context of international research organizations and European initiatives and acts as head of the Swiss delegation to several international research organizations. Ms. Beretta covers mainly the following domains: interdisciplinary research in the life sciences and research infrastructures, biotechnology, bioeconomy, molecular biology, marine sciences, neuroinformatics, innovative medicines and clinical trials in sub-Saharan Africa.
Christian Bovet (LL.M., Columbia University). Mr. Bovet is full professor at the University of Geneva Law School, where he served as dean from 2007-12. Prior to joining the faculty in 1998, he practiced law for several years as a partner in a Geneva business law firm. After receiving his LL.M. degree in 1988, he worked for over a year as a foreign associate with the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton. He was appointed to the Swiss telecommunications regulator (ComCom) in 1999 and served as its vice-chairman from 2005-11. Between 2009-11, Mr. Bovet co-chaired the working group in charge of proposing amendments to Swiss competition law. He currently chairs the council of the Walther Hug Foundation, which every year rewards the best Swiss doctoral theses in law and periodically honors outstanding law professors. He sits on the board of the Swiss Banking Ombudsman Foundation.
Kareem Crayton (A.B., Harvard University; J.D., Ph.D., Stanford University). Mr. Crayton is an Associate Professor on the University of North Carolina law faculty, where he teaches courses on election law, comparative constitutional law, and the legislative process. Prior to his arrival at UNC, he served as a foreign law clerk to Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo on the Constitutional Court for the Republic of South Africa and as a law clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Mr. Crayton's scholarship examines the empirical effects of racial exclusion in political institutions, particularly electoral and representational systems. His publications examine ongoing controversies ranging from racial polarization, ballot measures, electoral campaigning, to legislative caucus behavior. Aside from his work in the academy, Mr. Crayton consults a variety of governmental and private actors on election related matters.
Nita Farahany (A.B., Dartmouth College; J.D., M.A., Ph.D., Duke University; ALM, Harvard University). Ms. Farahany is a Professor of Law & Philosophy at Duke Law School and Professor of Genome Sciences and Policy at the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy (IGSP). Since 2010, Ms. Farahany has served on Obama's Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Her scholarship focuses on the ethical, legal, and social implications of biosciences and emerging technologies, particularly those related to neuroscience and behavioral genetics. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Association of Law Schools, serves on the Board of the International Neuroethics Society, and is the recipient of the 2013 Paul M. Bator award given annually to an outstanding legal academic under 40.
Tobias Jaag (Dr. iur., University of Zurich; LL.M., University of Michigan). Mr. Jaag was a Member of the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich from 1990 to 2013, where he taught constitutional, administrative, and European law. He served as the Dean of the Law Faculty from 2006-08. Before he became a law professor, he was an attorney in a law firm in Zurich for which he still is a counsel today. He served as a part-time judge at the Administrative Court of the Canton of Zurich from 1985-98 and is a member of the Administrative Tribunal of the Bank for International Settlements. Mr. Jaag spent his sabbaticals at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg as well as at the Institutes for European Law in Brussels (Belgium) and Strassburg (France). His publications deal with questions of constitutional and administrative law on the federal, cantonal, and local levels in Switzerland, as well as with institutional aspects of the European Union.
Francis McGovern (B.A., Yale University; J.D., University of Virginia). Mr. McGovern, a tenured professor of law at Duke Law School, is a practitioner, scholar, and teacher in the field of alternative dispute resolution and complex litigation. He was among the first in the nation to write about and to use alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques to improve the litigation process. As a court-appointed special master or neutral expert, he has developed solutions in most of the significant mass claim litigation in the U.S., including the DDT toxic exposure litigation in Alabama, the Dalkon-Shield controversy, and the silicone gel breast implant litigation. Working with the United Nations Compensation Commission, which was established to ensure that Iraq compensates citizens, businesses and government agencies for losses suffered in the first Persian Gulf War, Mr. McGovern constructed a procedural framework for handling the 2.6 million claims for reparation from Iraq. Mr. McGovern is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association. He is the co-author of two published books, Successful Litigation Techniques and The Preparation of a Product Liability Case, and is the author of over 75 law review articles. Mr. McGovern's most widely known contribution to the scholarship in complex litigation is his development of the seminal concept of "maturity" in mass torts--a concept generally accepted as critical in analysis of mass torts. He has given over 50 speeches in the last two years to academics, judges, and lawyers on issues ranging from international dispute resolution to an update of the law of product liability.
Thomas Metzloff (B.A., Yale College; J.D., Harvard Law School). Mr. Metzloff is a Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law. Prior to coming to Duke, he had a clerkship with the Supreme Court of the United States. At Duke, he teaches the course on American Law for all LL.M. students, and also regularly teaches civil procedure and legal ethics. He has taught regularly at Duke’s Geneva and Hong Kong summer programs as well as at Tsinghua University in Beijing and the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. He is also currently the Director of the Voices of American Law Project, which produces documentaries on leading Supreme Court cases. These award-winning documentaries are now being used at many law schools and colleges in courses on constitutional law.
Marco Sassoli (Doctor of Laws, University of Basel). Mr. Sassoli is professor of international law and director of the Department of public international law and international organization at the University of Geneva. From 2001-03, he was professor of international law at the University of Quebec, where he remains associate professor. Mr. Sassoli is a member of the Swiss Bar and has worked for 13 years for the International Committee of the Red Cross at the headquarters, inter alia as deputy head of its legal division, and in the Middle East and the Balkans. During a sabbatical in 2011, he again joined the ICRC, at its delegation in Pakistan. He has also served as registrar at the Swiss Supreme Court. From 2004-13, he chaired the board of Geneva Call, an NGO with the objective to engage armed non-State actors to adhere to humanitarian norms and he is presently commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists. Mr. Sassoli has published on international humanitarian law, human rights law, international criminal law, international law and private actors, the sources of international law, state responsibility and Swiss constitutional law.
Scott Silliman (B.A., J.D., University of North Carolina). Mr. Silliman is a Professor of the Practice of Law at Duke Law School, as well as a federal appellate judge on the United States Court of Military Commission Review. In addition, he served as Executive Director of Duke's Center on Law, Ethics and National Security from its inception in 1993 until July 2011, and now serves as its Director Emeritus. He served for 25 years as an Air Force judge advocate, retiring in the grade of colonel just prior to taking his position with the Center in 1993. As the senior attorney for Tactical Air Command during the Persian Gulf War, and later as Air Combat Command's senior attorney, he has extensive experience in operational law. He is widely sought throughout the United States as a guest lecturer on the Law of War, and is a frequent commentator on CNN, National Public Radio and other national and international radio and television news programs on issues involving military law and national security.
Norbert Wuehler (Doctor of Law, Heidelberg University). Mr. Wuehler is a German lawyer with thirty years' experience in mass claims and in international arbitration and dispute settlement. He has held the positions of attorney-at-law in Germany, legal advisor to the president and deputy secretary-general of the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal (which was set up in 1981 following the Tehran hostage crisis), head of the legal service of the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) (which resolved 2.5 million claims resulting from Iraq's invasion and occupation of Kuwait in 1990-91), and director of claims programs at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) (which included part-implementation of the settlement reached in the Swiss banks litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York). In these roles, Mr. Wuehler was responsible for the design and management of the claims processes; directed the legal support to the decision-making bodies, including during deliberations and in the drafting of awards; and provided policy and legal advice to the creators of a number of other claims mechanisms. Appointed under the EU Rule of Law Mission (EULEX), Mr. Wuehler is currently one of two international members of the Kosovo Property Claims Commission (KPCC), which is to decide claims for the restitution of real property lost as a result of the 1998-99 conflict in Kosovo. He has been sole arbitrator, chairman and member of international arbitral tribunals under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, the ICC Arbitration Rules, the Swiss Civil Procedure Code, ad hoc rules and under bilateral investment treaties, and he has been on the List of conciliators of the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Most recently, he was appointed as mass claims expert by the ICSID arbitral tribunal in Abaclat v. Argentina (ACSID ARB/07/5), a case comprising approximately 60,000 claims by Italian holders of Argentinian government bonds against Argentina. Mr. Wuehler has published a number of books and articles on international claims and dispute resolution and arbitration, and he has given speeches on these topics in a wide range of forums.
Christopher Yoo (A.B., Harvard University; M.B.A., U.C.L.A.; J.D., Northwestern University). Mr. Yoo is the John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science and the Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of over seventy books, chapters, and articles, including The Dynamic Internet: How Technology, Users, and Businesses Are Transforming the Network (AEI Press, 2012) and Networks in Telecommunications: Economics and Law (Cambridge University Press, 2009) (with Daniel F. Spulber). Mr. Yoo testifies frequently before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and foreign agencies. Before entering law teaching, he served as a law clerk for Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States and as an associate at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) under the supervision of now-Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts, Jr.