2017 Institute Faculty

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Vikram Chand

Graham Cook (LL.B., LL.M., University of British Columbia).  Mr. Cook is a Counsellor with the Legal Affiars Division of the WTO Secretariat.  In that capacity, he serves as a legal advisor to WTO dispute settlement panels.  He is the author of various publications on WTO law, including A Digest of WTO Jurisprudence on Public International Law Concepts and Principles (2015).  He frequently lectures on WTO dispute settlement as part of the Secretariat's technical assistance activities, and has been a guest lecturer at IELPO (Barcelona), MILE (Bern), and the University of Geneva.  Prior to joining the WTO Secretariat in 2006, he worked in the field of investor-State dispute settlement as a lawyer with the Government of Canada. 

Aline Darbellay (MLaw, University of Lausanne; Ph.D., University of Zurich; LL.M., University of San Diego). Professor Darbellay is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Geneva. In 2010, she was Research Associate at the University of San Diego School of Law. In 2014-2015, she was Research Fellow at the Chair in Law and Finance at the University of Zurich. Professor Darbellay has also taught corporate law as visiting lecturer at the University of Zurich. She is admitted to practice law in New York. She is the author of a monograph, Regulating Credit Rating Agencies, published in 2013, as well as research articles on capital market law, securities regulation, and financial intermediaries.

Deborah DeMott (B.A., Swarthmore College; J.D., New York University).  Professor 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.  Professor 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.  Professor DeMott 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.

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 the Director of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society.  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, 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.

Paul Haagen (B.A., Haverford College; B.A., M.A., Oxford University; Ph.D., Princeton University; J.D., Yale University).  Professor Haagen is Professor of Law, Associate Dean for International Initiatives, and Director of the Center for Sports Law and Policy at Duke Law School.  He has taught and lectured at universities in Austria, Belgium, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, principally on matters related to contract, arbitration and sports law.  He is a member of the American Law Institute. He has represented collegiate, amateur and professional athletes, appeared as an expert witness in proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, written and lectured on sports law and acted as a consultant to individuals, companies, teams and leagues on matters related to the regulation of Olympic, collegiate and professional sports.

Thomas Metzloff (B.A., Yale College; J.D., Harvard Law School).  Professor 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, dispute resolution, 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.  Professor Metzloff 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.  His research interests include alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration in professional malpractice cases.

Richard Schmalbeck (B.A., J.D., University of Chicago).  Professor Schmalbeck is a member of the faculty of Duke Law School, where he specializes in federal taxation.  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.  His recent publications have primarily related to tax-exempt organizations, and international tax and estate planning.  Professor Schmalbeck serves as Co-Director of the Duke-Geneva Institute.

Mara Tignino (Ph.D., Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies).  Ms. Tignino is Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law and Coordinator of the Platform for International Water Law at the Geneva Water Hub.  She is a visiting professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Barcelona and was a visiting professor at the Law Faculty of the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS) in Rome and at the Law Faculty of the Catholic University of Lille. She was also a visiting scholar at the George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. During her stay, she was involved with the Center for International Economic Policy of the Elliott School of International Affairs.  Ms. Tignino acts as an expert and legal adviser for States and international organisations (Inter-American Development Bank, UNITAR, UNEP, UNDP, ICRC, UNFCCC and OSCE).  She is regularly invited to international conferences organised by Swiss and foreign universities and has given training workshops in Africa, Middle East and South America. Her publications include the monographs “L’eau et la guerre. Éléments pour un régime juridique” (Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Bruylant, 2011) and “Water During and After Armed Conflicts : What Protection in International Law ?” (Brill Research Perspectives in International Water Law, 2016).  Ms. Tignino is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Interest Group of “International Business and Human Rights” of the European Society of International Law (ESIL) and is a mentor of the “Women in International Law” Program of the American Society of International Law (ASIL). She is a member of the World Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Jonathan Wiener (A.B., J.D., Harvard University).  Professor 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 co-directs the Rethinking Regulation program at Duke.  Previously, he directed the JD-LLM Program on International and Comparative Law at Duke Law School.  He is also a University Fellow of Resources for the Future (RFF).  In 2008, Professor Wiener served as President of the international Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), and 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 publications include the books Policy Shock: Recalibrating Risk and Regulation after Oil Spills, Nuclear Accidents and Financial Crises (forthcoming 2017, with others); 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 2015, he was a member of the expert group on “Environmental Risk Management” of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED).  In 2014-16, he was a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on climate change.  In 2011-14, he served as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 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).

Müslüm Yilmaz (LL.B., Ph.D., Ankara University; LL.M., Tulane University; Ph.D., Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne).  Mr. Yilmaz joined the WTO Secretariat in 2001, where he is currently working as Counsellor in the Legal Affairs Division.  He has served many WTO panels as legal officer.  Before joining the WTO Secretariat, he worked for eight years at what is now the Ministry of Economy of Turkey.  Mr. Yilmaz has publications in the field of WTO law and co-edits the Journal of International Trade and Arbitration Law, published in Turkey.  He is licensed to practice law in Turkey and in New York, USA.

"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