2016 Institute Faculty

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Rashid Bahar (Licence en droit, Docteur en droit, University of Geneva; LL.M., Harvard Law School).  Mr. Bahar is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva. He specializes in corporate law and financial markets regulation. His research focuses on legal issues related to mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and corporate finance, covering issues such as legal capital, secured transactions and corporate restructuring. He is also an expert in banking regulation, where he authored a commentary on the Swiss regime on financial institutions that are "too big to fail" as well as derivatives regulation.  He is also partner at the Swiss law firm Bär & Karrer, where he advises clients on corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets,  and banking regulations. He is the author of various publications and is regularly invited to speak on these issues in seminars and colloquia in Switzerland and abroad. He was a member of the working group of the Swiss Federal Department of Finance on prospectus requirements which was responsible for the preparatory work in connection with the financial services act ("FIDLEG").

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Gloria Gaggioli (Ph.D., University of Geneva; LL.M., University Centre for International Humanitarian Law).  Ms. Gaggioli is Assistant Professor and Grantholder of Excellence at the University of Geneva (Law Faculty). Until summer 2014, she served as Legal Adviser within the ICRC’s Legal Division in Geneva. Previously, she worked as Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Lille (France), External Lecturer at the Copenhagen University (Denmark) and researcher/teaching assistant at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights as well as at the University of Geneva. She is the author of the ICRC Report on the Use of Force in Armed Conflicts: Interplay between the Conduct of Hostilities and Law Enforcement Paradigms (2013). She wrote her PhD thesis on the Mutual Influence between Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in the Light of the Example of the Right to Life (summa cum laude, Pedone 2013). She has also written several articles in the field of international humanitarian law, human rights law and international criminal law and edited with Professor Robert Kolb the Research Handbook on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Edward Elgar Publishing 2013).

Mitu Gulati Mr. Gulati is a member of the Duke Law faculty.  His current research focuses on the evolution of railroad bond contracts in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Kimberly Krawiec (B.A., North Carolina State University; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center).  Ms. Krawiec is an expert on corporate law who teaches courses on securities, corporate, and derivatives law at Duke University.  Her research interests span a variety of fields, including the empirical analysis of contract disputes; the choice of organizational form by professional service firms, including law firms; forbidden or taboo markets; corporate compliance systems; insider trading; derivatives hedging practices; and “rogue” trading.  Prior to joining academia, Ms. Krawiec was a member of the Commodity & Derivatives Group at the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell.  She has served as a commentator for the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI) of the American Bar Association and on the faculty of the National Association of Securities Dealers Institute for Professional Development at the Wharton School of Business.  Ms. Krawiec’s recent scholarship addresses organizational misconduct and trade within forbidden or contested markets. These works include “Price and Pretense in The Baby Market,” in Baby Markets: Money, Morals, And The Neopolitics Of Choice (Cambridge University Press, 2009); “Sunny Samaritans & Egomaniacs: Price-Fixing in the Gamete Market,” and “Show Me The Money: Making Markets in Forbidden Exchange,” in Duke Law School’s Law and Contemporary Problems; and “Altruism and Intermediation in the Market for Babies,” in the Washington & Lee Law Review. She also recently contributed a chapter, “Operational Risk Management: An Emergent Industry,” to the book Operational Risk Towards Basel III: Best Practices And Issues In Modeling, Management And Regulation (John Wiley and Sons, 2009).  Ms. Krawiec also has taught law at the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina, Harvard, and Northwestern, where she received the 1999-2000 Robert Childres Award for Teaching Excellence.”

Makane Mbengue (M.A., LL.M., University of Saint-Louis (Senegal); Ph.D. in Public International Law, University of Geneva).  Mr. Mbengue is an Associate Professor at the University of Geneva Law School and also serves as a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po School of Law (Paris), a Visiting Faculty at the Gujarat National Law University (India), and a Professor and Expert of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), as well as an Expert of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), involved in the latter’s government capacity-building efforts concerning investment treaties.  He has been a visiting professor in several universities in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, and a visiting scholar at the New York University School of Law (USA).  Mr. Mbengue has served in diverse fields and in various capacities.  He has acted as a legal advisor for the World Bank and the Senegal River Organization, as well as a legal expert for the Secretariat of the Nile Basin Initiative, the African Union, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, the World Health Organization (WHO), and Green Cross International.    He is a member of several international law associations and acts as Counsel before the International Court of Justice and in other dispute settlement proceedings.  Mr. Mbengue has authored and co-authored various books and articles and has presented communications in different prestigious conferences and colloquia.  His areas of interest and teaching are general public international law, international dispute settlement, international environmental law, international investment law, international trade law, the law of international organizations, the law of international watercourses, the law of state responsibility, the international law of climate change and the law of treaties.

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, 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.  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.  His research interests include alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration in professional malpractice cases.

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.

Scott Silliman (B.A., J.D., University of North Carolina).  Mr. Silliman is a Professor Emeritus 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 was the 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.

Louise Teitz (B.A., Yale College; J.D., Southern Methodist University).  Louise Ellen Teitz is Professor of Law at Roger Williams Law School in Bristol, RI (founding faculty). She served as First Secretary, Hague Conference on Private International Law, The Hague, with primary responsibility for family law areas, including 1980 and 1996 Conventions, and related projects including mediation in family law matters, the "Malta Process" involving Sharia based legal systems, and relocation (2011-2014). Ms. Teitz's academic areas of expertise include private international law, international litigation and dispute resolution, international business transactions, antitrust, international family law, comparative law, civil procedure, international aspects of electronic commerce, and professional responsibility. She was also Visiting Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law School (Spring 2014).  After law school, she clerked for Judge John R. Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and practiced law for several years with law firms in Dallas, Texas, and Washington, D.C.  In addition to prior teaching experience at several prestigious U.S. law schools, she has been on the faculties of the University of Konstanz in Germany and the University of Bern in Switzerland, as well as teaching at the University of Geneva, University of Bologna, and Catholica University in Lisbon, Portugal. Ms. Teitz has also been a Visiting Scholar at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), in Vienna, and at the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) in Rome and lectures frequently abroad. Ms. Teitz is the author of two books and numerous articles on these subjects. She currently is working on a West Casebook entitled Comparative Law with Peter Winship and a Second Edition of Transnational Litigation, her earlier treatise.  Ms. Teitz is active in the American Bar Association, has chaired several committees and divisions, and is on the Council of the ABA Section of International Law.  She was a member of the ABA Task Force on Electronic Commerce and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She was a member of the United States Delegation to the Hague Conference on Private International Law for the Jurisdiction and Judgments Convention and for the Choice of Court Agreements Convention and is a member of the US Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law.  Ms. Teitz was also Co-Reporter on the Uniform Law Commission (NCCUSL) Drafting Committee on the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements and is a member of the American Bar Association and Uniform Law Commissioners (NCCUSL) Joint Editorial Board on International Law. She has also served as a member of the American Bar Association delegation (as an Observer) to UNICITRAL’s Working Group III on Online Dispute Resolution.  She is a member of the American Law Institute, the International Association of Procedural Law, The International Academy of Comparative Law, is a U.S. representative to the International Law Association’s International Commercial Arbitration Committee and International Consumer Protection Committee, on the Executive Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association, and a member of ASADIP.  Ms. Teitz also serves as a Uniform Law Commissioner from Rhode Island.

"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