2020 Institute Faculty

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Rachel Brewster

JD, University of Virginia; PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill
Professor Brewster's scholarly research and teaching focus on the areas of international economic law and international relations theory. Brewster serves as co-director of Duke’s Center for International and Comparative Law.  Her recent publications include: "Enforcing the FCPA: International Resonance and Domestic Strategy” 103 Virginia Law Review 101 (2017), “The Market for Global Anti-Corruption Enforcement” 80 Law and Contemporary Problems 193 (2017)(with Samuel Buell), and “Pricing Compliance: When Formal Remedies Displace Reputational Sanctions,” 54 Harvard International Law Journal 259 (2013).  In 2016, she received Mellon Foundation support to run Sawyer Seminar (with Professor Philip Stern) which examines the status of corporations in international law.

James Coleman

AB, Harvard University; JD, Columbia University  
Professor Coleman is the John S. Bradway Professor of the Practice of Law, Director of the Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility, and Co-Director of the Wrongful Convictions Clinic at Duke Law School.  A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Jim’s experience includes a judicial clerkship for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, a year in private practice in New York, and fifteen years in private practice in Washington, D.C., the last twelve as a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. In private practice, Jim specialized in federal court and administrative litigation; he also represented criminal defendants in capital collateral proceedings. Jim has had a range of government experience, including two years as an assistant general counsel for the Legal Services Corporation, a stint as chief counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, and a year as deputy general counsel for the U.S. Department of Education.

Deborah A. DeMott

JD, New York University
Professor DeMott is the David F. Cavers Professor of Law at Duke University Law School. She focuses her scholarship and teaching on the law of agency, fiduciary obligation, torts, and art law.  In addition to numerous articles, Professor DeMott is the author of a treatise, Shareholder Derivative Actions, initially published in 1987 and updated annually and a casebook, Fiduciary Obligation, Agency and Partnership, published in 1991.  She is the editor, with Danny Busch, of The Liability of Asset Managers (Oxford Univ. Press, 2012) and served as the sole Reporter for the Restatement (Third) of Agency (2006). She received Duke University’s Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award in 1989. She has also taught at Central European University (Budapest), the London School of Economics, and the University of Sydney.  

Helen Duffy

Glasgow (LLB), University College London (LLM), Edinburgh (Dip.LP) and Leiden (Ph.D.)
Professor Duffy is a part-time Professor of Humanitarian Law and Human Rights at the Grotius Centre of International Legal Studies at Leiden. She also runs ‘Human Rights in Practice,’ based in The Hague that specializes in strategic litigation before regional and international human rights courts and bodies ( Positions prior to establishing her practice in 2011, included Legal Director of INTERIGHTS, Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Counsel to Human Rights Watch/New York, Legal Director of the Centre for Human Rights Legal Action (Guatemala), Legal Adviser to the UK ‘Arms for Iraq’ Inquiry and Legal Officer in the UK government legal service. Her current areas of research span strategic human rights litigation, the interplay of human rights and humanitarian law, modern day slavery and counter-terrorism, human rights and the rule of law.

Giovanni Gruni 

Professor Giovanni Gruni works at ESADE Law School where he teaches world trade law and European Union law. He holds a PhD in international economic law from the University of Oxford and an LLM from the European University Institute. He published the book the “The EU world trade law and the right to food” with Bloomsbury Hart Publishing.

Laurence Helfer

BA, Yale University; JD, New York University; MPA, Princeton University
Laurence R. Helfer is Harry R. Chadwick, Sr. Professor of Law and co-director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at Duke University.  He is also a Permanent Visiting Professor at iCourts: The Center of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen and currently serves as the co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of International Law.  Professor Helfer has authored more than 75 publications and has lectured widely on his diverse research interests, which include human rights, treaty design, international adjudication, and international intellectual property law.  He is the coauthor of several books and edited volumes, including: International Court Authority (OUP 2018); Transplanting International Courts: The Law and Politics of the Andean Tribunal of Justice (OUP 2017); The World Blind Union Guide to the Marrakesh Treaty: Facilitating Access to Books for Print-Disabled Individuals (OUP 2017).  His articles have appeared in leading American law reviews, including the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review and the Virginia Law Review, and in numerous peer-reviewed political science and international law journals.

Jayne Huckerby

LLB, University of Sydney; LLM, New York University School
Professor Huckerby is Clinical Professor of Law and inaugural director of the Duke Law International Human Rights Clinic. Prior to joining Duke, she most recently served as a human rights adviser to UN Women – the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – on women and conflict prevention, conflict, and post-conflict; gender equality and constitutional reform in post-Arab Spring countries; and the use of gender and human rights indicators in national security policy frameworks. 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 served 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.  She also has extensive domestic, regional (Africa, Americas, Europe) and international litigation and advocacy experience.  She has written and co-authored numerous articles, book chapters, and human rights reports, and is most recently the editor, with Margaret L. Satterthwaite, of Gender, National Security, and Counter-Terrorism: Human Rights Perspectives (Routledge 2012).

Thomas B. Metzloff

JD, Harvard Law School
Professor Metzloff teaches civil procedure, ethics, and dispute resolution, as well as a specialized course on the American legal system for international LLM students. He has taught that course regularly at Duke's summer institute as well as at Tsinghua University in Beijing and the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. He is the director of the Voices of American Law Project which has produced documentaries about leading Supreme Court constitutional law cases.  He received the Duke Law School teaching award in 1991. 

Pinar Ölcer

Professor Ölçer works as an associate professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology at Leiden Law School, where she also obtained her PhD, on the relationship between the pre-trial criminal procedure (specifically the use if covert investigation methods therein) and the right to a fair trial as guaranteed in art. 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Her research and teaching is oriented on the nexus between Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure and other domains of legal regulation, mainly (European) Human Rights Law, (corporate) fiscal, financial and economic law, as well other multidisciplinary domains, such as ICT-Law and Civil Aviation. As such, Dr. Ölçer's focus is a comparative one, both in the sense of internal comparison of interfaces between different types of law in the same and different national and international legal systems.

Richard Schmalbeck

AB and JD, University of Chicago
Professor Schmalbeck is the Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Professor of Law at Duke University. He has also served as dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, and as a visiting professor on the University of Michigan and Northwestern University law faculties. His recent scholarly work has focused on issues involving non-profit organizations, and the federal estate and gift taxes. He has also served as an adviser to the Russian Federation in connection with its tax reform efforts. The fifth edition of his federal income tax casebook, co-authored with Lawrence Zelenak, was released by Aspen Publishers in 2018. Prior to beginning his teaching career, he practiced tax law in Washington, D.C.

Carsten Stahn

LL.M, New York University and Cologne/Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne); PhD, Humboldt University Berlin
Professor Stahn is a Professor of International Criminal Law and Global Justice at the Leiden School and the Programme Director of the Grotius Centre for International Studies (The Hague). He has previously worked as Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (2000-2003), as Legal Officer in Chambers of the International Criminal Court (2003-2007) and as Reader in Public International Law and International Criminal Justice at Swansea University. He is the author of a Critical Introduction to International Criminal Law (CUP 2019) and The Law and Practice of International Territorial Administration: Versailles to Iraq and Beyond (Cambridge University Press, 2008/2010), which received the Ciardi Prize 2009 of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War. He has published over 70 articles/essays in different fields of international law and edited several collections of essays in the field. His work has been cited in the jurisprudence of the ICC, the ICJ and the European Court of Human Rights.

Irma Johanna Mosquera Valderrama

PhD University of Groningen; Master of Laws, LLM Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain; Bachelor of Laws, LL.B. Autónoma de Bucaramanga University, Colombia
Prof. Mosquera Valderrama is Associate Professor of Tax Law at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Her areas of expertise are international tax law, comparative tax law and more recently exchange of information, and BEPS related issues in developing countries. She has been a guest lecturer at several universities in Colombia, South Africa and in the United States. Irma Mosquera has published several articles in peer-reviewed journal such as the World Tax Journal and Intertax and non peer-reviewed journals such as Tax Notes International, IBFD Bulletin and other journals in Italy, Colombia and Spain. She has been recently awarded a prestigious ERC starting grant to carry out research from 2018-2022 on a New Model of Global Governance in International Tax Law Making (GLOBTAXGOV).