As with the LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights, the J.S.D. program faculty is key to the success of the program. It has been carefully chosen for its unique combination of academic credentials and expertise with the practical experience in the field. Every student admitted to the J.S.D. program will be supervised by a qualifying faculty member, who has to agree, in advance, to this assignment. As far as qualifying faculty is concerned, the core of it is the faculty and guest lecturers of the LL.M. program. The supervising professor should hold the academic equivalent of a J.S.D. or Ph.D. degree.
The law library with its extensive holdings in the fields of international law and human rights is available for use by the students. With regard to materials needed to be online for the benefit of graduate IHR students, St. Thomas University School of Law has made arrangements to provide access to the electronic databases that are normally used in its J.D. program.
Key initial faculty and potential supervisors include:
Professor Dr. W. Michael Reisman
, Myres S. McDougal Professor of Law at the Yale Law School, distinguished scholar of international law and jurisprudence, has published more than 20 books and more than 200 articles. He is one of the co-founders of the policy-oriented approach to law, which inspires this program. Professor Reisman has also served as President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. He has given overall guidance and will provide continued support to the new J.S.D. program.
Professor Dr. Eckart Klein
of the University of Potsdam, Germany law faculty, is the leading German scholar in the field of human rights and an immediate past member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee. Professor Klein teaches the class on The Covenant of Civil and Political Rights: The Scope of the Rights and the Role of the Human Rights Committee.
Professor Dr. iur. Siegfried Wiessner
is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Graduate Program in Intercultural Human Rights. He has published widely in the field of international law, constitutional law and jurisprudence; he lectured in the UN/UNITAR International Law Fellowship Programmes at The Hague and Tehran. With W. Michael Reisman, he has published the leading casebook on International Law in Contemporary Perspective (Foundation Press, 2004). He teaches Constitutional Law, International Law and Introduction to Human Rights Law.
Dr. Pierre-Michel Fontaine
is a former Principal Officer in the Division of International Protection of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and has recently served as the Chief of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Prior to his career in the United Nations system, Dr. Fontaine held academic appointments at various universities in the United States, including Harvard University and UCLA. Dr. Fontaine teaches the course on The Protection of Refugees.
Professor Dr. iur. Roza Pati
is Professor of Law at St. Thomas University School of Law and Executive Director of its LL.M./ J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights. She is Former Member of Parliament and Cabinet Member--Secretary of State for Youth and Women, in the government of Albania. She has written in the field of international law, international criminal law, human rights law and human trafficking law.
Dr. Toni Pfanner
is the Chief Legal Advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross, a key actor in the implementation of international humanitarian law, and the Editor of the International Review of the Red Cross. He has, inter alia, taught courses in the UN/UNITAR International Law Fellowship Programme at The Hague. He teaches the course on Humanitarian Law.
Professor Dr. Kalliopi Koufa
is a Professor of Law and the Director of Institute of International Public Law and International relations at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She also serves as a Member of the United Nations Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and its Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Terrorism. She teaches the course on Human Rights and Terrorism.
Professor Dr. Herbert Petzold
is a Professor of Law at the University of Saarbrücken, Germany and the former long-time Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights. He is well published in the field, and he teaches the course on The European System of Human Rights Protection.
Professor Dr. Domingo Acevedo has served as the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (1993-1998), and still serves as a Special Consultant to the Commission. He has published widely in the field, and has taught at the American University Washington College of Law. Professor Acevedo has taught the class on The Inter-American System of Human Rights Protection.
Professor Dr. Adeno Addis
is the W. Ray Forrester Professor of Public and Constitutional Law at Tulane Law School. He has widely published in the fields of international law and legal theory.
Professor Dr. John Makdisi
is a Professor of Law and the former Dean of St. Thomas University, under whose direction the LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights was established. He has written extensively on Islamic law and American property law. His book-length article on The Islamic Origins of the Common Law, 77 N . Car. L. Rev. 1635 (1999), offers a startling new theory for connections between Islam and the West. From 1981-1991, Professor Makdisi was a faculty member at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He served as dean of The University of Tulsa College of Law (1991-1994), Loyola University New Orleans School of Law (1996-1999), and St. Thomas University School of Law (1999-2003).
Professor Dr. Alfred Light
is a Professor of Law at St. Thomas University. He has published numerous books and articles in the areas of federalism and intergovernmental relations, constitutional law, and environmental law. He is active in various bar associations and currently serves as the liaison of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources to its Standing Committee on Specialization. He teaches the class on Human Rights and Environment.
Professor Dr. Lenora Ledwon
is a Professor of Law at St. Thomas University. She has published numerous articles and book chapters in the field of jurisprudence, law and literature, women’s rights, etc.
Professor Dr. Amy Ronner
is Professor of Law at St. Thomas University. She teaches Property Law, Appellate Practice, Wills and Trusts, Criminal Procedure. She is the creator, and till 1999 also the Director of the St. Thomas University School of Law Appellate Litigation Clinic. She is well-published in her field with several books and articles.