The Faculty of the J.S.D. program 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 him- or herself.
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 J.S.D. program.
Key initial faculty and potential supervisors include:
Professor Emeritus Dr. iur. Eckart Klein
Professor Dr. Alfred Light, Ph.D.
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.
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 has been teaching the course on The Protection of Refugees.
Dr. Toni Pfanner
now the Representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Singapore, is the former Chief Legal Advisor to the ICRC, a key actor in the implementation of international humanitarian law, and the former 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 Emeritus and the former Director of the Institute of International Public Law and International Relations at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She has also served 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 has taught the course on Human Rights and Terrorism.
Professor Dr. iur. 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. iur. Roza Pati
is a Professor of Law at St. Thomas University School of Law, Executive Director of its LL.M./J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights, and Director of its Human Trafficking Academy. She is a former Member of Parliament and Cabinet Member -- Secretary of State for Youth and Women -- in the Government of Albania, and is a Member of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace at the Vatican. She has written in the field of international law, international criminal law, human rights law and human trafficking law. She teaches International Law, Human Trafficking Law & Policy, and Human Rights Law.
Professor Dr. Domingo Acevedo, Ph.D.
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, J.S.D.
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. iur. Dr. h.c. Thomas Oppermann is a Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Tübingen Faculty of Law. He has published the standard treatise on European Law as well as many books and articles in the fields of public international law, international trade, constitutional law and the laws of culture and education.
Professor Dr. iur. Martin Nettesheim
is a Professor of Law at the University of Tübingen Law School in the fields of German Public Law, Public European Community Law, International Law and International Political Theory and Director of the Tuebingen University Center for International Economic Law (TURCIEL). He has publsihed widely in these and related fields. He is teaching the class on International Economic Law and Human Rights.
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 fields 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, Introduction to Human Rights Law
and seminars on the Rule of Law
and International Law in the 21st Century.
Professor Dr. John Makdisi, S.J.D.
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. Professor Makdisi 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). He teaches Property,
and a seminar on Natural Law.
is a Professor of Law at St. Thomas University and the Director of its LL.M. Program in Environmental Sustainability. 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 Civil Procedure
, Environmental Law
and Human Rights and the Environment.
Professor Dr. Lenora Ledwon, Ph.D.
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. She teaches Contracts
and Law and Literature
Professor Dr. Amy Ronner, P.hD.
is a Professor of Law at St. Thomas University. She is the creator, and has been, till 1999, also the Director of the St. Thomas University School of Law’s Appellate Litigation Clinic. She is well-published in her field with several books and articles. She teaches Constitutional Law
and Wills and Trusts.
Professor John Min Kang, Ph.D.
is a Professor of Law at St. Thomas University. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and has published articles in the fields of constitutional law and legal philosophy. He teaches Constitutional Law
Other Potential Faculty
Applicants also have the right to choose a supervisor from outside the list provided above. The chosen supervising professor must be a scholar and expert in the field of applicant’s topic of dissertation, and he/she should hold the academic equivalent of a J.S.D. or Ph.D. degree him- or herself. The J.S.D. Committee must approve the chosen supervisor. The applicant must submit a C.V. of the potential supervisor, his/her declaration of acceptance of supervision, and his/her contact information.
Professor Roza Pati with His Holiness Pope Francis