Siegfried Wiessner

Professor of Law and
Director of the Graduate Program in Intercultural Human Rights

J.D. (Equivalent), University of Tübingen, Germany, 1977
LL.M., Yale University, 1983
Dr.iur., University of Tübingen, Germany, 1989

Professor Dr. iur. Siegfried Wiessner is a Professor of Law at St. Thomas University School of Law and the Founder and Director of its LL.M. and J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights. He also is the Founder and Faculty Advisor to its INTERCULTURAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW REVIEW and the Susan J. Ferrell Intercultural Human Rights Moot Court Competition. He passed the First and the Second State Examination in Law in Germany in 1977 and 1981, respectively, and he earned the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the Yale Law School in 1983 and his Doctorate in Law (Dr. iur.) from the University of Tübingen in 1989. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Martinus Nijhoff’s STUDIES IN INTERCULTURAL HUMAN RIGHTS. Since 2007, he has been a member of the Executive Council of The American Society of International Law and, since 2008, Chair of the International Law Association’s Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


Professor Wiessner teaches U.S. Constitutional Law and International Law. He is the author of a number of books and articles in the fields of constitutional law, international law, human rights, the law of indigenous peoples, the law of armed conflict, arbitration, space law and refugee law. His articles include International Law in the 21st Century: Decisionmaking in Institutionalized and Non-Institutionalized Settings, 26 THESAURUS ACROASIUM 129-153 (1997); Policy-Oriented Jurisprudence and Human Rights Abuses in Internal Conflict, 93 AM. J. INT’L L. 316 (1999), with Andrew R. Willard, reprinted, as updated, in THE METHODS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 47 ( 2004);  Faces of Vulnerability: Protecting Individuals in Organic and Non-Organic Groups, in THE LIVING LAW OF NATIONS 217 (1996); Law and Minimum World Public Order, with Myres S. McDougal, in MYRES S. MCDOUGAL & FLORENTINO P. FELICIANO, THE INTERNATIONAL LAW OF WAR xix (1994); The New Haven School: A Brief Introduction, 32 YALE J. INT’L L. 575 (2007), with Michael Reisman and Andrew Willard; Law as a Means to a Public Order of Human Dignity: The Jurisprudence of Michael Reisman, 34 YALE J. INT’L L. 525 (2009); Legitimacy and Accountability of NGOs: A Policy-Oriented Perspective, in From Government to Governance - 2003 Hague Joint Conference on Contemporary Issues of International Law 95 (2004); American Indian Treaties and Modern International Law, 7 ST. THOMAS L. REV. 567 (1995); Rights and Status of Indigenous Peoples: A Global Comparative and International Legal Analysis, 12 HARV. HUM. RTS. J. 57 (1999); and Indigenous Sovereignty: A Reassessment in Light of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 41 VANDERBILT J. TRANSNAT’L L. 1141-1176 (2008). In 1989, he published a book on the function of nationality (DIE FUNKTION DER STAATSANGEHÖRIGKEIT), and he is the co-author, with W. Michael Reisman et al., of a casebook on INTERNATIONAL LAW IN CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVE (Foundation Press, 2004). 

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