Jörg Fedtke, A.N. Yiannopoulos Professor in Comparative Law, Tulane Law School
1st German State Exam, 1995, 2nd German State Exam, 2000, Dr iuris, 1999, University of Hamburg. Professor Fedtke is also Co-director of the Eason Weinmann Center for International and Comparative Law at Tulane Law School. Professor Fedtke joined the Tulane University Law School faculty in time for the start of the Spring 2009 semester. Professor Fedtke's main interests are public law (both constitutional and administrative), tort law, and comparative methodology. He was educated at schools in Zambia, the Philippines, and Germany, where he went on to study law and political science. Following research both at the Institute for International Affairs in Hamburg and the Institute for Foreign and Comparative Law at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria, Professor Fedtke was awarded a PhD, summa cum laude, by the University of Hamburg for an extensive analysis of legal transplants in South Africa's Constitutions of 1993 and 1996.
Professor Fedtke joined University College London in 2001 as DAAD/Clifford Chance Lecturer in German Law. He received a Lectureship in 2002, a Readership in 2004, and was promoted to Professor of Comparative Law in 2007. Professor Fedtke has also served since 2003 as Visiting Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also a Fellow of the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL) in Vienna, Austria. Before joining University College London, Professor Fedtke was a full-time researcher at the University of Hamburg/Germany.
Within the framework of the 'Democratisation Assistance Programme' of the German Foreign Office, Professor Fedtke has provided expert advice on questions of constitutionalism to members of the Iraqi National Assembly and, in the context of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), for the Office of Constitutional Support (OCS) of the United Nations Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). He has also been involved in research projects for the European Commission (liability for genetically modified crops) and the French Cour de cassation (on the reform of the Code civil). He is General Editor (with Sir Basil Markesinis) of The University of Texas Studies in Foreign and Transnational Law. Jointly with Sir Basil, he was awarded the 2005 John Minor Wisdom Award for Academic Excellence in Legal Scholarship for a contribution to Volume 80 of the Tulane Law Review, "The Judge as Comparatist."
Current research projects include the use of comparative methodology in international commercial practice; human rights protection in Germany, the United Kingdom, and on the European level; constitutionalism in post-conflict societies; data protection and access to information; and questions of law reform. He has published extensively on constitutional law, tort law, and comparative methodology.
Director, Institut Droit Dauphine, University Paris-Dauphine
Ph.D., LL.M., University of Paris-Sorbonne
Professor Monéger is also Professor of Law, Jean Monnet Chair and Director of the PhD College at University Paris-Dauphine. He previously served as Dean of the School of Law, Economics and Business Administration (until 2001); Director of the "Institute of Research in Business and Economic Law" (until 1998); and Director of the Business School at the University of Orleans (until 1991). He has been a visiting professor at law schools across the United States, Europe and francophone Africa, as well as in Argentina and Uruguay. Among these are University of Wroclaw, Poland (2008/9), Saint-Louis University (1993-2009; 4-6 week annual visits), Loyola University in New Orleans (2007), Louisiana State University (2006), University of Bochum, Germany (2005), Tulane Law School (2003), and University of Virginia (2000). Professor Monéger's main focus areas are Contract Law, EU Competition and Merger Law, Economic Law, Comparative Law, and he has published extensively on these topics.
Vernon Valentine Palmer
Thomas Pickles Professor, Tulane Law School
BA, 1962, LLB, 1965, Tulane University; LLM, 1966, Yale University; DPhil, 1985, Pembroke College, Oxford University.
Professor Palmer is also Co-Director, Eason Weinmann Center for International and Comparative Law; and Director, European Legal Studies Program at Tulane Law School. Professor Palmer's primary fields of interest are the civil law, comparative law, and legal history. He is the author of more than forty books and articles. Professor Palmer teaches courses in comparative law, obligations, European legal systems, products liability, and sales and leases. Professor Palmer has served as director of Tulane's Institute of European Legal Studies in Paris and as editor in chief of The Tulane European and Civil Law Forum. He received the Sumter Marks Award in 2000 and 2001 in recognition of his research. In 2005, Professor Palmer received the Provost's Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship at Tulane University.
In 1986-87 and again in 1992-93, he held the Chair of Common Law at the University of Paris (Sorbonne). During the 1998-99 academic year, he was Visiting Professor of Comparative Law at Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, as well as at the University of Trent in Trento, Italy. In 2000, he was visiting professor of comparative law at the University of Lausanne and the University of Geneva, and in 2005 at the University of Fribourg.
Professor Palmer was organizing chair of the First Worldwide Congress on Mixed Jurisdictions, held in New Orleans in November 2002. He was elected President of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists and was elected a titulary member of the International Academy of Comparative Law at the Hague. In 2006 Professor Palmer was made a "chevalier" in the French Legion of Honor.
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