2009 Master of Ceremonies: Allen Weiner



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The International Law Society

Faculty Dinner 2009


Faculty and Advanced Degree Student Biographies


Faculty Biographies



2009 Master of Ceremonies: Allen Weiner


Allen Weiner is a Senior Lecturer of Law and Co-Director of Stanford’s Program in International Law and the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation. At SLS, he teaches International Law, International Conflict Resolution Colloquium, and International Conflict: Management and Resolution. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 2003, Weiner served as legal counselor to the U.S. Embassy in The Hague and attorney adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State. He was a law clerk to Judge John Steadman of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. His scholarship focuses on international law and the response to the contemporary security threats of international terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.




Daphne Barak-Erez
Daphne Barak-Erez is a Visiting Professor of Law from the Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University. At SLS, Barak-Erez teaches Law and Terrorism: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives. Her research interests include Administrative and Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, Privatization, Legal Feminism, and Israeli Legal History. Barak-Erez is a Stewart and Judy Colton professor of law and the chair of law and security at the faculty of law. She currently serves as the Director of the Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law and is a member of the Council of Higher Education in Israel, the American Law Institute, and the International Academy of Comparative Law. She is a winner of the Rector’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the Zeltner Prize, the Woman of the City Award (by the City of Tel-Aviv) and the Women in Law Award (by the Israeli Bar).


Don Emmerson
Donald Emmerson is Director of the Southeast Asia Forum (SEAF) at Shorenstein APARC, a senior fellow at FSI, and an affiliated scholar with the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. He has taught courses on Southeast Asia in International Relations and International Policy Studies, in the Department of Political Science, and for the Bing Overseas Studies Program. His courses include Introduction to Thai Culture and History and Southeast Asia and the Singapore ‘Exception.’ His research interests include Southeast Asia; ASEAN; Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore; Islamism; the Muslim world; regionalism; democratization; U.S. foreign policy; and the sociology of scholarly knowledge. He is the author of Hard Choices: Security, Democracy, and Regionalism in Southeast Asia (November 2008).
Larry Franklin


Laurence C. (“Larry”) Franklin is Adjunct Professor of Business Law and Finance at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST). He has lived and worked in Asia for the last 25 years, as in-house bank and corporate counsel, as a commercial banker, investment banker, China advisor and equity investor, raising over $5 billion for China projects and over $4 billion for other Asian projects. He teaches part-time; hence his Adjunct title. He taught his first business law course in 1978 at U. Chicago. In the past 10 years, he has taught more than 100 MBA, Executive MBA and Law courses around the world, at such schools as Virginia Law School, Darden, MIT Sloan, Chicago, Kellogg, Schulich (Canada), WHU (Germany), Recanati (Israel), Tsinghua (Beijing), China-Europe International Business School (Beijing and Shanghai) and Chinese University (Hong Kong).




Paul Goldstein


Paul Goldstein is the Stella W. and Ira S. Lillick Professor of Law at SLS. His international law teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of intellectual property and private and public international law, and comparative law. He teaches a course on International Intellectual Property that covers all three topics. Next quarter, he will be teaching new course, Managing the Information Future, addressing in part the Internet’s global challenge to the organization of investment in information and entertainment products. Goldstein recently edited a book on intellectual property infrastructures in several Asian countries and is now completing the second edition of his treatise on international copyright law. He is also the author of leading casebooks on intellectual property and international intellectual property.




Erik Jensen
Erik Jensen is a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, co-director of the law school’s Rule of Law Program, and a faculty member at the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He has been a Fulbright scholar, a consultant to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, and a senior law advisor to The Asia Foundation. His teaching and research interests include the rule of law, law and political economy reform, and the relationship of Islam to the rule of law. Jensen currently is an advisor to the Afghanistan Legal Education Project, the Bhutan Law and Policy Project, and the Timor Leste Legal Education Project.  He teaches Statebuilding and the Rule of Law, Law and Development in India, International Development and the Rule of Law, Islam and the Rule of Law, and Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law.

Jan Martinez
Jan Martinez is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Gould Negotiation and Mediation Program at SLS.  Martinez is a senior consultant at the Consensus Building Institute and taught negotiation techniques at Harvard University’s graduate schools of business, law, and government. She focuses her research and consulting on the lawyer’s role in negotiation, domestically and internationally; conflict resolution system design; facilitation of public disputes, particularly in the fields of international trade and the environment; and negotiation curriculum development for clients in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Martinez is currently working on a comparative analysis of court-annexed mediation programs in the U.S., Israel, and India and the development of alternative dispute resolution systems in Bhutan, in connection with the SLS Bhutan Law & Policy Project. 


Abbas Milani
Abbas Milani is a research fellow and codirector of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution. In addition, Milani is the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University. His expertise is in U.S./Iran relations and Iranian cultural, political, and security issues. Before coming to Hoover, Milani was a professor of history and political science and chair of the department at Notre Dame de Namur University and a research fellow at the Institute of International Studies at U.C. Berkeley, in addition to being an assistant professor in the faculty of law and political science at Tehran University and a member of the board of directors of Tehran University's Center for International Studies from 1979 to 1987. Milani was a research fellow at the Iranian Center for Social Research from 1977 to 1978 and an assistant professor at the National University of Iran from 1975 to 1977.


Gi-Wook Shin
Gi-Wook Shin is the director of Shorenstein APARC; the Tong Yang, Korea Foundation, and Korea Stanford Alumni Chair of Korean Studies; the founding director of the Korean Studies Program; senior fellow at FSI; and professor of sociology at Stanford University. As a historical-comparative and political sociologist, his research has concentrated on areas of social movements, nationalism, development, international relations and all subjects related to Korea and US-Korean relations. Dr. Shin has served as editor of the Journal of Korean Studies, a premier journal in the field of Korean studies. His research centers on colonialism, nationalism, development, and international relations with a focus on Korea. Before coming to Stanford, Shin taught at the University of Iowa and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Helen Stacy
Helen Stacy is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School and a senior fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, where she coordinates the human rights program. As a scholar of international and comparative law, legal philosophy, and human rights, Stacy has produced works analyzing the efficacy of regional courts in promoting human rights, differences in the legal systems of neighboring countries, and the impact of postmodernism on legal thinking. Her recent scholarship has focused on how international and regional human rights courts can improve human rights standards while also honoring social, cultural, and religious values. She teaches International Jurisprudence and the JSD Research Colloquium.

Sergio Stone
Sergio Stone is a Lecturer in Law at SLS and serves as the Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian at Stanford Law School’s Robert Crown Law Library.  He teaches a course on Foreign and International Legal Research and contributes to the Advanced Legal Research courses.  He is the chair of the Asian Law Interest Group of the Foreign, Comparative and International Law Special Interest Group of the American Association of Law Libraries.  Recent online publications include: “Brief Guide to Finding the Law of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region” for GlobaLex, and “Electronic Research Guide on International Humanitarian Law” for the American Society of International Law.  Stone is also a regular contributor to the Legal Research Plus blog:http://legalresearchplus.com/.


Alan Sykes
Alan Sykes is the James and Patricia Kowal Professor of Law at SLS. A leading expert on the application of economics to legal problems, Sykes has focused his research on international economic relations. His writing and teaching have encompassed international trade, torts, contracts, insurance, antitrust, and economic analysis of law. He has been a member of the executive committee and the board of the American Law and Economics Association, and currently serves as reporter for the American Law Institute Project on Principles of Trade Law: The World Trade Organization. Professor Sykes is associate editor of the Journal of International Economic Law, and a member of the board of editors of the World Trade Review. This year, he will be co-teaching Law, Economics and Politics of International Trade and the seminar Social Science and International Institutions. 

Beth Van Schaack

Beth van Schaack is a visiting scholar at the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law for the academic year 2009-10 and will be researching on the topic of “The Receptivity of International Institutions to the Legal Claims of Women.” Van Schaack is also an associate professor at Santa Clara University Law School, teaching courses such as International Criminal Law, Pleading and Civil Procedure, and International Human Rights Theory and Practice. Prior to teaching at Santa Clara University, she worked at Morrison & Foerster and at the Center for Justice and Accountability, and was a law clerk in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Since 1996, van Schaack serves as a legal advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia.




Michael Wara


Michael Wara is an Associate Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and a research fellow at the Program in Energy and Sustainable Development in Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Wara has worked as a geochemist and climate scientist studying the history of the El Niño/La Niña system and been published in both Science and Nature. An expert on environmental law and policy, Wara’s research focuses on climate policy and regulation, both domestically and internationally. Wara’s current scholarship addresses the performance of the emerging global market for greenhouse gases and mechanisms for reducing emissions, especially in developing countries after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. He teaches Environmental Law and Policy.



Advanced Degree Student Biographies


Cristina Brandao received her LLB from the Pontific Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (2001). In 2002, she entered the Master’s Program in Law and Sociology at the Federal Fluminense University (PPGSD/UFF). Her Master’s dissertation was about the Brazilian Supreme Court cases involving the principle of reasonableness. After graduation, she lectured Constitutional Law and Human Rights in Brazil from 2004 to 2007, in both private and public Universities. In 2007, she accepted a Visiting Scholar position at the UCLA School of Law. Before coming to Stanford, Ms. Brandao worked as a legal intern on the Central American Resource Center at Los Angeles (CARECEN-LA). For the SPILS thesis, she is going to focus her studies on transitional justice systems in Latin America, specially the cases of Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

Tyson Dyck, from Canada, completed his B.A. (Great Distinction) at the University of Saskatchewan, and his LL.B. (Dean's List) at Dalhousie Law School. Since 2004, Tyson has practiced law in the Environmental, Health and Safety and Climate Change and Emissions Trading groups of Torys LLP's Toronto office. While at Torys, he completed secondments with the legal department of Ontario Power Generation, one of North America's largest electricity generators, and the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, a Toronto-based environmental research organization. He has also worked with the World Wildlife Fund on developing ratification strategies for the Convention on the Law of Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses. Tyson is a recipient of a 2009-2010 Fulbright Award. His current research focuses on international climate regulation.

Jasmine Wahhab of Canada joins the SPILS program after obtaining her Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Cambridge, where she specialized in international law. Previously, Ms. Wahhab worked as a litigator at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Montréal where she practiced in the firm’s international commercial litigation department. She also worked as a law clerk to a Justice of the Québec Court of Appeal. Ms. Wahhab earned a Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) and a Bachelor of Common Law (LL.B.) from McGill University in 2006. In 2004, Ms. Wahhab took part in an academic exchange program with the University of Copenhagen, where she studied public international law. Ms. Wahhab is a Member of the Québec Bar and is fluent in French and English. Ms. Wahhab is a 2009-2010 Graduate Fellow at the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation (SCICN) and is researching in the fields of negotiation, international dispute resolution and international trade.

Rodolfo Rivas, from Guadalajara, Mexico, earned his law degree magna cum laude from the Universidad Panamericana de Guadalajara in 2004. He clerked for two premier boutique law firms in Mexico where he gained insight and experience in labor and insurance law. He received a Postgraduate Diploma in Risk Management and Insurance Law at the Universidad Panamericana in 2006. Shortly after, Rodolfo joined Stewart Title Guadalajara as Legal Manager. In 2006, Rodolfo decided to specialize in IP by pursuing the Master of Intellectual Property and Information Society Law at the Universidad de Alicante, Spain. Before attending Stanford’s LL.M. program in Law, Science and Technology, Rodolfo continued his specialization in IP and ADR by joining the Legal Staff at the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Arbitration and Mediation Center, Geneva, Switzerland.

Jiarui Liu is a J.S.D. candidate at Stanford Law School, focusing his research on the interplay between copyright law and information industries. He has published more than twenty articles in American, European and Chinese law journals. Before attending Stanford, he was a senior associate with the Intellectual Property Group of Baker & McKenzie, admitted both in New York and in China. His practice areas included entertainment and media, computer and information technology, intellectual property litigation and transaction. This position provided him with regular exposure to a variety of cutting-edge legal issues concerning, including peer-to-peer technology, music search engine and digital right management. He was involved in a few high-profile cases in China, including those awarded “Top 10 Intellectual Property Cases” by the Supreme Court of China.

Nohar Bresler earned her LLB (magna cum laude) from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, in 2007, together with a joint degree of the university’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Honors Program. She was a student editor of the Hebrew University Law Review (Mishpatim). In her third and fourth years in law school she was a teaching assistant in the fields of contract law and jurisprudence, and took part in few volunteering activities. As an intern, Nohar worked as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levi, and was admitted to the Israeli Bar in 2008. In the same year she joined The Israeli Presidential Youth Forum, which was established in order to advise the Israeli President in matters of young leadership, culture and social activity. After traveling in the Far East, she worked as legal adviser to Judge Berliner, Chief of the Tel-Aviv District Court.

Rebecca Nelson is an environmental and water lawyer from Melbourne, Australia. She is undertaking a Master of the Science of Law (JSM), supported by a General Sir John Monash Award. Prior to her studies at Stanford, Rebecca worked at Blake Dawson, a national law firm with a leading practice in environmental law. Most recently, she undertook an 18 month secondment as the sole in-house lawyer at the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne, both with first class honours. Rebecca’s key research interests and publications concentrate on water law, watershed management, rangeland laws, biodiversity law, law relating to agriculture and pastoralism, and comparative and international environmental law. Rebecca also regularly serves as a guest lecturer in water law at the University of Melbourne.




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