Hauser Global Faculty Course Offerings for Spring 2020

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The Hauser Global Law School Program will welcome a number of leading law professors from around the world as Global Faculty for the 2019-2020 academic year. They specialize in diverse fields of law, not just international law, and are renowned scholars in their countries and areas of interest. Their courses provide an opportunity for NYU Law students to learn from and interact with these eminent scholars and to gain a new perspective on important legal issues. Below please find excerpts of their biographies and links to their course descriptions. Full biographical information can be found at the following link:

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Spring 2020 Semester 

Susy Frankel (New Zealand)

Intellectual Property & Globalization Seminar
International Intellectual Property Law

Susy Frankel is a Professor of Law, holds the Chair in Intellectual Property and International Trade and is Director of the New Zealand Centre of International Economic Law at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her scholarship focuses on international intellectual property and its nexus with international trade; particularly treaty interpretation and the protection of indigenous peoples’ knowledge and innovation.

After graduating law school she worked in practise in New Zealand and in England. She was the President of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) from 2015-2017. Since 2008 Professor Frankel has been Chair of the Copyright Tribunal (NZ) and has previously worked as Assistant Commissioner of Trade Marks, Patents and Designs, Hearings Officer for the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (a quasi-judicial position for a specialist tribunal from 1998-2006). She has worked as expert advisor to the Waitangi Tribunal on claims brought against the New Zealand Government regarding protection of New Zealand’s indigenous people’s (Māori) intellectual property rights and has presented as an expert on the protection of traditional knowledge to the member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.

Frankel has been a visiting Professor at many universities around the world, including at the University of Haifa (Reinhold Cohen Visiting Chair) 2014; University of Western Ontario 2012; Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge and visitor to the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law, University of Cambridge 2008; visiting Professor, University of Iowa 2000; and in 2013-2014 she was a Senior Fulbright Scholar and Senior Hauser Global Fellow at New York University. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of World Intellectual Property Law and the Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property (UK). She teaches copyright, trademarks, patents, international intellectual property and international trade law. In addition to articles on international intellectual property she has authored several books including, “Intellectual Property in New Zealand” (2nd Ed. 2011, 3rd ed 2020); “Test Tubes for Global Intellectual Property Issues” (2015) and co-authored “Patent Law and Policy” (2017).

Tarun Khaitan (United Kingdom)

Comparative Constitutional Law
Theories of Discrimination Law Seminar

Tarun Khaitan a Future Fellow at Melbourne Law School, working on a project on the resilience of democratic constitutions, with a focus on South Asia. He is also the Professor of Public Law and Legal Theory at Wadham College (Oxford), currently on special leave for four years starting 1 September 2017. He specialises in legal theory, constitutional law and discrimination law.

He is also a visiting Global Professor of Law at New York University Law School, the General Editor of the Indian Law Review, an Affiliate of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and an Associate of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. He completed his undergraduate studies (BA LLB Hons) at the National Law School (Bangalore) in 2004 as the ‘Best All Round Graduating Student’. He then came to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and completed his postgraduate studies (BCL with distinction, MPhil with distinction, DPhil) at Exeter College. Before joining Wadham, he was the Penningtons Student (Fellow) in Law at Christ Church.

His monograph entitled A Theory of Discrimination Law (OUP 2015 hbk, South Asia edition and Oxford Scholarship Online, 2016 pbk) has been cited by the European Court of Human Rights and reviewed very positively in leading journals, including in Law and Philosophy where Sophia Moreau said “In this magnificent and wide-ranging book … Khaitan attempts what very few others have tried.” In EthicsDeborah Hellman said that its ‘ambitious scope and the careful argumentation it contains make it one of the best in the field’. In his review in the Modern Law ReviewKasper Lippert-Rasmussen claimed that “Khaitan’s account is sophisticated, extensive and among the best normative accounts of discrimination law available.” Colm O’Cinneide’s review in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies says that “Khaitan’s quest shows up the inadequacies of previous attempts to track down this Holy Grail, and the path he has laid down will encourage others to follow in his footsteps.” The book won the Woodward Medal (with a cash prize of 10,000 Australian dollars) in 2019 for making ‘a significant contribution to knowledge in a field of humanities and social sciences.’ A full list of reviews is available here.

He helped draft the Indian Anti-Discrimination and Equality Bill 2017. His research on discrimination law has been quoted and relied upon by the Indian Supreme Court. He writes regularly for newspapers and blogs: links to his columns are available here. Prof Khaitan was awarded the 2018 Letten Prize, a 2 Million Norwegian Kroner award given biennially to a young researcher under the age of 45 conducting excellent research of great social relevance. He is using a part of the award towards setting up the Indian Equality Law Programme, aimed at capacity-building for early-career scholars.

Mike Kobetsky (Australia)

Comparative Tax Policy Seminar: After the BEPS measures
Tax Treaties

Dr Kobetsky researches in transfer pricing, tax treaties, international anti-avoidance measures and domestic taxation, and he is the principal author of one of Australia’s leading taxation texts, which is now in its ninth edition. His book, titled ‘International Taxation of Permanent Establishments: Principles and Policy’ was published by Cambridge University Press. Dr Kobetsky has published extensively on international taxation in journals and edited books. He has presented seminars and conference papers around the world, including in: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, the UK and the US.

Dr Kobetsky was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, Faculty of Law, Centre for Tax Law and Wolfson College, Cambridge (2012) and he was a Visiting Professor at the Western University Law School (Canada) (2018–19 and 2011–12).

Dr Kobetsky is a member of the United Nations Sub-Committee on Transfer Pricing and the United Nations Sub-Committee on Extractive Industries Taxation Issues for Developing Countries. He has worked as a consultant for the OECD, IMF, World Bank, USAID, AusAID, GIZ and the IBFD. From 2007 to 2011 Dr Kobetsky was a regular presenter in the areas of tax treaties and transfer pricing at the Asian Development Bank Institute’s Regional Tax Forum, Tokyo, for developing Asian economies.

Dr Kobetsky has 10 years’ experience as a senior executive officer with the Australian Taxation Office designing and implementing tax law and policies. He also worked for two years for the Library of the Parliament of Australia, providing advice to parliamentary members and senators on taxation proposals and bills being debated in the Parliament.

Friedrich Rosenfeld (Germany)

International Commercial Arbitration

Dr. Friedrich Rosenfeld is a German attorney specialized in arbitration and public international law. He acts as counsel, expert and arbitrator. Before joining his current firm, Friedrich worked as a consultant for the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia.

Friedrich is Global Adjunct Professor of Law at NYU Law in Paris, a lecturer for investment arbitration at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg as well as Visiting Professor for arbitration at the International Hellenic University in Thessaloniki. In 2014, he was appointed Global Hauser Fellow from Practice & Government at NYU School of Law.

Friedrich studied at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and at Columbia Law School in New York. He earned his PhD summa cum laude and speaks German, English, French and Spanish.

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