International Academy of Comparative Law


Katharina Boele-Woelki

Katharina Boele-Woelki is President of Bucerius Law School, the first private law school in Germany, where she also serves as the Claussen Simon Foundation Professor of Comparative Law. Until September 2015, she was Professor of Private International Law, Comparative Law and Family Law at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. In 2017 she has been appointed Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She established the Commission on European Family Law (CEFL) and the Utrecht Centre for European Research into Family Law (UCERF). She is member and board member of various professional associations and institutions, such as the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationales Recht and the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, and serves on editorial boards for Global, European and South African law journals, book series and open access platforms. In 2014, she was elected president of the International Academy of Comparative Law. She is a member of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy for International Law and was awarded honorary doctorates from Uppsala University, the University of Lausanne and the University of Antwerp, as well as the Anneliese Maier-Forschungspreis from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She is an elected member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften in Hamburg.


Vivian Curran

Vivian Curran is Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the President of the North-American Section of the Société de législation comparée and former President of the American Society of Comparative Law. She has been decorated by France as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques and by Austria with the großes goldenes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich. She is a member of the American Law Institute which drafts the Restatements of the Law of the United States. Professor Curran is the author of many publications in the area of comparative law and its application to transnational law.


Giuseppe Franco Ferrari

Giuseppe Franco Ferrari is professor of Constitutional law and Comparative Public Law at the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Italy). Previously, he has taught at the Università di Pavia, at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and at the Università degli Studi “Gabriele d’Annunzio”. He was a Visiting Professor and Fulbright Scholar at the University of Virginia School of Law and is the author of a very large number of publications. From April 2001 to June 2016, he has been the president of “Associazione di Diritto Pubblico Comparato ed Europeo”, while, since 1997, he is member of the Executive Committee of “Associazione Italiana di Diritto Comparato”. He is director of the review “Diritto Pubblico Comparato ed Europeo” and co – director of the “Comparative Law Review”. He is also member of the Consello editorial of “Revista Galega de Administración Pública”, the Consejo Cientifico of “Grupo de Investigación de Derecho público global” and of the “Revista General de Derecho Público Comparado”, the “Asociación Internacional de Derecho Administrativo”, and member of the scientific board of Giurisprudenza Costituzionale, MUNUS, Percorsi Costituzionali and of Misión Jurídica. From 2002 to 2007, he has been member of the Committee of experts on Public Administration established by the Economic and Social Council of the UN General Assembly. In particular, he was involved in matters as public services and government contracts.


Makane Mbengue

Makane Moïse Mbengue is Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva where he teaches General International Law, International Environmental Law, International Investment Law, Climate Change and International Law, International Water Law, International Dispute Settlement Law and Philosophy of International Law. Prof. Mbengue is also an Affiliate Professor at Sciences Po Paris (School of Law) where he teaches General International Law, the Law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Dispute Settlement in the Law of the Sea. He holds a Ph.D. in Public International Law from the University of Geneva. He was the Lead Expert for the negotiations and drafting of the Pan-African Investment Code (PAIC) in the context of the African Union. He was also among the Experts who have prepared the Global Pact for the Environment. He has acted and acts as expert for the African Union, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development ( IISD ) among others. He also acts as a Professor for courses in International Law organized by the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) and by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Prof. Mbengue acts as counsel in disputes before international courts and tribunals (in particular, before the International Court of Justice and in investment cases) and as advisor for governments. He is involved in the negotiations of several International Investment Agreements in Africa. He is the author of several publications in the field of international law.


Marilda Rosado De Sá Ribeiro

Marilda Rosado De Sá Ribeiro is a partner at BARBOSA RAIMUNDO, GONTIJO AND CAMARA –BRGC Advogados. She is a part time Associate Professor of International Law, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro-UERJ (1998 – …) and a coordinator of CEDPETRO – Center of Advanced Studies and Research at the Law School of UERJ, as well as a partner of CEDPEM – Center for Development, Petroleum, Energy and Mining.
She has been a member of the Association of International Negotiators- AIPN since 1997, where she served the Board for two terms. She is a member of the Education Advisory Board of AIPN and a coordinator of the Student Chapter at UERJ-Rio de Janeiro. At the editorial front she is a Chief editor of the Brazilian Journal of Oil Gas and Energy Law Journal –RBDP, edited at UERJ and a member of the Executive Committee of the Journal of World Energy Law and Business –JWELB, edited by Oxford University Press.


Ulrich Sieber

Ulrich Sieber is director at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg/Germany, professor and faculty member at the law faculties of the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. His main areas of research deal with the changing face of crime, criminal law, and legal policy in today’s “global risk society”. Major project areas concern comparative criminal law, European criminal law and security law, esp. with respect to organized crime, terrorism, economic crime and cybercrime. Prof. Sieber is vice president of the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL), vice president of the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP), vice president of the International Society of Social Defence and Humane Criminal Policy (iSSD), president of the German Association for European Criminal Law, president of the German section of the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP), chairman of the ethics committee of the Max Planck Society and speaker of the International Max Planck Research School for Comparative Criminal Law (IMPRS-CC).


Dan Wei

Professor Dan Wei is Professor and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau. She is a Member of the Economic Development Council of the Macau Special Administrative Region Government and Invited Expert of Ascertainment of Foreign Law of the Center for Ascertainment of Foreign Law of the Supreme People’s Court of Republic of China. She is Arbitrator of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), the General Rapporteur of the Committee of International Protection of Consumers of International Law Association (ILA), a board member of International Association of Consumer Law. In China, she is council member of WTO Research Society of China Law Society, council member of Consumer Protection Research of China Law Society and council member of Legal Periodicals of China Law Society. She is the Series Editor of “Laws of Emerging Countries” of the Springer and the President of Macao Association for Brazilian Studies. She has authored more than one hundred pieces of different kinds of academic publications on International Trade and Investment Law, Competition Law, Commercial Law, Arbitration, Consumer Law and Labor Law.


Joost Blom

Joost Blom is emeritus professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law of the University of British Columbia (Canada), where he formerly served as Dean. Professor Blom has been a Visiting Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, part-time Lecturer at the University of Victoria, research fellow and lecturer at the Canadian Studies Centre at the Universität Trier, and Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Law. Professor Blom is a former President of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers and was elected as a bencher (member of the board of directors) of the Law Society of British Columbia for four terms by members of the Bar before becoming a Life Bencher. He is Chair of the Mackenzie King Scholarship Board of Trustees and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of British Columbia Faculty Pension Plan. Professor Blom was awarded the designation of Queen’s Counsel (British Columbia). He is the author of numerous publications in the fields of comparative law, contract law, torts law and private international law.


Diego P. Fernández Arroyo

Diego P. Fernández Arroyo is a professor at Sciences Po Law School in Paris, where he is the Director of the LLM in Transnational Arbitration and Dispute Settlement. He is a member of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law, an Associate of the Institute of International Law, and a former President of the American Association of Private International Law (ASADIP). He is a member of Argentinean Delegations before UNCITRAL, and he has also represented Argentina and ASADIP before the Hague Conference of Private International Law, the Organization of American States and UNIDROIT. He is actively involved in the practice of international arbitration as an independent arbitrator and an expert. A former Professor at the Universities Litoral, Salamanca and Complutense of Madrid, and Global Professor of the New York University, he has been invited in a number of universities in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia. The Universities of Buenos Aires and National of Córdoba have awarded him as Honorary Professor. Professor Fernández Arroyo is the author of numerous publications (published in more than 20 countries) in the fields of private international law, comparative law, international dispute resolution, international arbitration and global governance.