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International and Graduate Programs Faculty and Staff

The Law School’s Graduate and International Programs team focuses on ensuring that International LL.M. and S.J.D. students become a vital part of the law school community—enriching the program with their diversity of experience. Penn State Law’s integration with the School of International affairs offers students two faculties with unmatched depth in international law and policy.

International and Graduate Programs Staff:

Photo of Caroline SheldonCaroline Sheldon
Assistant Dean of Graduate and International Programs
Professor Sheldon also serves as an advisor to international students. She helps students develop legal English skills and teaches U.S. Constitutional Law for international students. She has also developed an online course being offered through Penn State World Campus.

Photo of Su Jin HongSu Jin Hong
Research Scholar, Graduate and International Programs
Su Jin Hong graduated from Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea and obtained her JD degree at The Penn State Dickinson School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in New York.


Photo of Brenda JohnsonBrenda Johnson
LL.M Admission & International Program Coordinator
Brenda Johnson is the first point of contact for most students and visitors interested in Penn State Law's programs for international students.

International Law and School of International Affairs Faculty

  • Larry Catá Backer

    Professor Larry Backer researches globalization, especially as it relates to the emergence of ways of understanding constitutional and enterprise law. His most recent work touches on the regulation of multinational corporations, sovereign wealth funds, transnational constitutionalism, and the convergence of public and private law. He researches issues of governments as private actors in global markets, the development of law and social norm systems to regulate business and human rights.

    He teaches classes in constitutional, corporate, and transnational law and policy. Professor Backer is a member of the American Law Institute and the European Corporate Governance Institute. He served as chair of the Penn State University Faculty Senate for 2012-2013.

  • William Barker

    Professor Barker has dedicated his scholarly pursuits to the area of income taxation and more specifically to the study of international and comparative taxation. A three-time Fulbright recipient, he has conducted research as a visiting professor at the South African universities of Cape Town, Free State, Witwatersrand, and at the Riga Graduate School of Law (University of Latvia). His research reflects a strong normative approach to tax law that emphasizes the role of tax avoidance and important social values in the development of tax law in societies adopting free market, democratic systems in both the developed and emerging and transitional economies. 

  • Samuel Bufford

    The Hon. Samuel L. Bufford is a former United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Central District of California, where he served for twenty-five years and presided over nearly 120,000 cases. Widely regarded as one of the foremost scholars of U.S. and comparative insolvency law, his teaching interests include bankruptcy, international and comparative insolvency law, commercial transactions, and international business transactions. Judge Bufford teaches courses in insolvency law and consistently lectures throughout the year at numerous seminars sponsored by foreign judicial departments and domestic institutes.

  • William Butler

    William E. Butler is the preeminent authority on the law of Russia and other former Soviet republics and the author, co-author, editor, or translator of more than 120 books on Soviet, Russian, Ukrainian and other Commonwealth of Independent States legal systems. He edits the journalRussian Law, published by the Russian Academy of Legal Sciences; the East European and Russian Yearbook of International and Comparative Law, published by The Vinogradoff Institute; and numerous other scholarly journals. 

  • Richard Butler, AC

    A recognized expert in nuclear arms control and disarmament, Ambassador Richard Butler AC is Penn State's Distinguished Scholar of International Peace and Security. An Australian, Professor Butler has held numerous senior Australian posts, including Deputy Representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the OECD; Ambassador for Disarmament (Geneva); Ambassador to Thailand and Cambodia; Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN (New York); and Governor of Tasmania. In 2003, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), Australia's highest civilian honor. In 1995, he was appointed by the Prime Minister of Australia as Chairman of the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

  • Thomas Carbonneau

    Professor Carbonneau is a scholar of international, comparative, and domestic arbitration. He has written more than fifteen books and eighty scholarly articles. As a Fulbright Scholar, he held the Visiting Chair in Comparative Law and Legal Pluralism at McGill Faculty of Law in Montréal, Quebec, Canada in spring 2010. He is faculty director of Penn State's Institute for Arbitration Law and Practice and oversees publication of the Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation. Professor Carbonneau is a former Rhodes Scholar.

  • Beth Farmer

    Professor Farmer’s research interests include U.S. and foreign antitrust and trade regulation law, issues of federalism, and comparative competition policy. She has served as a non-governmental advisor and rapporteur for the International Competition Network annual conferences in 2010 (Istanbul) and 2009 (Zurich) and is currently working the Agency Effectiveness Working Group on a chapter for the Competition Agency Practices Manual that will address agency prioritization and strategic planning, project management techniques and project evaluation. Before entering academia, she was an antitrust law enforcement attorney with the New York attorney general's office and counsel with the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington, D.C.

  • Fedderke

    Dr. Johannes Fedderke is a leading South African economist whose research interests focus on technology and innovation, macroeconomics, economic development, political economy, institutions, and trade. His most recent works study allocation of aid, institutional development, aid policy, and labor market flexibility in South Africa. Dr. Fedderke has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and is managing editor of the South African Journal of Economics. In 2006, he was elected to the Academy of Science of South Africa.

  • William Fox

    Professor William Fox has been a practicing attorney and a professor of law for more than thirty-five years. A private practitioner in Washington, D.C., he concentrates on international business transactions with additional work in federal agency matters and veterans law. For fifteen years, he has been a member of the faculty (senior research fellow) of the Centre for Energy, Mineral & Petroleum Law & Policy, the University of Dundee, Scotland, where he teaches courses in international business law.

  • Amy Clothier Gaudion

    Professor Gaudion is executive editor of the Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs and teaches courses in constitutional law and national security law. She holds appointments in both the Law School and the School of International Affairs.

    Prior to joining Penn State she was an associate with Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin in Harrisburg, Pa., where she worked on antitrust and commercial litigation matters, and a clerk for The Hon. William H. Yohn of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

  • Dermot Groome

    Professor Groome, a legal scholar with extensive prosecutorial, investigative, and international experience, supervises the Penn State Law International Justice Externship at The Hague. As a senior trial attorney at the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Professor Groome prosecutes some of the most senior officials indicted by the Tribunal. He was responsible for the Bosnian indictment against Slobodan Milosevic, and for the prosecution of Milan Lukic.

  • Jamse Houck

    Dean Houck focuses his research and teaching on international law and national security law, with a particular emphasis on the law of the sea and use of force. He joined Penn State after retiring as the 41st Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Navy in 2012. As Judge Advocate General, Admiral Houck was the principal military legal counsel to the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations and led the 2,300 attorneys, enlisted legal staff, and civilian employees of the worldwide Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

  • Jett

    Professor Dennis Jett is a former American ambassador who joined the School of International Affairs after a career in the U.S. Foreign Service that spanned twenty-eight years and three continents. His experience and expertise focus on international relations, foreign aid administration, and American foreign policy. Immediately prior to joining Penn State, he was dean of the International Center at the University of Florida for eight years.

  • Kelmelis

    Professor John A. Kelmelis is a scholar of national and international geography who joined Penn State after a thirty-year career of distinguished government service and leadership. He has provided scientific advice on U.S. foreign policy, regional resource management, disaster response, and information infrastructure to the highest levels of U.S. government.

  • Flynt Leverett

    An expert on the Middle East, international political economy, and Chinese foreign policy, Flynt Leverett is part of the founding faculty for Penn State’s School of International Affairs, faculty affiliate at the Dickinson School of Law, and a visiting scholar at Peking University’s School of International Studies.  With his wife and frequent co-author, Hillary Mann Leverett, he writes, a prominent forum for realist analysis on Iran and the Middle East.

  • Tiyanjana Maluwa

    Tiyanjana Maluwa is the H. Laddie Montague Chair in Law and Associate Dean for International Affairs at Penn State Law, and Director of the Penn State School of International Affairs. He previously worked as the legal counsel of the OAU (now African Union) and, subsequently, as the legal adviser to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Prior to joining the AU, he was Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town, and Extraordinary Professor of Law at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has also taught, in full-time and visiting capacities, at other universities in Africa and North America and spent a year as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany.

  • Adam Muchmore

    Professor Adam I. Muchmore focuses his research on the tradeoffs between alternative approaches to government regulation. He is particularly interested in the interaction between government regulation and private-law remedies and the consequences of domestic regulatory programs for cross-border activity. His substantive emphasis is on food and drug law and the regulation of international business.

  • Randall Robinson

    Professor Robinson is an internationally acclaimed author and founder of TransAfrica and the Free South Africa Movement. He is the recipient of numerous humanitarian awards from organizations that include the Congressional Black Caucus, UNICEF, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and The King Center. He has been hailed as “on of the world’s foremost advocates for freedom and justice,” by Henry Louis Gates, and Cornell West says that Professor Robinson stands as “a towering freedom fighter in the world of ideas and actions.” His advocacy on behalf of the people of Haiti spurred a multinational operation to restore Haiti’s first democratically elected government. His current interests include U.S.

  • Catherine A. Rogers

    Catherine A. Rogers is a scholar of international arbitration and professional ethics at Penn State Law, with a dual appointment as Professor of Ethics, Regulation, and the Rule of Law at Queen Mary, University of London, where she is also Co-Director of the Institute on Ethics and Regulation. Her scholarship focuses on the convergence of the public and private in international adjudication, and on the reconceptualization of the attorney as a global actor. Professor Rogers has taught, lectured, and published on these topics around the world, including as an invited participant at two Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Fora. Her forthcoming book, Ethics in International Arbitration, will be published in 2014 by Oxford University Press.

  • Stephen Ross

    Professor Ross teaches and writes in the disparate areas of Sports Law and Comparative Constitutional Law.  He clerked for Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, served as minority counsel for the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. Senate, and worked as an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. He has provided expert testimony and advice on sports antitrust issues to governmental entities in both the United States and Canada.

  • Laurel S. Terry

    Professor Terry is a scholar of legal ethics and the international and inter-jurisdictional regulation of the legal profession. A three-time Fulbright grant recipient, her research interests include global regulatory initiatives, including recent structural reforms in Australia and the UK, the application of the World Trade Organization’s GATS agreement to legal services, lawyer confidentiality and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations, and the effect of the Bologna Process on legal education.

  • Panagiotis Takis Tridimas

    Professor Tridimas specializes in European Union and financial law. He is one of the most frequently quoted authors by the European Court of Justice and, on matters of EU law, by English courts. His research covers all aspects of EU law, including, constitutional law, judicial protection, and the substantive law of the EU. He has advised state institutions and corporations in relation to the Eurozone crisis and often given press and television interviews in Europe and the US. He served as senior legal advisor to the European Union and chaired the committee responsible for drafting the treaty of Accession to the EU of the Central and Eastern European States (2003). He is co-editor of the Yearbook of European Law.

  • Ventoruzzo

    Comparative business law scholar Marco Ventoruzzo holds a joint appointment with Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, where he has been director of the Ph.D. in Corporate and Business Law program and vice-director of the Paolo Baffi Research Center on Central Banking and Financial Regulation. He is a Research Associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute and has directed the Max Planck Institute for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law in Luxembourg. 

  • Nancy Welsh

    Professor Welsh is a leading scholar and teacher of dispute resolution and procedural law. Her research and writing examine negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. She studies the justice and self-determination offered by these processes, their potential to resolve non-legal as well as legal issues, and the appropriate relationships among these processes and the courts. Professor Welsh’s work has appeared in numerous law reviews, bar journals and books, and she is co-author of a legal textbook. In 2006, as a Fulbright Scholar, she conducted research regarding the Netherlands’ nationwide implementation of court-connected mediation and taught in Tilburg University’s Private Law Department.