The most important consideration in your studies should be your teachers. Each LL.M. student will have the opportunity to work with a faculty adviser for the duration of the program. Because the FIU College of Law emphasized international and comparative law in our J.D. curriculum, the College has attracted many scholars who have interest in these fields. The College has approximately 40 full-time professors who have been recruited nationally and internationally. Professors with particular interests in international work include:
- Tawia Baidoe Ansah, LL.B., Toronto; Ph.D., Columbia. Teaches conflict of laws, contracts, and international business transactions.
- Cyra Akila Choudhury, J.D. & LL.M., Georgetown. Teaches comparative law, international human rights, and Islamic law.
- Jorge L. Esquirol, J.D. & S.J.D., Harvard. Teaches international law, commercial law, and international trade law.
- Megan A. Fairlie, J.D. Washington and Lee; LL.M. & Ph.D., National University of Ireland. Teaches criminal law, international criminal law, courses on the International Criminal Court.
- José M. Gabilondo, J.D., University of California (Berkeley). Teaches tax and corporate finance.
- Manuel A. Gomez, Título de Abogado, Andrés Bello (Caracas); J.S.M. & J.S.D., Stanford. Teaches collective litigation, international commercial arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution.
- Margaret Maisel, J.D., Boston University; M.A.T., Antioch. Teaches feminist theory and gender law, poverty law, and transitional justice.
- Jerry Markham, J.D., Kentucky, LL.M. Georgetown. Teaches banking, securities, and international business transactions.
- Lillian Aponte Miranda, J.D., Florida. Teaches property, human rights, and indigenous peoples in international law.
- J. Janewa OseiTutu, J.D., Queen’s; LL.M., McGill. Teaches contracts, international intellectual property.
- Charles R.P. Pouncy, J.D., Cornell, LL.M., Temple. Teaches business associations, corporate finance, and professional responsibility.
- Ediberto Román, J.D., Wisconsin. Teaches torts, corporations, and citizenship studies.
- Rosario Lozada Schrier, J.D., Notre Dame. Teaches legal skills and values.
- Hannibal Travis, J.D., Harvard. Teaches cyberlaw, intellectual property, and human rights.
- Victor M. Uribe-Uran, Título de Abogado, Externado (Bogotá), Ph.D., Pittsburgh. Teaches indigenous peoples and the law, Latin American and Caribbean law, and legal history.
- Noah Weisbord, B.Sc., B.S.W., LL.B., B.C.L. & M.S.W., McGill; LL.M. & S.J.D., Harvard. Teaches international criminal justice.
This list is just a sample of our highly skilled and diverse faculty. In addition to these professors, the FIU College of Law faculty has many other outstanding teachers and scholars with exceptional credentials, experience and reputations. They are people for whom teaching and mentoring of students are the first priority. Please see a complete list of our faculty, their education, experience, scholarship, and teaching interests.
FIU Law has been able to assemble such strong scholars from around the world because comparative and international law has been an area of emphasis in the College since its founding. The emphasis on comparative and international law is found in all courses in the curriculum. Every substantive course is required to have an international or comparative component reflected in the allocation of class time by each professor. Because of this emphasis, the College draws students who are interesting in enriching their legal studies with international and comparative law and who hope to incorporate these areas into their legal practice. Other students and the faculty will welcome your international perspectives in the classroom.
FIU Law also has an extensive international library and a dedicated team of librarians committed to providing a high level of service to the students and faculty of the College of Law. With over 220,000 volumes and volume equivalents, the core collection is comprised of U.S. federal and state legal materials, publications related to foreign and international law, and a rapidly growing collection of Latin American legal materials. Dean Teresa Stanton is the Associate Dean for Information resources and the Director of the Law Library. Fluent in Portuguese, she has significant experience with Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese legal materials most recently at the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked prior to joining FIU. Dr. Marisol Floren serves as the College’s foreign and international law librarian and will work closely with LL.M. students. Her undergraduate degree is from the Universidad de Navarra (Spain), and she has an M.L.S. from the University of Texas. She holds a Ph.D. in library and international science from the University of Illinois.