International Association of Law Schools

Governing Board

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Francis SL Wang
Kenneth Wang School of Law Soochow University
Francis SL Wang is the Executive Director of The Wang Family Foundation.  He is one of the founding Governors and presently serves as the President of the International Association of Law Schools.  He is one of founders and a member of the Advisory Council to the Human Rights Resource Center, a university based research institute headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia with supporting centers at universities throughout the ASEAN countries. Professor Wang is the Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at the Kenneth Wang School of Law, Soochow University, Suzhou, China. He serves as the Honorary Chair of the Board of Regents of Soochow University.  He is a Visiting Professor of Law and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of Pacific – McGeorge School of Law.  He is the co-founder and the Senior Counsel of the War Crimes Studies Center at U.C. Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

General Secretary/Treasurer

Barbara Holden-Smith
Cornell University
Barbara Holden-Smith, recognized for her groundbreaking work in Supreme Court history and practice, currently teaches conflicts, federal courts, civil procedure, advanced civil procedure, and African Americans and the Supreme Court. After her graduation from the University of Chicago Law School, she spent a year in an Illinois law firm and then entered a clerkship with the Hon. Ann C. Williams of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Professor Holden-Smith then joined the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter, where she worked for three years in litigation, antitrust, and food and drug law, before she joined the Cornell Law School Faculty in 1990. Her scholarship has addressed the legal response to lynching and the fugitive-slave cases. Her scholarly interests include global access to justice, and legal and political responses to historical injustices.


Mary Anne Bobinski
University of British Columbia Faculty of Law
Mary Anne Bobinski has served as Dean and Professor of the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Law since 2003. She previously served as the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Law and Director of the Health Law and Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center in the United States. Professor Bobinski’s research and teaching interests include torts, health law, health care finance and bioethics, legal aspects of HIV infection, and reproductive health law issues. She is a co-author of two leading law school casebooks in the United States, Health Care Law & Ethics and AIDS Policy and Law; the co-author/co-editor of a two volume set on medical ethics; and has authored a number of law review articles and book chapters on health law topics. She is a frequent presenter to academic and other groups in the U.S. and Canada on topics ranging from health care finance to public health care law and ethics.  Bobinski has participated extensively in academic and professional service activities in the U.S. and Canada. She is a former President of the Canadian Council of Law Deans and member of the Canadian Public Health Officer’s Ethics Advisory Committee and current President of the Board of the American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics.


Nerina Boschiero
University of Milan Faculty of Law
Director of the Department of Italian and Supranational Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Milan (2008-). Her research interests are focussed on private international law (international litigation and conflict of laws); international business transactions; intellectual property rights; biotechnology; WTO law and international economic law, with a special focus on the interaction between international trade law and human rights. She has recently completed a project supported by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research (MIUR) (relevant national interest’s research grant) on “Rome I Regulation” (together with Universities of Cagliari, LUISS-Rome, Cà Foscari Venice, Macerata), which has appeared as a book on “The New European Discipline on the Law Applicable to Contractual Obligations” 2009, 544 p. She is currently working on a study on “The Private International Law Dimension of the Security Council’s Economic Sanctions” which has been presented as a special Course in Private International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law in August 2012. She is also working on a number of themes of private international law’s general theory which will appear on a textbook on “Private International Law and International Civil Procedure. General Topics and Law of Obligations” to be published 2013.


Javier de Cendra
Instituto Empresa Law School
Javier de Cendra is Dean of the IE Law School. He is also honorary senior research fellow at University College London (Faculty of Laws and Energy Institute), visiting professor at KU Leuven, legal expert at the Malta Forum on Legal Issues of Adaptation to Climate Change, and member of the International Advisory Board of CEID Colombia. Javier specializes in environmental and energy law, with a particular focus on climate change. Climate change is an extremely dynamic and innovative area of environmental law, generating pressing dilemmas that demand urgent legal and regulatory solutions. In his PhD, Javier explored the role of legal principles in shaping the distributional consequences of climate change and climate change policies. His main interest therein was to suggest legal solutions with the potential to strike a good balance between the needs of the environment and of society, of different countries and of people of present and future generations.


Luis Franceschi
Strathmore Law School
Dr Luis Franceschi, LL.B, LL.M, LL.D is Dean of Strathmore Law School (SLS). He has been a member of UNEP’s Governing Council and the legal adviser of the President of the Council. Dr Franceschi was also Country Representative at the 4th and the 7th Global Training Programme on Environmental Law & Policy. He also formed part of the team entrusted with the drafting of the famous United Nations Nairobi Declaration. He has lectured and written about international law, constitutional law, environmental law, politics and ethics, media and ethics and governance and ethics. He has given session on leadership and character building at more than 50 universities including Stanford, Princeton, Milwaukee, Navarra, Barcelona, Pisa, Madrid, Rome, Caracas, Washington, and Philadelphia among others. Several of his former mentees are now managers and CEOs in respectable companies in Kenya and abroad


Jukka Tapani Kekkonen
University of Helsinki Faculty of Law
Professor of legal History and Roman law at the law faculty of the University of Helsinki. Former dean (2004-2009) of the faculty and since 2010 a board member of the University. He has written (or co-written) 13 books and published more than 250 articles. He is known in Finland as one of the foremost public intellectuals taking part in discussions about fundamental challenges of present day societies.


Emmanuel Magade
University of Zimbabwe
Emmanuel Magade is a holder of three law degrees and is a registered legal practitioner. He is also a member of the Law Society of Zimbabwe and The Council of Legal Education, a statutory body that regulates legal education in Zimbabwe.  His research interests are mostly in the areas of criminology, human rights, and the law of evidence.


Taslima Monsoor
Dhaka University
Prof. Dr. Taslima Monsoor is the Dean of the Faculty of Law and Professor and Former Chairman of the Department of Law of Dhaka University. She did her LL.B (Hons.), LL.M from Dhaka University and PhD from University of London. She was awarded Commonwealth Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the University of London. She was awarded Fulbright Specialist Exchange Program from 26th March – 4th May, 2007 to teach in University of PENNSTATE Altoona. She has also taught in post graduate and under graduate students from 1st of June 2009 to 31st July 2009 in University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.  She is associated with different institutions and organizations. She is a life and executive member of Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association, Consultant of Multi-sectorial Programme on Violence against Women, Consultant Judicial Exchange Project of the British Council, and Consultant of Action Research Study on the Institutional Development of Human Rights in Bangladesh. Member of European Network of Bangladesh Studies, Consultant of Bangladesh Medical Research Council and was Legal Advisor of Bangladesh Girls Guides Association, Students Advisor of the faculty of Law, Consultant of Women in Development mission of UNDP, VP of Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


Roberto Saba
Palermo University
The Dean of Law School at Palermo University, Roberto Saba has also worked as a consultant to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Argentinean National Government, and the Buenos Aires City Government and Legislature. He has also collaborated with several international organizations such as Transparency International (Berlin), Article XIX (London), and the Institute of Press and Society (Lima, Perú), as well as with national NGOs based in Perú, Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador, México, Guatemala, Jamaica, Russia, and Ghana, among others, in the areas of democratic development, the strengthening of civil society, citizen participation, anti-corruption and transparency policies, human rights, justice reform, freedom of speech and freedom of information. He has published widely on these matters, among others.


Valentina Smorgunova
Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia
Dean, Faculty of Law, and Head of the Department of Civil Legal Education at the Herzen University, St. Petersburg, Russia.  Her first Ph.D. degree (1981), and the second Ph.D. degree (1997) are from Herzen State Pedagogical University.  She has lectured at the University of Birmingham, Alabama, University of Helsinki, and the University of Hong Kong.  Her research interests include Multiculturalism, Law and Civil Society, History of American Political Justice.  She has published 160 artciles and textbooks, and 5 monographs. These monographs include: “The Phenomenon of Political Knowledge” and “Civil Society and Creating of Civic Virtues: Problems of the Theory of Law”. She is the secretary of the Committee responsible for the European region. She also participated at the XIX World IPSA Congress in Durban (South Africa, 2003), the XX World IPSA Congress in Fukuoka (Japan, 2006), the International Conference of RC4 and RC35 in Tampa, FL (U.S.A., 2005), and the International Conference of RC4 and RC35 in St. Lous, MO (U.S.A., 2007). Dr. Smorgunova organized the International Conference of RC35 at Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg (Russia, 2004).


Cheng Han Tan
National University of Singapore Faculty of Law
Professor Tan Cheng Han was Dean of the NUS law school from May 2001 till December 2011. He has been a Visiting Professor at Peking University, East China University of Political Science and Law, and National Taiwan University. He was also a member of the International Advisory Committees to the National Chengchi University School of Law and the Australian National University College of Law. He is also a Senior Counsel and arbitrator, and the Chairman of the NUS law school’s Centre for Law and Business. Some of his non-academic appointments include being a Commissioner of the Competition Commission of Singapore, Chairman of the Media Literacy Council, Chairman of the Public Accountants Oversight Committee, and a Council Member of the Singapore Sports Council. His research interests are in the Law of Agency, Company Law, and Contract Law and he has published in journals such as the Asian Journal of Comparative Law, Company Financial and Insolvency Law Review, Journal of Contract Law, Journal of Corporate Law Studies, Law Quarterly Review, Singapore Academy of Law Journal, and Singapore Journal of Legal Studies.


Pamela Tibihikirra-Kalyegira
Uganda Cristian University
Pamela Tibihikirra-Kalyegira was born in Kampala, Uganda. She received a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University in 1995 and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre, Kampala, Uganda in 1996. During 1997 she served internships with The UN in Geneva, Switzerland at the Centre for Human Rights and the Division of International Protection of the High Commissioner for Refugees. She earned a Master of Laws in Public International Law from the London School of Economics in 1998 and was enrolled as an advocate of the High Court of Uganda in 1999. She practiced commercial law in Uganda and worked in the field of public international law with various organizations in West Africa and South Africa. Pamela embarked on an academic career after the birth of her first two sons. She taught at Uganda Christian University for three years before she received a Fulbright scholarship to undertake doctoral study at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A. Pamela has served as Dean, Faculty of Law, Uganda Christian University since September 2009. She was appointed a Member of the Law Development Centre Management Committee by the Attorney General / Minister of Justice & Constitutional Affairs in April 2010. Her current research interests are centered on legal education reform in East Africa, the subject of her doctoral thesis.


Fernando Villarreal-Gonda
Facultad Libre de Derecho Monterrey
Academic Dean at Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, an independent Law School in Monterrey, Mexico. For over twenty-five years Professor Villarreal has taught courses in Private International Law, Comparative Law, Trade Law and Customs Law. Prior to joining the faculty as a full-time professor, he practiced customs law and trade law. He was in-house counsel for a customs brokerage firm serving the US-Mexico trade. He was a member of the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiation team. JD (Licenciado en Derecho), Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico (1985); Master of Laws, Harvard Law School (1990); DEA in Private International Law, Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (1991); Master Degree in Legal Education, Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, Mexico (2007). He is currently a Board Member of the International Association of Law Schools.