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R. Lea Brilmayer

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B.A., U.C. Berkeley, 1970
J.D., Boalt Hall, 1976
LL.M., Columbia, 1978

Lea Brilmayer is the Howard M. Holtzmann Professor of International Law at Yale Law School.  In addition to teaching Contracts to first-year students, she also teaches Conflict of Laws and International Courts and Tribunals, as well as seminars on the laws of war and on African current affairs. During her first decade of teaching, Professor Brilmayer’s writing interests mainly concerned conflict of laws (in particular, personal jurisdiction and choice of law); federal jurisdiction; and jurisprudence. Her interests have gradually turned to international law and international relations, which has led to two books: Justifying International Acts and American Hegemony: Political Morality in a One-Superpower World


Jack L. Goldsmith

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B.A., Washington & Lee University Summa Cum Laude, 1984
B.A., Oxford University, 1986
J.D.,Yale Law School J.D. 1989
M.A., Oxford University, First Class Honors, 1991
Hague Academy of International Law Diploma in Private International Law, 1992

Jack Goldsmith is Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University. He is the author, most recently, of The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside The Bush Administration (W.W. Norton 2007), as well as of other books and articles on many topics related to terrorism, national security, international law, conflicts of law, and internet law. Before coming to Harvard, Goldsmith served as Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, from October 2003 through July 2004, and Special Counsel to the General Counsel to the Department of Defense from September 2002 through June 2003. Goldsmith taught at the University of Chicago Law School from 1997-2002, and at the University of Virginia Law School from 1994-1997. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Court of Appeals Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, and Judge George Aldrich on the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal.

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Erin O'Hara O'Connor

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B.A., University of Rochester
J.D., Georgetown University

Erin O’Hara O’Connor is a leading scholar in the field of conflict of laws. Her most recent work includes three books and a series of significant articles on choice of law, as well as articles that examine the role of arbitration for contracting parties. Professor O'Connor was Vanderbilt Law School's associate dean for academic affairs from 2008-10. She was named director of graduate studies for the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics in 2011. She joined Vanderbilt's law faculty in 2001, having previously taught at George Mason University School of Law. She was a visiting professor at Northwestern Law School in 1995 and at Georgetown University Law Center from spring 1999 to spring 2000. Professor O’Connor has  served as chair of the AALS Section on Conflict of Laws and as director of Vanderbilt’s Law and Human Behavior Program. She is a research associate at the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research and was a visiting fellow at Ludwig Maximilians Universitat Munchen, Center for Advanced Studies, in 2011, and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at ZenTra, Center for Transnational Studies, University of Bremen, in 2014.