Over the past decade, numerous prominent international legal scholars have traveled to Loyola College of Law, presenting guest lectures, offering faculty colloquia, and teaching courses on various topics relating to international and comparative law. From the former president of the Soviet Union, to distinguished law professors, lawyers, and judges from six continents, the comparative law curriculum and discourse at Loyola have been enriched by this active foreign interchange.
Dr. Anastasia Grammaticaki-Alexiou, a native of the island of Crete and a doctoral graduate in law from the University of Thessaloniki, served as a visiting professor at Loyola. Grammaticaki-Alexiou taught an International Law seminar and the Law of European Communities course. She is an expert in private international law, and is the author of several books and numerous articles in the field. She returned to Loyola for a visit in spring 1991.
From the University of Belgrade law faculty, Professor Obrad Stanojevic, has been a frequent contributor to Loyola’s curriculum. He first came to Loyola as a Fulbright Scholar in January 1990, when he taught comparative law. He returned in fall 1993 to teach a seminar on Roman law, followed in the 1994 spring semester, teaching comparative law and public international law. In the next academic year, he taught civil law property and civil law of persons in fall 1994, and public international law and comparative law in spring 1995. Stanojevic has participated in Loyola’s summer program in Russia/Hungary three times and last year in the Russia program, teaching a Comparative Law seminar. He also participated in Loyola’s Mexico summer program three times, teaching Western Legal Tradition and Comparative Law.
Gurum Abashidze, a practicing lawyer from Tblisi, Georgia, participated in a seminar and in classes taught by four Loyola College of Law professors as Loyola’s first “Distinguished Foreign Lawyer in Residence.” While in New Orleans, Abashidze also met with members of the local judiciary and bar. In Georgia, Abashidze has worked as a legal adviser and manager of the Georgia Council of Trade Unions and was State Arbiter of the Georgia Court of Arbitration. He also has served as legal adviser for several Georgian cooperatives.
Nina Karpachova, a practicing attorney and professor at the Academy of Social Sciences in Moscow, participated in a seminar and in classes at Loyola, discussing the legal status of women in the Soviet Union.
Dean Mitja Novak, of the faculty of law at Maribor University in Yugoslavia, visited Loyola as part of the American Bar Association’s Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI). Dean Novak has written two books and numerous articles in the area of labor law.
Jakhan Pollyeva, legal adviser to the Russian Federal Republic, and Natasha Zinchuk, a business lawyer and commercial law reformer, spoke on “The Second Russian Revolution: The Failed Coup Inside the Russian Parliament Building.”
Sir Ian Percival, Q.C., treasurer of the Inner Temple and former First Solicitor General for England, Ireland, and Scotland, a member of the House of Commons for 28 years and a member of the Privy Council, spoke at Loyola on “The English and American Traditions of Lawyer Civility and Integrity.”
Oleg Rumyantsev and Andrei Goltsblat, two key members of the Constitutional Commission of the Russian Republic, discussed Russia’s newly drafted constitution.
Zoran Milovanovic, professor at the College of Law of the University of Belgrade and a visiting Fulbright Scholar, taught a course at Loyola on comparative evidence law. Milovanovic has published five books on criminal investigation and forensic science. He was accompanied by his wife, Nevenka Milovanovic, a researcher at the Institute of Criminological and Sociological Research in Belgrade. Milovanovic presented guest lectures in a number of Loyola College of Law classes, dealing with economic crime, sexual crimes, and the psychology of eyewitness testimony.
A delegation of 10 judges from Brazil spent two weeks at Loyola—attending classes and visiting local courts, law offices, and criminal detention facilities. The program was sponsored by the United States Information Agency.
Loyola hosted the 49th annual session of the Société Internationale Pour l’Histoire des Droits d’Antiquité (SIDHA)—the first time that the society has met in the United States. The society comprises legal history and classics professors who meet each year to discuss the laws of the ancient Middle East, Greek, and Roman civilizations.
Professor Herbert Hausmaninger, of the University of Vienna law faculty served as the inaugural Michaelle Pitard Wynne Visiting Professor of Law in November 1996. He was in residence at Loyola for the month, teaching a three-credit course on the law of Germany. He also offered a special public lecture “Legal Institutions and Processes in the European Union,” and a subsequent speech on EU law to Loyola’s Thomas More Inn of Court. Hausmaninger is one of the founders of Loyola’s Summer Legal Studies Program at the University of Vienna, and has taught in that program since its founding in 1994.
Former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev delivered a standing room only speech entitled “A Dialogue with Mikhail Gorbachev.” The Nobel-honored former president focused on the challenge facing the global environment. He followed this with a June 1997 meeting with the Loyola Russian Summer Legal Studies program.
From the Eötvös Loránd University law faculty in Budapest, Hungary, Professor Gabor Hamza, chair of its Roman law department, has visited Loyola as a Scholar-in-Residence each year from 1997 to 2003, teaching a number of courses and presenting colloquia to the faculty on various comparative law topics such as “The Changing Legal System of the East and Central European Countries in View of the Prospective Accession to the EU;” and “Codification in Russia.” In February 2000, he served as the Michaelle Pitard Wynne Visiting Professor of Law, presenting lectures on six different topics of comparative law. Hamza has also taught in Loyola’s Summer Legal Studies Program in Budapest since 1993.
Ambassador Helmut Tuerk addressed the College of Law community in March 1997 on the topic of “Austria and the New Europe.”
Dr. Zdravko Grebo, of the University of Sarajevo, taught a course in jurisprudence at Loyola as a Fulbright Scholar.
From the University of Amsterdam law faculty, Professor Hans Ankum visited the College of Law in 1998.
Former interpreter and adviser to Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, Pavel Palazchenko, spoke at Loyola in October 1999. He shared his experiences during important negotiating sessions in the 1980s and 1990s with world leaders such as U.S. Presidents Reagan and Bush, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Soviet leaders. He has also been a lecturer for the law school’s Russia summer program in 1997 and 1998.
From South Africa, in January 2000, Justice Pius Langa, of the South African Supreme Court, lectured at Loyola on “International Law Influences on the South African Constitution.”
From the Netherlands, Ms. Hedwig Vergahen, a senior policy adviser for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, presented a discussion on “Human Rights and International Law” in March 2000.
Professor Obrad Stanojevic, former dean and faculty member at the Univer-sity of Belgrade College of Law, delivered a talk on “An Inside View of the October 2000 Revolution in Yugoslavia.”
Justice David A.O. Edward of the European Court of Justice visited Loyola as the Bernard Ward Jurist in Residence and delivered a public lecture entitled “Notions of Federalism in Europe and America.” He was accompanied on his visit to Loyola by Sandra Keegan, L’79, the Head of Sector for Legal Issues and Policy Coordination for the European Commission in Brussels, and by her husband, Ian Forrester, a partner with the international law firm of White & Case. Mr. Forrester has also served as Queen’s Counsel in the United Kingdom, and also professor in European law at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He is a member of the bar in England, New York, and Scotland.
Twelve members of the Mexican judiciary from the State of Morelos visited Loyola for a four-day symposium on United States law.
A group of distinguished members of the legal profession from throughout Russia visited Loyola for a seminar on “The Curriculum of U.S. Law Schools.” The delegation was addressed by five Loyola law professors. The visit was funded by the U.S. Library of Congress as part of its Open World Program.
Dr. Ludwig Krämer, the head of Environmental Governance for the European Commission of the European Union, delivered a lecture at Loyola entitled “The European Union/United States Clash over the Proposed Kyoto Treaty.” Krämer has published more than 100 articles on the environmental law of the European Union and 50 articles on E.U. consumer law. He has taught E.U. environmental law at Bremen University in Germany, University College in London, England, and at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.
Professor Gabriël A. Moens visited Loyola for a year and a half. A native of Belgium, Professor Moens is the director of the Australian Institute of Foreign and Comparative Law for the University of Queensland, Australia. He is editor of International Trade and Business Law Annual and also a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Jurisprudence and other scholarly journals. He is also the author of a treatise on Australian constitutional law and a work on international trade and business law and policy.
Professor Johan Erauw of The University of Ghent, Belgium, lectured at a faculty colloquium on “New Developments in Europe on Same-Sex Marriages and Registered Partnerships.”
Dr. Maria del Pilar Perales Viscasillas delivered a colloquium at Loyola on “Unification of Contract Law in the European Union.” She is a professor of commercial law at the University Carlos III in Madrid, Spain. She has published widely in the area of commercial law and corporate law.
Professor Adrian Popovici delivered a lecture at a Symposium on Critical Issues in the Civil Law entitled “Personality Rights — A Civil Law Concept.” Popovici is a member of the faculty of law at the University of Montreal, Canada. He has published eight books and more than 50 law review articles.
Professor Kenneth Reid presented a talk for the Brendan Brown Faculty Symposium entitled “Scotland and Europe: A Tale of Two Common Laws.” Reid holds the Chair in Property Law at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has also served as a law commissioner for Scotland for the past eight years.
Professor Richard Gamauf of the law faculty of the University of Vienna, Austria, visited Loyola and taught a course on Roman law.
Professor Peter Klik of the faculty of law of Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands, visited Loyola and taught a course on International Trade Law.
Professor Ana Grammaticaki-Alexiou of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Law visited Loyola’s College of Law in February 2011 to deliver a lecture entitled, “Legal Protection of Cultural Heritage: A Human Rights Based Approach.” Professor Ana Grammaticaki-Alexiou travelled to New Orleans on a public speaking tour sponsored by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.