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Global Center Faculty

McGeorge is home to a varied group of legal professors and scholars with a wide range of international legal experience. The distinguished global faculty produce relevant international scholarship with impact. 

Franklin GevurtzFranklin A. Gevurtz
Distinguished Professor of Law
B.S., University of California, Los Angeles
J.D., University of California, Berkeley

Professor Gevurtz is the Director of the McGeorge Global Center for Business & Development. He is spearheading a revolutionary effort to "globalize" the curriculum throughout legal education in the United States. This includes having conceived of, and acting as the Series Editor for, the "Global Issues" series of books published by Thomson-West — which are designed to facilitate the introduction of international and comparative law issues in core law school courses. Professor Gevurtz' principal area of scholarship and teaching is corporate law. His treatise, Corporation Law, is widely cited both in the United States and abroad. Professor Gevurtz also has written a number of other books and numerous law review articles, including on topics of comparative corporate and securities laws and foreign corruption. He has taught or lectured in Athens, Lisbon, London, Nancy, Salzburg and Seoul, and has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall). Prior to joining the McGeorge faculty in 1982, Professor Gevurtz practiced with the internationally recognized law firm of O'Melveny and Myers in Los Angeles.


Linda E. CarterLinda E. Carter
Distinguished Professor of Law 
B.A., University of Illinois
J.D., University of Utah

Professor Carter is a well recognized expert on domestic and international criminal law and criminal procedure. In the last few years, her research has mainly focused on international issues. She conducted a research project in Rwanda on the "Gacaca" trials (lay tribunals hearing genocide cases) in 2005, following which she lectured at a workshop on the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She was Co-Director of the Brandeis Institute for International Judges' program on Challenges for International Justice held in Dakar, Senegal, and a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. She has written books and articles in the areas of criminal law and criminal procedure, recently including Global Issues in Criminal Law, which introduces international and comparative law issues into criminal law courses. Before joining the McGeorge faculty in 1985, Professor Carter worked as a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department and with the Salt Lake City Legal Defender Association, where she tried a wide variety of criminal cases from theft to murder.


Stephen McCaffreyStephen McCaffrey
Distinguished Professor of Law
Director,  J.S.D. Program in International Water Resources Law 
B.A., University of Colorado
J.D., University of California, Berkeley
Dr. iur., University of Cologne, Germany

Professor McCaffrey is one of the world's foremost experts on international water resources law. Professor McCaffrey has not only written about international law, but, through his work on the United Nation's International Law Commission (which seeks to codify international law), he has actually written international law. He has served as Chairman of the ILC and as the Commission's "special rapporteur" for international watercourses, in which role he guided the Commission's effort that formed the basis of the 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses. Professor McCaffrey currently serves as legal consultant to the Nile River Basin Cooperative Framework, an UN-sponsored project to forge a multinational agreement on utilization of the Nile's water resources. Professor McCaffrey has also argued in front of The World Court, taught environmental law courses in German at Swiss universities, advised the U.S. State Department, and represented foreign governments in river-use disputes — for which service he was awarded the order of the white dual cross by the government of Slovakia. A member of the McGeorge faculty since 1977, he has published a number of books and numerous articles.


Omar DajaniOmar Dajani
Professor of Law
Co-Director, McGeorge Global Center for Business and Development  
B.A., Northwestern University
J.D., Yale Law School

Professor Dajani's legal, political, and diplomatic skills placed him squarely in the center of one of the world's most troubled regions: the Middle East, and his scholarship continues to build upon this experience. As advisor to United Nations Special Envoy Terje Roed-Larson from 2001 to 2003, Professor Dajani was intimately involved in a range of multilateral initiatives to foster peace in the region, including the Middle East Roadmap. Prior to joining this UN effort, Professor Dajani was Senior Legal Advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team in peace talks with Israel. In that capacity, he gained unique experience in preparing and negotiating complex agreements covering a variety of contested matters including borders, security, law enforcement, trade and financial issues. Professor Dajani's private sector experience includes work at the Washington, D.C. offices of Sidley & Austin and Steptoe & Johnson, and he clerked for Judge Dorothy Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals. At Yale Law School, Professor Dajani was General Director of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Project. Professor Dajani joined the McGeorge faculty in 2004.


Julie DaviesJulie Davies
Professor of Law
Director, Inter-American Program
B.A., J.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Since joining the faculty at McGeorge in 1984, Professor Davies has specialized in teaching and writing about torts and civil rights. She is currently intrigued by comparative law topics and foreign legal systems, which is not surprising for someone is who fluent in Spanish and Italian. She recently joined with an author of a leading tort law casebook to write Global Issues in Tort Law, which introduces comparative law materials into tort law courses, and was selected to present a paper on Ghanaian customary law before the Section on Torts and Compensation Systems of the American Association of Law Schools. Professor Davies is a member of the American Law Institute and the author of pair of books and numerous law review articles dealing with tort law and civil rights.


Leslie Gielow JacobsLeslie Gielow Jacobs
Director, Capital Center for Law & Policy
Professor of Law
B.A., Wesleyan University
J.D., University of Michigan

Professor Jacobs has been a professor at McGeorge since 1993. During this time, she has authored a substantial and important body of scholarship on constitutional doctrine, governance and national security. In the area of national security, Professor Jacobs's scholarship has focused on dealing with the threat of bioterrorism. Recently, Professor Jacobs' has turned her scholarly attention to issues of comparative constitutional law. She is the co-author of Global Issues in Constitutional Law and Global Issues in Freedom of Speech and Religion, which introduce international and comparative law materials into Constitutional Law and First Amendment courses. Professor Jacobs also serves as the Director of the McGeorge Capital Center on Public Law & Policy, dedicated to studying issues of federalism and government structure and aiding government policymakers who must navigate their complexities. Before this appointment, Professor Jacobs served as the Director of the McGeorge Development of Legal Infrastructure Institute. Professor Jacobs has taught in Hangzhou and London. Prior to joining the McGeorge faculty, Professor Jacobs served as a law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr.


Brian K. LandsbergBrian K. Landsberg
Distinguished Professor of Law
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
LL.B., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Certificate in African Law, University of London

One of the leading experts on civil rights issues in the United States, Professor Landsberg's scholarship and activities have moved into the international and comparative law realm in recent years. His recent scholarship includes the books Global Issues in Constitutional Law and Global Issues in Employment Discrimination, which look at the international and comparative law issues involved in these subject areas. He is also the Program Director for the McGeorge Rule of Law Program in China, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. In this role, Professor Landsberg has spearheaded a revolutionary approach to rule of law initiatives, which works by educating legal educators in developing countries in methods of instruction, thereby leveraging its impact. He has taught in Kampala, Salzburg, and Suzhou, and has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall). Prior to joining the McGeorge faculty in 1986, Professor Landsberg had a distinguished two decades of service in the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and has drawn upon this background in writing a number of important books and articles on civil rights. In 1993, Professor Landsberg was called upon to briefly interrupt his teaching at McGeorge in order to serve in the No. 2 post in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division as Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General.


Michael MalloyMichael P. Malloy
Distinguished Professor of Law
B.A., Georgetown University
J.D., University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., Georgetown University

An internationally recognized expert on bank regulation and on economic sanctions, Dr. Malloy has authored or edited over 100 books and book-length supplements, as well as numerous scholarly articles, in such fields as banking regulation, contracts, economic sanctions, international banking, international trade, and public international law. Prior to entering academia, Professor Malloy served as a Research Associate at the Institute of International Law & Economic Development in Washington, D.C., as an attorney-adviser with the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control and with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and as Special Counsel (Disclosure and Enforcement Policy) at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Dr. Malloy joined the McGeorge faculty in 1996, having been a professor on the faculty of the Fordham University School of Law. He has served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, as Chair of the Committee on Economic Sanctions of the International Law Association (American Branch), as Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Banking Law Anthology, published by the International Library, and is a member of the Athens Institute for Education and Research. Dr. Malloy is a frequent consultant to state, federal, and international agencies on issues involving bank regulatory policy and international economic sanctions, and currently is working with the Committee on Housing and Land Management of the UN Economic Commission for Europe, based in Geneva, on issues connected with the continuing financial services crisis.


Christine ManolakasChristine Manolakas
Professor of Law
Director, Tax Certificate of Concentration
B.A., University of Southern California
J.D., Loyola University, Los Angeles
LL.M. (Taxation) New York University

Professor Manolakas, whose teaching and writing focuses on tax law, joined the McGeorge faculty in 1978. Her recent scholarship, in a series of articles co-authored with Catherine Brown of the University of Calgary, looks at issues relating to international tax law, the interpretation of tax treaties, and a comparison of the tax systems of the NAFTA countries. Professor Manolakas has also written a number of book chapters and articles dealing with domestic tax and marital property law issues.


Claude D. Rohwer
Professor Emeritus
A.B., J.D., University of California, Berkeley

Professor Rohwer recently assumed the status as Professor Emeritus after 44 years of service at McGeorge, throughout which he played an instrumental role in the development of the McGeorge international program. He has taught commercial law in cities around the world, including London, Shanghai, St. Petersburg and Vienna. Since 1996, he has served as a consultant to the government of Vietnam, writing and revising the country's Commercial Law and the Civil Code, a task in which he remains actively engaged even after his so-called retirement — during which he still teaches commercial courses at McGeorge. He is also the co-author of Contracts in a Nut Shell, a popular source book for law students now in its sixth edition.


Rachael SalcidoRachael Salcido
Professor of Law
Director, Environmental Law Certificate of Concentration
B.A., J.D., University of California, Davis

Professor Salcido's scholarship focuses upon international environmental law, with a particular emphasis on the oceans over the continental shelf. Since joining the McGeorge faculty in 2003, Professor Salcido has written a book and a number of articles addressing these areas. Prior to joining the McGeorge faculty, she practiced in the Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources Group of the internationally known law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop.




John Cary SimsJohn Cary Sims
Professor of Law
A.B., Georgetown University
J.D., Harvard University

Professor Sims is a constitutional law expert, who, in recent years, has also focused his attention on issues of international human rights and national security law. He has lectured widely on international human rights and other international law topics, including presentations in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, India, Morocco, Russia, and Spain. Professor Sims is a founding co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy, a peer-reviewed and faculty-edited publication launched by McGeorge two years ago. His recent scholarship has addressed the enforcement powers of the European Court of Human Rights; legal ethics in France; and the warrantless electronic surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency. He joined the McGeorge faculty in 1986.


John G. SpranklingJohn G. Sprankling
Distinguished Professor of Law
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
J.D., University of California, Berkeley
J.S.M., Stanford University

Professor Sprankling is a nationally-recognized authority on property law, whose treatise on the subject is used by law students across the country as well as translated into Chinese and published by the University of Beijing Press, and whose award winning articles have appeared in a number of leading law journals, including the University of Chicago Law Review, the U.C.L.A. Law Review and the Cornell Law Review. Recently, Professor Sprankling has turned his attention to comparative property law. His newest book, Global Issues in Property Law (with Raymond Coletta and M.C. Mirow), is the first classroom text in the nation that brings international and comparative law issues into the basic property course. Professor Sprankling began his legal career with Miller, Starr & Regalia, one of the nation's largest property law firms. He practiced there for 14 years, ultimately serving as its managing partner. Professor Sprankling joined the McGeorge faculty in 1992. He has taught in Salzburg and Suzhou, and at the Stanford University Law School.


Jarrod WongJarrod Wong
Professor of Law
Co-Director, McGeorge Global Center for Business and Development  
B.A., Cambridge University
J.D., University of California, Berkeley
LL.M., University of Chicago

Trained and educated in both the United States and Europe, Professor Wong has centered his scholarship on issues in international dispute resolution. He holds a law degree with First Class Honours from Cambridge University, and is an Order of the Coif graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, as well as having an LL.M. from the Law School of the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the faculty at McGeorge, Professor Wong served as Legal Advisor to Judge Charles N. Brower at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal at The Hague, The Netherlands, and practiced at the internationally known law firms of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and O'Melveny & Myers. Professor Wong joined the McGeorge faculty in 2007, and has written articles and been invited to deliver lectures at major conferences dealing with international arbitration.


Kojo YelpaalaKojo Yelpaala
Professor of Law
B.L., LL.B., University of Ghana
M.B.A., Bowling Green State University
Msc., S.J.D., University of Wisconsin

Professor Yelpaala is an expert in international business law, who is fluent in three languages. Professor Yelpaala has authored or edited books and law review articles, which address such topics as the Lome Conventions, foreign direct investment, licensing agreements, drafting and enforcing contracts, international conflicts of laws, and global product distribution. Professor Yelpaala is a consultant on various aspects of international business transactions and industrial policy to several foreign governments. Prior to joining the faculty at McGeorge in 1981, Professor Yelpaala was a state attorney for three years in his native Ghana, and a lecturer in law at the University of Wisconsin.