At the heart of any great law school is its faculty.  Cardozo attracts first-rate scholars who embody the school's goals and guiding principles, and are known for being enthusiastic, committed, knowledgeable, and accessible.  Their connection to students is key to who we are at Cardozo, and defines our particular approach to educating new lawyers. 

Every year, a number of distinguished international professors and scholars from various countries visit Cardozo School of Law to teach and share their unique perspectives about their home countries as well as the U.S.  We highlight some of our recent visiting faculty and scholars to give you a sense of the diversity amongst those who teach and visit here. 


Robert Burrell is an associate professor at the University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law in Australia.  He worked previously at the Australian National University and King's College London. He is also a senior advisor at the Brisbane offices of Trademark Works.  He will be teaching courses on comparative trademark law and international trademark practice.

Wojciech Sadurski is the Challis Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney.  Mr. Sadurski was previously a professor at the European University Institute in Florence and the University of Warsaw.  Most recently, he has authored Equality and Legitimacy, a book on jurisprudence.  He teaches The Philosophy of Human Rights.


Katya Kozicki, received her B.A. in Law at Federal University of Paraná Law School in 1986; her B.A. in Economics from the Faculty of Economics and Administration in 1988; her LL.M from Federal University of Santa Catarina Law School in 1993; and her J.D. from the same institution in 2000.  She is a Professor of Theory of Law and Human Rights at Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná and Federal University of Paraná, Researcher of the National Council of Research, Brazil.


Jianfeng Yang is an associate professor at Shanghai Ocean University, having recently finished a term as deputy director of the Division of International Communication and Cooperation at the Shanghai Intellectual Property Assocation (SIPA) through the Excellence in Intellectual Property Talent Training Program.  He holds a PhD in International Law with Distinction from the University of Fudan, an LL.M in International Economic Law with Distinction from the University of Xiamen, and an LL.B. in Law with Distinction from the University of Shandong. 


Peter Molnar is a Senior Fellow in the Center for Media and Communications Studies at the Central European University in Budapest, where he and also teaches in the Department of Public Policy.  Mr. Molnar, a Hungarian, was a founding (and is now a former) member of the Fidesz party and a member of the Hungarian Parliament.  He came to Cardozo on a Fulbright and taught a seminar on comparative free speech law.


Pierre Birnbaum, a recently retired Professor of Political Sociology at the Sorbonne and one of France’s most eminent political sociologists and a widely recognized authority on the political history of Jews in France, will be visiting the law school through the Center for Jewish Law.

Christian Delage, professor of film at the University of Paris, is a historian and a documentary film-maker.  Since the mid-1990s, he has worked on the history of the Holocaust, the filed record of the liberation of the Nazi amps, and the Nuremberg trials.  He teaches International Trials on Film: From Nuremberg to Phnom Penh.  Previously, he has taught Law and Film.

Eric Freedman is a banking research consultant to the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Paris, attached to the French Commission on Holocaust-Era Spoliation Indemnification.  He teaches Negotiation Theories and Skills; and Vichy France, Europe, and the Holocaust: The Spoliation Dimension.

Otto Pfersmann is on the law faculty at the University of Paris I Panthéon – Sorbonne, where he teaches courses in constitutional law, comparative public law, and legal theory and directs the Masters Program in Comparative European Public Law and the Center of Comparative Public Law.  He was educated in Austria, and has taught at several leading European Universities.  Otto has spent time at Cardozo under the auspices of the Floersheimer Center.  He recently taught Comparative Constitutionalism and a seminar on European Legal Theory.

Shmuel Trigano, a prominent French sociologist, philosopher, and professor of religious and political sociology at the University of Paris X – Nanterre, is a specialist in the Jewish tradition and contemporary Judaism.  He is President of l'Observatoire du monde juif and director of the College of Jewish Studies at the Alliance Israélite Universelle.  He taught a course called Man and the Citizen: Mutations in the Democratic Ethos.

Michel Troper, a professor at University of Paris X – Nanterre, came to Cardozo as a Distinguished Visitor through the Floersheimer Center.


Bernhard Schlink is a Professor of Public Law and Legal Philosophy at Humboldt University.  He is also a former judge and a best-selling novelist.  His book The Reader was made into an Oscar-winning film.  He will be teaching Legal Theory.


Andras Sajo, of the Central European University, is the recipient of Hungary's Prima Primissima Award, which recognizes special contributions by Hungarians or Hungarian organizations to science, art and culture.  He will be teaching European Union Law.


Judge Dr. Amiram Benyamini holds a first and second degree in law (LL.B. and LL.M) from Tel-Aviv University, and a Ph.D. in law from the University of London (The London School of Economics and Political Science). After practicing some years as a lawyer, he was appointed as a judge in 1993 (first instance court), and since 2002 he has been a judge for the Tel Aviv District Court. He is also a lecturer on Banking Law and Intellectual Property Law at Tel-Aviv University, at the College of Management Law School, and at the Law School of the Interdisciplinary Center Law School in Herzlia.  He is a member of the permanent instructors staff of the Israeli Institute of Advanced Judicial Studies.

Gerald Blidstein, a professor in the Department of Jewish Thought at Ben-Gurion University, was the Ivan Meyer Visiting Scholar in Comparative Jewish Law at Cardozo, and taught a course called "Maimonides on the Theory and Authority of Law." His research interests include the history of halakhah, philosophy of halakhah, Maimonides, ethics and halakhah, prayer, aggadah, and political thought.

Arye Edrei, a Professor of Law at Tel-Aviv University with expertise in talmudic jurisprudence and Jewish law in the 20th century, will be visiting the law school through the Center for Jewish Law.  In the past, he visited at Cardozo as the Mayer Professor under the auspices of the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization.  In that capacity he taught a course called “Jewish Law and the State of Israel: Law and Ideology.”  

Isaiah Gafni is a Professor of Jewish History at Hebrew University and has written extensively on a broad range of topics relating to social, religious, and cultural history of the Jewish people in late antiquity.  He will be teaching a course called "The Development of Rabbinic Judaism."

Shahar Lifshitz, a family law scholar on the Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University, has been to Cardozo as a visiting scholar.

Yair Lorberbaum, a Professor of Law at the Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law, specializing in Jewish law, Jewish thought, and jurisprudence, will be visiting the law school through the Center for Jewish Law.

Uriel Procaccia is a professor at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, a former dean of the Faculty of Law at Hebrew University, and a member of the Center for the Study of Rationality at the Hebrew University.  He has authored dozens of books and academic articles which have been published around the world.  He teaches Comparative Corporate Governance.

Justice Eliezer Rivlin, the Vice-President of Israel’s Supreme Court, was a Distinguished Scholar in Residence.

Aharon Shemesh, a professor of Talmud at Bar-Ilan University, came to Cardozo as a visiting scholar under the auspices of the Center for Jewish Law.  

Daniel Statman, of the University of Haifa’s Department of Philosophy, was a visiting scholar at Cardozo under the auspices of The Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University and the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization.  Professor Statman’s areas of interest are legal philosophy, Jewish philosophy, and ethics; his many publications include Moral Dilemmas and Religion and Morality.


William A. Schabas is director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he also holds the chair in human rights law. He is also a Global Legal Scholar at the University of Warwick School of Law.  He teaches Human Rights and Genocide.


Mauro Bussani is professor of private and comparative law at the University of Trieste.  He is scientific director of the International Association of Legal Sciences and also sits on the scientific councils of the Fondation pour le droit continental (Paris), the Interdisciplinary Association of Comparative and Private International Law (Vienna), and the Master of Laws in Cross-Cultural Business Practice, Fribourg Law School-Berne Law School-Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.  He teaches Comparative Law at Cardozo.

Susanna Mancini is a Professor at the University of Bologna and an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University.  Professor Mancini has written widely on comparative constitutional law and has done important work on countries making the transition to democracy.  She teaches Multiculturalism and the Human Rights of Women.

Alberto Musy teaches comparative law at the University of Eastern Piedmont in Novara, Italy. He has written several books, including Introduction to Italian Law and Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law, and numerous law review articles. In 2001, he became a fellow at the International Center for Economic Research in Turin.  He has taught European Union Law at Cardozo. 


Renata Salecl teaches at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and at the London School of Economics.  A member of several think takes, including the Remarque Institute, she works on developing policy regarding women's rights, maternity leave, and in vitro fertilization in Slovenia.  She teaches Psychoanalysis and the Law; and Neuroscience and the Law.


Tomás de la Quadra-Salcedo Fernández del Castillo, former Minister of Justice of Spain and professor of administrative law at Carlos III University, Madrid, is a visiting research scholar at Cardozo.   Dr. Quadra-Salcedo is professor of administrative law, director of the Masters specialization in telecommunications and information law, and director of postgraduate and PhD programs at the law faculty of Carlos III University in Madrid.  He is the author of the draft of the convention on e-government ultimately adopted by the Spanish Government and by the Latinamerican Center of Administration for Development (CLAD).  He is the author of numerous works relating to the liberalization of services, right to information, protection of fundamental rights, the judicial control of executive power, telecommunications law, and energy law.


Ian David Campbell is a professor at and former head of the University of Durham Law Department.  He has written widely on remedies, contracts, commercial law, and social scientific approaches to law.  As a visiting professor at Cardozo, he has taught Contracts, Advanced Contracts, and Law and Economics.