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Paul Stephan

John C. Jeffries, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

Paul Stephan is John C. Jeffries, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. Professor Stephan is an expert on international business, international dispute resolution and comparative law, with an emphasis on Soviet and post-Soviet legal systems. In addition to writing prolifically in these fields, he has advised governments and international organizations, taken part in cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, the federal courts, and various foreign judicial and arbitral proceedings, and lectured to professionals and scholarly groups around the world on issues raised by the globalization of the world economy. During 2006-07, he served as counselor on international law in the U.S. Department of State. He currently is a coordinating reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States. Professor Stephan received his B.A. and M.A. from Yale University, and his J.D. from the University of Virginia. Before returning to Virginia, he clerked for Judge Levin Campbell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. He has taught as a visiting professor at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations, the University of Vienna, Münster University, Lausanne University, Melbourne University, University of Pantheon-Assas (Paris II), Sciences Po, the Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya, Sydney University. He also has visited at Columbia Law School and Duke Law School.