Professor William P. Johnson is an associate professor in the School of Law, where he also serves as Director for the Center for International and Comparative Law. He joined the SLU LAW faculty in 2012 after holding an appointment on the law faculty of the University of North Dakota. He has also been a Visiting Professor at both Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany, and Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania, and has been a guest lecturer at Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, Hungary. Prior to becoming a law professor, Johnson practiced corporate and commercial law for six years in the Milwaukee office of Foley & Lardner LLP. He focused his practice on complex commercial arrangements, cross-border business transactions, and international product distribution. Prior to joining Foley & Lardner, Johnson served as a judicial law clerk to Justice Russell A. Anderson of the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Professor Johnson has remained engaged with the law practice community through active involvement in the American Bar Association (ABA) and has held several leadership positions in the ABA’s Section of International Law. He currently chairs the Africa/Eurasia Division of the Section of International Law and is a member of the Section Council. He is also Co-Chair of the International Legal Education and Specialist Certification Committee and serves as a Senior Advisor both to the International Commercial Transactions, Franchising and Distribution Committee and to the Latin America & Caribbean Committee.
Professor Johnson’s scholarship is generally focused on commercial law and international business law. In particular, Johnson identifies, researches, and writes about the distinctive challenges and issues that arise due to international aspects of cross-border business relationships. He has written extensively about the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and has published his work on the CISG in the United States, Turkey, and Brazil.