Professor William P. Johnson is an associate professor in the School of Law, where he 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 Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany, and at Vytauto Didžiojo Universitetas (Vytautas Magnus University) in Kaunas, Lithuania. 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.
Since becoming a law professor, Johnson has remained engaged with the practice community through active involvement in the American Bar Association (ABA). He has held several leadership positions in the ABA’s Section of International Law. He currently serves as Immediate Past Chair of the International Commercial Transactions, Franchising and Distribution Committee after chairing the committee for three years. He also serves as Co-Chair of the International Legal Education and Specialist Certification Committee and is a member of the Steering Groups of the Europe Committee and 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. Professor Johnson’s law journal articles have appeared in the Buffalo Law Review, the Ankara Law Review, the Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business, and the Michigan Journal of International Law.