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Faculty with the Saint Louis University Center for International and Comparative Law are internationally recognized scholars who provide SLU students with a well-rounded academic experience. 

Center Faculty Scholarship

Connie Wagner

Constance Z. Wagner, J.D.
Director, Madrid Summer Program

Professor Constance Wagner has taught at SLU Law since 1995. Her areas of specialization include the law of business associations, financial services regulation, international trade law, and international business transactions. She holds a secondary academic appointment in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Professor Wagner has often focused on international and comparative law in her legal career. Prior to entering law teaching, she practiced corporate law in New York City for 14 years, including advising domestic and foreign clients on cross-border transactions and regulatory matters. She teaches international law courses as a member of the Center for International and Comparative Law. She has taught in the SLU Law Madrid Summer Law Program and as a visiting law professor at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China, and at Washington University in Saint Louis. Her scholarship includes articles on international trade law, women in international law, corporate social responsibility, and business and human rights. She is the publications chair for the International Human Rights Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, and is working on a book on the emerging area of business and human rights due diligence. She holds a J.D. and Certificate in Foreign and Comparative Law from Columbia University School of Law, an LL.M. from Universitaet Konstanz (Germany), an MBA from Saint Louis University Chaifetz School of Business, and a B.A. in economics and philosophy from Northwestern University College of Arts and Sciences.

Ira Trako

Ira H. Trako, J.D.
Associate Director, Center for International and Comparative Law
Director, LL.M.  Program in American Law for Foreign Lawyers

Professor Ira H. Trako is an instructor of law and serves as the associate director for the Center for International and Comparative Law and as the director for the LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers program. Her areas of focus include criminal law, international and comparative criminal law, international law and immigration law.

Prior to joining the SLU Law faculty, Prof. Trako's areas of legal practice focused on municipal and state criminal offenses, appeals, and immigration law as it applies to criminal convictions. During law school, she received a concentration in international and comparative law and held an externship with the Hon. William D. Stiehl at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois.

Prof. Trako serves on the board of directors for the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project (MICA Project). She is a licensed member of the Missouri Bar Association (MoBar). She is also an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the ABA’s Section of International Law, where she serves as co-chair of the Section’s International Legal Education and Specialist Certification Committee and as vice chair (Publications) of the International Criminal Law Committee.

Lauren E. Bartlett

Lauren E. Bartlett
Assistant Professor
Director, Human Rights at Home Litigation Clinic

Prof. Lauren E. Bartlett is a human rights attorney with experience litigating in state and federal court in Louisiana and Ohio, as well as filing complaints and petitions with U.N. Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections between legal ethics, access to justice and human rights.

Monica Eppinger

Monica Eppinger, J.D.
Associate Professor

Prof. Monica Eppinger teaches and writes in the areas of property, comparative and international law, national security, and anthropology of law. She holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Before entering academia, Prof. Eppinger served in the United States diplomatic corps as a tenured Foreign Service officer for nine years, with tours of duty or policy-making experience in Nigeria, Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Caspian energy and West African security. She received an individual Superior Honor Award, the State Department's highest civilian honor, in 1999.

Prof. Eppinger's work uses ethnographic tools to investigate law as a tool of social change at home and abroad. In 2011, the American Society of Comparative Law selected the working draft of her article on the institution of private property in Ukraine, "Unraveling the Illiberal Commons," as one of six papers discussed at its annual works-in-progress workshop held at Yale Law School. Her work on property was also selected for the 2011 Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Forum. Her work in international law, on the law of war, was selected for the 2011 Childress Symposium, the 2013 Ewha Comfort Women Conference (Seoul, South Korea), and the 2014 Cornell Law School Comfort Women Conference. Prof. Eppinger has published 10 articles or peer-reviewed essays in journals including the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, the George Washington International Law Review, and Catholic University Law Review. She has been a featured expert on the law of war, Russia, and Ukraine on CNN, public radio, and in local print and broadcast news media.

Chad Flanders

Chad Flanders, J.D. 

Prof. Chad Flanders teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, constitutional law, and the philosophy of law.

Since arriving at SLU, Prof. Flanders has published more than 20 articles or essays in journals such as the Florida Law Review, the California Law Review, the Missouri Law Review and the Alaska Law Review, and his work on Bush v. Gore has been cited by state and federal courts. He has also written numerous opinion pieces for national and local newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Politico.

William Johnson

William P. Johnson, J.D.
Dean and Professor 

Prior to his appointment as dean, Prof. William P. Johnson served as director for the Center for International and Comparative Law and as the program director for the SLU LAW Summer Law Program in Madrid. 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, the Université Paris-Dauphine in Paris, France, 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, Prof. 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, he served as a judicial law clerk to Justice Russell A. Anderson of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Yvette Liebesman

Yvette Joy Liebesman, J.D.

In addition to being a member of CICL, Prof. Yvette Joy Liebesman is the founder and faculty advisor of the school's Intellectual Property Law Concentration program. Her research interests focus on Copyright and Trademark law and their intersection with art, science and technology. Prof. Liebesman has taught her seminar on IP and Global Entrepreneurship at both SLU Law and at the George Washington University IP Law Program at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, part of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition. In 2013, Prof. Liebesman was the recipient of the International Trademark Association's Ladas Award for writing excellence on the subject of trademarks and related matters, which is regarded as the top national award in trademark scholarship. In addition, she has been interviewed by the World Trademark Review regarding the 2019 Iancu v. Brunetti Supreme Court opinion allowing the U.S. registration of offensive marks and the decision's implications for trademark registration in other countries.

Marcia McCormick

Marcia McCormick, J.D.

Prof. Marcia L. McCormick's scholarship has explored the areas of employment and labor law, federal courts, as well as gender and the law. A prolific blogger, Prof. McCormick is a co-editor and contributor to the Workplace Prof Blog, which provides daily information on developments in the law of the workplace and scholarship about it.

Susan McGraugh

Susan McGraugh, J.D.
Director, Criminal Defense Clinic

Since joining the School of Law full time in 2003,  Prof. Susan McGraugh has directed the Criminal Defense Clinic, where she also networks with mental health care providers to offer representation to their clients.

Prof. McGraugh was the only one of her classmates to practice criminal law upon graduation. She spent two years at a small firm before joining the Missouri State Public Defender's Office in St. Louis in 1990. She served as a trial attorney representing indigent, homeless and mentally ill clients charged with criminal offenses. She also worked in the Office’s Capital Defense Unit. Prof. McGraugh has written and argued criminal appeals in the Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of Missouri.

Carol Needham

Carol A. Needham, J.D.
Emmanuel Myers Professor of Law

A prolific writer and speaker, Prof. Carol Needham has been in the mix on several issues — primarily under the umbrella of legal ethics and professional responsibility. Presently, her scholarship centers on the ethics issues faced by in-house counsel and lawyers in transactional practice, cross-border practice and professional licensing issues, including the multijurisdictional practice of law. Needham’s recent articles include: "Practicing Non-U.S. Law in the United States: Multijurisdictional Practice, Foreign Legal Consultants and Other Aspects of Cross-Border Legal Practice," 15 Michigan State Journal of International Law 605 (2007). "The Professional Responsibilities of Law Professors: The Scope of the Duty of Confidentiality, Character and Fitness Questionnaires, and Engagement in Governance," Journal of Legal Education (March 2006). "Enhancing a Law Department’s Flexibility to Respond to Unexpected Challenges: MultiJurisdictional Practice and the In-House Lawyer," Corporate Counsel Newsletter (February 2006).

Henry Ordower

Henry M. Ordower, J.D.

Prof. Henry M. Ordower is a past co-director of the Center for International and Comparative Law and director of the Berlin Summer Program at Saint Louis University School of Law. In addition to research and teaching in United States and comparative taxation and corporate finance, Prof. Ordower has maintained an active consulting practice advising in tax planning, hedge and private equity funds, and business structure, as well as providing expert testimony on taxation and business organizations in complex litigation matters. Recent research has addressed issues of tax distribution and its role in the growing disparity between wealthy and less wealthy individuals.

Prof. Ordower has an extensive background in European Languages, including several years of Ph.D. work in Germanic and Scandinavian Languages at The University of Chicago. An avid traveler, Ordower has lectured and participated in international legal conferences in Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as North America and has visited well over 100 countries. He has been elected to membership in the American College of Tax Counsel, the European Association of Tax Law Professors, and the International Academy of Comparative Law.

Afonso Seixas Nunes

Afonso Seixas Nunes, S.J.
Assistant Professor

Originally from Portugal, Prof. Afonso Seixas Nunes joins the SLU LAW faculty after having served at Oxford University as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government and as a junior research fellow at Campion Hall. He was ordained as a Jesuit priest in 2010.  Prof. Seixas Nunes specializes in international humanitarian law with a particular interest in use of force and the challenges of new technological warfare and autonomous weapon systems. He has studied and written on the U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan during 2013.

Anders Walker

Anders Walker, J.D.
Lillie Myers Professor of Law  

Prof. Anders Walker’s research and teaching focus on intersections between constitutional law, criminal law, and legal history. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal, and the Florida State University Law Review. He won the 2010 Law & Society Association Article Prize, the 2009 AALS Criminal Justice Section Junior Scholar Award, and was voted Teacher of the Year in 2011 and 2009. His book, The Ghost of Jim Crow: How Southern Moderates Used Brown v. Board of Education to Stall Civil Rights was published by the Oxford University Press in 2009.

Helga Oestreicher

Helga Oestreicher
Administrative Assistant