Professor Louise Ellen Teitz

Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island

Louise Ellen Teitz, Distinguished Service Professor of Law, Roger Williams Law School, Bristol, RI, is a renowned scholar of private international law and international procedural law. She has served as First Secretary at the Hague Conference on Private International Law, with primary responsibility for family law areas: 1980, 1996 Conventions; related projects on enforcement of family mediation agreements, the "Malta Process" (Sharia-based legal systems), crossborder parentage, unmarried couples, and relocation. Her academic areas of expertise include private international law, international litigation and dispute resolution, international business transactions, international family law, comparative law, civil procedure, electronic commerce, and professional responsibility. Professor Teitz has taught at a number of prestigious US law schools, and been on the faculties of the University of Konstanz and the University of Bern, as well as teaching at Geneva, Bologna, and Catholica in Lisbon. She also has been a Visiting Scholar at UNCITRAL in Vienna and at UNIDROIT in Rome.

Her law reform work has ranged from domestic state law to international State law. She has been a member of the US Delegation to the Hague for the Judgments Convention and for the Choice of Court Agreements Convention, and is a member of the US Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law. Professor Teitz was Co-Reporter on the Uniform International Choice of Court Agreements Act. She is active in the American Bar Association, has chaired several committees and divisions and served on the Council of the ABA International Law Section. She has served as an Observer (ABA delegation) to UNICITRAL’s Working Group III on Online Dispute Resolution.  Professor Teitz is a Uniform Law Commissioner from Rhode Island.

Professor Teitz is a member of the American Law Institute, the International Association of Procedural Law (elected to the Council), The International Academy of Comparative Law; is a U.S. representative to the International Law Association’s Protection of Privacy in International and Procedural Law and to International Commercial Arbitration Committee; Executive Committee, American Branch, International Law Association.

Professor Teitz is the author of two books and numerous articles on international law subjects (e.g., Transnational Litigation 1999)). She currently is working on Comparative Law, with Peter Winship, a West Casebook. Her current research focuses on harmonization/unification in several areas and its intersection with procedure.

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