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Paolo Galizzi

Professor Paolo Galizzi PhotoProfessor Galizzi is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Sustainable Development Legal Initiative (SDLI) and the Corporate and Social Responsibility Program at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School. He teaches and researches in the areas of international law, sustainable development, corporate and social responsibility, human rights and climate change law and policy.

Professor Galizzi has had a distinguished academic career spanning three continents and almost three decades. After graduating in 1993 summa cum laude at the University of Milan, he continued his legal education at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he obtained an LLM in Public International Law in 1995. He then returned to his alma mater, the University of Milan, to pursue research for his doctoral degree, which he obtained in 1998 with a thesis on “Compliance with International Environmental Obligations”.

Professor Galizzi began his academic career at the University of Milan and at the University of Verona in Italy. He later joined the School of Law at the University of Nottingham and then moved to Imperial College London, both in the United Kingdom.  Professor Galizzi was awarded a prestigious Fellowship by the European Union (Marie Curie Fellowship) to pursue academic research in the United States on climate change law and policy and initially joined Fordham as a Visiting Professor (Marie Curie Fellow) in 2004. At the end of his visit, Professor Galizzi was offered a full-time position and joined Fordham on a permanent basis in 2008 as an Associate Clinical Professor of Law and was later promoted to Clinical Professor of Law in 2012.

Since joining Fordham, Professor Galizzi has founded and directed the Sustainable Development Legal Initiative (SDLI) and later, thanks to a generous donation of PVH Corporation, the Corporate and Social Responsibly Program (CSR) within the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice.

For the past twenty years, Professor Galizzi has worked in Africa and particularly in Ghana, where he has held various academic positions (Visiting Professor of Law at the School of Law, GIMPA, Accra from 2015-2018; Founding Director of the African Center for International Criminal Law and Justice – ACICJ - and Founding Director of the African Center on Legal Ethics – ACLE – hosted by GIMPA Law School from 2016 to the end of 2018).

Professor Galizzi has been actively engaged in scholarship as well as in the practical application of international rules in areas as diverse as environmental law, climate change law and policy, development and human rights. Over the years, he has worked on clinical projects with Ghanaian Law Schools and students on prisoners’ rights, customary law, access to justice and police reform. Professor Galizzi has worked with stakeholders in the Ghanaian legal system to address issues on access to justice and critical legal reforms. In particular, he worked closely with his Ghanaian academic partners with the Judicial Service, the Legal Aid Scheme, the Prison Service, the Police Service and the Attorney General  to promote capacity building, training and more generally the exchange of ideas between the United States and the Ghanaian legal profession. In 2015, the American Association of Ghanaian Lawyers (AGLA) recognized his work on legal education and the law in Ghana in an award ceremony.

Professor Galizzi worked with then Chief Justice Georgina T. Wood for over ten years during her tenure at the head of the Judicial Service of Ghana (2007-2017). In 2014-2015, he was appointed Legal Advisor to former President of Ghana John A. Kufuor in his capacity as UN Special Envoy on Climate Change. In this role, Professor Galizzi worked with Professor Kufuor to coordinate the efforts the participation of developing countries in the climate change regime. In 2014-2016, Professor Galizzi advised the Chairman of the Council of the Ghana Prison Service on prisoners’ rights and access to healthcare for prisoners.

Professor Galizzi work in Africa included setting up a Human Rights Moot Court Competition in East Africa (Great Lakes Human Rights Moot Court) with colleagues from the Faculty of Law of INES, Ruhengeri (Rwanda) and training of judges in East Africa in partnership with the Federal Judicial Center. In the past five years, Professor Galizzi has also worked in partnership with White & Case and GIMPA Law School in Accra to train African law students on legal ethics issues. The last such training program took place in Kigali, Rwanda in July 2019 and saw the participation of over 70 law students from 10 African countries.

Professor Galizzi has collaborated and supported the work of several international agencies and organizations throughout his career. In particular, he has collaborated with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Equator Initiative, the Red Ribbon Initiative, the Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor and the UNPFA. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of TransformU within the UNFPA and sits on the Project Advisory Board of the Access to Laws/Regulations in Africa (IMF Anti-Corruption Innovation Competition).

Professor Galizzi is a prolific writer. He has edited volumes on customary law in Africa and international environmental law; he contributed to chapters in academic volumes and has written numerous articles. His latest publications include: Chapter on Atmospheric Pollution, 2nd Edition of the Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Law, forthcoming 2020 [with Kerry Gillich]; an article on Corporate Social Responsibility, Business and Human Rights in the Twenty-First Century: An Overview, in Global Law. Legal Answers for Concrete Challenges, Eds Maria Lucia Mantovanini Padua Lima & Jose Garcez Ghirardi, Jurua Editorial, 2018 [with Kwaku Agyeman-Budu]; Regulatory strategies, CSR and resource protection, in Natural Resources Law, Investment and Sustainability (S. Alam, J. Hossain Bhuiyan & J. Razzaque, Eds., Routledge: 2017) [with Emily Smith Ewing]; Human Rights and Climate Change, in Encyclopedia of Environmental Law, 15 pp. (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2016) [with Sheila Foster]; From Ignorance, to Indifference, to Limited Familiarity: An Analysis of the Relationship Between International Environmental Law & Multinational Corporations in La Responsabilita` Sociale d’Impresa (2014).

Randy Kleinman

Professor Kleinman is an established trial and appellate attorney and a partner at Gerstman Schwartz, where he represents employees in cases related to discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, severance, employment contracts, non-compete agreements, whistleblower claims, and defamation. Before joining the private sector, Mr. Kleinman served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the New York City Law Department. Representing the City, law enforcement officials, and firefighters in a range of cases, such as those involving malicious prosecution and excessive force, he gained a reputation as a passionate and effective trial attorney throughout the five boroughs. He defended police officers in many high-profile cases, including police shootings, prisoner deaths, and videotaped instances of police misconduct. He has won appeals in the First and Second Appellate Departments.

He is admitted to the New York and California State Bars, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Joseph Landau

Amadeu Ribeiro

Professor Amadeu Ribeiro Bio PhotoProfessor Ribeiro is the partner in charge of the New York office of Mattos Filho Advogados, a full- service Brazilian law firm. Professor Ribeiro advises clients on complex antitrust matters. His expertise includes merger review cases, cartel investigations, and general antitrust counseling. He is a member of the board of directors and chair of the legal committee of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the International Task Force of the American Bar Association – Antitrust Law Section. Professor Ribeiro is recognized as a leading antitrust lawyer by publications such as Chambers and Partners, Global Competition Review, Latin Lawyer, Who’s Who Legal, and Legal 500. At the age of 40, Global Competition Review elected him one of the top 40 antitrust lawyers in the world. Professor Ribeiro received a law degree in 1996 and a doctorate degree in 2004 from the Law School of the University of São Paulo. He also received an LL.M. degree (cum laude, Michael Treanor Award) from Fordham University School of Law in 2017. Professor Ribeiro has published a book and several articles on antitrust law. He speaks English, German and Portuguese.

Emily Smith Ewing

Professor Emily Smith Ewing Bio PhotoProfessor Smith Ewing is an Adjunct Professor for the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program at Fordham Law School. In her previous roles as Executive Director of the CSR Program and Senior Fellow at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, Professor Smith Ewing worked with Professor Paolo Galizzi to establish Fordham Law School’s first CSR Clinic in 2012. Since that time, Professor Smith Ewing has directed multiple student legal research projects in collaboration with corporations and international organizations, co-published academic scholarship on business and human rights and natural resource protection and CSR, and helped to set up an annual CSR Leadership Course at Fordham Law School for companies and lawyers. Exploring the complex intersections between business and human rights, Professor Smith Ewing has taught international and domestic regulatory frameworks to law students, lawyers and professionals from across industries and around the world. Prior to joining Fordham Law School, Professor Smith Ewing worked at Norton Rose (now Norton Rose Fulbright) as a corporate attorney in both London and Hong Kong, specializing in multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions and public company regulatory work. Professor Smith Ewing is an active member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and is a member of the Working Group on Business and Human Rights and the International Law Committee. Professor Smith Ewing has been admitted to practice law in the State of New York and England and Wales.

Olivier Sylvain

Professor Olivier Sylvain PhotoOlivier Sylvain is Professor of Law at Fordham University. His research is in communications law and policy. His most recent popular writing, scholarship, and public speaking engagements are on liability under the Communications Decency Act and the social impacts of artificial intelligence. A few months ago, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded him a grant to support this work. He is a principal investigator, along with a team of telecommunications network engineers and social scientists, in an interdisciplinary National Science Foundation grant project that is prototyping a community-administered computing network in West Harlem.

Professor Sylvain teaches Legislation & Regulation, Administrative Law, Information Law, U.S. Data Protection Law & Privacy, and information law related courses. At Fordham, he also is the Director of the McGannon Center for Communications Research, the Academic Director of the Center for Law and Information Policy, and a research affiliate at the Center on Race, Law, and Justice. Before entering academia, Olivier was a Karpatkin Fellow in the National Legal Office of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York City and a litigation associate at Jenner & Block, LLC, in Washington, D.C. He is the Board President of the New York affiliate of the ACLU and sits on the Academic Advisory Board for the Open Markets Institute and the Advisory Committee for the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, he taught a class on modern American literature for local incarcerated men.

Professor Sylvain holds a BA from Williams College, a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, and a PhD from Columbia University.

Christopher Tahbaz

Fay Teloni

Professor Fay Teloni Bio PhotoProfessor Teloni is an associate in the Financial Restructuring & Insolvency practice of Shearman & Sterling in New York City. She represents debtors, creditors, financial institutions, hedge funds, bondholder groups, ad hoc creditor groups, acquirers of assets, and other parties in interest in large and complex Chapter 11 bankruptcies, out-of-court workouts, and adversary proceedings.

Professor Teloni is the author of two articles—one published in the American Bankruptcy Law Journal and one in the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. She received her LLM and SJD degrees from Fordham Law School and holds an LLM and LLM from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Law.

Mari Tomunen

Professor Mari Tomunen Bio PhotoProfessor Tomunen is a dual-qualified (New York, Finland) lawyer working at Sullivan & Worcester LLP. She advises blockchain and cryptocurrency companies and governments with legal and regulatory issues, most commonly those related to securities, commodities, and corporate law. She has unique experience and industry knowledge from working dedicatedly with several dozens of blockchain ventures and governments helping them to operate through regulatory uncertainty. In addition, Professor Tomunen teaches Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Digital Assets at Fordham University School of Law and Boston College Law School. Previously, she served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She has also worked as an international corporate tax lawyer at KPMG Oy Ab, Finland, and as a research assistant to former SEC Commissioner Robert J. Jackson, Jr. when he was a Professor at Columbia Law School. Mari graduated from Fordham University School of Law with magna cum laude, and served as a staff member on Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law.

Mari’s full biography can be viewed here.