Stephan Hobe

University of Cologne

Professor Hobe is Professor of Public International Law, European Law and European and International Economic Law and Director of the Institute and Holder of the Chair for Public International Law, European Law and International Economic Law. He earned his LL.M at the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University in Canada.

Prof. Hobe has been awarded a Jean-Monnet-Professorship for the Law of European Integration, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Law Center for European and International Cooperation. In addition to other books and articles, Prof. Hobe is author and editor of the 7th edition of the textbook Introduction to International Law. He has been a guest lecturer at Duquesne University School of Law.


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Kirk Junker, Ph.D.

Coordinator of International Programs for Duquesne University School of Law

Kirk W. Junker is a Professor of Law at the University of Cologne, Germany, where he holds the Chair in US American Law. At Cologne, he is also Director of the International Master of Environmental Science Program. He acts as Coordinator of International Programs for Duquesne University School of Law.

Prior to joining Cologne, he was Associate Professor of Law and Director of International Programs at Duquesne University School of Law. His previous academic career includes teaching both at the Open University and the Queen's University of Belfast in the United Kingdom and Dublin City University in the Republic of Ireland. He was an Assistant Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, and clerked for the Honorable James E. Rowley of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

He received a B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University, a J.D. from Duquesne University, a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, and held a postdoctoral fellowship with the Justice Ministry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He teaches International Environmental Law, Comparative Environmental Law, German Environmental Law, Federal Evidence, US Constitutional Law, Federal Civil Procedure, and Torts.

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Agnieszka McPeak, J.D.
Duquesne University School of Law

Room 327, Hanley Hall
Phone: 412.396.6185

Agnieszka McPeak is an associate professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law, where she teaches Torts, Legal Ethics, Privacy & Data Security, and other law & technology courses.

Before joining the Duquesne Law faculty, McPeak taught at the University of Toledo College of Law and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. In her pre-academia life, she practiced complex commercial litigation in New Orleans and, prior to law school, negotiated translation rights for a computer book publisher in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from Tulane University Law School and a B.A., with honors, from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Prof. Dr. Karl-Nikolaus Peifer
University of Cologne

Professor Karl-Nikolaus Peifer is the Director of the Institute for Media Law and Communications Law of the University of Cologne/Germany. He studied law, economics and languages at the Universities of Trier, Bonn, Hamburg and Kiel. He held positions as a researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property Law in Munich, as an Assistant Professor in Kiel, and as a Professor of Private, Business, Media and Intellectual Property Law in Frankfurt/Oder and Bochum.

In 2003 he was appointed to be a judge, first at the Court of Appeals in Hamm/Germany then (2013) at the Court of Appeals in Cologne/Germany. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois (teaching European Intellectual Property Law), the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Tiflis/Georgia and the University of Haifa/Israel. He was a research fellow at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (1998), worked with the Law Firm Shearman & Sterling in New York (1991) and the German American Chamber of Commerce in Houston (1992).

His main fields of research are Private, Intellectual Property and Media Law including information privacy law. He holds a degree from University of Trier, Germany.

Prof. Dr. Sophie Robin-Olivier
Sorbonne University

Sophie Robin-Olivier is a law professor at Sorbonne University, where she is primarily responsible for the courses on comparative law (introduction), European
social law, discrimination law and European Union litigation, as well as a seminar on ‘Free Trade and Social Justice'. She is coordinating the double master on French and American law (JD/Master) awarded by the universities Paris I, Columbia and Cornell. She taught many years in the United States (Boston College law school).

She contributes to the ‘Revue de Droit du Travail' which is the chronicle of comparative labour law and to the ‘Revue trimestrielle de droit européen', a
chronicle dedicated to European Union social policy. In 2016, she published a book entitled Manuel de droit du travail européen (Bruylant, Bruxelles) and in 2015, Les contrats de travail flexibles, une comparaison internationale. (Presses de Sciences Po).