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Siegfried Wiessner

St. Thomas University School of Law


Siegfried Wiessner

Siegfried Wiessner is a Professor of Law at St. Thomas University School of Law and the Founder and Director of its LL.M. and J.S.D. Programs in Intercultural Human Rights.  He holds a law degree (1977) as well as a Dr. iur. (1989) from the University of Tübingen and an LL.M. from Yale (1982). He is the Editor-in-Chief of Martinus Nijhoff’s Studies in Intercultural Human Rights. In fall 2009, he was a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. From 2007 to 2010, he was a member of the Executive Council of The American Society of International Law.  From 2008 to 2012, he served as the Chair of the International Law Association’s Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  It completed its task in Sofia, Bulgaria with ILA Resolution No. 5/2012 and a Final Report which recognized collective human rights and, in particular, indigenous peoples’ rights to their culture, self-government, and land under customary international law.

Professor Wiessner teaches U.S. Constitutional Law and International Law. He has published widely in the fields of constitutional law, international law, human rights, indigenous law, the law of armed conflict, arbitration, space law and refugee law. His articles on the U.S. Constitution include, among others, Federalism:  An Architecture for Freedom, 1 New Europe L. Rev. 129 (1993) and The Powers of the President, 1  LMU L. Rev. 103 (2013).  His publications on international indigenous law include Rights and Status of Indigenous Peoples: A Global Comparative and International Legal Analysis, 12 Harv. Hum. Rts. J. 57 (1999); Re-Enchanting the World:  Indigenous Peoples’ Rights as Essential Parts of a Holistic Human Rights Regime, 15 UCLA J. Int’l L. & Foreign Aff. 239 (2010); and The Cultural Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Achievements and Continuing Challenges, 22 Eur. J. Int’l L. 121 (2011).  His major contributions to the New Haven School of Jurisprudence include International Law in the 21st Century:  Decisionmaking in Institutionalized and Non-Institutionalized Settings, 26 Thesaurus Acroasium 129 (1997); Policy-Oriented Jurisprudence and Human Rights Abuses in Internal Conflict, 93 Am. J. Int’l L. 316 (1999, with Andrew Willard); Policy-Oriented Jurisprudence, 44 German Y.B. Int’l L. 96 (2001, with Andrew Willard); Law and Minimum World Public Order, with Myres McDougal, in Myres S. McDougal & Florentino P. Feliciano, The International Law of War xix (New Haven Press 1994); The New Haven School:  A Brief Introduction, 32 Yale J. Int’l L. 575 (2007, with Michael Reisman and Andrew Willard); and The New Haven School of Jurisprudence: A Universal Toolkit for Understanding and Shaping the Law, 18 Asia Pacific L. Rev. 45-61 (2010). In 1989, he published a book on the function of nationality (Die Funktion der Staatsangehörigkeit, Tübingen University Press), and he is the co-author, with Michael Reisman, Mahnoush Arsanjani and Gayl Westerman, of International Law in Contemporary Perspective (Foundation Press, 2004).  

On March 14, 2013, Professor Wiessner received the Law Professor of the Year Award by the humanitarian organization Lawyers to the Rescue.


Professor of Law; Founder & Director,

LL.M. / J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights


St. Thomas University School of Law


Editor-in-Chief, Studies in Intercultural Human Rights

Martinus Nijhoff Publishers


2013 Law Professor of the Year (Lawyers to the Rescue)


Chair, 2008-2012, International Law Association (ILA)

Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


Member, Executive Council, 2007-2010

The American Society of International Law (ASIL)


Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow

European University Institute, Florence, Fall 2009


St. Thomas University School of Law

16401 N.W. 37th Avenue

 Miami Gardens, Florida 33054, U.S.A.

Tel.:  (305) 623-2305;  Fax:  (305) 474-2413

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Doctor of Law (Dr. iur.), 1989 (University of Tübingen)

Master of Laws (LL.M.), 1983 (Yale)

Second State Examination in Law, 1981 (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)

First State Examination in Law, 1977 (Baden-Württemberg)

Certificate in Modern English Law, 1975

(British Institute of Int’l and Comparative Law)

Certificat d'Etudes Françaises, 1974 (Geneva University)


Previous Appointments:                  

Director, Workshop on New Haven School of Jurisprudence for                                                 

Romanian Law and Economics Faculties, at University of Siena,                                     

Italy, June 3-8, 2013

Lecturer, Academy of European Law, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, Summer 2011

Visiting Professor of Law, City University of Hong Kong, October 2009

and November 2010

Guest Professor, University of Prishtina Summer Institute, Kosovo 2009

Lecturer, Institute of International Public Law and International Relations, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2003

Lecturer, UN/UNITAR International Law Fellowship Program,

The Hague, 1997, 1998, 2000; Regional Program, Tehran, 1999

Visiting Professor of Law, University of Tübingen Faculty of Law, 1992

Associate Dean, St. Thomas University School of Law, 1990-91

Associate Professor of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law,


Associate, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, Washington, D.C., 1984-85

Research Assistant, Professor Eugene V. Rostow, Yale Law School, 1983

Teaching Associate & Assistant, University of Tübingen Faculty of Law,       1977-82


Languages: English, French, German, Spanish


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