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- Cornell University B.A. (cum laude) 1987
- Cornell Law School J.D. (magna cum laude) 1992
- University of Heidelberg LL.M. (summa cum laude) 1993
Hannah Buxbaum is a professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where she holds the John E. Schiller Chair. She was appointed as Indiana University’s Vice President for International Affairs in 2018. Prior to that appointment, she held a number of other administrative positions at the university, including as interim dean (2012-2014) and executive associate dean (2009-2012) of the Maurer School of Law. From 2015 to 2018 she served as the inaugural academic director of the IU Europe Gateway in Berlin.
As vice president, Buxbaum promotes global engagement at IU across all aspects of the university’s mission. She provides strategic leadership in advancing IU’s international presence and works collaboratively with administrators, faculty, and staff to expand international research and educational opportunities. She oversees the offices that manage international admissions and student services, study abroad, international partnerships, and international development, as well as the university’s five Global Gateway offices.
Buxbaum brings a longstanding commitment to international research and education to her role as vice president. Following completion of her undergraduate and law degrees at Cornell University, she earned a master’s degree from the University of Heidelberg. Over the course of her teaching career, she has held visiting appointments at a number of foreign universities, including the London School of Economics, Humboldt University, and Université Paris II, Panthéon-Assas. She has also delivered courses for the Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands and in Buenos Aires.
Her internationally recognized research is in the areas of private international law and international litigation and jurisdiction, and she has been the recipient of research fellowships from organizations including the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She is also co-author of a leading casebook on international business transactions. Buxbaum is an award-winning teacher in areas including conflict of laws and contracts, and a five-time recipient of the law school’s Gavel Award for outstanding contribution to the graduating class.
Buxbaum is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the International Academy of Comparative Law, and in 2019 was appointed as the U.S. member of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law. She serves on a number of advisory boards, including the Fulbright Scholar CIES Advisory Board and the advisory board of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, and is currently Vice President of the American Society of Comparative Law.
Prior to joining the faculty, Buxbaum practiced in the area of international securities transactions in the New York and Frankfurt offices of Davis Polk & Wardwell.
In The Media
- Mentioned in "Biden team questions Congress' fear of Confucius Institutes," Times Higher Education ( 04-13-2022 )
- Quoted in "Barring highly skilled immigrant workers will affect Indiana's industries, universities," Indiana Public Media ( 06-23-2020 )
- TRANSNATIONAL BUSINESS PROBLEMS (with Detlev Vagts, William Dodge and Harold Koh) (Foundation Press 5th ed. 2014).
- A Conflict-of-Laws Anthology (second edition) (with Gene R. Shreve) (LexisNexis 2d. ed. 2012).
- Public Regulation and Private Enforcement in a Global Economy: Strategies for Managing Conflict, 399 RECUEIL DES COURS (2019).
- The Interpretation and Effect of Permissive Forum Selection Clauses Under U.S. Law, 66 AM. J. COMP. L. SUPPL. 127 (2018).
- Determining the Territorial Scope of State Law in Interstate and International Conflicts: Comments on the Draft Restatement (Third) and on the Role of Party Autonomy, 27 DUKE J. COMP. & INT'L. L. 381 (2017).
- Transnational Legal Ordering and Regulatory Conflict: Lessons From the Regulation of Cross-Border Derivatives, 1 U.C. IRVINE J. INT'L., TRANSNAT'L & COMP. L. (2017).
- Foreign Governments as Plaintiffs in U.S. Courts and the Case Against “Judicial Imperialism,” 73 WASH. & LEE L. REV. 653 (2016).
- The Viability of Enterprise Jurisdiction: A Case Study of the Big Four Accounting Firms, 48 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 1769 (2015).
- Territory, Territoriality and the Resolution of Jurisdictional Conflict, 57 AM. J. COMP. L. 631 (2009).
- Multinational Class Actions Under Federal Securities Law: Managing Jurisdictional Conflict, 46 COLUM. J. TRANSNAT'L L. 14 (2007).
- Transnational Regulatory Litigation, 46 VA. J. INT'L L. 251 (2006).
- Conflict of Economic Laws: From Sovereignty to Substance, 42 VA. J. INT'L L. 931 (2002).
- The Private Attorney General in a Global Age: Public Interests in Private International Antitrust Litigation, 26 YALE J. INT'L L. 219 (2001).
- Rethinking International Insolvency: The Neglected Role of Choice-of-Law Rules and Theory, 36 STAN. J. INT'L L. 23 (2000).
Areas of Expertise
- International law