Elected Member

Professor Ralf C. Michaels

Durham, NC
Duke University School of Law
University of Passau
King's College, LL.M
Cambridge University, Girton College of Law

Ralf Michaels is the Arthur Larson Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law. He serves as an Adviser on The Restatement of the Law Fourth, Foreign Relations Law of the United States: Jurisdiction project and the Restatement of the Law Third, Conflict of Laws project.

Professor Michaels’ current research focuses mainly on three issues: the role of domestic courts in globalization, the role of conflict of laws as a theory of global legal fragmentation, and the status and relevance of law beyond the state. He has authored numerous articles on all three topics.

Professor Michaels is the editor or co-editor of two special volumes of the American Journal of Comparative Law: “Beyond the State? Rethinking Private Law,” (2008)(also published as a book) and “Legal Origins” (2009), as well as a book and a journal issue on conflict of laws: “Conflict of Laws in a Globalized World” (2007); and “Transdisciplinary Conflicts, Law and Contemporary Problems” (2008).

Professor Michaels has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Panthéon/Assas (Paris II), Princeton, Pennsylvania, Toronto, and the London School of Economics. He has also held senior research fellowships at Harvard and Princeton, as well as the American Academy in Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Private Law in Hamburg.

Areas of Expertise
Civil Practice & Procedure (Litigation)
International Law
International Transactions (International Law)
Civil Litigation (Litigation)
Transnational Litigation (International Law)
Comparative Law
Conflict of Laws
International Commercial Arbitration (International Law)