Ronald A. Brand is Professor of Law and Director of the Center for International Legal Education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He received his B.A. from the University of Nebraska and his J.D. from Cornell Law School. He regularly teaches courses in International Business Transactions, Private International Law, and Transnational Litigation, as well as an Introduction to American Law course for foreign law students. He was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Special Commission and Diplomatic Conference of The Hague Conference on Private International Law that concluded the 2005 Convention on Choice of Court Agreements. He is a past-Chairperson of the Interest Group on International Economic Law of the American Society of International Law, a former Fulbright Scholar in Belgium, and a former Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna.


Selected Projects of Note

  • 2007-present:  Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) assistance to law faculties in Bahrain, Oman, UAE, and Qatar for development of curriculum in international commercial law and arbitration

Recent Publications

  • “Competition In and From the Harmonization of Private International Law”, in Economic Law as an Economic Good: Its Rule Function and its Tool Function in the Competition of Systems, Karl M. Meessen, ed., Sellier European Law Publishers, 2009. On SSRN.
  • Ronald A. Brand & D. Wes Rist, editors, The Export of Legal Education: Its Promise and Impact in Transition Countries, with Chapter 1, Introduction by Ronald A. Brand, Ashgate, 2009. Available on SSRN.
  • “Consent, Validity and Choice of Forum Agreements in International Contracts”, in Liber Amicorum Hubert Bocken, I. Boone, I. Claeys, L. Lavrysen, eds., Die Keure, 2009. On SSRN.
  • International Civil Dispute Resolution (with Charles Baldwin, David Epstein, and Michael Gordon, West Group, 2d edition, 2008).
  • The 2005 Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements: Commentary and Documents (with Paul M. Herrup, Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Substantive Areas

  • Capacity Building and Public Sector Reform
  • Rule of Law


  • All regions

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