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Faculty

Professor Sumi Cho (DePaul University College of Law) leads the DePaul’s Law and Critical Social Justice program. The program's interdisciplinary, comparative and critical approach to social justice is consistent with Professor Cho’s educational training, teaching experience, and scholarship. She holds a PhD in ethnic studies as well as a JD from UC Berkeley. Her scholarship on post-racial theory in critical race studies and racialized sexual harassment in critical race feminism and intersectionality studies has been cited extensively. Her Race, Racism & U.S. Law course at DePaul was recently acknowledged as a model for community-based service learning in legal pedagogy. As the inaugural recipient of the Derrick Bell Jr. Award from the Association of American Law Schools Minority Section, Professor Cho was honored for her outstanding scholarship, teaching and community service.

Professor Terry Smith (DePaul University College of Law) is DePaul's Distinguished Research Scholar. A well-known employment and labor law and voting rights scholar and the author of Barack Obama, Post-Racialism and the New Politics or Triangulation (Palgrave 2013), Professor Terry Smith was a professor of law at Fordham University, where he taught civil procedure, employment law, labor law and public sector labor law, and voting rights. Professor Smith received his undergraduate degree from Brown University, magna cum laude, and his law degree from New York University. While a law student, he was a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow, recipient of the Leonard M. Henkin Prize, and articles editor of the Annual Survey of American Law. After law school, Professor Smith clerked for the Hon. Nathaniel R. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and was an associate at Kirkland & Ellis.

Professor Gil Gott (DePaul University, International Studies) is fluent in both English and German and holds a PhD in German (UC Berkeley) as well as a JD from University of Illinois. Professor Gott has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in Germany for his research on international law and nuclear weapons deployment. He also received a German Academic Exchange Service (“DAAD”) Scholarship for his project on Re-presenting the Past & the Holocaust. His research focuses on Critical Security Studies, Race and Foreign Affairs Law, and International Legal Theory. Before joining the International Studies department, he taught the international law curriculum at the DePaul law school. He is a well-respected and popular teacher who has received multiple teaching awards, including DePaul’s University Teaching Award.

Cengiz Barskanmaz holds a Doctorate in Law (Dr. iur.) from the Humboldt University in Berlin. He joined the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in May 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the research project “Conflict Regulation in Germany’s Plural Society.” Through this project he is conducting a legal ethnography of Yazidis in Germany. Dr. Barskanmaz is also a founding member of Critical Race Theory Europe, a project at the forefront of developing the Critical Race Theory network beyond the U.S. In addition to Critical Race Theory, his research fields include Constitutional and non-Discrimination Law, Human Rights, Intersectionality and Post-Colonialism. His latest publication engages the use of the concept of “race” in the German Basic Law as well as the ideological construction of “German Exceptionalism.” 

Dr. Emilia Roig holds a PhD in Political Science at Humboldt University of Berlin and Sciences Po Lyon as well as a Masters of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, a Masters of Business Administration and International Law from Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University and Free University, Berlin. Dr. Roig is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Intersectional Justice, an NGO launched in 2017 that seeks to deploy human rights laws and antidiscrimination frameworks strategically to combat the multiple sources of systemic discrimination that lead to marginalization and social inequality in Europe. She has extensive teaching experience in Germany and France and has work experience in leading international and non-governmental organizations, such as Amnesty International, the International Labour Organization, and FEMNET African Women's Development and Communication Network.

Guest Lecturers 

The program also includes a number of guest lecturers who are distinguished, collaborating HU-Berlin faculty and alumni.

Doris Liebscher, Esq. is a lawyer with a focus on anti-discrimination law, feminist jurisprudence and racism and right. She is a member of the Humboldt Law Clinic fundamental and human rights at the Department of Public Law and Gender Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin, partner of the Office of Legal Affairs and Science Berlin and board director of the Anti-Discrimination Office Saxony. She is author of, among other things manual Legal Protection against Discrimination, Anti-Discrimination Agency.

Professor Nora Markard is a Junior Professor for Public and International Law and Global Constitutionalism at the University of Hamburg. She holds an MA in International Peace & Security from King's College, London (2002) as well as a PhD from Humboldt University (2011) and is qualified for the German bar. She co-founded the Humboldt Law Clinic: Fundamental Rights in 2010 and represented the Clinic and the Association of Intersexed People before the Committee Against Torture in 2011. Her research interests range from legal gender studies and international human rights and refugee law to constitutional law and comparative perspectives. Dr. Markard has published widely on migration law and gender and LGBT issues, her most recent English publication being Private but Equal? Why the right to privacy will not bring full equality for same-sex couples, in: G. Frankenberg (ed), Order from Transfer, Edward Elgar Publ. (2013). Her dissertation, for which she was awarded the Humboldt Prize, appeared as Kriegsflüchtlinge (Mohr Siebeck, 2012).

Nahed Samour is  Post Doc Researcher at the Eric Castrén Institute of International law and Human Rights, Helsinki University, Junior Faculty at the Harvard Law School, Institute for Global Law and Policy and pursues her Habilitation at the Humboldt University, Berlin, Faculty of Law. She has studied law and Islamic studies at the universities of Bonn, Birzeit/Ramallah, London (SOAS), Berlin (HU), Harvard, Damascus and was a doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt/Main. She clerked at the Court of Appeals in Berlin. She writes on Islamic International Law and critical theory in international law from a Global South perspective.

Dr. Robert Sommer is the author of Das KZ-Bordell (“The Concentration Camp Brothel,” 2009) based on his HU-Berlin PhD. This book reveals the tragedy of women who worked in the camp brothels during WWII. Sommer's work is the very first comprehensive and detailed book about Nazi concentration camp brothels. An expert on Germany’s struggle to represent this difficult past in its public monuments, Dr. Sommer has served as an historical consultant to museum sites and on film productions and documentaries, such as the BBC documentary Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution (2005). A lifelong resident of East Berlin, he stood on top of the Berlin wall at the Brandenburg Gate in November 1989 on that historic day, and leads tours of the city focusing on its compelling twentieth century history under the Nazi regime and during the Cold War era.