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Robert E. Lutz

Robert E. Lutz

Professor of Law

B.A., Political Science, 1968, University of Southern California; J.D., 1971, University of California, Berkeley; Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, 1980 and 1984,at the Institute for International Law of the University of Munich; Life Member of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation; Phi Beta Kappa; Member, California State Bar

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One of legal education's foremost authorities on public and private international law, Robert Lutz has held the top posts in several of the most influential organizations in the international law community. He brings tremendous real-world experience to the classroom and wants to ensure that his students "understand the cross-cultural concerns that come into play in negotiating international agreements and resolving international disputes."

"[Students need to] understand the cross-cultural concerns that come into play in negotiating international agreements and resolving international disputes."

Professor Lutz chaired the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association, as well as the international law sections of the Association of American Law Schools and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and was a co-founder of the California State Bar Section of International Law. He was appointed to the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Law and the NAFTA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Dispute Resolution. He has served on arbitration panels under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement, was founding chair of the Center for International Commercial Arbitration, and a member of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) panel on goods and services disputes. He arbitrates private commercial and public (e.g., NAFTA and WTO) disputes. The U.S. State Department, the WTO, the U.S. Trade Representative and other entities often seek his expertise. As the Chair of the ABA's International Trade in Legal Services Task Forces (ITILS), he led the U.S. legal profession's efforts to arrange liberalized access for U.S. lawyers to a large variety of foreign jurisdictions. He currently participates in the work of the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20, an effort to assess the impacts of technology and globalization on the legal profession and to propose reforms.

Professor Lutz is the author or editor of several books as well as a myriad of book chapters and articles on public international law, international business law, and environmental law, and has served as editor-in-chief of leading periodicals including The International Lawyer. He has been a member of the editorial advisory boards of close to a dozen international law journals, and has presented papers at scores of legal conferences and public hearings around the world.

Professor Lutz began his legal career as a judicial clerk to Chief Judge Edward Schwartz of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. He subsequently practiced law with the firm of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, served as Deputy Regional Counsel of the Federal Energy Administration, directed the Institute of Coastal Law and Management at the University of Southern California, and served on the faculties of USC, UCLA, and McGeorge Law Schools. Professor Lutz joined Southwestern in 1978, and has since been the recipient of the Irwin R. Buchalter, Paul E. Treusch and Justice Marshall F. McComb Professorships.

Publications

Books and Chapters

THE ABA SECTION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW: THE WORLD'S INTERNATIONAL LAWYERS SINCE 1878 (co-edited and authored, 2008)

A LAWYER'S HANDBOOK FOR ENFORCING FOREIGN JUDGMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES AND ABROAD (Cambridge University Press, 2007)

INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY (Aspen Law & Business, 1998; Teacher's Manual, 2000) (with E. Brown Weiss, S. McCaffrey, D. Magraw, and P. Szasz)

TRANSFERRING HAZARDOUS TECHNOLOGIES AND SUBSTANCES: THE INTERNATIONAL LEGAL CHALLENGE (Martinus Nijhof, 1989) (with G. Handl)

ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION AND INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS: AN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM (Kluwer, 1978) (with S. McCaffrey)

The Globalization of Professionalism in THE ESSENTIAL QUALITIES OF THE PROFESSIONAL LAWYER (P. Haskins, ed.; ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, 2013)

Linking Trade, Intellectual Property and Investment in the Globalizing Economy: The Interrelated Roles of Free Trade Agreements, IP and the United States in IP ASPECTS OF FTAs IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION (Kluwer, 2013)

An Essay on the American Perspective on Lawyer Conduct and Discipline: New Norms and Challenges for the International Legal Profession, in LA SEMAINE JURIDIQUE ENTREPRISE ET AFFAIRES (Lexis-Nexis Publishers, July 2012) 

A New Role for Free Trade Agreements in International Trade, in INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ASPECTS OF FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION (C. Antons and R. Hilty, eds; Kluwer-Max, 2012)

Resolving Trade Disputes in Asia: An Essay about the Law, Institutions and Cultures, in LAW AND DEVELOPMENT IN EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIA (Christoph Antons; Curzon Press, 2003)

American Perspectives on the Duty of Competence: Special Problems and Risks in Advising on Foreign Law in RIGHTS, LIABILITY AND ETHICS IN INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTICE (M.C. Daly & R.J. Goebel, editors; Transnational Juris Publications, 1995)

International Dispute Settlement, the World Court and World Order in LAW STUDIES (New York State Bar, 1992)

The Ethics of International Legal Practice in PROCEEDINGS OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (1992)

The Ethics of Legal Practice in THE INTERNATIONALIZATION OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION (Juris International Publications, 1992)

International Transfers of Restricted or Prohibited Substances in YEARBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (Martinus Nijhof, 1990)

Articles

Comparative Observations about Transnational Legal Education and Legal Scholarship, 46 INTERNATIONAL LAWYER (2012)

On Scholarship in the American Legal Academy: An Essay, 46 INTERNATIONAL LAWYER (2012)

Reforming Approaches to Educating Transnational Lawyers: Observations from America, 61 JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION 449 (2012)

The Future of International Law and An Essay Concerning the Changing International Legal Profession, 18 SOUTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 215 (2011)

The ABA and Outsourcing, 40 INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS  No. 1 (with E. Rosen; 2011)

Transnational Legal Practice: 2008, 45 THE INTERNATIONAL LAWYER (with L. Terry, C. Silver, E. Rosen, C. Needham and P. Ehrenhaft; 2009)

The ABA Section of International Law Celebrating 75 Years as a Section and 130 Years as an ABA Entity, 37 INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS 1 (Fall 2008)

2001-02 and the Section of International Law, in THE ABA SECTION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW: LEADING THE WORLD'S INTERNATIONAL LAWYERS SINCE 1878

A Personal Remembrance of the Last Fifteen Years (1993-2008), in THE ABA SECTION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW: LEADING THE WORLD'S INTERNATIONAL LAWYERS SINCE 1878

Transnational Legal Practice, 42 THE INTERNATIONAL LAWYER 833 (2008)

CAFTA and Commercial Law Reform in the Americas: An Introduction, 12 SOUTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF LAW AND TRADE IN THE AMERICAS 177 (2006)

Ten Years of the WTO: Reflections on the Future of Regional and Global Trade, 34 INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS 1 (with Z. Kembayev, 2005)

On Combating the Culture of Corruption, 10 SOUTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF LAW AND TRADE IN THE AMERICAS 263 (2004)

On Educating Transnational Lawyers, published on the website of the Association of American Law Schools (May 2004)

Vexing Situations: Ethics and International Practice, 13(2) CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL PRACTITIONER 10-20 (with N. Millard and G. C. Keating; 2004)

The World Summit on Sustainable Development and the Transnational Lawyer, CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL PRACTITIONER 18 (2003)

Cross-Border Legal Services, 37 INTERNATIONAL LAWYER 987 (2003)

The Work of International Law and the Bar, 31 INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS 2 (Spring 2002)

In the Beginning, 31 INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS 2 (Summer 2002)

In Memoriam: Monroe Leigh, 31 INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS 5 (Winter 2002)

Report of the Blue Ribbon Working Group on International Terrorism, 31 INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS 17-21 (with others; Spring 2002)

The Paradox of Terrorism and Interdependence, 31 INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS 2 (Winter 2002)

A Special Message from the Chair, 30 INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS 1 (Fall 2001)

The Year Ahead for the Global Section, 30 INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS 2 (Fall 2001)

The Work of International Law and the Bar, 'Partisan' Arbitrators and the Case Against Bias in International Arbitration, DRS NEWSLETTER (Spring 2000)

NAFTA at Five and the Loewen Case: Is NAFTA the Blood Relative of Lady Justice or the Angel of Death for State Sovereignty? TRANSLEX (TRANSNATIONAL LEGAL EXCHANGE), 1 (with Russell Trice; January 2000)

'Partisan' Arbitrators and the Case Against Bias in International Arbitration, DISPUTE RESOLUTION SERVICES NEWSLETTER, 1-2 (Spring 2000); also published under same title in 22 INTERNATIONAL LAWYERS' NEWSLETTER (March/April 2000)

The Mexican War and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: What's Best and Worst About Us, 5 SOUTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF LAW AND TRADE IN THE AMERICAS 27 (1998)

Editor's Preface and Introduction, 31 THE INTERNATIONAL LAWYER 233 (1997)

Law, Procedure and Culture in Mexico Under NAFTA: The Perspective of a NAFTA Panelist, 3 SOUTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF LAW AND TRADE IN THE AMERICAS 391 (1997)

1996 International Legal Development in Review, THE INTERNATIONAL LAWYER (Summer 1997)

The WTO and the New GATT - The Most Important Development in World Trade in 50 Years, CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWSLETTER (1996)

A Piece of the Peace: The Human Rights Accord and the Guatemalan Peace Process, 2 SOUTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF LAW AND TRADE IN THE AMERICAS 183 (1995)

American Perspectives on the Duty of Competence: Special Problems and Risks in Advising on Foreign Law, in RIGHTS, LIABILITY AND ETHICS in INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTICE (Transnational Juris Publications, 1995)

A Lawyer's Guide to Selecting and Managing Foreign Counsel, PREVENTIVE LAW REPORTER (Spring 1994)

Exporting Harm: Designing International Rules for the Shell Game in Toxic Transfers, THE RECORDER'S SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT IN ENVIRONMENT LAW (Fall 1994)

Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Part I: A Selected Bibliography of United States Enforcement of Judgments Rendered Abroad, 27 THE INTERNATIONAL LAWYER 471 (Summer 1993)

Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Part II: A Selected Bibliography of United States Judgments in Foreign Countries, 27 THE INTERNATIONAL LAWYER 1029 (Winter 1993)

Foreign Investment in Mexico: Rules, Regulations, and Implementation by Regulatory Agencies, 15 LOYOLA OF LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LAW JOURNAL 935 (1993) (With A. Demetriou, G. Estrella, & J. Santistevan)

Ethics and International Practice: A Guide to the Professional Responsibilities of Practitioners, 16 FORDHAM JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 53 (1992)

Teaching, Practicing and Serving the International Legal Profession, 13 WHITTIER LAW REVIEW 163 (1992)

The New World Order: Is There a Role for the World Court, LAW STUDIES (Winter 1992)

What Happened and Didn't Happen at the Earth Summit, ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 7 (ABA, Summer 1992); reprinted as A Scorecard From Earth Summit in SOUTHWESTERN LAW (Winter 1992/93)

Borders and Doing Transnational Business: The United States and Mexico, 19 SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 1157 (1991)

Perspectives on the World Court, the United States, and International Dispute Resolution in a Changing World, 25 INTERNATIONAL LAWYER 675 (1991)

The World Court in a Changing World: An Agenda for Expanding the Court's Role from a US Perspective, 27 STANFORD JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 265 (1991)

Hong Kong and the Age of Democracy, 3 CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER (1990)

Resolving International Commercial Disputes: The Center for International Commercial Arbitration, LOS ANGELES LAWYER (November 1990)

The US Has Let Democracy Elude Hong Kong, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (April 1990)

An International Policy Perspective on the Trade of Hazardous Materials and Technologies, 30 HARVARD INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 351 (1989) (with G. Handl)

The Ethics of International Lawyers, CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER (1989)

The Greening of International Law, CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER (1989)

The World Court and the Rule of Law, CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER (1989)

Election '88 and International Law Issues, CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER (1988)

Environment, Economic Development and Human Rights: A Triangular Relationship?, PROCEEDINGS OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (1988)

For Trade's Sake, CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER, (1988)

International Arbitration and Judicial Intervention, 10 LOYOLA OF LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL & COMPARATIVE LAW JOURNAL 621 (1988)

The Export of Danger: A View from the Developed World, 20 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW & POLITICS 629 (1988)

Transition of Hong Kong, 1986 PROCEEDINGS OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 348 (1988)

International Terrorism: A Legal Bibliography of Selected Issues and Sources, 20 INTERNATIONAL LAWYER 1083 (1986) (with D. Johnson-Champ and S. Streiker)

The Hong Kong Accord as a Model for Dealing With Other Disputed Territories, PROCEEDINGS OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (1986)

International Commercial Arbitration, LOS ANGELES LAWYER (December 1985) (with R. Mosk)

International Transfer of Hazardous Technology and Substances: Caveat Emptor or State Responsibility? The Case of Bhopal, India, PROCEEDINGS OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (1985)

Interstate Environmental Law: Federalism Bordering on Neglect? 13 SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 573 (1983); reprinted in 15 LAND USE AND ENVIRONMENT LAW REVIEW 571 (1984)

On Developments and Trends in International Law: A Commentary, 18 INTERNATIONAL LAWYER 571 (1984)

Ten Years After Stockholm-International Environmental Law, PROCEEDINGS OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (1983)

Energy, Environment and LNG: Perceptions and Perspectives of Kaleidoscopic Issues, 9 PEPPERDINE LAW REVIEW 11 (1981)

Managing a Boundless Resource: US Approaches to Transboundary Air Quality Control, 11 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 321 (1981)

Book Review, 90 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 717 (YEARBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW, Vols. 1-6, 1990-1995)

Book Review, BASIC DOCUMENTS OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW (1990), 86 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 433 (1992)

Book Review, THE LAW OF TRANSNATIONAL BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS (1991), 85 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (1991)

Book Review, THE LAW OF TRANSNATIONAL BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS, 84 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 4 (1990)

Book Review, PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW AND THE FUTURE WORLD ORDER (1987), 22 INTERNATIONAL LAWYER 583 (1988)

Book Review, BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS IN GERMANY (1983), 19 INTERNATIONAL LAWYER 1503 (1985)

Other

SSRN

Life Member, American Law Institute

Life Member, American Bar Foundation

Contributing Editor, THE INTERNATIONAL LAWYER (1998-present)

Issue Editor & initial organizer, The Year-in-Review, 31 THE INTERNATIONAL LAWYER 2 (1997)(subsequently published annually to present)

Editor-in-Chief (first editor), CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL PRACTITIONER (1988-1991)

Editor-in-Chief (first editor), CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER (1988-1990)

Editor-in-Chief, THE INTERNATIONAL LAWYER (1984-1986)

Founder & Chief Articles Editor, ECOLOGY LAW QUARTERLY (1970-1971)

Selected Achievements

Member, U.S. State Department's Advisory Committee on International Law (2002-present; appointed by the U.S. State Department)

Member, NAFTA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Dispute Resolution (2000-present; appointed by the U.S. State Department)

Co-Chair, Indo-U.S. Trade Policy Forum Working Group on Legal Services (2006-present; appointed by U.S. Trade Representative)

Member, Board of Directors, Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. (1999-2008)

Member, American Bar Foundation Fellow Research Council

Member, International Roster of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association (1997-present)

Member, Board of Editors, THE INTERNATIONAL LAWYER (1987-present)

Member, Center for International Commercial Arbitration (1986-present; Former Chair and Vice-Chair)

Led delegation, meeting with the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and US Ambassador to the United Nations, ABA Day at the United Nations (New York City, April 2002) (with ABA President B. Hirshon)

Led Delegation, ABA International Legal Exchange (ILEX) to Central American (March 2002)

Led Delegation, World Summit on Sustainable Development, in Johannesburg, South Africa (ABA, August 2002)

Delegation Member, ABA Representative to Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro (1992)

Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Universities of Leipzig and Augsburg, Germany (1998)

Member and Chair of, Binational Arbitration Panels, Convened pursuant to Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (1994-present)