Professor Curtis J. Milhaupt '89 Takes the Helm of Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law

Milhaupt Succeeds Professor Lance Liebman Who Stepped Down After Nearly Two Decades as Director of the Parker School.

New York, September 4, 2013—Columbia Law School Professor Curtis J. Milhaupt ’89 has been named director of the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law, which supports the study of foreign, comparative, and international law at the Law School and awards certificates to graduating students who have demonstrated a commitment to these fields.  

Milhaupt was chosen by the Parker School’s Board of Trustees to replace Professor Lance Liebman who stepped down after nearly two decades at the helm of the program. Liebman, the William S. Beinecke Professor of Law, became director in 1996 when he succeeded the late Professor Hans Smit ’58 LL.B. An expert in employment, telecommunications, property, and comparative U.S.-Japanese social welfare law, Liebman has been director of The American Law Institute since 1999.
Milhaupt, the Parker Professor of Comparative Corporate Law, the Fuyo Professor of Japanese Law, and the director of the Center for Japanese Legal Studies, is a distinguished scholar in the field of comparative law and was recognized for his achievements by the Parker School when he graduated from the Law School in 1989.
Professor Lance Liebman  Professor Curtis J. Milhaupt '89
The Parker School was created when Judge Edwin B. Parker, a leading international lawyer and senior partner at Baker & Botts, provided in his will for the establishment of a school devoted to the teaching and study of subjects related to the international commerce and foreign relations of the United States. The school’s association with Columbia University began in 1931.
Columbia Law School offers an array of courses in comparative and international law. Because of a vibrant LL.M. program, nearly 25 percent of students come from outside the U.S., and the Law School offers a broad selection of regional centers and programs on European, Japanese, Chinese, Israeli, and Indian law. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad at leading universities all over the world.