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Ralf C Michaels, Professor of Law

Ralf C Michaels

Ralf Michaels is Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law and director of its Center for International and Comparative Law. He is the author of a book on comparative private law and of numerous articles and book chapters published in the United States and in Europe, and is co-editor of two volumes on conflict of laws. He has given presentations in English, German, and French in twelve different countries. Prof. Michaels is also an editor of the German Law Journal, an elected member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, as well as a member of the professional comparative law associations of the United States, Germany, and France. In the fall of 2005, he was the Lloyd Cutler Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. Michaels’s main research and teaching interest is in combining comparative law, conflict of laws, and legal theory under the guise of globalization into a theory of global legal pluralism. Currently, he is working on a book that will lay down a general theory of jurisdiction for an age of globalization. At Duke, he teaches conflict of laws, comparative law, and various seminars on law and globalization. Professor Michaels studied law in Passau and Hamburg, Germany and in Cambridge, England. Prior to coming to Duke, he held posts at Harvard Law School and at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law in Hamburg.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  Duke Law School 210 Science Drive
Office Phone:  (919) 613-7173
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  http://www.law.duke.edu/fac/michaels/

Teaching (Fall 2018):

  • LAW 218.01, COMPARATIVE LAW Synopsis
    Law School 4045, MW 10:55 AM-12:20 PM
Teaching (Spring 2019):

  • LAW 501.01, CIV LIT IN FED CT-TRANSNTL ISS Synopsis
    Law School 4047, Tu 02:00 PM-03:50 PM


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