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Louise Ellen Teitz

Louise Ellen Teitz
Professor of Law

J.D., Southern Methodist UniversityB.A., Yale College

Leave of Absence (2013-2014)


Louise Ellen Teitz is First Secretary at The Hague Conference on Private International Law in The Hague, The Netherlands, with primary responsibility for family law areas, including the 1980 Child Abduction Convention, the 1996 Child Protection Convention, and related projects including mediation in family law matters, the “Malta Process” involving Sharia based legal systems, and relocation. She is also Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA.

Professor Teitz’s academic areas of expertise include private international law, international family law, civil procedure, international litigation and dispute resolution, comparative law, and professional responsibility.  She is a graduate of Yale College and Southern Methodist University School of Law. After law school, she clerked for Judge John R. Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and practiced law for several years with law firms in Dallas, Texas, and Washington, D.C.  In addition to prior teaching experience at several prestigious U.S. law schools (University of Illinois College of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law, Rutgers University School of Law- Camden), she has been on the faculties of the University of Konstanz in Germany and the University of Bern in Switzerland. Professor Teitz has also been a Visiting Scholar at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), in Vienna, and at the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) in Rome and lectures frequently abroad. Professor Teitz is the author of two books and numerous articles on these subjects (e.g., Transnational Litigation (Michie/Lexis 1966 & Supp. 1999)). She currently is working on a West Casebook entitled Comparative Law with Peter Winship and a Second Edition of Transnational Litigation, her earlier treatise.      

Professor Teitz is active in the American Bar Association, has chaired several committees and divisions, and is on the Council of the ABA Section of International Law.  She was a member of the ABA Task Force on Electronic Commerce and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She was a member of the United States Delegation to the Hague Conference on Private International Law for the Jurisdiction and Judgments Convention and for the Choice of Court Agreements Convention and is a member of the US Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law. Professor Teitz was also Co-Reporter on the Uniform Law Commission (NCCUSL) Drafting Committee on the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements and is a member of the American Bar Association and Uniform Law Commissioners (NCCUSL) Joint Editorial Board on International Law. She is a member of the American Law Institute, the International Association of Procedural Law, The International Academy of Comparative Law, is a U.S. representative to the International Law Association’s  International Commercial Arbitration Committee and International Consumer Protection Committee, on the Executive Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association, and a member of ASADIP.

Selected Publications


“Choice of Court Clauses and Third Countries From a US Perspective: Challenges to Predictability,” in International Civil Litigation in Europe and Relations with Third States, edited by A. Nuyts and N. Watte (Brussels: Bruylant, 2005)

“Where to Sue: Finding the Most Effective Forum in the World,” in International Litigation Strategies and Practice, edited by Barton Legum (Chicago, Illinois: Section of International Law & Practice, American Bar Association, 2005)

“The Story of Hilton: From Gloves to Globalization,” in Civil Procedure Stories, edited by Kevin M. Clermont (St. Paul, Minnesota: Thomson/West, 2004)

Transnational Litigation (Charlottesville, Virginia: Michie, 1996 & Lexis Law Publishing Supp. 1999)


Complexity and Aggregation in Choice of Law: An Introduction to the Landscape
, 14 Roger Williams University Law Review 1 (2009)(symposium editor)

Divergence and Harmonization in Private International Law, Common Themes, 101 American Society of International Law Proceedings 360 (2007)

The Hague Choice of Court Convention: Validating Party Autonomy and Providing an Alternative to Arbitration, 53 American Journal of Comparative Law 532 (2006)

Developments in Private International Law: Facilitating Cross-border Transactions and Dispute Resolution, 40 International Lawyer 505 (2006)(with Peter Winship)

Editor, International Legal Developments in Review 2005, 40 International Lawyer, Issue 2 (2006) (with Peter Winship)

Editor, International Legal Developments in Review 2004, 39 International Lawyer, Issue 2 (2005) (with Peter Winship)

Both Sides of the Coin: A Decade of Parallel Proceedings and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Transnational Litigation, 10 Roger Williams University Law Review 1 (2004)

From the Courthouse in Tobago to the Internet: The Increasing Need to Prove Foreign Law in U.S. Courts, 34 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 97 (2003)

U.S. Mediation in 2001: The Path that Brought America to Uniform Laws and Mediation in Cyberspace, 50 American Journal of Comparative Law 181 (2002) (with Richard Birke)

Providing Legal Services for the Middle Class in Cyberspace: The Promise and Challenge of On-Line Dispute Resolution
, 70 Fordham Law Review 985 (2001)

Acts of State and Arbitration, 3 Zeitschrift Für Zivilprozess International [ZZP Int] 477 (1999)