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Maya Steinitz

Associate Professor of Law

Prior to joining the University of Iowa College of Law as an Associate Professor in the fall of 2011, Professor Steinitz held a dual appointment as an Associate-in-Law and Lecturer at Columbia Law School (2009-2011). She has taught courses in comparative law, international law and international dispute resolution at Columbia Law School, Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to joining Columbia Law School, Professor Steinitz served as a litigator at Latham & Watkins, LLP (2003-2009) and Flemming, Zulack & Williamson LLP (2001-2002). She also clerked for Israeli Supreme Court Justice Esther Hayut (1998-1999). She served in various capacities, including consultant and expert, to law firms, finance firms, NGOs and the United Nations, advising on litigation finance, international arbitration and transitional justice.

While in private practice, Professor Steinitz led the representation of the emerging government of Southern Sudan in drafting its national and sub-national constitutions and provided legal advice on various aspects of the Sudanese peace process in what The Deal described “the most ambitious international pro bono undertaking ever by a commercial law firm.” Today, Professor Steinitz remains active in international dispute resolution. She serves as an arbitrator, expert and counsel in international and domestic arbitrations and is a Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration. Recently, she was appointed to serve on the inaugural bench of the ICC’s Jerusalem Arbitration Center (JAC). The JAC is a joint enterprise of ICC Israel and ICC Palestine and will resolve commercial disputes between Israelis and Palestinians.

Maya Steinitz is one of the nation’s leading experts in litigation finance and in that area her current research focuses on litigation finance contracting practices, claim valuation, and the finance of international arbitration and litigation. She recently launched the web-based project: A Model Litigation Finance Contract. Other research interests include law firm finance, the international judiciary and graduate legal education. To these topics she applies both social-psychology and economic analysis.

475 Boyd Law Building
Practice & Teaching: 

Courses taught (past and present):International Business Transactions, International Business Transactions II (Drafting and Negotiating), Civil Procedure, International Arbitration in Theory and Practice, Select Issues in Transnational Litigation: The Chevron/Ecuador Litigation, International Courts and Tribunals, The Legal Aspects of the Israeli – Palestinian Conflict, Comparative Introduction to American Law, Legal Philosophy

Research and Teaching Interests include: International Business Law, International arbitration, Transnational Civil Procedure, Public International Law, The Middle East, Emerging Democracies/Emerging Markets, The International Judiciary, International legal theory, Civil Procedure, Litigation, Arbitration and law firm Finance, Transnational Civil Procedure, Conflict and Negotiation Theory, The Legal Profession, Legal Theory, Social psychology and the law, Law and economics, Legal philosophy.


Member of the Court, the ICC’s Jerusalem Arbitration Center Arbitrator, ICDR, ICC and FINRA Member, ICC Commission on Arbitration


Some of her works-in-progress are titled “Incorporating Legal Claims,” “Corruption and the Transnational Litigation Prisoners’ Dilemma,” and a book project tentatively titled Law in Society: An Imaginary Exchange of Letters between H.L.A. Hart and G.H. Mead.


LLB, Hebrew University Faculty of Law, 1999

LLM, New York University School of Law, 2000

JSD, New York University School of Law, 2005