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Maya Steinitz

Professor of Law

Professor Maya Steinitz teaches civil procedure, complex litigation, corporations, international business transactions, and international arbitration. Her research focuses on a wide range of topics in public and business international law, transnational dispute resolution, and the global legal profession.  She is one of the nation’s leading experts in litigation finance and in that area her current research focuses on law firm finance and governance. Her web-based research platform, A Model Litigation Finance Contract, is the first-ever instance of ‘crowd-sourced’ legal research. Other research interests include complex cross-border litigation.  Some of her works-in-progress are titled "Transnational Litigation as Prisoners’ Dilemma," "The Case for an International Court of Civil Justice," "Dewey & LeBoeuf's Post-Mortem Report and the Future of Law Firm Finance," and a book project tentatively titled "Law and the Self: An Imaginary Exchange of Letters between H.L.A. Hart and G.H. Mead." Her publications are available on Social Science Research Network.

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 expert witness and consultant  to law 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 as “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 resolves commercial disputes between Israelis and Palestinians.

Courses taught (past and present):

  • Civil Procedure
  • Complex Litigation
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Arbitration
  • Corporations
  • The Legal Aspects of the Israeli – Palestinian Conflict
  • Comparative Introduction to American Law
  • Legal Philosophy
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