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Maya Steinitz

Professor and Bouma Family Fellow in 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 on litigation finance.  Her works-in-progress include a book about cross-border mass tort litigation titled “The Case for an International Court of Civil Justice” (accepted for publication by Cambridge University Press) and “The Nature and Cost of Cross-border Mass Tort Litigation: An Empirical Analysis” (with P. Gowder and J. Solow). She is also working on 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 and will be a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School in 2018.. 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, litigation 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 as “the most ambitious international pro bono undertaking ever by a commercial law firm.”

Today, Professor Steinitz remains active in international dispute resolution. She was recently appointed to serve on the inaugural bench of the ICC’s Jerusalem Arbitration Center (JAC), a joint enterprise of ICC Israel and ICC Palestine resolving commercial disputes between Israelis and Palestinians. She serves as an arbitrator, expert and counsel in international and domestic arbitrations and is a Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

Courses Taught (Past and Present)

  • Civil Procedure
  • Complex Litigation
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Corporations (Business Associations)
  • Global Torts
  • Negotiation and Mediation
  • Capstone (Deals)
  • The Legal Aspects of the Israeli – Palestinian Conflict
  • Comparative Introduction to American Law
  • Legal Philosophy
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