Faculty in the Field

Faculty in the Field

Juli CampagnaJuli Campagna, Associate Professor of Legal Writing and Assistant Faculty Director of International Programs
Professor Campagna has studied, practiced and taught law in Europe, Asia and Latin America. She is the immediate past-chair of the International and Foreign Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, where she hosted foreign lawyers and judges as guest speakers for practicing lawyers every month. She was also general counsel to Illinois TESOL, the professional organization of teachers who teach the children who come from Illinois homes speaking more than 120 languages. Professor Campagna has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and church history, a master’s degree in French and a second master’s in linguistics, with a specialization in teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL / EFL). She completed her Ph.D. coursework, but not her dissertation, in Italian, specializing in philology and semiotics.


James E. Hickey, Jr.James E. Hickey, Jr., Professor of Law
Professor Hickey has practiced law with two Washington, D.C., law firms in the areas of international law, law of the sea, federal energy and natural resources law, antitrust law, and administrative law. He has taught a general course in public international law at Cambridge University. He has twice been a visiting fellow at Cambridge University’s Research Centre for International Law and has been a visiting scholar on the University of New South Wales law faculty. He has lectured or taught in the LL.M. program at the University of New South Wales, the Helsinki Summer Seminar of International Law, the Centre for Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, and Humboldt University. He has been a visitor and guest lecturer at many law schools, including Warsaw University, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Sydney University.

Julian KuJulian Ku, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of International Programs
Professor Ku teaches international and constitutional law subjects. His main research interest is the intersection of international and domestic law. He is the co-author, with John Yoo, of the book Taming Globalization: International Law, the U.S. Constitution, and the New World Order (Oxford University Press 2012). He also is a co-founder of the international law blog Opinio Juris. Before joining the Hofstra faculty in 2002, Professor Ku served as a law clerk to Judge Jerry Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and as an Olin Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Virginia Law School. He also practiced as an associate at the New York City law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, specializing in litigation and arbitration arising out of international disputes. During the spring of 2011, Professor Ku was the Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in Law at East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai.


Barbara StarkBarbara Stark, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Intellectual Life
Professor Stark received a B.A., cum laude, from Cornell University, a J.D. from NYU and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School. She has published more than 50 chapters and articles in the California and UCLA law reviews and the Yale, Stanford, Virginia, Vanderbilt and Michigan journals of international law, among others. Since joining the Hofstra Law faculty in 2005, she has published three books, International Family Law: An Introduction (2005), Global Issues in Family Law (with Ann Estin, 2007) and Family Law in the World Community (with Marianne Blair et al., 2009).

Professor Stark has made more than 65 invited presentations at law schools and professional meetings throughout the world. In April 2004, she gave the Blaine Sloan Lecture in international law at Pace University School of Law, and in 2003-2004 she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of international law at New England School of Law in Boston. She was the John T. Copenhaver Chair at the University of West Virginia for the fall semester of 2008. In 2009, she was appointed a John DeWitt Gregory Research Scholar and selected to deliver the Hofstra University Distinguished Faculty Lecture. She was a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School during the 2009 fall semester.


Vern R. WalkerVern R. Walker, Professor of Law and Director of the Research Laboratory for Law, Logic and Technology
Prior to joining the Hofstra Law faculty, Professor Walker was a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Swidler & Berlin. His practice included representation before state and federal administrative agencies and before courts on judicial review of agency actions. His administrative practice focused primarily on issues concerning public health, safety and the environment. He also represented clients in civil litigation alleging products liability and toxic torts.

Professor Walker teaches courses in scientific evidence, torts, products liability, administrative law and European Union law. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Law, Probability and Risk, and is a past president of the Risk Assessment and Policy Association. He has been a consultant to both private and governmental institutions, in both the United States and in Europe. He also designs computer software that captures legal knowledge and models legal reasoning, and he explores ways to use logical analysis and artificial intelligence in his teaching.


Lauris WrenLauris Wren, Clinical Professor of Law and Director for the LGBT Fellowship
Professor Wren, a Williams College and Columbia Law School graduate, started the Political Asylum Clinic at Hofstra Law. Through the Political Asylum Clinic, students represent applicants for asylum — people who have fled their countries because of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. The Asylum Clinic’s clients have come from countries such as Chad, Jordan, Cameroon, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Nepal, Nigeria, Albania, Tibet, Trinidad and Tobago, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo, El Salvador and Haiti.

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