Faculty and Administration

Faculty and Administration


Giovanni Comandé
Professor of Private Comparative Law, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
Director of the International and Comparative Law Research Laboratory (Lider-Lab)
Attorney at Law

Main fields of interest

  • Comparative law
  • Tort law (mainly medical malpractice and personal injury damages)
  • European private law
  • Insurance law
  • Information society law (mainly privacy and e-commerce)
  • Health law
  • Free circulation and immigration

Scientific director of research projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Science and Education, the Italian National Council of Research, the European Science Foundation, the European Union, Public Administrations, public and private companies and organizations; list available at www.lider-lab.org.


  • Author of three monographs: Risarcimento del Danno alla Persona e Alternative Istituzionali. Studio di diritto comparato, Torino, Giappichelli, 1999; Le regole giuridiche del commercio elettronico. Un’analisi di diritto comparato, Pisa, ETS, 2000; Il commercio elettronico. Profili giuridici, Torino, Giappichelli, 2001 (with S. Sica).
  • Editor or co-editor of seven collective works diffusing research results.
  • Author of several articles and notes published in major Italian law reviews.
  • Contributor of several collective publications on medical malpractice and insurance, privacy and e-commerce, tort law, and information technology, in Italian, English and Spanish.

Julian 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 has published articles on the constitutional aspects of foreign relations in journals such as the Yale Law Journal, the Supreme Court Review and Constitutional Commentary. 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). He also is a co-founder of the international law blog Opinio Juris.

Before joining the Hofstra Law 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.

Professor Ku has also been a visiting professor at the College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law in Williamsburg, Virginia. During the spring of 2011, he was the Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in Law at East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai.


Steven Richman, Director of Global Initiatives
Steven.Richman@hofstra.edu | 516-463-0417

Samantha R. Hankins, Assistant Director of International Law Programs and Multicultural Affairs
Samantha.R.Hankins@hofstra.edu | 516-463-5270

Joanne Masci, Senior Support Specialist
Joanne.Masci@hofstra.edu | 516-463-4547


Please direct all inquiries about the program to internationalprograms@hofstra.edu or 516-463-4547.