Posner on French Law: Foreign Law in US Courts and the Role of Expert Witnesses


Chancellor Day Hall Room 202 (NCDH), 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

The Institute of Comparative Law welcomes Franz Werro (Fribourg/Georgetown) who will examine questions of foreign Law in American Courts

Professor Dr. Franz Werro shares his life between the Faculté de droit of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and Georgetown Law, in Washington, DC. He teaches and researches in different fields of private law, including the law of obligations, European private law and comparative law. He was a visiting professor at the Cornell Law School (Ithaca, NY) and at a number of European Law schools, including the Universita degli Studi di Trieste (Italy), the Scuola Superiore Santa Anna in Pisa (Italy), the University of Pau (France), the University of Bordeaux (France), the International University College of Torino (Italy), and the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg (Germany).

In addition, Professor Werro acts as an arbitrator and as a consultant in Swiss and in international commercial disputes. He is on the board of a number of Swiss and European law journals and is involved in different projects of continuing legal education in Switzerland. He has recently published the second edition of his treatise on tort law, a number of essays on the impact of EU law on national private law, a monograph on European tort law, as well as articles on comparative and transnational legal studies. Professor Werro taught as a visiting professor at the Georgetown University Law Center in the fall semesters of 1999 and 2000. He has been a permanent member of the faculty at Georgetown Law since 2001. In 2009 - 2010, Professor Werro was a co-director for Georgetown Law’s Center for Transnational Legal Studies, in London.