Prof. Helen E. Hartnell

Emerita Professor Helen E. Hartnell, Juris Doctor (J.D.), was a faculty member at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco from 1997 until 2013. She was DAAD Guest Professor of Anglo-American Law at the Free University of Berlin, and Visiting Scholar at the University of Cologne as well as at the University of Helsinki. Professor Hartnell has also taught at numerous other universities, including Tulane Law School and Harvard Law School. She has regularly taught courses on international economic law, European law, private international law, arbitration, and commercial law. 

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Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Berkeley: Interdisciplinary Program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy (degree expected in 2008)

Dissertation Title: Institutionalizing Civil Justice in the European Union: Legal Elites and Ideologies in Transnational Governance

First Field Exam: Law, Politics & Society in Europe (January 2001)

Second Field Exam: Sociology of Law (June 2003)

Advanced to Candidacy (December 2004)

Dissertation Committee: Martin Shapiro (chair), Richard Buxbaum, Robert Kagan & J. Nicholas Ziegler


University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois (1977-1980)

Juris Doctor (J.D.) magna cum laude (1980)

Honors: Harno Fellow, Dean’s List


Katholieke Hogeschool, Tilburg, The Netherlands (January - May 1976)

Student in “European Communities Studies” exchange program


University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (1972-1975)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) cum laude (1976) (Psychology)

Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, James Scholar


Lincoln Community High School, Lincoln, Illinois (1969-1972)

Diploma (May 1972)

Honors: Top 10%; National Honor Society; National Merit Scholar

Professor of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, CA (since 2002); Associate Professor (1997-2002)

          Courses:      European Union Law; International Trade Regulation; Private International Law; Sales; International Business Transactions

            Moots:        Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court; Willem

C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot


Guest Professor for Anglo-American Law (DAAD Gastprofessor für anglo-amerikanisches Recht), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (October 2006 - March 2007, WS 2006/07)

          Courses:       Transnational Litigation in U.S. Courts; Equality and Non-discrimination Law in the United States



Visiting Scholar, University of Cologne Faculty of Law, Germany (2004-2006)


Institute for International and Foreign Private Law (Institut fuer internationales und auslaendisches Privatrecht) (Prof. Mansel) (2005-2006)

          Course:        Introduction to the U.S. Legal System (WS 2005/06)


Law Center for European and International Cooperation (RIZ, Rechtszentrum fuer europaeische und internationale Zusammenarbeit) (Prof. Horn) (2004-2005)

           Course:        Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot


Visiting Scholar & Instructor, Harvard Law School, Graduate Division (August 1996-May 1997)

          Course:        Legal Theory: The Canon of American Law (for thesis-writing post-graduate students)


Visiting Researcher, Harvard Law School, European Law Research Center (January-July 1996)


Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University, School of Law, Dallas, Texas (Fall Semester 1995)

           Courses:       International Business Transactions; European Community Law


Associate Professor of Law, Central European University, Legal Studies Department, Budapest, Hungary (August 1993-July 1995)

           Courses:       European Community Law I (Institutions), II (Internal Market) & III (External Relations, Association and Accession); Advanced Contracts (International Transactions); Securing Payment and Performance; International Sale of Goods


Visiting Associate Professor (Civic Education Project), ELTE University Faculty of Law (Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem), Budapest, Hungary (July 1992-June 1994)

           Courses:       The American Constitutional System; American Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; International Trade Law


Associate Professor of Law, Tulane Law School (July 1998-June 1992)

           Courses:       International Business Transactions; Contracts I; Contracts II (Sales); European Community Law (Advanced)


Teaching and Research Assistant to Professor Dr. Dieter Giesen, Freie Universität Berlin, West Berlin, Germany (August 1980-October 1981)\

Co-taught seminar for German law students entitled “Introduction to the Anglo-American Legal System.” Independently conducted semester-long seminar entitled “Exercises in the English Legal Language,” which involved teaching torts, contracts, and legal research and writing to German law students, as well as organizing a moot court program. Research conducted in the field of comparative medical malpractice law.

  • Helen E. Hartnell, Living La Vida lex Mercatoria, ___ Uniform Law Review ___ (forthcoming in 2008) (updated and expanded version of 2006 chapter).
  • Helen E. Hartnell, Living La Vida Lex Mercatoria, in K.P. Berger et al. (eds), Zivil- und Wirtschaftsrecht im Europäischen und Globalen Kontext: Festschrift für Norbert Horn 355-376 (2006).
  • Helen E. Hartnell, Belonging: Citizenship and Migration in the European Union and in Germany, 24:1 Berkeley Journal of International Law 330-400 (2006); also published in Symposium for Richard Buxbaum on Germany: Its Reconstitution and Its Reintegration into Europe and the World, Issues in Legal Scholarship (2006): Article 12,
  • Helen E. Hartnell, EUstitia: Institutionalizing Justice in the European Union, 23 Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business 65-138 (Fall 2002).
  • Helen E. Hartnell, Why (Not) Seek Uniform Solutions?, Proceedings of the 96th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (2002).
  • Helen E. Hartnell, European Integration through the Kaleidoscope: The View from the Central and Eastern European Margins, in William Armstrong & Noel Parker (eds), Margins in European Integration (London: Macmillan, 2000).
  • Helen E. Hartnell, Sub-regional Coalescence in European Regional Integration, 16 Wisconsin International Law Journal 115-226 (1997).
  • Helen E. Hartnell, The First Five-Year Span (1989-1994): Law and Religion in Post-Communist Hungary, 1996 Brigham Young University Law Journal 731-755.
  • Helen E. Hartnell, Association Agreements between the EC and Central and Eastern European States, 35 Acta Juridica Hungarica 225-236 (1993).
  • Helen E. Hartnell, Central/Eastern Europe: The Long and Winding Road toward European Union, 15 Comparative Law Yearbook for International Business 179-229 (Graham & Trotman/Martinus Nijhoff, 1993).
  • Helen E. Hartnell, Rousing the Sleeping Dog: The Validity Exception to the Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, 18 Yale Journal of International Law 1-93 (1993).
  • Helen E. Hartnell, The New New International Economic Order, Proceedings of the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law 462-470 (1993).
  • Helen E. Hartnell, Reithmann & Martiny: Internationales Vertragsrecht, 25 International Lawyer 291 (1991) (book review).
  • D.L. Uchtmann & H.E. Hartnell, Qualified Disclaimers of Joint Tenancies: A Policy and Property Law Analysis, 22 Arizona Law Review 987-1010 (1981).