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Prof. Helen E. Hartnell

Prof. Helen E. Hartnell

Freie Universität Berlin

International Summer and Winter University



Emerita Professor Helen E. Hartnell, Juris Doctor (J.D.), Ph.D. (Berkeley) was a full-time faculty member at Golden Gate University (GGU) School of Law in San Francisco from 1997 until 2013, and continues to teach for GGU on a regular basis. She was DAAD Guest Professor of Anglo-American Law at the Freie Universität Berlin, Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Helsinki, Visiting Professor at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, and Visiting Scholar at the University of Cologne. Professor Hartnell has also taught at numerous other universities, including Tulane Law School and Harvard Law School in the USA. She teaches international economic law, European law, private international law, arbitration, commercial law, and courses offering multidisciplinary perspectives on law, politics and society.

FUBiS courses:

  • Law, Society and Politics in Comparative Perspective

Note from FUBiS: On September 18, 2023 Helen Hartnell peacefully passed away. Helen touched hundreds of lives, among them those of many, many students who were taught by her.  We will always remember her sharp wit, sense of humor and her passion for teaching - we will carry her forever in our hearts! Rest in peace, dear Helen!

  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (2018) (interdisciplinary program in law, politics and society)
    Dissertation Title: Europeanizing Civil Justice in Amsterdam (1997) and Tampere (1999): Legal Elites and the Politics of Private International Law, Civil Procedure and the Administration of Justice in the European Union

  • 2020 - continuing
    Emerita Professor of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, CA
     European Union Law

  • September - December 2018
    Visiting Professor, University of Cyprus, Nicosia
    Sociology of Law; International Economic Law (WTO); Dissertation Writing for Law PhD Students
  • August- December 2012
    Fulbright Visiting Professor, University of Helsinki Faculty of Law
    Applied European Union Law
  • 2002 - 2013
    Professor of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, CA;
    Associate Professor (1997-2002)
    European Union Law; International Trade Regulation; Private International Law; Sales; International Business Transactions
    Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court; Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
  • October 2006 - March 2007
    Guest Professor for Anglo-American Law (DAAD Gastprofessor für anglo-amerikanisches Recht), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
    Transnational Litigation in U.S. Courts; Equality and Non-discrimination Law in the United States
  • 2004 - 2006
    Visiting Scholar, University of Cologne Faculty of Law, Germany
  • 2005 - 2006
    Institute for International and Foreign Private Law (Institut für internationales und ausländisches Privatrecht) (Prof. Mansel)
    Introduction to the U.S. Legal System (WS 2005/06)
  • 2004 - 2005
    Law Center for European and International Cooperation (RIZ, Rechtszentrum für europäische und internationale Zusammenarbeit) (Prof. Horn)
    Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
  • August 1996 - May 1997
    Visiting Scholar & Instructor, Harvard Law School, Graduate Division
    Legal Theory: The Canon of American Law (for thesis-writing post-graduate students)
  • January - July 1996
    Visiting Researcher, Harvard Law School, European Law Research Center
  • 1995
    Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University, School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    International Business Transactions; European Community Law
  • August 1993 - July 1995
    Associate Professor of Law, Central European University, Legal Studies Department, Budapest, Hungary
    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
  • July 1992 - June 1994
    Visiting Associate Professor (Civic Education Project), ELTE University Faculty of Law (Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem), Budapest, Hungary
    The American Constitutional System; American Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; International Trade Law
  • June 1992 - July 1998
    Associate Professor of Law, Tulane Law School
    International Business Transactions; Contracts I; Contracts II (Sales); European Community Law (Advanced)
  • August 1980 - October 1981
    Teaching and Research Assistant to Professor Dr. Dieter Giesen, Freie Universität Berlin, West Berlin, Germany
    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, The EU's Civil Justice Policy Field: Perspectives for Asia?, in Julien Chaisse (ed.), 60 Years of European Integration: Perceptions, Interactions and Lessons. Oxford: Hart (Modern Studies in European Law) 239-268 (2020).
  • Helen E. Hartnell, Civil Justice as Governance in the European Union: Reflections on Civil Procedure, Private International Law (Conflict of Laws) and the Administration of Justice since the Roman Empire, Helsinki Legal Studies Research Paper No. 40 (2015).
  • Helen E. Hartnell & Massimo Fichera, All You Need is Law: Italian Courts Break New Ground in the Treatment of Same-Sex Marriage, Helsinki Legal Studies Research Paper No. 22 (October 2012); 2(2) International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies 171 (2014).
  • Helen E. Hartnell, U.S. Court of Appeals Rules on Effect of One Country’s Article 96 Reservation on Oral Contract Governed by the CISG, 4 Praxis des Internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts (IPRax) 367 (2012).
  • Helen E. Hartnell, Living La Vida lex Mercatoria, 12 Uniform Law Review 733-60 (2007).
  • 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, http://www.bepress.com/ils/iss9/art12.
  • 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).