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Stanford Law School has an exceptionally strong faculty in interdisciplinary legal studies, including law and society, law and economics, law and development, law and technology, and critical approaches to legal reform. SPILS fellows take courses from among those offered by the Law School's faculty according to their interests and research needs. Each SPILS fellow will conduct her or his research in close collaboration with a faculty advisor with substantive expertise in the SPILS fellow's relevant field of research, chosen from among the entire Law School faculty.

For example, Professor Lawrence Friedman has recently advised fellows from Germany, Mexico, Spain, Brazil and Taiwan on a wide range of research projects related to the role of lawyers and judges in a changing society; Professor Paul Goldstein has worked with fellows from Russia, Kenya, China and India on issues related to intellectual property law reform; Professor Deborah Hensler recently advised a Venezuelan SPILS fellow investigating informal dispute resolution processes in his country; Professor Tino Cuellar recently advised a fellow from Mexico researching the political consequences of international trade and investment agreements and Professor Jeff Strnad recently advised SPILS fellows on theses concerning fiscal decentralization in Japan and tax competition legislation in Latin America.

SPILS Founders

Lawrence M. Friedman, Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law and Chair, Stanford Program in International Legal Studies.

Thomas C. Heller, Lewis Talbot and Nadine Hearn Shelton Professor of International Legal Studies, (Emeritus).

SPILS Teaching Fellow

Diego Gil McCawley, SPILS Teaching Fellow

Sergio Puig, SPILS Teaching Fellow