Susan Tiefenbrun has a J.D. from NYU, a Ph.D. in French from Columbia University (summa cum laude), an M.S. and a B.A. from Wisconsin University, (Phi Beta Kappa as a junior) in French, Russian, and Education. Prof. Tiefenbrun taught French at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College. She is Director of the LL.M. Program in American Legal Studies for foreign lawyers and the LL.M. Program in International Trade and Investment for U.S. and foreign lawyers. She created and directs study abroad programs in France and China. For her efforts at fostering educational and cultural cooperation between France and the U.S., French President Jacques Chirac awarded her the French Legion of Honor medal in 2003. Earlier, she practiced international business law at Coudert Brothers.
President of the Law and Humanities Institute West Coast Branch, she has written extensively on human trafficking as a form of contemporary slavery. Prof. Tiefenbrun speaks 10 foreign languages and can speak, read, write and understand Mandarin Chinese. Among her numerous written works are a book length study of Chinese, Russian and Eastern European joint venture laws and articles on international IP, international law, and human trafficking. She has edited three books, and recently authored Decoding International Law: Semiotics and the Humanities (Oxford Press, 2010). Books accepted for publication include: Free-Trade Zones in the World and in the United States (Elgar Press, forthcoming 2010), and Women and International Human Rights (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming 2011). Prof. Tiefenbrun teaches Business Associations, Business Planning, European Union Law, International Business Transactions, International IP Law, Securities Regulation, Women & International Human Rights Law, International Human Rights, and Introduction to International Law through Semiotics and the Humanities.