Greg Shaffer

Greg Shaffer

Title: Melvin C. Steen Professor of Law, University of Minnesota School of Law
Phone: 612-625-2630
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Akron Law Scholar-in-Residence April 13th and 14th, 2010: Professor Gregory Shaffer

Public Lecture: Tuesday, April 13 at 3 p.m. in Room 152
Book signing and reception to immediately follow.

“The International Law and Politics of Genetically Modified Food”
The transatlantic dispute over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has brought into conflict the United States and the European Union. Yet the dispute - pitting a largely acceptant US against an EU deeply suspicious of GMOs - has developed into one of the most bitter and intractable transatlantic and global conflicts, resulting in a contested legal battle before the World Trade Organization (WTO). Professor Shaffer will present a chapter from his new book with Oxford University Press, assessing the choices facing the WTO’s judicial body, and the impacts, and the limits, of international pressures on domestic US and European law, politics and business practice.


Professor Gregory Shaffer is the Melvin C. Steen Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. He previously was Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Director of the university’s European Union Center of Excellence, Co-Director of its Center on World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE), and Wing-Tat Lee Chair at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College and his J.D., with distinction, from Stanford Law School. He practiced law in Paris for seven years for Coudert Frères and Bredin Prat, where he was a member of the Paris bar.

He teaches courses in international law, international trade law, European Union law, and administrative law, among other areas, and conducts a variety of research seminars.  -Read More

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