Maya Steinitz

Maya Steinitz

Associate Professor of Law

LLB, Hebrew University Faculty of Law, 1999
LLM, New York University School of Law, 2000
JSD, New York University School of Law, 2005

Highlights:

  • "Incorporating Legal Claims" ___ Notre Dame L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2014)
  • A Model Litigation Finance Contract,” 99 Iowa L. Rev. 711 (2014) (with Abigail C. Field)
  • "How Much Is That Lawsuit in the Window? Pricing Legal Claims," 66 Vand. L. Rev. 1889 (2013)
  • "The Litigation Finance Contract," 54 William & Mary Law Review 455 (2012)
  • Whose Claim is This Anyway? Third-Party Litigation Funding,” 95 Minnesota Law Review 1268 (2011)
  • Member of the Court, the ICC’s Jerusalem Arbitration Center
  • Arbitrator, ICDR, ICC and FINRA
  • Member, ICC Commission on Arbitration
  • "From Israel to Iowa: Law professor brings world perspective," Profile, Iowa City Press Citizen (January 4, 2014)

Professor Maya Steinitz teaches civil procedure, international business transactions, international arbitration, and advanced issues in transnational litigation. Her research focuses on a wide range of topics in public and business international law, transnational dispute resolution, and the global legal profession.  She is one of the nation’s leading experts in litigation finance and in that area her current research focuses on litigation finance contracting practices, claim valuation, and the finance of international arbitration and litigation. Her web-based research platform, A Model Litigation Finance Contract, is the first-ever instance of ‘crowd-sourced’ legal research. Other research interests include law firm finance and complex cross-border litigation.  To these topics she applies both social-psychology and economic analysis. Some of her works-in-progress are titled “Corruption and the Transnational Litigation Prisoners’ Dilemma,” “Beyond Kiobel: The Case for an International Court of Civil Justice,” “Using Claims Facilities to Solve Problems in Complex Transnational Litigation” and a book project tentatively titled “Law in Society: An Imaginary Exchange of Letters between H.L.A. Hart and G.H. Mead.”


Prior to joining the University of Iowa College of Law as an Associate Professor in the fall of 2011, Professor Steinitz held a dual appointment as an Associate-in-Law and Lecturer at Columbia Law School (2009-2011). She has taught courses in comparative law, international law and international dispute resolution at Columbia Law School, Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to joining Columbia Law School, Professor Steinitz served as a litigator at Latham & Watkins, LLP (2003-2009) and Flemming, Zulack & Williamson LLP (2001-2002). She also clerked for Israeli Supreme Court Justice Esther Hayut (1998-1999). She served in various capacities, including expert witness and consultant  to law firms, finance firms, NGOs and the United Nations, advising on litigation finance, international arbitration, and transitional justice.

While in private practice, Professor Steinitz led the representation of the emerging government of Southern Sudan in drafting its national and sub-national constitutions and provided legal advice on various aspects of the Sudanese peace process in what The Deal described as “the most ambitious international pro bono undertaking ever by a commercial law firm.”

Today, Professor Steinitz remains active in international dispute resolution. She serves as an arbitrator, expert and counsel in international and domestic arbitrations and is a Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration. Recently, she was appointed to serve on the inaugural bench of the ICC’s Jerusalem Arbitration Center (JAC). The JAC is a joint enterprise of ICC Israel and ICC Palestine and will resolve commercial disputes between Israelis and Palestinians.

Click on the following link for her publications.

Research and Teaching Interests include:

  • International Business Law
    • International arbitration
    • Transnational Civil Procedure
  • Public International Law
    • The Middle East
    • Emerging Democracies/Emerging Markets
    • The International Judiciary
    • International legal theory
  • Civil Procedure
    • Litigation, Arbitration and law firm Finance
    • Transnational Civil Procedure
    • Conflict and Negotiation Theory
  • The Legal Profession
  • Legal Theory
    • Social psychology and the law
    • Law and economics
    • Legal philosophy

Courses taught (past and present):

  • International Business Transactions
  • International Business Transactions II (Drafting and Negotiating)
  • Civil Procedure
  • International Arbitration
  • Complex Litigation
  • Capstone (Deals)
  • Select Issues in Transnational Litigation: The Chevron/Ecuador Litigation
  • International Courts and Tribunals
  • The Legal Aspects of the Israeli – Palestinian Conflict
  • Comparative Introduction to American Law
  • Legal Philosophy

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