Prof. Dr. Frank Emmert



Prof. Dr. Frank Emmert, LL.M., FCIArb is a tenured professor of law and Director of the Center for International & Comparative Law at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. He obtained his original legal education (1st and 2nd state examination) in Munich, Germany, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maastricht, Netherlands, a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, and Diploma in European Community Law and Human Rights Law from the Academy of European Law, Florence, Italy. He has taught courses for credit at leading universities in more than two dozen countries and is a frequent speaker at conferences and events around the world. More than 150 of his publications and presentations can be accessed free of charge on ResearchGate.

Professor Emmert is a founding member and legal advisor to PrepayWay. He is also a co-founder of The International Smart Mediation and Arbitration Institute (SmartArb), the Council on International Law and Politics (CILP), and the Blockchain Law Alliance (BLA). He has over 30 years of experience representing clients in international commercial and trade transactions and disputes, and, as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, is available to serve as an international arbitrator for commercial disputes.


Selected Books


International Business Transactions – a Practice Oriented Coursebook

In preparation for Carolina Academic Press


WTO Law – Documents (Student Edition)

Chicago, 2016


Cases and Materials on European Union Law

In co-authorship with Profs. George Bermann, Roger Goebel, Eleanor Fox, Jeffrey Atik, and Damien Gerard, St. Paul, 2015


Corporate Social Responsibility in Comparative Perspective

Chicago, 2014


International Business Transactions – Documents

Co-edited with Prof. Talia Einhorn, Chicago, 2012


Administrative Law of the European Union - Judicial Review

With Ronald M. Levin and Christoph T. Feddersen, ABA Publishing, Chicago, 2008


European Union Law – Cases

C.H. Beck Verlag and Kluwer Law International, The Hague, 2000


European Union Law – Documents

C.H. Beck Verlag and Kluwer Law International, The Hague, 1999


European Law

With M. Morawiecki, Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, Warsaw, 1999 (in Polish)


Der Europäische Gerichtshof als Garant der Rechtsgemeinschaft

Dissertation, University of Maastricht, 1998


European Law

C.H. Beck Verlag, Munich, 1996 (in German)


European Law in Cases

With Profs. Hummer, Simma and Vedder, NOMOS Verlag, Baden-Baden, 1994 (in German)


European Case Law – Concise Version

With RA Dr. Schnichels and others, Orell Füssli Verlag, Zurich, March 1994 et. seq. (in German)

Selected Articles and Contributions


The European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights vs. the Council of Europe Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms – a Comparison

Fordham International Law Journal 2017, Vol. 40, No. 4, pp. 1047-1173, with Chandler Carney


The Argument for Robust Competition Supervision in Developing and Transition Countries

Journal of Governance and Regulation, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2016, pp. 67-89


Corporate Social Responsibility – Quo Vadis?

In Frank Emmert (ed.), Corporate Social Responsibility in Comparative Perspective, Chicago 2014, pp. 1-40


The Past, Present and Future of EU Enlargement

Fordham International Law Journal 2014, Vol. 37, No. 5, pp. 1349-1419, with Prof. Sinisa Petrovic


Chapter 8: Trade and Intellectual Property

In Heng Wang (ed.), International Trade Law [Guoji Maoyi Fa], Beijing Law Press [Falv Chubanshe], pp. 227-249, Beijing 2013


The Draft Common Frame of Reference (DCFR) – the Most Interesting Development in Contract Law Since the Code Civil and the BGB

Cuadernos de la maestría en derecho, Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Edición anual No. 2, Bogotá 2012, ISSN No. 2027-9469, pp. 1-25


Rule of Law in Central and Eastern Europe

Fordham International Law Journal 2009, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 551-586


Market Economy, Democracy, or Rule of Law – What Would You Pick, if You Had to Choose?

In Epiney/Haag/Heinemann (eds.), Challenging Boundaries - Essays in Honor of Roland Bieber, Baden-Baden 2007, pp. 104-116


The Common Good Under Fire – Is Globalization Delivering the Ultimate Victory to Manchester Capitalism?

European Journal of Law Reform, Vol. 6, No. 3/4, 2004, pp. 427-459


Introduction to the American Legal System, Fachwörterbuch Kompakt Recht Englisch-Deutsch / Deutsch-Englisch (German-English / English-German Legal Dictionary)

Langenscheidt Publishing, with T. Fine, Munich 2004, pp. 104-128


Introducing EU Competition Law and Policy in Central and Eastern Europe: Requirements in Theory and Problems in Practice

Fordham International Law Journal 2004, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 642-678


Labor, Environmental Standards, and World Trade Law

University of California Davis Journal of International Law and Policy, Vol. 10, No. 1, Fall 2003, pp.75-167


Administrative and Court Reform in Central and Eastern Europe

Contribution to a special issue of the European Law Journal on EU enlargement, Vol. 9, No. 3, July 2003, pp. 288-315


The Independence of Judges – a Concept Often Misunderstood in Central and Eastern Europe

European Journal of Law Reform, Vol. 3 (2001), No. 4, pp. 405-409


Challenges to Estonian Economic Development Provided by the Forthcoming EU Membership

In Liuhto (ed.), Ten Years of Economic Transformation: Vol. I - The Economies in Transition and the EU Enlargement, Lappeenranta 2000, pp. 342-371, with Jorma Heinonen


The Legal Status of Swiss Companies in Proceedings before the EU Court of Justice, in Particular in Competition and Foreign Trade Law

Report No. 52 in the framework of the Swiss National Research Program No. 42 (1995-2000) on Swiss Foreign Policy, Berne 2000, pp. 1-33 (in German)


Switzerland and the EU: Partners, for Better or for Worse

European Foreign Affairs Review 1998, pp. 367-398


The Current Importance of European Community Law for the Development of German Administrative Jurisdiction

Bayerische Verwaltungsblätter (BayVBl.) 1997, Vol. I, Beiheft, pp. VI-VIII (in German)


Les jeux sont faits: rien ne va plus ou une nouvelle occasion perdue par la CJCE

A commentary on the Faccini Dori-judgment of the European Court of Justice, Revue trimestrielle de droit européen, Vol. I/1995, pp. 11-21, with Dr. Pereira de Azevedo (in French)


There is no Such Thing as a Free Lunch! Why and How the Industrialized Countries Should Compensate the Newly Industrialized and Less Developed Countries for Accepting Social and Environmental Standards in World Trade

In Thürer/Kux (eds.), GATT 1994


L'effet horizontal des directives - la jurisprudence de la CJCE: un bateau ivre?

Revue trimestrielle de droit européen, Vol. III/1993, pp. 503-524, with Dr. Pereira de Azevedo (in French)


Horizontale Drittwirkung von Richtlinien? Lieber ein Ende mit Schrecken als ein Schrecken ohne Ende!

Europäisches Wirtschafts- und Steuerrecht 1992, at pp. 56-67 (in German)


Intellectual Property in the Uruguay Round – Negotiating Strategies of the Western Industrialized Countries

Michigan Journal of International Law, Vol. 11, No. 4 (1990), pp. 1317-1399