Hannah  Buxbaum

Hannah Buxbaum

John E. Schiller Chair in Legal Ethics; Academic Director, IU Gateway, Berlin, Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

  • B.A. (cum laude), Cornell University 1987
  • J.D. (magna cum laude), Cornell Law School 1992
  • LL.M. (summa cum laude), University of Heidelberg 1993

Professor Buxbaum joined the faculty at Indiana Law in 1997 after practicing in the area of international securities transactions in the New York and Frankfurt offices of Davis Polk & Wardwell. She teaches conflict of laws, contracts, international business transactions, international litigation and secured transactions. She has won a number of teaching awards, including the school’s Leon H. Wallace Award, and is a five-time recipient of the Gavel Award for outstanding contribution to the graduating class. Professor Buxbaum has taught as a visiting professor at the universities of Cologne, Kiel, and Nürnberg-Erlangen; in 2013 she delivered a course on international regulatory law at the Hague Academy of International Law.

Professor Buxbaum’s research is in the areas of private international law and international litigation and jurisdiction, and is published in leading U.S. and European journals. Her most recent work has focused on the jurisdictional issues presented in cross-border securities and antitrust litigation. She is also the co-author of a leading casebook on international business transactions. Professor Buxbaum is active in a number of national organizations, including the American Society of International Law, the American Society of Comparative Law, and the Association of American Law Schools. She has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute, where she is currently an Advisor for the Restatement (Fourth) of Foreign Relations Law: Jurisdiction and Judgments, and is a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law.

Professor Buxbaum has held a number of administrative positions at Indiana Law, and from January 2012 to December 2013 served as the school’s interim dean. In July 2015, she was appointed academic director of IU's Global Gateway in Berlin.

Selected Works


TRANSNATIONAL BUSINESS PROBLEMS (5th edition, Foundation Press 2014) (with Detlev Vagts, William Dodge & Harold Koh)

A CONFLICT-OF-LAWS ANTHOLOGY (2nd edition, LexisNexis 2012) (with Gene Shreve)

Articles and Book Chapters