Frank Emmert


Titled Professor (2004)
John S. Grimes Professor of Law
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Robert H. McKinney School of Law


Professor Emmert obtained his first law degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Germany) in 1988. He clerked with the appellate court in Munich and is qualified as an attorney and judge under German law. Professor Emmert obtained an LL.M. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1989, and a doctorate in law from the University of Maastricht (the Netherlands) in 1998. In 1990, he was awarded the diploma in European law of the Academy of European Law in Florence (Italy), where he later served as Executive Director (1991-1993).

From 1993-1998, Frank Emmert taught at the Europainstitute of the University of Basle (Switzerland) and was in charge of the legal component of its interdisciplinary post-graduate program. Between 1998 and 2002, he served as Professor of European Union Law, International, and Comparative Law and Dean of the Law School at Concordia International University Estonia in Tallinn (Estonia). He held the Jean Monnet Chair of European Union Law from 2001-2002. In 2002/03, he was a visiting professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University, New York), and since 2003, he is at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis. Other universities where Professor Emmert has taught courses for credit include Robert Schuman University Strasbourg (France), Amsterdam University (the Netherlands), St. Gall University (Switzerland), the universities of Warsaw and Krakow (Poland), the universities of Ljubljana and Maribor (Slovenia), Charles University Prague (Czech Republic), the College of Europe in Natolin (Poland), as well as Rutgers University School of Law Newark, and Stanford University School of Law.

Professor Emmert's research and writing focuses on European Union law, international trade law and the interface with human rights, environmental protection, and development, as well as the transition of formerly communist or totalitarian legal systems towards rule of law, market economy, and democracy. He has authored or co-authored a dozen books and some 45 articles on these subjects and is the editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Law Reform (http://www.ejlr.org). In 2005/06, he hopes to finish a three-volume set on European Union Law (textbook, casebook, documents).

Professor Emmert is an active member in several academic and professional organizations, a frequent speaker at conferences and events in the U.S. and in Europe, as well as an occasional advisor to governmental and non-governmental organizations, and private corporations.