Summer Programs


A selection of first-class academicians and practitioners

The expertise of the diverse faculty teaching in the Summer Program in International IP Transactions law guarantees a unique learning experience.

Academic Director
Prof. Dr. Dana Beldiman

Dana Beldiman

Dr. Beldiman directs the Bucerius Center for Transnational IP, Media and Technology Law and Policy. Her teaching and research focus on Intellectual Property and Knowledge Governance issues raised by the globalized economy. She is a partner of the law firm Squire Patton Boggs (San Francisco) where she specializes in international IP law and international transactions.

Academic Director
Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Lefstin

Jeffrey Lefstin

Dr. Lefstin joined UC Hastings in 2003 after serving as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC. Prior to his clerkship, he practiced patent and antitrust law in San Francisco. He teaches and writes about patent and intellectual property law. In addition to a J.D., he holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and was previously a molecular biologist.

Dr. Jo Beatrix Aschenbrenner

Jo Aschenbrenner

Dr. Aschenbrenner's area of expertise lies in leadership in law firms and legal departments with a particular focus on interest-based decision-making and dealing with internal differences and conflict, as well as conflict management in large corporations as a part of Legal Management.

Prof. Arpan Banerjee

Arpan Banerjee

Arpan Banerjee is Assistant Professor, Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property & Technology Law at Jindal Global Law School. His main areas of interest are copyright law, trademark law and entertainment law. He was the recipient of the German Chancellor Fellowship and conducted research at the Bucerius Center for Transnational IP, Media and Technology Law and Policy during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Prof. Dr. Alexandra von Bismarck

Alexandra von Bismarck

Prof. von Bismarck is a partner in the Hamburg office of Fieldfisher and head of the trademark department for Germany. She has special expertise in intellectual property and advises her clients with an emphasis on trademark and design law and in unfair competition law. Her clients include domestic and international enterprises from different sectors, primarily the technology, automotive, pharma and life science sector.

Dr. Jochen Dieselhorst

Dr. Jochen Dieselhorst

Dr. Dieselhorst heads the intellectual property and information technology practice at the Hamburg office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He focuses on the life sciences and information technology sectors and advises on partnering arrangements and product sales in the pharma and biotech industry, as well as on all types of outsourcing arrangements.

Rafael Langer-Osuna

Rafael Langer-Osuna

Rafael Langer-Osuna is a Senior Associate at Squire Patton Boggs and concentrates his practice on representing foreign governments and multinational corporations in international disputes in US courts and assisting international clients with patent-related litigation.

Allison Mages

Allison Mages

Allison leads a team at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) that delivers legislative advice to countries on patents and trade secrets. Prior to joining WIPO, she was Senior Counsel for IP at General Electric, where she managed IP and technology aspects in M&A transactions. In addition, Allison has worked across the innovation cycle, including as an inventor and through experience in patent analytics, drafting, prosecution, and strategic portfolio management.

Dr. Siegmar Pohl

Siegmar Pohl

Dr. Pohl is a partner of the law firm Squire Patton Boggs (San Francisco) and specializes in cross-border transactions, with a particular knowledge of US and German law. He has extensive experience facilitating corporate deals with multi­national elements—including M&A, joint ventures, formation, and venture capital—with a strong focus on cross­-border intellectual property and technology issues.

Prof. Dr. Kristoff Ritlewski

Kristoff Ritlewski

Prof. Ritlewski is Of Counsel at Orth Kluth in Berlin and a professor at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. He focuses his practice on litigation and strategic advice in all fields of IP law, unfair competition and media law. Prof. Ritlewski has written several publications on Intellectual Property Law and Policy, Media Regulation and International Arbitration.

Lezel Roddeck

Lezel Roddeck, Bucerius Law School

Lezel directs the Foreign Language Communication Program at Bucerius. In addition to being a Qualified English Language Teacher accredited through the University of Cambridge, she is also a Qualified Lawyer in South Africa and member of the Cape Law Society. She is a part-time lecturer at the Macromedia University for Media and Communication in the area of Media Law and IP Law.

Christian Stoll

Christian Stoll

Christian joined Hogan Lovells in 2001 and is a partner in the Hamburg office. He is specialized in intellectual property matters with a particular focus on patents, trademarks, unfair competition and license agreements.

Prof. Dr. Karsten Thorn

Karsten Thorn

Karsten Thorn received a doctorate in law at the University of Trier. In February 2004, he completed his post-doctoral thesis on the "Coordination of Private Legal Systems through the Application of Foreign Conflicts Law," as well as with an audition lecture on "Bearing of Risk after the Cancellation of Contract" at the University of Trier. Later that year, Thorn accepted the chair of Civil Law, Private International and International Commercial Law and Comparative Law at Bucerius Law School.