Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law’s Dean Rusk Center presents “The 10 Essential Tools to Become an International Business Lawyer,” featuring alumnus and international business law expert Christof Siefarth. The talk will take place Oct. 26 at 4:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of Dean Rusk Hall. It is being held in memory of long-time Georgia Law faculty member Gabriel M. Wilner, who passed away in May of this year, and is sponsored by the law school’s LL.M. Alumni Association.
“We are honored to be holding this lecture in memory of a well-respected colleague and missed friend,” Dean Rusk Center Director C. Donald Johnson said. “It is quite fitting to have Christof Siefarth, a distinguished international lawyer and former student of Gabe’s, serve as the speaker for this lecture held in Gabe’s honor.”
With more than 20 years of experience handling international business matters, Siefarth will address the audience from both a legal and cross-cultural point of view. Recommendations given will apply not only to students, but also to those in private practice interested in becoming more active globally as well as those already experienced in this field.
Siefarth is a partner at the business law firm GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten and currently works out of the firm’s Cologne, Germany, office. He is a member of the German, New York, American and International bar associations, and he is a frequent speaker on international business matters. Siefarth served as the president of the UGA LL.M. Alumni Association from 1997 to 2010, and he was the chair of various international conferences for the Center for International Legal Studies.
Wilner was a Georgia Law faculty member from 1973 until his passing in 2010. While at Georgia Law, he played many roles: associate dean for graduate legal studies, executive director of the Dean Rusk Center, director of the school’s study abroad program in Brussels and faculty adviser for the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law. He also taught courses on international law, international legal transactions, European Union law, international commercial arbitration and transactional investment.