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Global Private Law and Institutions Group Members

Prof. Simone Degeling


Simone Degeling is a Professor of Law at UNSW Law, Australia. She is an expert in private law specialising in equity & trusts, remedies, the law of restitution and unjust enrichment and the intersection of civil procedure and private law doctrine. Simone is a Fellow of The Australian Academy of Law and the General Editor of the Journal of Equity. Additionally she is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Commonwealth Law, the advisory board of the SSRN eJournal of Fiduciary Law, a Fellow of The Australian Centre for Private Law, University of Queensland and a member of the Academic Committee of the Banking and Financial Services Law Association. She is the Co-Director of the UNSW Law Private Law Policy and Research Group and was previously the Private Law Research Leader of the IMF Bentham Class Actions Initiative at UNSW Law. Simone has written, co written or co-edited books on unjust enrichment, equity, tort, remedies and contract. She has also published articles and essays on equity, unjust enrichment, contract, tort and remedies. Simone teaches and accepts research students in equity and trusts, remedies and the law of restitution and unjust enrichment. Prior to her academic career, Simone worked as a commercial lawyer specialising in Banking and Finance law. Prior to her academic career, Simone worked as a commercial lawyer specialising in Banking and Finance law. SSRN at

Prof. Amnon Lehavi


Prof. Amnon Lehavi (J.S.D, Yale) is the Atara Kaufman Professor at the Harry Radzyner Law School and former Dean of the School (2016-2021). He serves as academic director of the Gazit-Globe Real Estate Institute at Reichman University. Prof. Lehavi also served as Co-President of the Law Schools Global League (2018-2021). He is a partner in the UNIDROIT Convention Academic Project (UCAP), which deals with the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects.

Prof. Lehavi is a leading authority on property, real estate, land use controls, international economic law, and law and globalization. He is the author of Property Law in a Globalizing World (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and The Construction of Property: Norms, Institutions, Challenges (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and editor of Disruptive Technology, Legal Innovation, and the Future of Real Estate (Springer, 2020, with Ronit Levine-Schnur), 100 Years of Zoning and the Future of Cities (Springer, 2018), Private Communities and Urban Governance: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives (Springer, 2016) and Gated Communities (Nevo Press, 2010).

Prof. Lehavi served as a visiting professor at the University of Toronto (2010), University of California, Berkeley (2013-2014), and the 2016 Global Law Visiting Chair at Tilburg University, The Netherlands. In 2022, he will serve as a visiting professor at the Global Law Program at KU Leuven (Belgium).

Prof. Cristina Poncibó


Cristina Poncibò is Professor of Comparative Private Law at the Law Department of the University of Turin, Italy and Affiliate at the Collegio Carlo Alberto. She is Fellow of the Transatlantic Technology Law Forum Stanford Law School and Vienna School of Law). Cristina’s research focuses on the comparative law of emerging technologies. She teaches Comparative Law, Contracts, EU Competition Law, and Blockchain and the Law. She authored a book on Comparative Law and the Blockchain (2020). Her most recent edited books include: Contracting and Contract Law in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (Hart, 2021, forthcoming, with M. Ebers and M. Zou) and The Cambridge Handbook of Smart Contracts, Blockchain Technology and Digital Platforms (Cambridge University Press, 2019, with L. Matteo and M. Cannarsa). Cristina is a National Rapporteur of the International Association of Comparative Law and Delegate of the Law Department (sponsor institution) to the American Association of Comparative Law. She is also a member of Ascola, Juris Diversitas and the Law&Society Association. She regularly acts as an expert for European institutions and international organizations and she is a coordinator of the LLM in International Trade Law, co-organised with ITC-ILO, in cooperation with Unicitral and Unidroit. Cristina is a graduate of the University of Turin (LLM) and Florence (PhD) and was an intern in the Italian Competition Authority. In her career, she has been a Marie Curie Fellow (Université Panthéon-Assas), a Max Weber Fellow (EUI) and a Lagrange Fellow (Institute for Scientific Interchange).