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Aaron Schwabach

Professor of Law
Director of STEPPS

(619) 525-1685


Aaron Schwabach teaches Professional Responsibility. His scholarship addresses a range of topics including intellectual property, international and domestic environmental law, and the inheritance laws of the European Union, as well as other topics ranging from the law of war to the life and complex legal and cultural legacy of Thomas Jefferson. He is also an expert on the law of the wizarding world of Harry Potter, which somewhat to his surprise has earned him invitations to speak not only across the United States but in the United Kingdom, China, and Poland.

Professor Schwabach is a member of the bars of California and Florida. After graduating from Berkeley Law, Professor Schwabach worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, before beginning his teaching career at the University of Miami School of Law.  Before joining the CWSL faculty he also practiced in Miami and taught at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington, at Thomas Jefferson School of Law here in San Diego, and most recently at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law.  He has also ventured farther afield, teaching as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at Zhejiang University’s Guanghua Law School in Hangzhou, China, as well as teaching short courses at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in Nice, France and the University of Debrecen in Debrecen, Hungary.

Professor Schwabach has worked with the American Bar Association’s Central and Eastern European Law Initiative and Rule of Law Initiative to strengthen the development of the rule of law across the world.  He is the past editor of two of the themes in UNESCO’s Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (“Law” and “The Role of International Law and Institutions”) and a current member of the editorial board of the Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law.