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Professor Jim Gash is a full-time member of the Pepperdine University School of Law in his fifteenth year of teaching and will be teaching Evidence and Remedies in London. He will also serve as the London program Director for the fall 2014 semester. Professor Gash graduated first in his class at Pepperdine in 1993. He served as an Associate Dean at Pepperdine from 2005-12, and now serves as the Director of the Global Justice Program in Pepperdine's Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion, and Ethics.

Prior to teaching, Professor Gash worked for a small litigation firm before serving as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Edith H. Jones, Unites States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He then joined the office of Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C., where he focused on appellate and commercial litigation.

In 2010, Professor Gash began traveling periodically to Uganda to help imprisoned juveniles who were waiting for their day in court. Over the next three years, Professor Gash returned to Uganda ten times to help other juvenile and adult prisoners secure access to justice. At the invitation of the Chief Justice of Uganda, Professor Gash became a Specialist Advisor to the High Court in January of 2012 and moved his family to Uganda for six months. Over the course of those six months, he designed and helped implement a juvenile justice structure that seeks to ensure Ugandan children will never again be forgotten by the judicial system.

In March of 2013, Professor Gash became the first American ever to argue a case in the Ugandan Court of Appeals. The appeal concerned the case of one of the boys he met on his first trip to Uganda in 2010. In recognition of his ongoing work in Uganda, Professor Gash received the 2013 Warren Christopher Award, which is presented to California's International Lawyer of the Year.

Oliver Caplin will serve as an adjunct professor for Pepperdine's London program. He was called to the bar in 2012 at the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (one of the four Inns of Court, responsible for training English barristers). His practice mainly revolves around commercial disputes that have an international element, both in arbitration and in court. Prior to training as a barrister, Professor Caplin qualified as a medical doctor at the University of Cambridge, Magdalene College. Although he no longer practices medicine, he retains an interest in the field, particularly in respect of commercial disputes within the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Professor Caplin appears regularly as an advocate before the English courts. Prior to commencing practice however, his early experiences of advocacy were through mooting at the Middle Temple. Having reached the final of the Middle Temple's major mooting competition, Professor Caplin won the chance to travel to Malibu and moot against Pepperdine students. He will teach the International Moot course.

Professor Matthieu Gregoire is an adjunct professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law, teaching International Commercial Arbitration. Professor Gregoire studied law at the University of Cambridge, before obtaining a Masters in International Political Economics from Sciences Po, Paris, and an LLM from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. He is qualified as a New York attorney and was called to the bar of England and Wales in 2013 (he is currently completing his pupillage).

Professor Gregoire has worked as an associate within Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's international dispute resolution department in Paris, advising and acting for both States and international corporations in international arbitral proceedings. He has also worked as a consultant for the Investment Climate, Debt & Commercial Dispute Resolution department of the World Bank and IFC, advising States and chambers of commerce on the drafting of arbitration laws and the creation of arbitration centers. He is a contributor to the UK Chapter of the 1958 New York Convention Guide http://www.newyorkconvention1958.org.

Amanda Padoan. From Pacific Palisades, California, Amanda Padoan earned a B.A. with honors from Harvard and a J.D. from Pepperdine. Before joining Pepperdine's London faculty, she was a trial prosecutor in Fresno and Orange counties, California. She is the co-author of Buried in the Sky, recipient of the National Outdoor Book Award, the American Society of Journalists and Authors' Book Award and the NCTE George Orwell Award for distinguished contribution to honesty and clarity in public language. She will teach Trial Practice in London this fall.

Professor Alexander Türk is an adjunct professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law, teaching European Union Law.  Professor Türk is the director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London.  He studied History and Law at Augsburg, Germany.  He obtained an LL.M in European Law from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.  He also holds a PhD from the University of London.  He joined King's in 1996.  He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, Washington.

Professor Türk's principal research interests are in the field of European Union Law, in particular its constitutional and administrative law.  He is also interested in comparative constitutional law and US constitutional and administrative law.  Prof. Türk has many publications, including a co-authored book on EU Administrative Law and Policy (OUP, 2011).

Dr. Philippa Webb is Lecturer in Public International Law at King's College London.  She has been visiting Assistant Professor in the Advanced LLM Program at Leiden University (2009-2011) and Visiting Professor on the LLM Program at the Centre de droit international at Université Paris X Nanterre (2013-14).

Dr. Webb holds a doctorate (JSD) and an LLM from Yale Law School. She graduated first in her class in her LLB and her BA(Hons)(Asian Studies), awarded by the University of New South Wales in Australia. She has published three books on international courts and tribunals, the Genocide Convention, and the law of State immunity as well as articles and chapters on various aspects of international law.

Dr. Webb came to academia after a decade in legal practice. She has extensive experience in international courts and tribunals, having served as the Special Assistant and Legal Officer to Judge Rosalyn Higgins during her Presidency of the International Court of Justice (2006-2009) and, prior to that, as the Judicial Clerk to Judges Higgins and Owada (2004-2005). She was the Associate Legal Adviser to Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo at the International Criminal Court (2005-2006). Dr. Webb has worked at the UN Secretariat in New York and in the Sydney and Tokyo offices of an international law firm. She speaks French and Japanese and is admitted to the New York Bar.