Gerlinde Berger-Walliser, Ph.D., J.D.
(Associate Professor)

University of Connecticut (CT)

international law and comparative law, business and human rights, corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability, visualization and legal design, contracts and commercial transactions, corporate governance

About Me

I am an Associate Professor of Business Law at the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining UConn, I held academic positions in France and Germany and I was a member of the German Bar. My  research focuses on comparing current issues in U.S. business law with European civil law systems, including consumer protection, internet law, comparative trademark law, corporate governance, and law and accounting. I am particularly interested in the positive role business can play in transnational, intergovernmental, and public-private governance, with particular attention to corporate social responsibility. In addition to my international focus, I conduct research in proactive law, contract visualization and legal design.


  • Berger-Walliser, Gerlinde, “Reforming International Human Rights Litigation against Corporate Defendants after Jesner v. Arab Bank,” 21 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, 2019.
  • Berger-Walliser, Gerlinde, “Reconciling Transnational Jurisdiction: A Comparative Approach to Personal Jurisdiction over Foreign Corporate Defendants in U.S. Courts,” 51 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 2018.
  • Berger-Walliser, Gerlinde and Scott, Inara, “Redefining Corporate Social Responsibility in an Era of Globalization and Regulatory Hardening,” 55 American Business Law Journal, 2018.
  • Berger-Walliser, Gerlinde, Thomas D. Barton, and Helena Haapio, “From Visual Law to Legal Design: Images as a Collaborative and Creative Process for Legal Problem-Solving,” 54 American Business Law Journal, 2017.
  • Schulzke, Kurt S. and Berger-Walliser, Gerlinde, “Toward a Unified Theory of Materiality in Securities Law,” 56 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, 2017.

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