Director, 2005 – present Russell B. Long Eminent Scholars Academic Chair
Dr. Olivier Moréteau is Professor of Law, first holder of the Russell B. Long Eminent Scholars Academic Chair, at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Paul M. Hébert Law Center. He joined LSU in 2005. He is the Director of the Center of Civil Law Studies, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Civil Law Studies, and the Assistant Dean for International Programs.Professor Moréteau is the former Director of the Édouard Lambert Institute of Comparative Law at the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France, where he was an Assistant Professor (1982-90), Associate Professor (1990-98) and then Full Professor (Professeur agrégé). He also served as Director and Vice President for international relations at this university (1993-99). A graduate of Université Jean Moulin, Lyon, France (Maîtrise en Droit, 1977; D.E.A. de Droit Comparé, 1978; D.E.A. de Droit Privé, 1981) he earned his Doctorate in Law summa cum laude at the same university in 1990, after research conducted in Cambridge with a British Council scholarship. He has been visiting professor at the University of Minnesota (1992), Boston University (1993-97, 1999-00, 2002-04) and the University of Melbourne (2002, 2004). Professor Moréteau has authored and edited several books in French and in English, and written over a hundred articles, chapters, notes and reviews in various languages, published in international periodicals or books, on the civil law, common law, comparative law, law and languages, legal translation, tort law, the law of obligations, codification, and legal education. He is a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, the European Group on Tort Law, the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law, the Société de Législation comparée, the American Law Institute, the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists, and is President of Juris Diversitas.
Coordinator, 2016 – present
Christabelle Lefebvre holds a civil law degree (baccalauréat en droit, LL.B.) from Université de Montréal. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management (master’s level) from McGill University. Prior to LSU, she worked for the National Bank of Canada as an analyst (legal technicians’ department). A native of Montreal, Canada, she is fluent in French and has lived in Baton Rouge since 2013. Christabelle is also Executive Managing Editor of the Journal of Civil Law Studies.
Research Associate, 2020 – present
Mariano Vitetta obtained a degree as a certified legal translator (English-Spanish) and a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires, and an LL.M. in Comparative Law from LSU. As a Research Associate for the CCLS, he is primarily responsible for the translation of the Louisiana Civil Code from English into Spanish. He has taught English-Spanish legal translation, legal writing and drafting in Spanish, and introduction to the common law tradition for law students. Mariano has been working for more than 15 years as a legal translator for law firms, companies, and academic institutions. He plans to complete a Ph.D. in Law focusing on the legal foundations of a right to understand to support plain-language campaigns as a matter of human rights.
Seth Brostoff received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2009. From 2019-21, he worked as LSU’s Foreign, Comparative, & International Law Librarian and managed the Law Center’s Tucker Civil Law Collection. He has written several articles on mixed legal systems and Louisiana legal history also serving as book reviews editor for the Journal of Civil Law Studies. Prior to coming to LSU, Mr. Brostoff practiced corporate and bankruptcy law in Wilmington, Delaware and taught legal research at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
CCLS Research Associate, 2015 – 2016
Jason Maison-Marcheux holds an LL.B degree (licence en droit, 2013) and a two-year academic degree in Common Law (2014) from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris, France. He received a master in Comparative Law from the same University after a two-month research visit at the LSU Law Center and the redaction of a paper, under the supervision of Dr. Olivier Moréteau, on an historical, linguistic, and cultural approach of the Louisiana Civil Code. Jason Maison-Marcheux was a Managing Editor of the Journal of Civil Law Studies and worked at the completion of the French translation of the Louisiana Civil Code.
Visiting Researcher Summer 2014
Dr. Matthias Martin (Université de Lorraine, France) is a scholar in legal theory and comparative civil law, working on codification and codes’ annotation. During his six-month post-doctoral visit to the Center of Civil Law Studies, he worked on the Louisiana Civil Code Translation Project and revised the translation of 850 code articles, and conducted research on the supplements and comments in the Louisiana Civil Code. Dr. Matthias Martin serves on the CCLS Translation Validation Committee.
CCLS Research Associate 2012 – 2014
Alexandru-Daniel On received his LL.B. degree from the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in 2010. He holds an LL.M. in Private Law (Babeş-Bolyai University, 2011) and an LL.M. in Comparative Law (Louisiana State University, 2013). He is the recipient of the first A. N. Yiannopoulos Endowed Scholarship (for the academic year 2011-2012). His research and publications are focused on the law of torts, the law of obligations, and legal translation. Mr. On contributes to the Journal of Civil Law Studies, as a Ph.D. candidate at Maastricht University.
CCLS Research Associate 2006 – 2010
Dr. Agustín Parise received his LL.B. and a doctorate in law at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also holds an LL.M. from the Louisiana State University Law Center. Dr. Parise is currently a member of the Faculty of Law at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and a widely published scholar of comparative law. He is the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Civil Law Studies.
Visiting Researcher Summer 2009
Dr. Michel Séjean was Assistant Professor at Université Paris 2 when he visited the Center of Civil Law Studies. He is currently a full professor (agrégé) at the Université de Bretagne-Sud (France), and Editor-in-Chief of the Henri Capitant Law Review. A trained expert in legal translation, he contributed to several translation projects from English into French during and after his time at the CCLS: Principles of European Tort Law (Commentary) and Louisiana Civil Code (Obligations). Prof. Séjean serves on the CCLS Translation Validation Committee.
Dan E. Stigall is an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs. Mr. Stigall received his J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 2000 and holds an LL.M. degree from George Washington University Law School. He has extensive international experience through his current work with the U.S. federal government, and through his previous active duty service in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, during which he served in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. His research is focused on issues related to international law, comparative civil law, and transnational crime. His articles have appeared in the Louisiana Law Review, the Military Law Review, and numerous other publications, and he is the author of Counterterrorism and the Comparative Law of Investigative Detention (2009). Mr. Stigall also publishes in the Journal of Civil law Studies and mentors LSU law students with international interests. He is a member of Juris Diversitas, an international network of Comparative Law scholars and practitioners. Any opinion expressed in his writing is solely that of the author and not necessarily that of the Department of Defense or the Department of Justice.