Associate Professor of Law
BA, Antioch College; JD, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Aaron Schwabach teaches Property and Decedents’ Estates. His scholarship addresses a range of property-related 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 at the University of California in Berkeley, 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 Bowen faculty he also practiced in Miami and taught at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington, and at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. 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 author of several articles within those themes. He is also a current member of the editorial board of the Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law.
When not in the classroom or the library, Professor Schwabach can be found exploring Little Rock, bicycling slowly along the Arkansas River Trail, or rereading Harry Potter.