James Maxeiner is Professor of Law Emeritus at The University of Baltimore School of Law. He has written numerous books and articles on comparative law, comparative legal methods and legal history. Among his goals in these works is the Sisyphean task of convincing American jurists of the need to lessen their focus on Anglo-American Common Law methods and to turn their attention to the benefits of Continental Civil Law methods. Together with Professor Mortimer Sellers he is coeditor of the Springer Series Ius Gentium: Comparative Studies in Law and Justice.
Maxeiner’s academic advisor for his Dr. jur. (Ph.D. in law) dissertation at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich was Wolfgang Fikentscher. At Cornell Law School we was a student of Rudolf B. Schlesinger and George Fletcher. At Georgetown University Law Center he was an LL.M. student of Eberhard Günther, first President of the German Cartel Office. Maxeiner was Max Rheinstein Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He was Fellow of the Max Planck Society at the Max Planck Institutes in Munich (Innovation and Competition), Freiburg (Criminal Law) and Hamburg (Comparative and International Private Law). He has been a visitor at Kansai University, University of Missouri-Kansas City, The Catholic University of America, and Rutgers University, among other law faculties.
In addition to his academic work, Maxeiner practiced law as Trial Attorney, Antitrust Division, United States Department of Justice; as international litigation associate with what are now the New York City offices of Arnold & Porter and of Alston & Bird; and as Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Dun & Bradstreet, Inc.