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Stephen C. Sieberson
Professor of Law
Office: 236
(402) 280-3044
stephensieberson@creighton.edu

 

 

Stephen C. Sieberson

 

Professor Stephen C. Sieberson is on sabbatical during the 2013-2014 academic year, carrying on research and writing in the field of international business contracts. During spring semester 2013 he taught international and comparative law courses at Carlos III University in Madrid, Spain, while a professor from Carlos III taught at Creighton. As a featured aspect of the faculty exchange the two professors taught parallel courses in international business transactions, using the draft of a textbook that Professor Sieberson has co-authored. During the semester Creighton students used videoconference technology with students at Carlos III to negotiate and document a cross-border transaction.

Teaching overseas has been a regular part of Professor Sieberson's career, and he has been fortunate enough to lecture in the Netherlands, Indonesia, Italy, Portugal, Serbia, the Czech Republic and Curaçao. In 2004-2005, the year before he joined the Creighton faculty, Professor Sieberson was a Fulbright Scholar at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. His research and writing have focused on the constitutional development of the European Union.

Prior to entering into his full time academic career, Professor Sieberson practiced international business law for 25 years in Seattle, also spending two years as an in-house legal adviser at a major bank in the Netherlands. His practice involved international financing and other transactions in Europe, Asia and South America. From 1987 to 2003, he served as honorary consul of the Netherlands for the states of Washington, Idaho and Montana, including a three-year period when he led Seattle's consular community as president of the Consular Association of Washington. During his practice years, he was never far from the classroom, and he regularly taught international and comparative law courses as an adjunct professor in the United States and abroad.

In addition to his work in international law, Professor Sieberson is actively involved in the field of legal ethics. He teaches the required course in professional responsibility to second-year law students, he organizes ethics seminars for the Omaha Bar Association, and he serves as an expert witness in cases of legal malpractice.

Outside his career in law, Professor Sieberson is a mountaineer who has climbed peaks around the world. During his time in Seattle, he was a member of Seattle Mountain Rescue and the Mountaineers organization. More recently, he has added snowboarding and Telemark skiing to his alpine activities, and the mountains - any mountains, anywhere - are never far from his thoughts.

At Creighton, Professor Sieberson is faculty adviser to the Asian Law Students Association, the Gay/Straight Law Alliance and the Law School Democrats. He has also served as a law school representative on a number of university-wide committees. During the academic year Professor Sieberson and his wife, Carmel, devote a lot of energy to entertaining Creighton students in their home. They believe that law school years and life in general are most rewarding when good food and wine can be shared with friends.

In 2008, the law school's graduating class named Professor Sieberson as the year's outstanding faculty member.


Education:

  • B.A. in English and American literature, Calvin College
  • M.A. in American popular culture, Bowling Green State University
  • J.D. with distinction, the University of Iowa
    • Founding editor of the Journal of Corporation Law and member of the board of editors of the Iowa Law Review
  • Ph.D. in European law from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Courses Taught:

  • International Business Transactions
  • International Human Rights
  • European Union Law
  • International Trade Regulation
  • International Law
  • Business Associations
  • Professional Responsibility