Adjunct Professor of Law
Professor Schaefer is the Law Alumi Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law where he has taught International Law, American Foreign Relations Law, International Trade Law and International Business Transactions since 1995. Since 2006, Professor Schaefer has been director of the United States’ first LL.M. degree in space and telecommunications law. In that capacity, Professor Schaefer has taught space law previously but also administered the program, including developing the curriculum, identifying faculty for the program, assisting in University approval and ABA acquiescence for the LL.M. degree, recruited students, overseen a $1.7million NASA grant, and organized over 10 conferences, including annual Washington, D.C. conferences.
Prior to entering academia, Professor Schaefer was a consultant to the National Governors Association, Western Governors Association and the states of Hawaii, Utah and Texas on the NAFTA and WTO Uruguay Round agreements and developed state proposals for the implementing legislation of these trade agreements. In 1999, he served as a director in the International Economic Affairs Office of the National Security Council (White House), developing recommendations and briefing senior officials, including President Bill Clinton, on trade matters such as sanctions reform, APEC, EU-US trade disputes, safeguards trade remedies, and WTO matters. He is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently on the Board of Editors of the Journal of International Economic Law.