Graduate and International Programs

Professor Lauren Fielder, J.D., LL.M. (’07)

Assistant Dean for Graduate & International Programs

Professor Lauren Fielder serves as Assistant Dean for Graduate & International Programs at The University of Texas School of Law. In this role, she oversees the LL.M. Program as well as exchange, international, and study abroad programs at the School of Law. Additionally, she is the Director of the Institute for Transnational Law, which coordinates the School of Law’s programs, resources, and events on international and comparative law. Professor Fielder also teaches courses on international and constitutional law and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on African law and policy, gender and customary law, and religion as empowerment among other topics. A frequent speaker all over the world, Professor Fielder is committed to shaping the landscape of international and constitutional law. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Law at the University of Luzern. Her dissertation explores the internationalization of African constitutional law.

Professor Fielder has been teaching international and constitutional law across Texas, the United States, and the world since 2005. At The University of Texas School of Law, she teaches courses on African law, art and intellectual property law, comparative constitutional law, family law in comparative and international perspective, and international human rights law. Professor Fielder also serves as visiting professor of law at Kuwait International Law School and Brooklyn Law School. At KILAW, she has taught international human rights and environmental law as well as research methods for scholarly writing. At Brooklyn Law School, she has taught courses on African law, comparative constitutional law, comparative law, and international human rights, among others.

As a member of the permanent law faculty at The University of Texas School of Law, Professor Fielder is producing cutting-edge research and influencing the development of the law and of societies around the world. In spring 2018, the Texas International Law Journal published Dean Fielder’s article on the human rights implications of BREXIT. She has also published numerous articles, book chapters, and edited volumes on topics relevant to international and constitutional law, including the internationalization of constitutional law and transnational law and human rights. Dean Fielder also has two books on African Law under contract with Carolina Academic Press.

Prior to joining The University of Texas School of Law, Professor Fielder served as Assistant Director of the Transnational Legal Studies Program in the Faculty of Law at the University of Luzern. She was also an Assistant Professor of Law and taught courses international litigation, transnational litigation, United States constitutional law and the death penalty.

Professor Fielder received her J.D. with Honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2001. She served as senior articles editor for the Tulsa Law Journal and was honored with the Order of the Curule Chair. In 2007, she also earned her LL.M. in Latin American and International Law from The University of Texas School of Law. Professor Fielder serves as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on International Legal Exchange and treasurer of the Association of American Law Schools Section on North American Cooperation. She is also immediate past chair of the Association of American Law Schools Graduate Programs for Non-U.S. Lawyers.

She lives in Austin, Texas, and is the mother of five sons.

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Dr. iur. Carly M. Toepke, J.D.

Assistant Director of Graduate & International Programs

Dr. iur. Carly Toepke, J.D., joined Texas Law in June 2015. As a lecturer, she teaches the course Legal Research and Writing for Foreign Lawyers. As Assistant Director she manages the Texas Law's LL.M. and Exchange Programs. She also directs the LL.M. bar exam success program and coaches the LL.M. Moot Court team. Prior to relocating to Austin, Toepke taught and researched disability human rights law as a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Lucerne in Lucerne, Switzerland, and the Swiss Paraplegic Research in Nottwil, Switzerland, from 2011 to 2015. In 2016, she finished her doctoral degree at the University of Lucerne, Faculty of Law, on the right to inclusive education for children with disabilities. Toepke earned her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. While earning her J.D., she studied abroad at the University of Lucerne for one semester. This experience is what sparked her journey into the Human Rights Law field and passion for educational exchange. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is a member of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and International Law Section, the Illinois Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and NAFSA. Toepke received her bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and German from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Send Email Phone: (512) 232-2042

Dr. Mauricio Pajon, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate & International Admissions

Mauricio Pajon is the Director of Graduate & International Admissions at The University of Texas School of Law. He also serves as the Program Director for the Institute for Transnational Law at Texas Law. Prior to joining the Office of Graduate & International Programs in 2017, Dr. Pajon worked in the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration & Environmental Law. He holds a PhD from The University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate of Vassar College. Dr. Pajon was born in Colombia, grew up in Upstate New York, and has lived in Austin for 20 years.

Send Email Phone: (512) 475-9328

Sarah Vela

Program Coordinator

As program coordinator, Sarah assists the Graduate and International Programs office with planning events, answering student questions, coordinating appointments for students with Assistant Dean Fielder, and handling other tasks for the office.

A Texas native, Sarah lived in Nashville, Tennessee, and West Palm Beach, Florida, before making a return to Austin. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, reading, and painting board game figures. Sarah has one daughter.

Send Email Phone: (512) 232-1175