Paul J. Zwier II

Professor of Law

Curriculum Vitae



Areas of Expertise
Trial Techniques, Torts, Evidence, International Dispute Resolution


Paul J. Zwier II is one of the nation's most distinguished professors of advocacy and skills training. As director of the Advocacy Skills Program, director of Emory’s Program for International Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and a professor of law, Professor Zwier comes to Emory from the University of Tennessee Law School. At UT he was professor of law and director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution.

Professor Zwier is the former director of Public Education for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and has taught and designed public and in-house skills programs in trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, advocacy in mediation, motion practice, negotiations, legal strategy, e-discovery, supervisory and leadership skills and expert testimony at deposition and trial for more than 20 years.

Professor Zwier has taught advocacy skills to international lawyers and judges in Arusha, Tanzania (ITCR); Den Hague, Netherlands (ICC); Mexico City, Mexico, Quito, Ecuador, Monrovia, Liberia; Nairobi, Kenya; Tbilisi, Georgia; Northern Ireland; Scotland; England; Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, China, and led seminars in negotiation and dispute resolution for black South African lawyers as part of a State Department program. In 1998, Zwier received NITA's Prentice Marshall Award.

He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Principled Negotiation on an International Stage: Talking with Evil, Cambridge University Press (2013); Moving From an Inquisitorial to an Oral Adversarial System in Mexico: Jurisprudential, Criminal Procedure, Evidence Law and Trial Advocacy Implications, 26 Emory International L. Rev. 189 (2012)(with Alexander Barney); Torts: Cases, Problems, and Exercises 4th ed. (LexisNexis, 2013) (with Weaver, Bauman, Cross, Klein, Martin); Mastering Torts (North Carolina Press, 2009); Supervisory and Leadership Skills in the Modern Law Practice (NITA 2006), Legal Strategy (NITA, 2006); Effective Expert Testimony, 3d. (NITA, 2013) (with Malone); Advanced Negotiation and Mediation Theory and Practice (with Guernsey) (NITA, 2005); Looking to "Ground Motive" for a Religious Foundation for Law, 54 Emory L.J. 357 (2005); and The Utility of a Nonconsequentialist Rationale for Civil-Jury-Awarded Punitive Damages, 54 Kansas L.Rev. 403 (2006). He has made professional presentation and consulted with dozens of law firms and other organizations. In addition to torts, Zwier teaches Evidence, Advanced Trial Advocacy and an Advanced Negotiation Seminar.

Education: BA, Calvin College, 1976; JD, Pepperdine University, 1979; LLM, Temple University, 1981.

Looking to Ground Motives for a Religious Foundations for Law
54 Emory L.J. 357 2005

Burden of Proof: Developments in Modern Chinese Evidence Rules
10 Tul. J. Comp. & Int'l L. 419 2002

The Ethics 2000 Commission and the Lawyer-Client Relationship
70 Tenn. L. Rev. [v] (2002-2003) 2002

Epistemology after Daubert, Kumho Tire, and the New Federal Rule of Evidence 702
74 Temp. L. Rev 103 2001

Technology and Opening Statements: A Bridge to the Virtual Trial of the Twenty-First Century
67 Tenn. L. Rev. 523 1999

Looking for a Nonlegal Process: Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Care Perspective
30 U. Rich. L. Rev. 199 1996

Due Process and Punitive Damages
1991 Utah L. Rev. 407 1991

God, Man, and Jury
1989 Utah L. Rev. 433 1989

Who Knows Best about Damages: A Case for Court's Rights
93 Dick. L. Rev. 689 1988

Is the Maryland Director and Officer Liability Statute Based on a Male-Oriented Ethical Model
18 U. Balt. L. Rev. 368 1988

The Consequentialist/Nonconsequentialist Ethical Distinction: A Tool for the Formal Appraisal of Traditional Negligence and Economic Tort Analysis
26 B. C. L. Rev. 905 1984

Cause in Fact in Tort Law - A Philosophical and Historical Examination
31 DePaul L. Rev. 769 1981

First Bank of Boston v. Bellottii, Corporations Right to Political Speech
6 Pepp. L. Rev. 529 1978



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