Alumni named to leadership roles at International Society of Public Law

Author: Amanda Gray

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Two Notre Dame Law School alumni were recently named co-directors of chapter development for the International Society of Public Law, also known as ICON-S.

Felicia Caponigri ’12, ’15 J.D. and Johanna Fröhlich ’15 LL.M. were named to the ICON-S secretariat in September. In this role, they will help grow new chapters and membership in the organization.

After graduating from Notre Dame Law School, Caponigri went on to earn a Ph.D. in cultural heritage from IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca in Italy. She then returned to Notre Dame Law School, where she serves as director of International & Graduate Programs and a term teaching professor, teaching and researching in the areas of fashion law as well as art and cultural heritage law.

Caponigri’s work has been published in AEDON, The Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, and the Notre Dame Law Review Reflection, among others. She has guest lectured at the Newberry Library in Chicago, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and at the Università degli Studi di Firenze in Italy, speaking also at conferences in the United States, Ireland, Denmark, Hong Kong, Chile and Italy.

Fröhlich is an assistant professor of law at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, where she teaches courses on comparative constitutional law and an introduction to European law. She is the principal investigator for the Project on Constitutional Reasoning in Latin America, a regional academic project with the objective to identify and analyze the features and trends of constitutional reasoning in Latin America.

Fröhlich earned a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, Hungary, after completing her LL.M. at Notre Dame. Before, she had clerked for the Hungarian Constitutional Court and worked as the director of the Institute for Legal Research at the University of San Francisco de Quito, in Ecuador. Frölich has been a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Germany, and has taught at the Academia IDH in México, the University of Siena, Italy, or in the framework of the ROLCI Project at the Pulte Institute at Notre Dame. She has published on comparative law and courts, constitutional theory, and legal philosophy, among others, in the International Journal of Constitutional Law, the Italian Journal of Constitutional Law, in Cambridge University Press or Springer. 

"We are tremendously proud of Dr. Caponigri and Prof. Frolich for their appointments to the ICON-S secretariat,” said Paul B. Miller, professor of law and associate dean for International & Graduate Programs at Notre Dame Law School. “The trust shown them speaks volumes about the esteem in which they are held by their colleagues. We look forward to cheering their successes in extending the reach and impact of ICON-S — and Notre Dame — throughout the world."

ICON-S is an international organization dedicated to the field of public, administrative, and international law and formed in 2014. Members include scholars in all fields of law and beyond to the humanities and social sciences, and at all levels of seniority, from students to emeritus faculty. For more information on the organization, visit its website.