Program Faculty

Professor Arthur A. Crais, Jr. 

Professor Arthur A. Crais, Jr. studied history and Political Science at the Universitat Hamburg prior to receiving his B.A. in Political Science with Honors from Tulane University. He served as law clerk to the Honorable William Redman of the Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit, prior to beginning the practice of maritime law. Professor Crais has been an Adjunct Lecturer at Loyola College of Law since 2009 where he has taught Marine Insurance and Rights, Remedies and Damages in a Marine Disaster.

Professor Crais currently serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board to the Loyola Maritime Law Journal. After being in private practice, he became the Senior Counsel to Shell Oil Company in New Orleans where he was responsible for maritime and offshore litigation and arbitration. He currently serves as Legal Consultant to Shell Oil Company for maritime matters and issues including but not limited to marine accidents, maritime contracts, marine insurance, maritime arbitration, investigation of accidents, training personnel about reporting requirements under OCSLA and U.S. Coast Guard Regulations. 

Professor Crais served as an instructor on the 2013 Spetses Summer Legal Studies Program. 

Professor Ramona Fernandez

Professor Fernandez joined the Loyola Law Clinic as part of its support staff in 1981.
After obtaining her law degree she became the Associate Director of the Law Clinic. As the
Associate Director, she oversees the administrative functions of the law clinic. More
recently, Professor Fernandez has joined the clinic faculty as one of its members. Since
graduating from law school, Professor Fernandez spent a large part of her career representing
individuals in the areas of family law, succession, immigration, criminal and juvenile law.

Professor Fernandez is very involved in the community by serving on various
organizational boards. She is the past President of the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid
Bureau, President for the Alliance for Good Government, Jefferson Chapter, Member of the
Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, legal advisor to the Club Dominicano in
Louisiana, Board of Directors of the “Friends of Israel M. Augustine Criminal Justice
Center”, member of Our House of Peace, Inc, Judge - volunteer to judge High School Moot
Court Competition - Second Parish Court, member of the Loyola University Alumni
Association Board of Directors, Member of the Recreational Sport & Intercollegiate
Athletics Advisory Council and Member of the Campus Ministry Policy Advisory

Professor Markus G. Puder, Ph.D. 

Professor Markus G. Puder serves as Professor of Law at the Loyola University School of Law
in New Orleans. His teaching and research interests include Comparative, Civil, and Roman
Law; Environmental and Energy Law; and Public International Law and the Law of the
European Union. He has previously been employed in the Environmental Science Division of
Argonne National Laboratory (a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory managed by
UChicago Argonne, LLC), while holding lectureships at the Georgetown University Law
Center and the George Washington University School of Law. He has taught and spoken at
the Bucerius Law School (Hamburg, Germany), Universidade Petrobras (Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil), and Bogaziçi Üniversitesi (Istanbul, Turkey). Other professional experiences include
serving as Congressional Fellow with the U.S. House of Representatives, Law Clerk at the
Oberlandesgericht München (Upper Regional Court of Munich, Germany), Assistant
Lecturer at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (Munich Law School, Germany), and
Researcher in Residence at the University of Cape Town (Republic of South Africa). Professor Puder is
a member of the New York State Bar and U.S. Supreme Court Bar. In addition to speaking
English, German, French, and Spanish, he has intermediate knowledge of Russian, Arabic,
Portuguese, and Italian. In his spare time, he is a concert violinist. Professor Puder will serve as the Panama program's on-site Program Director. 

John H. Rooney, Jr., P.A.

John Rooney is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and the University of Miami Law School (where he teaches International Commercial Arbitration and International Business Transactions). He practices in Miami, where he works exclusively on international legal matters. He has served as arbitrator on international tribunals, and as advocate in international arbitrations. He speaks Portuguese and Spanish.

Our person of contact at Universidad Latina de Panamá is:


Eneida López

Universidad Latina de Panamá Sede Central Campus

Ave. R.J. Alfaro, Apdo. 0823-00933, Panamá

(507) 230-8646, fax (507) 230-8604, or e-mail