JOBIT: Sad News Passing of Professor Roger Goebel [MC1957 RIP] 2018-Apr-20


Dear John,

               See announcement below.
                 May He Rest In Peace.

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Dear Fordham Law Alumni,

I write with the sad news that Professor Roger J. Goebel passed away on Friday, April 20. He was 82. The Fordham Law community has lost a good friend and a superb colleague whose contributions to us, our students, and our institution were immeasurable. Professor Goebel was never shy about speaking his mind and, in a gentle way, pressing his views. He always spoke from the heart, informed by his tremendous learning and intellect. He devoted particular attention to nurturing the community of international students and scholars at Fordham Law.

Born in Indianapolis, Professor Goebel earned his A.B. from Manhattan College in 1957, graduating as valedictorian of his class. He enrolled at New York University School of Law, earning his J.D. in 1960 and his LL.M. in comparative law in 1961. From 1961 to 1962, he was a Fulbright fellow at the University of Tübingen in Germany. From 1966 to 1983, he practiced international business law and French and American corporate law in the Paris and New York City offices of Coudert Brothers.

In 1984, we at Fordham Law were thrilled to welcome Professor Goebel to the faculty; he served the Law School community for 33 years as an invaluable educator, colleague, and friend. As Alpin J. Cameron Professor of Law, he inspired students and colleagues alike with his prodigious knowledge of corporations, partnership and limited liability companies, and European Union Law.

Professor Goebel represented one of the foremost American legal academics in the field of EU Law, having taught and written in the field since 1978. Indeed, he was one of the founders of this important area of study. In 1984 he created the Fordham Center on European Law, which fostered Fordham Law’s relationships with United States and European law schools and has promoted the School’s reputation in Europe as a premier school in international law. 

Professor Goebel was instrumental in building and nurturing the School’s LL.M. program, and he served as a caring mentor to the many international students who matriculated at Fordham due to his influence. During their time at the Law School, Professor Goebel deftly helped them navigate a legal system that may have initially seemed strange to them but that was nonetheless one they were eager to understand thanks to his encouragement and tutelage. 

Showcasing his commitment to the field of EU law, Professor Goebel published extensively on the topic and other international legal matters. His book Cases and Materials on European Union Law, which he co-authored with Eleanor Fox, George Bermann, Jeffrey Atik, and Frank Emmert, is now in its fourth edition and remains a vital law school text. He also co-edited Rights, Liability and Ethics in International Legal Practice, now in its second edition, with the late Mary Daly. His work is widely read and respected in Europe. Many European academics first learned of Fordham Law School through his work, making him one of the School’s great ambassadors. 

Professor Goebel taught at various institutions across the United States, in Germany, and in France. He maintained various professional affiliations and roles, including president of the American Foreign Law Association (1997–2000); advisory board member of the American Law Institute, Restatement of Agency Third (1999–2003); editorial advisory board member of the Common Market Law Review (1991–present); and executive committee member of the American Society of Comparative Law (1997–2000). 

Professor Goebel will be profoundly missed by his many friends, colleagues, and former students in the Fordham Law School community. 

The Law School will host an appropriate event to share memories of Professor Goebel. Information will be forthcoming.

I am sorry to pass on this sad news.


Matthew Diller
Paul Fuller Professor of Law

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Goebel, Roger [MC1957 RIP]

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