Thursday, May 15, 2008

More new (Int)Law Deans

Delighted to announce that 2 more persons whose scholarship examines international/comparative/transnational law have been appointed law deans.
Appointment of my colleague Kevin R. Johnson (right) as the incoming Dean of the University of California, Davis, School of Law (Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall) became official yesterday, by vote of the university's regents. Expert in immigration and refugee law (he's a cofounder of ImmigrationProf Blog), critical race theory, and civil rights law, Kevin, our Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies, will be the 1st Latino to head a UC law school. His book How Did You Get to Be Mexican? A White/Brown Man's Search for Identity (1999) was nominated for a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.
Earlier this month Makau Mutua (below left), with whom I've been proud to serve on the Executive Committee and Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, was named Dean of the University at Buffalo Law School, where he's been interim dean this past semester. SUNY Distinguished Professor and Floyd H. and Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar, Makau is director of the Buffalo Human Rights Center, having previously served as Associate Director of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. Expert in international human rights, international business transactions, and international law, his most recent book is Kenya’s Quest for Democracy: Taming Leviathan (2008). While on sabbatical in his native Kenya, Makau was appointed to chair that country's Task Force on the Establishment of a Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission.
Kevin and Makau join swelling ranks of (Int)Law Deans: those we've mentioned, like Janet Koven Levit (Tulsa), Nora V. Demleitner (Hofstra), and David Wippmann (Minnesota), and others whom we've not yet had a chance to mention, like Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker (Pacific McGeorge), Hiram Chodosh (Utah), Harold Hongju Koh (Yale), and T. Alexander Aleinikoff (Georgetown).
Have we forgotten anyone?

1 comment:

Marjorie Florestal said...


Thanks for mentioning our dean--the Great Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker! As an international law scholar, I can't tell you how wonderful it is to have a dean who understands and appreciates my work. But Elizabeth has gone way beyond that and has transformed Pacific McGeorge's already good international law program into something outstanding. Our course offerings on a range of international issues, from IBT to trade, comparative and "traditional" international law is mind boggling. We've also made a commitment to globalize our curriculum so that international law isn't something for the privileged few, but an area students are exposed to from their very first day (McGeorge faculty have authored a number of "Globalizing the Curriculm" books on first year courses and beyond). As former GC of the CIA, Elizabeth's true passion is national security law, and she spearheaded an effort to create one of the first peer-reviewed journals in the area. Not to mention, we have numerous summer study abroad programs--the most famous of which, Justice Kennedy teaches in every year (Kennedy was a long-time McGeorge faculty member). I could go on, but you have the idea. Some colleagues in international law have to labor in obscurity, but at McGeorge international and comparative law at last is brought into the light. Congratulations on the appointment of Dean Johnson!