An Associate Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, Chimène specializes in International Law and International Tribunals, International Law in U.S. Courts, Comparative Law, and Complex Litigation. Among her publications is her 2007 book, The Paradoxes of Nationalism: The French Revolution and Its Meaning for Contemporary Nation Building.
Born in Canada, Chimène earned her bachelor's degree from Harvard; her J.D. from Yale, where she was awarded a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, served a student director of the immigration clinic and an editor of the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of International Law; and her doctorate from Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Following law school she clerked for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, then practiced at a firm in San Francisco before entering academia. She's worked on human rights litigation and advocacy in cooperation with the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights First, and the Center for Justice and Accountability.
She guest-posts today on her forthcoming article respecting the Alien Tort Statute -- a most timely topic, given the début today in San Francisco of a trial based on that human rights statute.
Chimène wishes to honor Emily Greene Balch, the 1946 Nobel Peace Prizewinner whom we've profiled below.