José E. Alvarez (right) as today's very special guest contributor.
José is the Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law at New York University School of Law, where his teaching and scholarship comprehend a range of issues related to public international law, international organizations, foreign investment, and international criminal justice. In his guest post below, José considers Judge Richard Posner's critique of legal scholarship in the course of discussing why NYU's Journal of International Law and Politics has just adopted a hybrid model that includes not only student editors and staffers, but also faculty peer reviewers. José serves as managing editor for the 1st such issue, for which submissions are welcome through November 1.
As many blogreaders know, José, who joins U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as an IntLawGrrls very special guest, has been quite active in the American Society of International Law. He served as President from 2006 to 2008, and is as a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of International Law. From 2010 till June of this year, he served as a Special Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.
His previous academic posts include an international law chair at Columbia Law School, as well professorships at the University of Michigan Law and the George Washington law schools.
José earned a J.D. cum laude and a B.A. summa cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard, as well as a Special B.A. in Jurisprudence from Magdalen College, Oxford University, England. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas Gibbs Gee, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court. He practiced at a Washington, D.C. law firm and in the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, before entering academia full-time in 1989.