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Law appoints renowned scholar

Loyola’s School of Law recently announced the appointment of James T. Gathii as its new Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law. Gathii, who is a renowned scholar in the areas of international trade and economic law, public international law, and good governance in Africa, will assume the Chair position on July 1, 2012.

Professor Gathii joins Loyola University Chicago with a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and practice in the field of international law. He is currently associate dean for research and scholarship and the Governor George E. Pataki professor of international commercial law at Albany Law School in New York. He has served as the Crowe and Dunlev visiting international law professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and as an assistant professor at Rutgers Business School.

“We are thrilled to have an international scholar as superb as James joining us at Loyola,” says David Yellen, dean of Loyola’s School of Law. “Our students will benefit tremendously from his broad range of expertise, especially in international trade and economic law, as well as human rights.”

Professor Gathii is an independent expert member of the Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment, and Human Rights Violations in Africa of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. He is a founding member of the Third World Approaches to International Law network. He serves as co-chair of the African Interest Group of the American Society of International Law and is a member of the International Law Association’s Study Committee on the Meaning of War, and the Global Faculty of the Trade Policy Training Institute (TRAPCA) in Arusha, Tanzania.

The Wing-Tat Lee Chair was created to honor the generosity of Wing-Tat Lee, a Hong Kong businessman who provided the funds for the endowment in 1987. In addition to researching, teaching, and publishing in the area of international law, the Wing Tat-Lee Chair will develop and plan international programs and conferences at the law school as well as facilitate international law student and faculty exchanges for Loyola.

Professor Gathii received his LLB (Hons.) from the University of Nairobi and his SJD from Harvard Law School where he was an editor of the Harvard Human Rights Law Journal. He is widely published in the areas of international trade and economic law, as well as in public international law. He is the author of two books, African Regional Trade Agreements as Legal Regimes (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and War, Commerce and International Law (Oxford University Press, 2010). He is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and writes a regular column in the Nairobi Law Monthly.