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James T. Gathii Appointed Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law at Loyola University Chicago
Renowned International Scholar to Join Loyola’s School of Law
CHICAGO, March 8, 2012 – Loyola University Chicago is pleased to announce the appointment of James T. Gathii as the School of Law’s 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,” said 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.
About Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Loyola’s School of Law has been educating students across the country and around the world for 100 years. The school offers full- and part-time Juris Doctor programs, with specialized certificates available in advocacy, child and family law, health law, international law and practice, and tax law. For attorneys pursuing advanced legal education, the school offers Master of Laws programs in advocacy, business law, child and family law, health law, rule of law for development, and tax law. In addition, the school offers the Master of Jurisprudence for non-attorney professionals in business, child and family law, and health law, as well as two doctoral degrees focusing on health law and policy (SJD and DLaw).
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university, with more than 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as a presence in Beijing and an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The University’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, continuing and professional studies, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, and social work. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.