Jagdish Bhagwati, is currently the University Professor for Economics and Law at Columbia University and Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations.
He was born in 1934 and raised in India. He attended Cambridge University where he graduated in 1956 with a first in Economics Tripos. He then studied at MIT and Oxford, returning to India in 1961 as Professor of Economics at the Indian Statistical Institute, and then as Professor of International Trade at the Delhi School of Economics. He returned to MIT in 1968, leaving it twelve years later as the Ford International Professor of Economics to join Columbia. Until 2001, he was Arthur Lehman Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science at Columbia.
Professor Bhagwati has served as Economic Policy Advisor to the Director-General, GATT (1991-1993), as Special Adviser to the UN on Globalization (2001) and as an External Adviser to the WTO. He also recently served as a member of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's Advisory Group on the NEPAD process in Africa, and was a member of the Eminent Persons Group, chaired by President Cardoso, on the Future on UNCTAD. Professor Bhagwati has published more than three hundred articles and fifty volumes. He is regarded as one of the foremost international trade theorists of his generation. Professor Bhagwati has also written frequently for the world's leading newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and The New York Times, and magazines such as Foreign Affairs, The Times Literary Supplement and The Economist.
E. Thomas Sullivan was named Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the University of Minnesota on July 1, 2004. Prior to this appointment, he served as the eighth Dean of the University of Minnesota Law School from 1995 to 2002. He finished his term as Dean in July 2002 and was named the Irving Younger Professor of Law, which he held until July 2005. Previously, he served for six years as the Dean of the University of Arizona College of Law, and as Associate Dean at Washington University in St. Louis.
Provost Sullivan's teaching areas include antitrust, civil procedure, regulation of business, complex litigation, and trial practice. He is a nationally recognized authority on antitrust law and complex litigation, having authored or co-authored 8 books and more than 30 articles and essays on antitrust. Provost Sullivan has served as a consultant to the American Law Institute's Project on Complex Litigation and its Federal Code Revision Project, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and as Project Director and Editor for the ABA Antitrust Monograph Project on Nonprice Predation, and as Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Antitrust and Economic Regulation. He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
In 2000, he was appointed by the President of the ABA to the Committee on the Future of the Legal Profession. In June of 2003, he received the J. William Elwin, Jr., Award from the ABA Section of Legal Education for leadership and contributions to law school development.
Timothy Canova is Associate Dean, Professor of Law, and Director of the Center for Global Trade and Development at Chapman University School of Law. Professor Canova earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, at the Georgetown University Law Center. He was a Swedish Institute Visiting Scholar at the University of Stockholm Faculty of Law, where he earned a master’s diploma with distinction in International and Comparative Law.
Professor Canova has previously taught at the University of Miami School of Law, the University of Arizona College of Law, and the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he was granted early tenure in 2003. He writes in the areas of international monetary law and foreign economic policy, corporate governance, and economic and financial regulation. Professor Canova previously served as a Legislative Assistant to former U.S. Senator Paul E. Tsongas and practiced law in New York City with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
B. S. Chimni is Professor of International Law at School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Law School (1995-96) and Law Fellow, University of York, Canada (1993). He has been teaching international economic law for the last twenty years. His other areas of interest are international legal theory and international refugee law. However, for the past many years his principal interest has been in bringing together a group of like minded scholars from the third world to challenge Western dominance in the field of international law.
His publications include International Commodity Agreements: A Legal Study (1987), International Law and World Order: A Critique of Contemporary Approaches (1993) and International Refugee Law: A Reader (2000). He is an Executive Editor of The Indian Journal of International Law and one of the editors of The Third World and International Law.
Chad P. Bown is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and International Business School (IBS) at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts (USA) and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.
Professor Bown’s research focuses on the economics of international trade laws and institutions, trade policy negotiations, and trade frictions. He has published a number of recent articles on GATT and WTO dispute settlement and the international use of antidumping and safeguard trade policies in professional academic journals and edited volumes. He has also been a consultant and visiting scholar at the World Bank in Washington, DC and a visiting fellow at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) in Bonn, Germany. Professor Bown teaches courses on the global economy, international trade policy and institutions, and international trade disputes to undergraduate students at Brandeis, as well as in the M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D., and Executive Education programs at Brandeis’ International Business School. Bown has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1999), and a B.A. magna cum laude in Economics and International Relations from Bucknell University (1994).
Marc L. Busch is the Karl F. Landegger Professor of International Business Diplomacy at the School of Foreign Service, and Associate Professor in the Government Department, Georgetown University. He is the author of the book Trade Warriors, as well as articles in the American Journal of Political Science, American Journal of Sociology, British Journal of Political Science, Fordham International Law Journal, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of World Trade, World Politics, and various edited volumes. He is currently writing on developing countries in WTO litigation.
He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and was previously an associate professor at the Queen’s School of Business and, prior to that, an associate professor of Government and Social Studies at Harvard University, where he was also the director of Graduate Student Programs at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He has consulted to Bell Canada Enterprises, Booz Allen Hamilton, McKinsey & Co., Monitor’s Country Competitiveness Practice, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Health Canada, and the Trade Law Division of the Department of International Trade Canada, on whose behalf he addressed a NAFTA Article 2022 panel on dispute settlement.
Sungjoon Cho joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in August 2003. He earned his LL.B. and M.P.A. degrees from Seoul National University before studying in the United States for his LL.M. in international economic law at the University of Michigan Law School. He then completed his S.J.D. degree at Harvard Law School in 2002.
Professor Cho's research interests include international trade law, public international law and comparative law. Before coming to the United States, he represented the government of South Korea in negotiations with the World Trade Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
William J. Davey is the Guy Raymond Jones Chair at the College of Law of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he has taught courses in international trade law, European Union law, international business transactions, and corporate/securities law since 1984. Professor Davey has also taught at the Academy of International Economic Law and Dispute Settlement in Geneva and the Academy of International Trade law in Macau and was Jean Monnet Professor at the University of Bielefeld in Germany in 1994.
From 1995-99, he was on leave from the College and served as the Director of the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization. Since leaving the WTO he has served on WTO arbitral panels in respect of international trade disputes between Canada and Brazil, the European Union and Korea, and the European Union and the United States.
Professor Davey is the author of Legal Problems of International Economic Relations (fourth edition 2002, with Jackson & Sykes), European Community Law (second edition 2002, with Bermann, Goebel & Fox), Pine & Swine: Canada-United States Trade Dispute Settlement (1996), and Handbook of WTO/GATT Dispute Settlement (1991-2000, with Pescatore & Lowenfeld), as well as many articles on various international trade law issues.
He is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on the International Trade Committee of the International Law Association. Professor Davey is Associate Editor of The Journal of International Economic Law (Oxford) and also serves on the Board of Advisors for The Columbia Journal of European Law and the Faculty Editorial Board of the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies. He is Advisor to the Asian WTO Research Network and on the Board of Advisers of the Project on Dispute Settlement in International Trade, Investment and Intellectual Property of UNCTAD (the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development).
Dr. Tracey Epps is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago in New Zealand where she teaches International Trade Regulation. She recently completed her SJD at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. Her dissertation examined the role of science and public sentiment in international trade disputes involving trade restrictive health regulations. She has previously published several articles and has presented at conferences on the implications of international trade agreements for Canada’s public health care system. She has also worked as a lawyer in New Zealand and as a management consultant in Toronto, Canada.
J. Michael Finger is known for his seminal work in several areas of international economics: how the GATT/WTO system relates to development; trade restrictions, e.g., safeguards and antidumping in Latin American trade liberalization; and the commercial value of intellectual property in poorer communities.
Dr. Finger retired from the World Bank in 2001. While there he served as Lead Economist and Chief, Trade Policy Research Group and was the Bank's initial Coordinator for The Integrated Framework for Trade-Related Technical Assistance to Least Developed Countries. He has since served as Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, consultant to a number of developing country governments, to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization and the U.N. Millennium Project Task Force on Trade. He held the chair of Vernon F. Taylor Distinguished Professor of Economics, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, in 2004 and 2005 and has taught at the China Foreign Affairs University, the University of Berne, the Stockholm School of Economics, and Duke University.
Before working at the World Bank Dr. Finger held key positions at the U.S. Treasury Department and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina.
Frank J. Garcia joined the Boston College Law faculty in 2001. He had been an associate professor at the Florida State University College of Law since 1993. He has served as a Visiting Professor at the University of the Republic in Uruguay, as Visiting Professor at the University of Houston Law Center and as the Katherine A. Ryan Distinguished Visiting Professor at the St. Mary's University School of Law/University of Innsbruck, Austria.
Professor Garcia received his B.A. in Religious Studies from Reed College in 1985, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1989. Professor Garcia was a Fulbright Scholar, as well as a professorial fellow at the Law Institute of the Americas, SMU School of Law, and is Associate Director at the Caribbean Law Institute, FSU College of Law. He has served on the Executive Board and as Vice-Chair of the ASIL International Economic Law Interest Group, and as faculty advisor for the Journal of Transnational Law and Policy and the International Law Society at FSU College of Law.
James Thuo Gathii is the Governor George E. Pataki Chair of International Commercial Law at Albany Law School, where he has been on the faculty since 2001. His research and expertise are in the areas of public international law, international economic, international intellectual property and trade law as well as on issues of good governance and legal reform as they relate to the third world and sub-Saharan Africa in particular.
Before joining Albany Law School, Professor Gathii taught at the Rutgers Business School. He was also a Crowe and Dunlevy Visiting International Law Professor at the University of Oklahoma's College of Law.
Professor Gathii has published over 40 articles and book chapters, including the Michigan Law Review. He is ranked among the Top 300 Law Authors based on total new downloads on the Social Science Research Network. Professor Gathii has presented his research at several law schools, including at Harvard, Cornell, UC Davis and the University of North Carolina and around the World including in the U.K., Italy, Canada, Kenya, Finland and Holland. He is a member of the International Law Association's Study Committee on the Meaning of War. Professor Gathii teaches Business Organizations, Public International Law, International Trade, International Business Transactions and International Organizations.
His current research primarily focuses on the social and public policy issues relating to developing country participation in the Doha Round of negotiations with a particular interest in the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Professor Gathii received his LL.B. from the University of Nairobi and his LL.M. and S.J.D. from Harvard Law School. His forthcoming book with Oxford University Press (2009) is entitled War, Commerce and International Law.
Daniel J. Gervais is the Vice-Dean (Research) and Osler Professor of Intellectual Property and Technology Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa (Common Law Section). Prior to his teaching career, Prof. Gervais was successively Legal Officer at the GATT; Head of Section at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva; and Vice-President, International of Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.(CCC) in the United States. He also served as consultant to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris and on several occasions to various Departments of the Canadian Government. He has taught as invited professor in several universities around the world.
Dr. Gervais is the author of several articles, six books and a number of book chapters on copyright law and management, and international intellectual property law, published in six different languages, including a book on The History and Interpretation of the TRIPS Agreement (2nd edition, Sweet & Maxwell, 2003), a book entitled Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights (Kluwer Law International, 2006) and Intellectual Property: The Law in Canada (Carswell, Aug. 2005—coauthored with Dr. Elizabeth Judge). He is the General Editor of the well known Journal of World Intellectual Property.
Professor Daniel J. Gifford is the Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota. Professor Gifford received an A.B. degree from Holy Cross College and an LL.B. degree from Harvard Law School, where he was Case Editor of the Harvard Law Review. As a Ford Fellow, he received a J.S.D. degree from Columbia University. Professor Gifford has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan Law School and at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Warwick, England. He also has taught law at universities in France, Belgium, and Sweden.
Professor Gifford has chaired the Minnesota State Bar Association Section on Antitrust Law and has served on the Executive Committee of the Antitrust Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He is a member of the American Law Institute and of its Consultative Group on Unfair Competition.
Robert C. Hockett joined the Cornell Law School faculty in 2004. His principal research and teaching interests lie in the fields of organizational and financial law and economics, particularly as these bear upon and are borne upon by economic globalization and distributive justice concerns.
Prior to entering full-time academe he worked for the International Monetary Fund and clerked for the Hon. Deanell Reece Tacha, then Circuit Judge, now Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10 th Circuit. While a graduate student and as a judicial clerk he taught respectively at Yale, Harvard, the University of Connecticut and the University of Kansas. Professor Hockett received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Kansas, his M.A. from Oxford University (where he was a Rhodes Scholar), and his LL.M. and J.S.D. from Yale Law School.
Bernard Hoekman is Research Manager of the International Trade group in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Before taking up his present position he managed the international trade and global integration activities of the World Bank Institute's Economic Policy division. He has worked extensively in countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
Between 1988 and 1993 he was on the staff of the GATT Secretariat in Geneva. He is a graduate of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan and is a Research Fellow of the London-based Centre for Economic Policy Research.
His current research focuses on the functioning of the multilateral trading system (WTO), international transactions in services, the relationship between competition and trade policy, the economics of regional economic integration, and channels of international technology diffusion.
Yong-Shik Lee (Y.S. Lee) is a law professor and senior fellow at the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development, St. John’s University School of Law, New York. Before entering academia, Lee served as legal counsel for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of South Korea.
Professor Lee has published extensively in the area of international trade law and has recently authored Reclaiming Development in the World Trading System (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and Safeguard Measures in World Trade: The Legal Analysis (Kluwer Law International 2d ed. 2005). He has also participated in various multilateral and bilateral negotiations relating to international trade and investment. Professor Lee graduated from the University of California at Berkeley (A.B., economics) and the University of Cambridge (B.A., law, M.A., Ph.D.). He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of World Trade.
Petros C. Mavroidis (Dr iuris, University of Heidelberg, Germany 1986; LL.M, University of California at Berkeley 1984; LL.M in EC Law, Institut d'Etudes Européennes, U.L.B, Brussels 1982; Ptihion (LL.B) in Law, University of Thessaloniki Faculty of Law and Economic Science) is Edwin B. Parker Professor of Foreign and Comparative Law at Columbia Law School and professor at the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland.
Professor Mavroidis worked in the WTO's legal division in the 1990s and has remained active with the WTO. While teaching at the University of Neuchatel, he spent several days each month as a pro bono lawyer at the WTO, helping developing countries to settle disputes. Prof. Mavroidis is also involved with the American Law Institute as a chief co-reporter on the principles of WTO law, which will lead eventually to a series of legal recommendations.
John Odell is Professor at the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California (USC). Professor Odell has written extensively about the processes of negotiation and conflict among states on issues such as trade, exchange rates and debt.
He has conducted field research in and written about Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, and Switzerland as well as the U.S. In 2006 Professor Odell edited and published Negotiating Trade: Developing Countries in the WTO and NAFTA (Cambridge University Press). In 2000 Professor Odell published Negotiating the World Economy (Cornell University Press), which gives the inside stories of ten major economic negotiations since 1944 that have involved the United States.
Sylvia Ostry is Distinguished Research Fellow at the Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto. She has a Ph.D. in economics from McGill University and Cambridge. After teaching and research at a number of Canadian universities and at the University of Oxford Institute of Statistics, she joined the Federal Government in 1964. Among the posts she held were Chief Statistician, Deputy Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Chairman of the Economic Council of Canada, Deputy Minister of International Trade, Ambassador for Multilateral Trade Negotiations and the Prime Minister's Personal Representative for the Economic Summit.
From 1979 to 1983 she was Head of the Economics and Statistics Department of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. In 1989 she was Volvo Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, New York. From 1990 to 1997 she was Chairman, Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto.
She has received 19 honorary degrees from universities in Canada and abroad and the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Government of Canada. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 1990, she was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest award in the Canadian national system of honors.
Her most recent publications include The World Trading System: In the Fog of Uncertainty, Review of International Organizations Vol. 1, No. 2, June 2006; What are the Necessary Ingredients for the World Trading Order?, Sustainability, Civil Society and International Governance, John J. Kirton, Peter Hajnal (eds.), Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2006.
Amelia Porges is Counsel at the Washington, DC offices of the law firm Sidley & Austin. Ms. Porges’s practice emphasizes WTO law and U.S. trade law. She has assisted governments and businesses in WTO and other dispute settlement proceedings, and advised governments and businesses in international negotiations. As the Senior Counsel for Dispute Settlement and head of enforcement at the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Ms. Porges briefed and argued WTO cases before dispute settlement panels and the Appellate Body, guided U.S. WTO litigation efforts in over 120 government-to-government disputes, and negotiated on reform of the WTO's dispute settlement rules.
Earlier at USTR, she led antidumping and subsidies policy. She advised negotiators and drafted trade agreements involving trade in services, tariff negotiations with Europe, domestic regulation, agriculture, government procurement, and trade with Japan. She drafted the Japan-U.S. agreements on beef and citrus liberalization and on trade in automobiles, and the first U.S. proposal for a General Agreement on Trade in Services. She litigated the landmark Superfund case for the United States in the GATT. She negotiated for the Administration on the last major international procurement trade legislation, Title VII of the 1988 omnibus trade bill. During the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations, Ms. Porges served as Senior Legal Officer and Counsellor for Legal Affairs at the GATT Secretariat in Geneva, advising on trade disputes, negotiations and drafting of the WTO Agreement.
Ms. Porges has taught trade law at Sophia University in Tokyo and currently teaches WTO law at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She co-chairs the principal continuing legal education program in trade law, the ABA-sponsored annual International Trade Update program at Georgetown University. She was principal author of the leading current work on GATT law, the Guide to GATT Law and Practice, published by the WTO.
Professor Gregory Shaffer is the Wing-Tat Lee Chair of International Law at Loyola University Chicago. He teaches courses in a number of subject areas, including international trade law, international law, European Union law, international business transactions, and a variety of research seminars. He received his BA from Dartmouth College and his JD from Stanford Law School.
Prior to joining the faculty in 2006, Professor Shaffer was professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School for ten years, where he directed the University's European Union Center and co-directed its Center on World Affairs and the Global Economy. Before that, he practiced law in Paris for over seven years for Coudert Frères and Bredin Prat.
Shaffer's publications include Defending Interests: Public-Private Partnerships in WTO Litigation (Brookings Institution Press, 2003), Transatlantic Governance in the Global Economy (with Mark Pollack, Rowman & Littlefield 2001), and over forty articles and book chapters on international trade law, global governance, and globalization's impact on domestic regulation. Professor Shaffer has been designated a Visiting Scholar at the American Bar Foundation (2004) and at Columbia Law School (2002), and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at DePaul University College of Law (2003).
Richard Steinberg is Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles. He teaches International Business Transactions, Public International Law, International Trade Law, Legal Process and Philosophy for LLM Students, National Security Law, Politics and International Law, and Theories of International Law. Professor Steinberg is on the editorial boards of the American Journal of International Law and International Organization. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Professor Steinberg has written numerous articles and books on international law. His most recent books are The Evolution of the Trade Regime: Economics, Law, and Politics of the GATT/WTO, (co-authored, 2006, Princeton University Press) and The Greening of Trade Law: International Trade Organizations and Environmental Issues (2001, Rowman & Littlefield).
Prior to arriving at UCLA School of Law, Professor Steinberg worked as Assistant General Counsel to the United States Trade Representative in Washington, D.C., and later as an associate with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. He also served as Project Director at the Berkeley Roundtable on International Economy (BRIE) at UC Berkeley.
Chantal Thomas taught at Fordham University in New York City from 1996 to 2006 in the areas of International Law and Developing Countries, Corporations, Contracts, and Law and Globalization. Professor Thomas focuses her scholarship on international trade and international development, with emphasis on the relationships between international law, political economy, and global social justice.
She has also taught at several overseas institutions including University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), American University in Cairo, and Soochow University (Kenneth Wang) School of Law. Professor Thomas has served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and on the Board of Directors of the American Foreign Law Association.
Her most recent work includes Constitutionalism, Trade Legislation, and "Democracy," in Richard W. Bauman & Tsvi Kahana eds., The Least Examined Branch: The Role of Legislatures in the Constitutional State (Cambridge University Press, 2006); and Max Weber, Talcott Parsons and the Sociology of Legal Reform: A Reassessment with Implications for Law and Development, 15 Minnesota Journal of International Law 383 (2006).
Joel P. Trachtman is Professor of International Law at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. The author of over 50 scholarly publications, Prof. Trachtman is a member of the Boards of the American Journal of International law, the European Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Economic Law and the Singapore Yearbook of International Law. He has consulted for the United Nations, the OECD, APEC, the World Bank, the Organization of American States, and the U.S. Agency for International. He is a member of the bar of the State of New York.
From 1998 to 2001, he was Academic Dean of the Fletcher School, and during 2000 and 2001, he served as Dean ad interim. In 2002, he was Manley O. Hudson Visiting Professor of Law, and in 2004 he was Nomura Visiting Professor of International Financial Systems, at Harvard Law School. Prior to joining the faculty of The Fletcher School in 1989, he spent nine years in the private practice of international commercial law in New York and Hong Kong. His practice included a wide variety of international and domestic financing, acquisition and commercial transactions. He graduated in 1980 from Harvard Law School, where he served as editor in chief of the Harvard International Law Journal. His undergraduate education was at the London School of Economics and Columbia College.
Michael J. Trebilcock is University Professor and Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Toronto. He was awarded the Owen Prize in 1989 by the Foundation for Legal Research for his book, The Common Law of Restraint of Trade. He is also the author (inter alia) of The Limits of Freedom of Contract, co-author of The Regulation of International Trade (3rd edition), and co-author of The Law and Economics of Canadian Competition Policy.
In 1999, Professor Trebilcock received an Honorary Doctorate in Laws from McGill University and was awarded the Canada Council Molson Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In the same year he was elected an Honorary Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the Law Society of Upper Canada.
David M. Trubek is Voss-Bascom Professor Emeritus of Law and Senior Fellow of the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His main interests are in socio-legal studies and global political economy. He has written on law and development, the legal profession, civil litigation, EU law and policy, new governance, critical legal studies, transnational regulation, and social theory. Professor Trubek has helped develop and manage numerous academic projects and institutions in law and international studies.
He has been active in the Law and Society Association and was a founder of the Conference on Critical Legal Studies. He was the founding Director of the UW-Law School’s Institute for Legal Studies and from 1989-2001 served as the UW-Madison’s Dean of International Studies and Director of the International Institute. Trubek has taught at Yale and Harvard Law Schools and the Catholic University Law School of Rio de Janeiro and been Visiting Scholar in Residence at the European University Institute, the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, the London School of Economics, the Harvard Center for European Studies, and the Joaquim Nabucco Foundation in Recife, Brazil.
David S. Weissbrodt was appointed in 2005 as the first Regents Professor at the Law School. Since 1998 he also been the Fredrikson and Byron Professor of Law. Professor Weissbrodt attended Columbia University and the London School of Economics. He received his J.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall).
He joined the University of Minnesota Law School faculty in 1975 and has been a Visiting Professor at the Université Jean Moulin in Lyon, France, and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He established the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center and helped to establish the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library on the World Wide Web. He has represented and served as an officer or board member of Amnesty International, the Center for Victims of Torture, the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, Readers International, and the International League for Human Rights.
During 1996-2003 he served as a member of the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and was elected Chairperson of the Sub-Commission for the year 2001-02. He also was designated the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the rights of non-citizens for 2000-03. He also is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Society of International Law, and on the editorial review boards of Human Rights Quarterly and the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights.