Professor David Wippman is a recognized authority in international law. He has taught public international law, international criminal law, international human rights, and ethnic conflict. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Princeton University in 1976, his M.A. through a fellowship in the Graduate Program in English Literature at Yale University in 1978, and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1982. While at Yale, he was the editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. He clerked for The Honorable Wilfred Feinberg, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Professor Wippman became Dean of the University of Minnesota Law School on July 1, 2008.
Previously, he was a professor and Associate Dean at Cornell Law School and served as Vice Provost for International Relations at Cornell University.
In 1998–99, he had taken a year away from Cornell to serve as a director in the National Security Council's Office of Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs, where he worked on war crimes issues, the International Criminal Court, economic sanctions, and U.N. political issues.
Before joining Cornell, Professor Wippman practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C., with a focus on international arbitration, political consulting on public and private international law issues, and representation of developing countries in litigation. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. He has co-authored two recently released books on international law: International Law, Norms, Actors, Process: A Problem-Oriented Approach (3rd ed.) and Can Might Make Rights? Building the Rule of Law After Military Interventions.
Accountability for Atrocities: Moving Forward by Looking Backward, in Jane Stromseth, David Wippman & Rosa Brooks, Can Might Make Rights?: Building the Rule of Law after Military Interventions (Cambridge University Press, 2006), reprinted in International Dispute Resolution (Carrie Menkel-Meadow, ed., Ashgate Publishing, 2012) (with Jane E. Stromseth & Rosa Brooks)
Exaggerating the ICC, in Bringing Power to Justice?: The Prospects of the International Criminal Court (Joanna Harrington, Michael Milde & Richard Vernon, eds., McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006)
Justice: The Past and Future of War Crimes Prosecutions, 5 International Journal of Human Rights 90 (Winter 2001) (reviewing Gary Jonathan Bass, Stay the Hand of Vengeance (Princeton University Press, 2000) & The United States and the International Criminal Court (Sarah B. Sewell & Carl Kaysen, eds., Rowman and Littlefield, 2000)) (review essay)
Kosovo and the Limits of International Law, 25 Fordham International Law Journal 129 (2001)
Book Review, 97 American Journal of International Law 457 (2003) (reviewing Brian D. Lepard, Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention: A Fresh Legal Approach Based on Fundamental Ethical Principles in International Law and World Religions (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2002))
Book Review, 91 American Journal of International Law 560 (1997) (reviewing Managing Global Chaos: Sources of and Responses to International Conflict (Chester A. Croker and Fen Osler Hampson, eds., with Pamela Aall, United States Institute of Peace Press, 1996))
Book Review, 88 American Journal of International Law 388 (1994) (reviewing Peoples and Minorities in International Law (Catherine Brolmann, Rene Lefeber & Marjoleine Zieck, eds., Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1993))