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Jeffrey L. Dunoff

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LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., New York University School of Law
B.A., Haverford College

Jeff Dunoff is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law. His research and writing focuses on public international law, international regulatory regimes, international organizations, and interdisciplinary approaches to international law.

Dunoff has served as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School; as a Law and Public Affairs Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University; and as a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Centre at Cambridge University. Among other activities, he serves as a Member of the E 15 Expert’s Group on the Functioning of the Multilateral Trading System, based in Geneva; an elected member of the American Law Institute; and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. 

Professor Dunoff’s publications include Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations : The State of the Art (coeditor, with Mark A. Pollack, Cambridge University Press 2013); Ruling the World? Constitutionalism, International Law and Global Governance (coeditor, with Joel P. Trachtman, Cambridge University Press 2009); and International Law: Norms, Actors, Process (with Steven Ratner and David Wippman, Aspen 2010), a leading textbook.  His writings have appeared in the American Journal of International Law, European Journal of International Law, Journal of International Economic Law and other leading publications. In 2000, he received the Friel-Scanlon award for his scholarship.


Steven R. Ratner

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J.D., Yale
M.A., Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales (Geneva)
A.B., Princeton.

Steven R. Ratner, the Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law, came to the University of Michigan Law School in 2004 from the University of Texas School of Law. His teaching and research focuses on public international law and on a range of challenges facing governments and international institutions since the Cold War, including ethnic conflict, border disputes, counter-terrorism strategies, corporate and state duties regarding foreign investment, and accountability for human rights violations. Professor Ratner has written and lectured extensively on the law of war, and is also interested in the intersection of international law and moral philosophy and other theoretical issues. In 1998-99, he was appointed by the UN Secretary-General to a three-person group of experts to consider options for bringing the Khmer Rouge to justice, and he has since advised governments, NGOs, and international organizations on a range of international law issues. In 2008-09, he served in the legal division of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. A member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law from 1998-2008, he began his legal career as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. State Department. He established and directs the Law School’s externship program in Geneva. In June 2010, he was one of three experts appointed to a U.N. panel that will advise Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on human rights issues related to the Sri Lankan conflict that ended last year.


David Wippman

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M.A., Yale University
B.A., Princeton University
J.D., Yale Law School

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 and Can Might Make Rights? Building the Rule of Law After Military Interventions.