Professor Anupam Chander to Lead California International Law Center
Professor Anupam Chander has been named the new Director of the California International Law Center at King Hall (CILC).
"Professor Chander, whose scholarship has run a gamut of international topics, from international intellectual property to the implications of national diasporas throughout the globe, is the ideal intellectual to serve as director of the Center," said Dean Kevin R. Johnson. "His intellect, enthusiasm, and ability to build interdisciplinary and international links will serve him in good stead as director of the California International Law Center at King Hall."
In this new role, Professor Chander succeeds founding Director Diane Marie Amann. "We all owe a debt of gratitude to Professor Amann for founding CILC and quickly establishing it as a crucial venue for discussing international law on the West Coast," said Chander, a nationally recognized scholar whose research focuses on the law of globalization and digitization, international law, cyber law, and corporate law. "I hope to continue her superb work."
Founded in 2009, CILC has inaugurated the UC Human Rights Fellowship Competition and collaborated with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights to produce Toward Peace with Justice in Darfur: A Framework for Accountability, a joint report providing a comprehensive analysis of key transitional justice issues facing the Darfuri people. The Center also has hosted lecture events with speakers including Darfuri physician, human rights activist, and peace negotiator Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Abdallah; International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda; Dr. Clayborne Carson, Professor of History and founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University; Judge Christopher Greenwood of the International Court of Justice; and Justice Richard Goldstone, formerly of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.
"The California International Law Center at King Hall has helped highlight the international strength of the UC Davis faculty and student body," said Dean Johnson. "Almost all of the law faculty have deep and enduring scholarly interests in how law impacts not just California and the United States, but the entire world. Our students, whose interests range from international business transactions to international human rights, are eager to learn from professors deeply engaged in how law affects the most pressing global issues of our times."
"Given California's increasing importance as a player on the world stage, it is critical that we engage globalization in a scholarly manner," said Chander. "And given that we at UC Davis serve a community of 30,000 students, we must prepare our students for a world in which transnational aspects become quotidian."
"The California International Law Center is designed first and foremost to give students a greater connection to the practice of international law," said Chander. "It does so by bringing them into contact with leading international jurists like those who sit on the International Court of Justice or on regional tribunals, and with leading international law practitioners, including alumni of UC Davis School of Law. We also offer a scholarly colloquium series in which international law scholars present their current research."
Professor Chander also said that the Center builds upon the Law School's commitment to social justice. "The UC Davis School of Law was named after Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was motivated by a vision of global justice. By taking on his name, we also took on that legacy," Chander explains.
California International Law Center at King Hall