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About David Pimentel

Before commencing his academic career in 2007, Prof. David Pimentel headed the Rule of Law efforts in South Sudan for the United Nations Mission in Sudan, and has led court reform projects in Bosnia and Romania as well. He spent four years as the Chief of Court Management at the United Nations' International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Netherlands. He has done research and consulting on issues of judicial structure and legal pluralism in Nepal, South Sudan, Mozambique, Iraq, Turkey, and Thailand. He has considerable experience in the federal court system, particularly in the Circuit Executive's Offices in the 9th and 5th circuits, and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; he spent the 1997-98 year in Washington as a Supreme Court Fellow. He commenced his career in the judiciary clerking for Senior District Judge Martin Pence, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, in Honolulu, after two years of practice with the law firm Perkins Coie in Seattle.
Prof. Pimentel Directed the Center for Democratic Governance and Rule of Law, as well as the Rule-of-Law-themed LL.M. program, when he was at Ohio Northern University. He spent the 2010-11 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar at University of Sarajevo, researching the impact of post-war judicial reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Prof. Pimentel studied law at Berkeley and Harvard, earning his J.D. and M.A. (economics) from the University of California, Berkeley. His B.A., summa cum laude, is from Brigham Young University.


Present Associate Professor of Law, University of Idaho


Research Interests

International Rule of Law, Post-conflict transitional justice, Judicial governance and ethics, Family law, and Forfeitures

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Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2010-11
  • Supreme Court Fellow, 1997-98
  • Wm. R. MacMahon Award, ABA Award for Contribution to Technology at the ICTY, 2007
  • Tom C. Clark Award, U.S. Supreme Court Fellows Program, 1998


  • Comparative Law
  • Contracts
  • Remedies
  • Law and Economics
  • Rule of Law Seminar
  • Post-conflict Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Public Law and Legal Process

Contact Information

University of Idaho College of Law
875 Perimeter Dr., MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321


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