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About David Pimentel

Before beginning his academic career in 2007, he worked for the United Nations, overseeing Court Management and Legal Aid at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and directing Rule of Law activity in South Sudan for the U.N. Mission there. He has also led USAID-funded court reform projects in Romania and in Bosnia and Herzegovina, returning to Sarajevo in 2010-11 as a Fulbright Scholar.

Prof. Pimentel joined the University of Idaho in 2015, coming from Ohio Northern University, where he directed the Center for Democratic Governance and Rule of Law. He has an international reputation in the field of post-conflict justice and rule of law, and has taught and lectured on related topics—cultural imperialism in rule of law promotion, legal pluralism, judicial structure and governance—throughout the world.

More recently, he has written on the subject of forfeiture reform, as well as on issues of child protection. He is an advocate for parents’ rights, particularly against the state’s second-guessing of parenting choices, and has been cited by state courts overturning convictions in these cases.

He began his career with two years of private practice with Perkins Coie in Seattle, and twelve years with the federal judiciary, including one year as a Supreme Court Fellow in Washington, DC, one year as a law clerk for the Honorable Martin Pence, in the U.S. District Court in Honolulu. 


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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