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About James M. Cooper

Education:
LL.M. University of Cambridge [international law]
LL.B. University of Toronto
B.A. University of Toronto [high distinction, political science]
Biography:
As Assistant Dean for Mission Development at California Western School of Law, Professor James Cooper is a co-director of the Center for Creative Problem Solving. He designs and develops multimedia educational tools to educate law students, lawyers, judges and law enforcement officers on problem-solving, cross-cultural negotiation, and judicial innovation. He directs Proyecto ACCESO, a legal skills training and rule of law public education program which has been funded by and has partnered with the U.S. Government, German Government, Organization of American States, United Nations Development Programme, private philanthropic foundations, and national ministries of justice around Latin America. He also directs the Chile Summer Program for the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education. In Fall 2008, he was a visiting professor at UCSD's Earl Warren College and in the 2009-2010 academic year, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies at UCSD. In 2013 and 2014, Professor Cooper is a Visiting Professor at Franz von Liszt Institute at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, where he teaches International Human Rights Law.
Cooper is a co-director of the International Post Graduate Program with University of Heidelberg, University of Chile, and CEDEP in Asuncion, Paraguay and a member of academic staff of Heidelberg Center for Latin America. He also directs public education campaigns for governments in Latin America. A Barrister and Solicitor, Cooper worked at Baker & McKenzie, the world's largest law firm, facilitating international commercial transactions and has taught at the University of Strathclyde Law School in Glasgow and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.
A frequent speaker, Cooper has given presentations at the Directors Guild of America, Hague Appeal for Peace, Mondaneum, United Nations Congress on Public International Law, Commonwealth Club of California, COMICON, Auditoria Democratica Andina, National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Rotary Club, World Bank, the World Affairs Council. Cooper has written on foreign affairs and legal issues for The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, The Los Angeles Daily Journal, The San Diego Union Tribune, The National Law Journal and The American Bar Association Journal, El Mercurio (Chile), and El Alteno (Bolivia), and his written work has been syndicated by the Scripps Howard News Service. His work has also appeared in other newspapers and periodicals in North America, South America and Europe. Cooper has been a television writer, producer and director with his media work commissioned by Channel Four (UK), the BBC, and the History Channel (US). He was profiled on the front page of The Wall Street Journal in May 2008 and in The Washington Post in October 2006. He has been a consultant for the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and State.

Positions

Present Director, Chile Summer Program, California Western School of Law
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Present Director, Proyecto ACCESO, California Western School of Law
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Present Professor of Law, California Western School of Law
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Present Assistant Dean for Mission Development,Center for Creative Problem Solving, California Western School of Law
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Contact Information

619-525-1430
jcooper@cwsl.edu

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