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About James T Gathii

Before joining Loyola University Chicago School of Law, he was the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship and the Governor George E. Pataki Professor of International Commercial Law at Albany Law School. His research and expertise is in the areas of public international law, international economic law, international trade law, law and development as well as on issues of good governance and legal reform as they relate to the third world and sub-Saharan Africa in particular.
Professor Gathii is an Independent Expert of the Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment, and Human Rights Violations in Africa formed by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. He is a founding member of the Third World Approaches to International Law network. He serves as co-chair of the African Interest Group of the American Society of International Law, and is a member of two International Law Association Study Committees: The Study Group on the Meaning of War and the Study Group on the Principles on the Engagement of Domestic Courts in the Application of International Law. He is on the Global Faculty of the Trade Policy Training Institute (TRAPCA) in Arusha, Tanzania.
Professor Gathii has published over sixty articles and book chapters, including in the some of the leading journals in his field such as the Harvard, American and European Journals of International Law.
LL.B. (Hons) University of Nairobi, Kenya
SJD (Phd) Harvard Law School
Kenya School of Law (Diploma in the Practice of Law – Admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya)
Program Areas
International Trade Law
International Law Seminar
International Organizations
International Business Transactions


Present Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law and Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago, School of Law

Contact Information

Loyola University Chicago
School of Law
25 E. Pearson St., RM 1435
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 915-7097


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