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Tulane Law Mourns Prof. Claire Dickerson

September 10, 2015


Claire Moore Dickerson was invested in 2009 as Tulane’s inaugural holder of the John B. Breaux Chair in Business Law.

The Tulane Law School community mourns the passing of Claire Moore Dickerson, the Senator John B. Breaux Chair of Business Law Emerita, who died on Sept. 2 after a courageous, two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dickerson was a distinguished scholar of business and comparative law, with a particular interest in the relation between legal and social norms in shaping economic transactions.  A permanent visiting professor at the University of Buea in Cameroon, Dickerson was one of the world’s leading authorities on the development of business law in Africa.

The author of three books and more than three dozen articles and chapters, she addressed topics in corporate governance, commercial law, international trade and business transactions and human rights, often from a comparative perspective.


Professor Emerita Claire Dickerson

In 2014, the University of British Columbia Law Faculty published a compilation of her scholarly work, Challenging Borders in Business Law. The volume includes introductions to Dickerson’s works by leading scholars in corporate and comparative law.

“Claire was a scholar of rare discernment, a leader on our faculty and a gifted teacher,” said Tulane Law Dean David Meyer. “Her commitment to excellence made us stronger on every front, and her legacy will continue to be felt long into the future.”

Dickerson joined the Tulane faculty in 2007 after teaching at Rutgers and St. John’s universities and practicing law as a partner at two major New York firms, Coudert Brothers and Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis.

Dickerson’s preeminence in comparative law was recognized internationally. She was one of just 80 elected titular members of the International Academy of Comparative Law (along with Tulane Law colleagues Professors Jim Gordley, Vernon Palmer, Guiguo Wang and Thanassi Yiannopoulos).  She also was awarded the Médaille d’Honneur by the Centre Français du Commerce Extérieur of the Republic of France.

A memorial service is planned for January 2016 at the law school.


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