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Internationally Acclaimed Comparative Law Expert Joins Tulane Faculty

March 16, 2007

James Gordley, one of the foremost legal scholars in the United States, has accepted an appointment as the W.R. Irby Chair in Law at Tulane Law School beginning in July. Gordley is currently the Shannon Cecil Turner Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law where he began teaching in 1978. Noted for his expertise in comparative law and contracts, he currently teaches legal history, contracts, property and torts.

"Jim Gordley's decision to join the faculty at Tulane Law represents an enormous accomplishment for us,” said Lawrence Ponoroff, dean of the Tulane Law School.  “It will strengthen the quality of our instructional program, enhance our reputation as an institution committed to the highest-quality legal scholarship, and makes an important statement in the industry, across the country, and around the world that we are not only ‘back,’ but that we are indeed thriving.”

Gordley holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and earned his J.D. from Harvard University. He was a fellow at the Institute of Comparative Law at the University of Florence, an associate with the Boston law firm of Foley, Hoag & Eliot, and an Ezra Ripley Thayer Fellow at Harvard before joining the California faculty in 1978. Gordley has also been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow, a Senior NATO Fellow, a Fellow of the Deutscheforschungsgemeinshaft, and a visiting professor and scholar at some of the most prestigious universities around the world. 

Gordley is currently co-editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Comparative Law, as well as a member titulaire of the International Academy of Comparative Law, Consulting Board of The European Review of Contract Law, and the Board of Editors, Trento Project on the Common Core of European Law. He has co-written several books including Gratian, The Treatise on Laws with the Ordinary Gloss, The Civil Law System: An Introduction to the Comparative Study of Law, and Toward Equal Justice: A Comparative Study of Legal Aid in Modern Societies.


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