– Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law recently established the Center for International Law and Justice (CILJ), a program developed and directed by Jeremy Levitt, associate dean for International Programs and distinguished professor of International Law. Levitt, a former World Bank official and UN consultant, joins FAMU from Florida International University College of Law. Dean Levitt earned his Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Cambridge, St. John’s College, a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin, and a B.A. in political science from Arizona State University.
The CILJ seeks to develop scholarly, educational, and practice-oriented activities, and evolve into the nation’s leading center of excellence in research, training and advocacy in the international and comparative law of developing nations.
Commenting on the establishment of CILJ, FAMU College of Law Dean LeRoy Pernell stated, “We are very fortunate to have a globally recognized scholar-practitioner heading our international program.”
The CILJ is developing an array of scholarly, educational and pragmatic initiatives that complement its mission and objectives such as the institution of an annual International Human Rights Law Fellowship program, which provides scholarship and internship assistance. Other initiatives include: International Law Internship Program; Study Abroad Program; Certificate in Human Rights and Global Justice, for students interested in specializing in the field of human rights and international criminal law; Annual Lecture on Human Rights and Global Justice, featuring a noted lawyer, academician or policy-maker that will address contemporary human rights and global justice issues; Annual Student International Law Essay Contest, an essay contest on an issue of global concern open to all College of Law students, and; Distinguished Professor and Scholar Program, enabling professors, judges and scholars with international and comparative law interests to research, teach and lecture on international law issues.
Dean Levitt states that he joined FAMU to “train a new generation of human rights conscious internationalists” and hopes that “CILJ will inculcate in our faculty, students and the broader FAMU and Orlando communities the conviction that saving the world is still a viable profession.”
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