Ceremony to induct Gathii as new Wing-Tat Lee Chair


Scholar James Gathii brings a long record of teaching and practice to the School of Law.

The Loyola University Chicago School of Law will induct James T. Gathii as the Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law at a special ceremony on Thursday, March 14.

As the Wing-Tat Lee Chair, Professor Gathii will pursue teaching and scholarship, and bring to the School of Law international conferences, lectures, and exchange programs for students and faculty.

Gathii brings to Loyola a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and practice in the field of international human rights and international trade. He most recently served as the associate dean for research and scholarship and the Governor George E. Pataki Professor of International Commercial Law at Albany Law School. He has worked throughout his career to establish legal and economic structures designed to prevent and remedy human rights violations in Africa.

“We are thrilled to have an international scholar as superb as James joining us at Loyola,” said David Yellen, dean of Loyola’s School of Law. “Our students will benefit tremendously from his broad range of expertise, especially in international trade and economic law, as well as human rights.”

Gathii has published more than 60 articles and book chapters and two books, African Regional Trade Agreements as Legal Regimes and War, Commerce, and International Law. He holds an LLB degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya; an SJD degree from Harvard Law School; and a diploma in the practice of law (admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya) from Kenya School of Law.

At Thursday’s induction ceremony, Gathii will lecture on “Judicial Activism in Africa’s International Trade Courts.” Special remarks will also be provided by Penelope Andrews, the president and dean of Albany Law School, and Makau Wa Mutua, the dean and the SUNY Distinguished Professor and the Floyd H. and Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar at SUNY Buffalo Law School.

The induction ceremony is free and open to the public. It begins at 5 p.m. at the Philip H. Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson St., in the Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom on the 10th floor. A reception will follow the ceremony and lecture.

 For more information, visit Loyola’s School of Law.