Loyola University Chicago

Rule of Law for Development Institute

School of Law

William T. Loris

Mr. Loris serves as PROLAW's Program Director and as a Senior Lecturer. He comes to Loyola after a distinguished career in international service.

He served for five years in Abidjan, Ivory Coast as a Regional Legal Advisor for West Africa to the US Agency for International Development (USAID), working on the legal aspects of the USAID program across West and Central Africa followed by five years in Cairo as a Legal Advisor in USAID's Egypt mission.

He then co-founded the International Development Law Institute, a Dutch foundation, which was later transformed into an inter-governmental organization, the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), by an international convention. IDLO is now a key international institution in the promotion of the rule of law in developing countries, countries in economic transition and countries recovering from violent conflict. At various times Mr. Loris served as IDLO's General Counsel, as its Director of Programs and finally, by appointment of the IDLO Member States, for 10 years as its Director General.

In these capacities Mr. Loris has been a leading advocate for the rule of law throughout the developing countries and countries in economic transition and for the improvement of such countries in international negotiations. The PROLAW curriculum reflects Mr. Loris's conviction that sustainability of progress toward the rule of law, better governance and democracy depends significantly upon the quality and appropriateness of the advice and guidance which national and international legal experts bring to the reform agenda. 

Mr. Loris holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law (1972) and a Master's Degree in International and Comparative Law from the Vreij Universiteit Brussel (1973). His legal studies were preceded by a B.A. degree in history from Santa Clara (1968). One year of that degree work was undertaken in Rome at Loyola's John Felice Rome Center (1966-7).

He has served on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Corruption, been presented with a national order of service by the President of Lithunia for service to Lithuania during its transition and been presented with an Alumni Special Achievement Award by the Law Alumni Association at Santa Clara University, a public recognition of outstanding achievements of Santa Clara Alumni, who have distinguished themselves in their profession, in the community, and in service to humanity.



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