Willamette Law Dean Receives High Honor In Comparative Law

Willamette University College of Law Dean Symeon Symeonides was elected as a titular, or life, member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, one of the world's most prestigious international legal organizations.

The Academy has 70 titular members worldwide, with seven from the United States including Symeonides. The other six U.S. members are from Harvard, Columbia, University of Michigan, University of California at Davis and University of California at Berkeley.

The Academy, founded at The Hague in 1924, plays an important role in stimulating research in comparative law throughout the world. As part of this role, the Academy holds an International Congress of Comparative Law every fours years. Symeonides, dean of the College of Law since July of 1999, will be a presenter at the upcoming conference in Brisbane, Australia, in 2002.

In addition to becoming a titular member of the Academy, Symeonides has also recently been re-elected for a record fourth time as secretary of the American Society of Comparative Law. The Society used to limit officers to two two-year terms. However, the Society amended its by-laws so as to permit Symeonides to be re-elected a third and, most recently, a fourth term.

The American Society of Comparative Law will hold its 2001 annual meeting at Willamette University College of Law. As many as 70 professors of comparative law from throughout the United States and abroad will be attending this meeting on Oct. 11-13, 2001.