James A.R. Nafziger
Thomas B. Stoel Professor of Law; Director of International Law Programs
- J.D. Harvard University (note and comment editor for the Harvard International Law Journal)
- M.A. University of Wisconsin
- B.A. University of Wisconsin, Phi Beta Kappa with high honors
After clerking on the federal court, he was Henry Luce Fellow and, later, Administrative Director of the American Society of International Law. He has been a member of the full-time law faculty at the University of Oregon and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the latter as a Fulbright Lecturer. At Willamette, he teaches and writes extensively in the fields of international law and dispute resolution, international business transactions, immigration and refugee law, comparative law, international arbitration and litigation, and conflict of laws. Having initiated the Oregon Law Commission’s project to codify choice-of-law rules, he serves as its reporter. Professor Nafziger is also Honorary Professor of the East China University of Politics and Law. He directs the school's study abroad program to Shanghai, China.
Professor Nafziger is chair of the executive committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association and has been on the Executive Council and Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law. He is also a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law. His other professional leadership includes current service as chief administrative officer of the American Society of Comparative Law, president of the International Association of Sports Law and membership on the National Council of the United Nations Association, from whose Oregon Division he received the Distinguished Service Award. Professor Nafziger is past president of the Oregon International Council and an elected member of the American Law Institute and the International Academy of Comparative Law. He has chaired five sections and one workshop of the Association of American Law Schools.
Professor Nafziger has been a scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Center in Italy and a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States. He has also served as a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration.
In 2005, Professor Nafziger served as director of studies at the Centre for Studies and Research in the Hague Academy of International Law. He also received an award for extraordinary contributions from the American Society of Comparative Law and the first AISIMNITIS Award for outstanding academic contributions to the development of sports law from the University of Athens. In addition, the Burlington Northern Foundation presented him with its Faculty Achievement Award for excellence in teaching and scholarly activity.
In 2000, he was awarded the newly established University President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship. In granting the award, Former President Pelton said, “Professor Nafziger truly exemplifies the reasons for which this award was established, namely to recognize, reward and promote exceptional achievement in scholarship. Nafziger’s accomplishments are absolutely outstanding and unsurpassed. Not only is he by far the most productive scholar ever to serve on the College of Law faculty, but he is also one of the most prolific American scholars of his generation.”
Professor Nafziger has authored or edited four books, more than 100 articles and text chapters, and 75 other published writings.