Willamette Law Professor Receives Highest International Honor

Salem, OR – Willamette University College of Law professor David Clark was recently 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, founded at The Hague in 1924, plays an important role in stimulating research in comparative law throughout the world.

The Academy, which is based in Paris, France, has a limited membership of 80 titular members worldwide. Of the 80 titular members, only 12 are from the United States, and Willamette has two, including Clark and law school dean Symeon Symeonides. The other 10 U.S. members are from Harvard, Columbia, Tulane, Emory, NYU, University of Michigan, University of California at San Diego and University of California at Berkeley. Only four law schools – Willamette, Harvard, Tulane and Berkeley have two titular members who teach at the same law school.

Clark, in his characteristically modest style, called the election "an honor." "It’s really nice to be honored," he said.

Commenting on Professor Clark's election, Dean Symeonides said, "This is the most prestigious international recognition of one's accomplishments in comparative law. "This is a well-deserved affirmation of David Clark's outstanding international reputation."