Willamette Law Professor Elected as President of Prestigious Law Association

James NafzigerWillamette University College of Law Prof. James Nafziger was elected to a two-year term as president of the International Law Association - American Branch. This election recognizes Nafziger's distinguished career in international law and his multiple contributions to the advancement of the field.

The International Law Association, with several thousand worldwide members, has over 40 national branches, of which the American Branch is the largest branch. Prior to his presidential election, Nafziger held positions in the organization as director of studies and vice president.

The International Law Association was founded in 1873 and is considered the preeminent non-governmental organization devoted to the development of international law. It has a consultative status in the United Nations and drafts resolutions, model treaties, and other documents which often influence the development of international law. Its current agenda includes some 25 projects involving committees of experts from around the world. Last July, the Association had its annual meeting in London. The meeting opened in Westminster Hall and included a reception hosted by British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Nafziger has also recently been appointed as a 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.

Nafziger has taught international and comparative law at Willamette for 23 years.