The California International Law Center’s Global Council consists of globally recognized experts in international, comparative, and transnational law and policy. Global Councilmembers speak to the UC Davis School of Law community, advise the Center, and collaborate with the Center's Director and Faculty Council.
L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law
McGill University, Canada
A renowned expert in international arbitration and litigation, international trade and international investment, Professor Bjorklund was previously a professor at King Hall and a Bigelow Fellow at the Chicago Law School. Professor Bjorklund worked on the NAFTA arbitration in the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Legal Adviser and worked for Commissioner Thelma J. Askey on the U.S. International Trade Commission. She continues to advise the Department of State and other key institutions on arbitration issues.
Professor of History, Stanford University Director
Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
Professor Clayborne Carson has devoted most his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movements King inspired. In addition to his books and scholarly writings and publications, Dr. Carson has devoted much effort to bringing King's ideas to the attention of the broader public. Dr. Carson has served as historical advisor for many award-winning public television series on the civil rights movement and struggles to achieve peace with social justice. As the founder of the Gandhi-King Community, Dr. Carson delivered an address on Dr. King's international legacy at the 2009 inauguration of our California International Law Center at King Hall.
Professor & Chair of Law & Chair of Comparative Legal Studies and Internationalisation
Law Collège de France, Paris
An expert in comparative legal studies, Professor Delmas-Marty has served as advisor to the French government on constitutional and legal reform. Professor Delmas-Marty has taught all around the world as a visiting professor in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United States. In 2007, she was elected to membership in the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques.
William A. Schabas
Professor of International Law at Middlesex University in London
Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Leiden University
Honorary Chairman of the Irish Centre for Human Rights
Professor Schabas is Editor-in-Chief of Criminal Law Forum, the quarterly journal of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. From 2002 to 2004, he served as one of three international members of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Professor Schabas has worked as a consultant on capital punishment for the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, and drafted the 2010 report of the Secretary-General on the status of the death penalty.
As a participant in our 2004 "Rethinking Reconstruction After Iraq" symposium, Professor Schabas published an article on his work as a member of the Sierra Leone Truth & Reconciliation Commission in the UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy.
U.S. Ambassador to Finland (1994-97)
Chevalier Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs and Director of Global Affairs
Occidental College, Los Angeles, California
Ambassador Shearer served in the Clinton administration as an economics official in the Commerce Department, and then as Ambassador to Finland (1994-97). Ambassador Shearer has written extensively on foreign affairs and public policy issues. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, and many weekly and monthly publications. He has authored numerous scholarly and policy articles in books and journals and has lectured at leading universities in Europe, Asia, and Australia--including speaking tours for the US government in China, Japan, South Korea, Greece, Australia, the Baltic States, Chile, New Zealand and Kazakhstan, Syria, Peru and Bolivia.
Patricia M. Wald
Formerly Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
Board Chairman of the Open Society Justice Initiative
The Honorable Patricia Wald has worked in such diverse fields as criminal justice, juvenile law, poverty and public interest law, constitutional law, and women and the law. She served in the Carter administration as Assistant Attorney General before being appointed as the first woman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, where she served as chief judge from 1986 until 1991. She later accepted an appointment to serve as a judge for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Since then, she has taken on countless leadership roles in professional associations, national commissions and legal reform efforts internationally.