How Alumni Support International Law at the Law School

The Law School’s global impact and scholarly eminence in international law has been accompanied by years of support from Law School graduates—a mission that has expanded in recent years as a growing number of alumni seek to channel their generosity toward international law and activities at the Law School.

In response to this interest, the Law School recently launched the Law School Fund for International Activity, which will provide a dedicated pool of resources to support faculty and students. Those activities could include faculty and their research, including participation in conferences and events; expanded scholarship support for students pursuing LLM degrees; and student programming and activities related to international and comparative law.

The fund is the latest in a long tradition of alumni giving that has supported international activities in a variety of ways.

Among those gifts have been named professorships in the areas of international and/or comparative law, including the Leo Spitz Professorship in International Law (currently held by Tom Ginsburg); the Harold J. and Marion F. Green Professorship (currently held by Daniel Abebe; Joseph Isenbergh is the Harold J. and Marion F. Green Professor Emeritus of Law); the Max Pam Professorship (now held by Lee Fennell; Kenneth W. Dam is the Max Pam Professor Emeritus of American & Foreign Law); and the Lee and Brena Freeman Professorship (currently held by Anup Malani; Daniel Fischel is the Lee and Brena Freeman Professor Emeritus of Law and Business).

Alumni donors have also created funds to support scholarly work by Law School faculty in particular areas of study within international law, and alumni and law firms have established scholarships for students from specific countries, including China and Japan. Others have endowed library funds in the field of international law, allowing the Law School the opportunity to expand our collection.

Some donors have identified targeted areas of support. For example, Gene Dye, ’67, and his wife Joy recently established a prize for the most outstanding comment by a student on the student-led Chicago Journal of International Law. The prize will be awarded for the first time later this year. Gene and Joy Dye also supported the establishment of a fellowship at the Hague Academy of International Law, a leading center for teaching and research in public and private international law. The fellowship prioritizes students from the UChicago Law.

In addition to leading scholars who are making a global impact, the Law School is home to an engaged international alumni base that includes 1,442 JD, LLM, and JSD alumni living abroad in 76 different countries.

If you are interested in supporting faculty research, student programming, or other international activities at the Law School, please consider making a gift to the Law School and selecting the “I’d like to enter my own designation” option. In the box that comes up, please enter the Law School Fund for International Activity.