July 15, 2014
Professor Claire Dickerson
Professor Claire Dickerson, who is known worldwide for her expertise on international business transactions, has been elected a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law.
The academy, the world’s leading scholarly body in comparative law, is composed of both titular and associate members. Because titular membership is limited to 80 eminent scholars from around the world, chosen by a two-thirds vote of current members, election signifies exceptional distinction in the field.
Among eight titular members elected this year, Dickerson was the only one from the United States.
Dickerson, the Sen. John B. Breaux Chair Emerita, joined the Tulane law faculty in 2008 after a year as a visiting professor. She also is permanent visiting professor at the University of Buea in Cameroon. Before going into teaching, she was a partner in a prominent international law firm based in New York and Paris, practicing international commercial and corporate law.
She is noted for her innovative scholarship applying concepts of comparative law and of standards of performance to development, particularly in West and Central Africa.
While many highly regarded international law schools typically may have one or two faculty members elected to membership in the International Academy of Comparative Law, Tulane now has six: In addition to Dickerson, Tulane’s other titular members of the academy are Jim Gordley, Vernon Palmer and Thanassi Yiannopoulos, as well as Guiguo Wang, a renowned scholar in international trade law who joined Tulane in July as Eason-Weinmann Chair of International and Comparative Law after serving as law dean at City University of Hong Kong. Vice Dean Ron Scalise is an elected associate member of the academy.