Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Professor Ron Brand’s Research Impacts International Justice. Read the full story here.
A century ago, a palace unlike any other took shape in a Dutch city by the sea. Its towers announced the importance of modern ideas: world peace and international justice. Funded by Pittsburgh’s Andrew Carnegie, the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, was built at the turn of the 20th century to house the Permanent Court of Arbitration that oversees dispute resolutions between countries.
Last summer, Pitt law professor Ronald A. Brand visited this hallowed center of international justice to teach a course on private international law to more than 300 students from 67 countries enrolled in the Hague Academy of International Law. He was the only American professor invited to teach during the summer program.
As one of the world’s leading legal scholars, Brand has built a significant body of scholarship in the field of private international law that examines the complexities of which legal systems and jurisdictions apply to individuals involved in disputes across borders. He has authored or coauthored 14 books and written nearly 80 journal articles. He has also built relationships with law faculty and students abroad as the founding director of Pitt’s Center for International Legal Education. He is the Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Professor, an endowed professorship that recognizes exceptional talent and provides resources for distinctive programs such as law student internships in Europe.
Brand’s wide-ranging impact led to two more major accolades last fall. In October, he was honored with the Leonard J. Theberge Award for Private International Law from the American Bar Association Section on International Law. In November, he received the degree of Doctor Iuris Honoris Causa from Germany’s University of Augsburg Faculty of Law in recognition of an ongoing academic collaboration with Pitt that Brand started in 1987.
In Pittsburgh, the Netherlands, and other nations, Brand continues to lay the foundation for another century of progress on international justice.