Distinguished Professor Vivian Curran Elected President of the American Society of Comparative Law


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Professor Vivian Curran elected president of the American Society of Comparative Law

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 28, 2016 - Distinguished Professor Vivian Curran was elected president of the American Society of Comparative Law at the organization's annual meeting in October in Seattle.

The American Society of Comparative Law is the leading organization in the United States promoting the comparative study of law, with more than 100 institutional sponsor members, both in the United States and abroad. Founded in 1951, the Society publishes The American Journal of Comparative Law, the outstanding American publication of scholarship on comparative law. The American Society of Comparative Law is associated with the International Academy of Comparative Law and often cooperates with its counterparts in other countries.

The University of Pittsburgh recently named Professor Curran as a Distinguished Professor in the School of Law. Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher made the appointment based on the recommendation of Pitt Provost Patricia E. Beeson and Dean William M. Carter, Jr. This high honor, held by only a small number of the most accomplished faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, was awarded to Professor Curran based on her record of extraordinary, internationally recognized scholarly attainment and her special contributions to the intellectual advancement of the School of Law and the entire University. Professor Curran was the first faculty member in the history of the School of Law to be appointed by the University as a Distinguished Professor.

Professor Curran is a member of the American Law Institute, the International Academy of Comparative Law, and the Société de Législation Comparée. She also serves on the Delegates’ Executive Committee of the American Council of Learned Societies. She was decorated in 2007 by the Republic of Austria for her work as the United States appointee to the Austrian General Settlement Fund Committee for Nazi-era property compensation, and in 2013 by the government of France for her services in promotion of the French language and culture in the United States. She is the creator of Pitt Law’s innovative Languages for Lawyers program, in which students study foreign languages in a legal context, and of English for Lawyers, in which foreign lawyers study English in a legal context. She is the author and editor of two books, Learning French Through the Law; and Comparative Law: An Introduction; and translated from the German Bernhard Grossfeld, Core Questions of Comparative Law. She also is a co-translator of the premier French legal dictionary into English. She is a past Secretary of the American Society of Comparative Law and a past book review editor of the American Journal of Comparative Law.

Professor Curran has given talks and keynote lectures at universities in the United States, France, Germany, Italy and Holland. Her articles have appeared in such publications as the Notre Dame Law ReviewHastings Law JournalBoston College Law ReviewAlberta Law Review, the American Journal of Comparative Law, the American Journal of International LawLa Revue internationale de droit comparé, the American Journal of International LawColumbia Journal of European LawCornell International Law Journal, the Georgetown Journal of International Law, and as chapters in numerous books, including one co-edited by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.



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