University of Pittsburgh Appoints Professor Vivian Curran as Distinguished Professor


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Distinguished Professor Appointment: Professor Vivian Curran

PITTSBURGH, June 20, 2016 The University of Pittsburgh has honored Professor Vivian Curran as a Distinguished Professor in the School of Law, effective Sept. 1, 2016.

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, has been 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 is the first faculty member in the history of the School of Law to be appointed by the University as a Distinguished Professor.

Biographical information Professor Curran follows.

Professor Curran serves as Vice President of the American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL), the leading organization to promote the study of comparative law. Founded in 1951, with more than 100 institutional sponsor members both in the US and abroad, the ASCL is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies and the International Association of Legal Science. The Society publishes The American Journal of Comparative Law (AJCL), the premier American publication of scholarship on comparative law, and is a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, participating in the Academy’s quadrennial Congresses. Professor Curran sits on the founding editorial board of AJCL Studies in Comparative Law and on the editorial board of American Society of Comparative Law Studies in Comparative Law, both published by Cambridge University Press.

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 Review, Hastings Law Journal, Boston College Law Review, Alberta Law Review, the American Journal of Comparative Law, the American Journal of International Law, La Revue internationale de droit comparé, the American Journal of International Law, Columbia Journal of European Law, Cornell 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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