Visiting Faculty

Murray Richtel

Judge Murray Richtel

mrichtel@aol.com

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Murray Richtel, a former Judge of the Boulder, Colorado District Court, has taught Introduction to American Law at the Faculty of Law at Hebrew University since 1998.  During his nineteen years on the bench, Judge Richtel presided over a wide variety of civil and criminal litigation. He is a member of Judicial Arbiter Group in Denver where he mediates complex commercial disputes and professional malpractice cases when not teaching in Israel.

In 1971, Judge Richtel became a professor at the University of Colorado where he taught evidence, contracts, and trial practice as a tenured member of the law faculty. Following his appointment to the District Court bench, he continued to be involved in teaching a broad range of topics from historic trials to negotiations at both the law school and in continuing legal education programs. He also was involved in judicial education for new judges for 15 years. In Israel he has taught courses for Israeli Judges, both civil and military, and in the Israeli Ministry of Justice. For seven years he taught a seminar for Israeli students from Hebrew University and Palestinian students from Al-Quds University who studied together at a neutral site in Jerusalem.Judge Richtel holds dual American and Israeli citizenship.

Judge Richtel has served as President of the Boulder County Bar Association and Boulder County Legal services, on the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association and as Chair of the American Bar Association National Conference of Lawyers and Representatives of the Media. He won the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award and a Colorado Emmy for “You Be The Judge,” a documentary on sentencing.    

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Prof. Malcolm Shaw

Human Rights and the Law of Territory
shawmalcolm@hotmail.com

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As a practising Barrister Professor Malcolm Shaw has developed an international reputation for advising on territorial disputes; law of the sea; state succession; state immunity; recognition of foreign governments and states; human rights; self-determination, international arbitration and international organisations. Advice has been given to the UK Government Legal Department, Army Prosecuting Authority, CPS, and a varied and significant number of foreign governments, as well as international organisations, multinational corporations and private clients. He has appeared or is appearing before the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, the European Court of Justice, the Court of Final Appeal (Hong Kong), the High Court of Ireland, the UK Supreme Court, the House of Lords, the Court of Appeal and the High Court of England.

In addition to a varied and wide international practice, he also has an extensive career in the academy, having been Head of a Law School, and a member of the national Law Panels for both the 1996 and 2001 Higher Education Funding Council’s Research Exercises, as well as a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Review of Law in 2005. He was the Founder Director of the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, 1983 and is also the author of a widely-cited textbook on international law now in its seventh edition (2014) and of the fifth edition of Rosenne’s multi-volume work on the Law and Practice of the International Court of Justice (pending). He is a Trustee of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and Member of the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR) and of the International Law Association.

He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris Ouest, Nanterre, France and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He has given a considerable number of papers at home and abroad, including before the UN Security Council and in Hong Kong. He has also given the Hersch Lauterpacht Memorial Lectures at the University of Cambridge and the inaugural General Course on International Law at the Academy of International Law, University of Xiamen, China.

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Prof. Ruti Teitel

Transitional Justice Colloquium: Contemporary Issues/ Israel-Palestine
The International Criminal Court and Transitional Justice: Tensions and Dilemmas
rteitel@nyls.edu

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An internationally recognized authority on international law, international human rights, transitional justice, and comparative constitutional law, Ruti Teitel is the Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School. She is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Affiliated Visiting Professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Her path-breaking book, Transitional Justice (Oxford University Press, 2000), examines the 20th century transitions to democracy in many countries. Born in Argentina, Professor Teitel’s interest in the topic grew out of the dilemmas confronting that society in the transition out of junta rule. Her book explores the recurring question of how new regimes should respond to past repression, contending that the law can play a profound role in periods of radical change in advancing a new sense of legitimacy.  In 2012, she published Humanity’s Law (OUP, 2012) setting out a paradigm shift in international affairs. Her latest book is Globalizing Transitional Justice (OUP 2014) which explores the last decade in the evolution of the field.

Her extensive body of scholarly writing on comparative law, human rights, and constitutionalism is published in many law reviews, including “Does Humanity Law Require (or Imply) A Progressive Theory of History? (And Other Questions for Martti Koskenniemi)” (Howse Rob co-author), “Rethinking Jus Post Bellum in an Age of Global Transitional Justice:  Engaging with Michael Walzer and Larry May,” “Beth Simmons’s Mobilizing for Human Rights:  A ‘Beyond Compliance’ Perspective,” (co-authored with R. Howse), “Posner’s Missing Concept of Law," (coauthored with R. Howse), "Beyond Compliance: Rethinking Why International Law Really Matters," (coauthored with R. Howse), “The Law and Politics of Contemporary Transitional Justice” and “Humanity’s Law: Rule of Law for the New Global Politics,” both in the Cornell International Law Journal, as well as “Comparative Constitutionalism in a Global Age” in the Harvard Law Review. She has contributed dozens of book chapters to published volumes relating to law and politics, including “Transitional Justice and the Transformation of Constitutionalism,” in the Comparative Constitutional Law Handbook (ed. Rosalind Dixon and Tom Ginsburg, Edward Elgar 2011 ); “Global Justice, Poverty and the International Economic Order,” in The Philosophy of International Law (Samantha Besson and John Tasioulas, eds., Oxford University Press 2010) (coauthored with Rob Howse) ; “The Transitional Apology” in Taking Wrongs Seriously: Apologies and Reconciliation (Stanford University Press, 2006), “Transitional Rule of Law” in Rethinking the Rule of Law After Communism (CEU Press, 2005), “Empire’s Law: Foreign Relations by Presidential Fiat,” in Sept. 11 In History: A Watershed Moment? (Duke University Press, 2003), and “Transitional Justice as Liberal Narrative” in Transnational Legal Processes: Globalisation and Power Disparities (Butterworths 2002). She also writes on human rights issues for a broader audience, having published in The New York Times, Legal Affairs, Findlaw.com and Project Syndicate. She serves on the Board of Editors of Oxford’s International Journal of Transitional Justice, of the Journal, Humanity as well the Editorial Advisory Board of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law.

A cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, Professor Teitel received her J.D. from Cornell Law School and has been a Senior Fellow at the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. She has taught at Yale, Fordham and Tel Aviv Law Schools, as well as Columbia University’s Politics Dept and its School of International and Public Affairs. 

She is founding co-chair of the American Society of International Law's Interest Group on Transitional Justice and Rule of Law, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the ILA International Human Rights Law Committee.  Prof. Teitel is also on the Board of the London Review of International Law.  Last year, she was a Straus Fellow-in-Residence at New York University Law School’s Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice (2012-2013).

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