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August 4, 2005

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Allegra Young, UT Law Communications, (512) 917-9159.

International Law Expert Derek Jinks Joins Law Faculty

Photo of Professor Ronald Mann Professor Derek Jinks

AUSTIN, Texas—International Law expert Derek Jinks will join The University of Texas School of Law as Assistant Professor this fall. He will teach public international law and criminal law.

He is a prolific author, having authored or co-authored twenty publications. His book, The Rules of War: The Geneva Conventions in an Age of Terror will be published this year by Oxford University Press. He was also one of a very few number of junior faculty across the country to be selected to participate in the prestigious 2004 Stanford/Yale junior faculty forum.

“We’re excited to have Derek back in Austin,” said Dean Powers. “He strengthens our already strong international law program. We are delighted he is joining our faculty.”

“I’m delighted to join the UT-Austin faculty. The law school is one of the premier centers of international legal research and education in the world, and I am thrilled to be a part of it,” said Professor Jinks.

His representative publications include: International Law, U.S. War Powers, and the Global War on Terror, 118 HARVARD LAW REVIEW 2653 (2005) (with Ryan Goodman); The Declining Significance of POW Status, 45 HARVARD INT’L LAW JOURNAL 367 (2004); How to Influence States: Socialization and International Human Rights Law, 54 DUKE LAW JOURNAL 621 (2004) (with Ryan Goodman); and September 11 and the Laws of War, 28 YALE JOURNAL OF INT’L LAW 1 (2003).

He has taught law at Arizona State University College of Law, the University of Chicago School of Law, St. Louis University School of Law, and the University of Richmond School of Law. He has also participated in Amicus Curiae briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court on international human rights related issues, including Sosa v. Alvarez and Hamdi v. Rumsfeld.

Professor Jinks holds a law degree from Yale Law School, where he served on the Yale Law Journal as an articles editor and was awarded the Thomas Emerson Prize by the faculty for the best paper on a subject related to legislation. He received his M.A. and M. Phil. in sociology from the Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and earned his B.A. summa cum laude, from The University of Texas at Austin. He clerked for Judge William C. Canby, Jr. of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and interned both at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (Office of the Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor) and the International Service for Human Rights as a legal advisor and delegate to the Rome Treaty conference to establish the International Criminal Court.

Professor Jinks joins a faculty with a strong presence in foreign affairs and public international law that includes Professors Philip Bobbitt, Michael Churgin, Sarah Cleveland, Karen Engle, Patricia Hansen, Sandy Levinson, Inga Markovits, and Ernest Young. This past year the school launched the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice and a Transnational Worker Rights Clinic, efforts that augment the work of its nationally recognized immigration clinic and exchanges with universities in Latin America and Europe. UT Law's renowned constitutional law faculty also continually engages the subject of comparative constitutional law through published papers, symposia, and international exchanges. The Jamail Center for Legal Research supports efforts in this field with one of the nation's outstanding collections of international law materials and a staff of expert international law librarians. And The University of Texas at Austin has one of the most ambitious Latin American outreach programs and cultural collections in the United States, a multi-layered effort started at the University’s founding to foster international understanding in the Western hemisphere.