Professor Davey receives honorary doctor of laws from University of Berne

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Professor William J. Davey, the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law, was presented with an honorary doctor of laws degree by the University of Berne (Switzerland) at its 173rd Dies Academicus on December 1, 2007.  

Professor Davey was cited "for his fundamental work in the development and evolution of the World Trade Organization's dispute settlement system, thanks to which numerous trade conflicts were peaceably resolved; for his outstanding academic contributions to the law of GATT and the new WTO in the search for balanced and fair rules for international trade; and for his longstanding efforts to promote knowledge of European law in the United States so as to advance and contribute to the trans-Atlantic dialogue."

Professor Davey, who joined the College of Law faculty in 1984, currently teaches courses on international trade law and European Union law.  He served as the Director of Legal Affairs of the World Trade Organization from 1995 to 1999.  In 2004, Professor Davey received the Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement, the highest award bestowed upon a University of Illinois faculty member for scholarship and service within the international community.

Since its founding in 2001, he has been on the faculty of the Masters Program in International Law and Economics at University of Berne.