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James Thuo Gathii

James T. Gathii is the Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law and Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law since July 2012.  He is a graduate of the University of Nairobi, Kenya School of Law, and Harvard Law School. His research and teaching interests are in Public International Law, International Trade Law, Third World Approaches to International Law, (TWAIL), Comparative Constitutional Law and Human Rights. 

Gathii currently sits on the board of editors of the Journal of African Law and the Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, among others. He is also a Vice-President of the American Society of International Law and co-editor in Chief of the African Journal of International Economic Law (AfJIEL). Gathii is a founding Editor of, the blog on international economic law issues relating to Africa and Global South.

His books include African Regional Trade Agreements as Legal Regimes (Cambridge University Press, 2011, Paperback 2013); War, Commerce and International Law (Oxford University Press, 2010); and The Contested Empowerment of Kenya’s Judiciary, 2010-2015: A Historical Institutional Analysis, (Sheria Publishing House, 2016). His latest edited book is The Performance of Africa’s International Courts: Using Litigation for Political, Legal, and Social Change, (Oxford University Press in 2020). In addition to his books, Professor Gathii has authored over 90 articles and book chapters.

Gathii served an Independent Expert of the Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment, and Human Rights Violations in Africa formed by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights between 2012 to 2020. He is also an elected member of the International Academy of International Law. 

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