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Friday, October 12, 2007

CrimProf Blog spotlight: Orde Kittrie

OkittrieThis week the CrimProf Blog spotlights University of Maryland School of Law CrimProf Orde Kittrie

Orde Félix Kittrie is a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Law during the 2007-8 academic year. He has been an Associate Professor of Law at Arizona State University since 2004.

Professor Kittrie teaches and writes in the areas of Criminal Law and International Law. Prior to joining the ASU law faculty in 2004, Professor Kittrie served for eleven years at the United States Department of State. Kittrie most recently served as the State Department's Director of International Anti-Crime Programs, overseeing United States policy and technical assistance programs for combating transnational crime worldwide. Prior to that assignment, Kittrie served as a Senior Attorney and Adviser to the Under Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy, assisting with efforts to improve America's image and promote human rights and democracy in the Arab world.

Kittrie earlier served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business & Agricultural Affairs. In that capacity, he worked on economic aid for Pakistan following September 11, 2001 and assisted with planning for the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Kittrie also worked on U.S.-Mexico border issues and negotiation of the world's first multilateral agreement to combat computer crime. Prior to that, Kittrie served as the State Department's Senior Attorney for Nuclear Affairs. In that capacity, he negotiated five nuclear non-proliferation agreements between the United States and Russia and served as counsel for the U.S. Government's sanctions and other responses to the 1998 Indian and Pakistani nuclear tests.

Earlier in his State Department career, Kittrie specialized in trade controls governing arms and dual-use items, in which capacity he was a principal drafter of U.N. Security Council Resolutions, U.S. Executive Orders, and U.S. regulations imposing and implementing arms embargoes on terrorism-supporting and other outlaw regimes, including Rwanda during the genocide.

Prior to entering law school, Kittrie served as Press Spokesman and Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congresswoman Connie Morella (MD). Kittrie is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations. A Mexican-American, Kittrie is active in the Latino community. During 2006, he served as President of Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Region XIV, representing Arizona and Nevada on the HNBA Board of Governors and overseeing HNBA activities in those states.

He has also served as faculty advisor to ASU's Chicano Latino Law Students Association and as a member of the board of directors of Los Abogados, the Hispanic Bar Association of Arizona. Kittrie was honored by the Chicano Faculty Staff Association of ASU with the Dr. Manuel Servin Faculty Award for 2006. Kittrie was also recently named by Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education magazine as one of the U.S.'s top Hispanic professors of international law. [Mark Godsey]

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