Monday, January 20, 2020
Charlotte Ku is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Global Programs and Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University School of Law. She was recognized last month during the 14th Global Legal Skills Conference for her longstanding commitment to global legal education.
Dr. Ku was previously a Professor of Law and Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Legal Studies at University of Illinois College of Law. She served as Acting Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, and was Executive Director and Executive Vice President of the American Society of International Law from 1994 to 2006. Especially through her international work at ASIL and the Lauterpacht Centre, Dr. Ku became known by professors, judges, lawyers, and legal scholars across the world.
Dr. Ku initiated and directs the Global and Comparative Law program at Texas A&M University. That program has sent faculty-led teams of more than 100 students overseas and has brought at least 20 international visiting scholars and LL.M. students to Texas. Dr. Ku is a political scientist with a rich background in global legal education. Her interest in world affairs began during her childhood in Hong Kong, then under British rule.
She earned a Ph.D. in International Relations at Tufts University in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Her current research focuses on international law and global governance.
Dr. Ku believes that a global perspective is vital to the practice of law. “Lawyers are relationship-builders and problem-solvers,” she has said. “A global outlook strengthens the ability to do both even if lives and careers never take an individual out of the United States. A global mindset, as part of a student’s professional identity and toolkit, is useful to help a person comfortably identify and tackle issues at multiple levels, in diverse settings, and through varied perspectives.”
We congratulate Dr. Charlotte Ku on receiving a 2019 Global Legal Skills Award and thank her again for her longstanding support of international legal skills education.