Visiting Professor of Law
Benedict Kingsbury is a multi-year visiting professor. He has launched (together with Professor Antony Anghie) a new colloquium on international law and global governance, in which students debate cutting-edge ideas with prominent visiting speakers, as well as developing their own original research papers. Periodically he also teaches Foreign Investment Law, and a course on International Law Writing designed to help students critically read, and themselves write, scholarly articles and international law briefs and decisions. He works also with students in the Global Justice Think Tank. "The U has a very strong faculty group working on international legal topics, and attracts excellent students in these areas," Kingsbury explained. "There is real scope for students to make a difference in developing better approaches to global problems — a big aim of my teaching, as with the other professors in international fields at the College of Law, is to equip students with the knowledge and techniques to do this well."
After completing his commercial law degree [LL.B. Hons] at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand in 1981, Kingsbury was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford. In 1984, he graduated at the top of his class in the M.Phil in International Relations at Oxford. He subsequently completed a D.Phil in Law at Oxford. He taught at Oxford University and Duke University prior to serving as the director of the prestigious Institute for International Law and Justice at NYU. He is the author of numerous books, chapters and articles. From April 2013 Professor Kingsbury serves (jointly with Professor Jose Alvarez of NYU) as Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of International Law, a preeminent journal in the field.
Kingsbury is a leading scholar in the field of indigenous peoples in international law. His interests also include global administrative law, international relations theory, global governance, and history. As his education, experience, and areas of scholarly interest suggest, he is a strong believer in connecting local and global issues. "Many Utah businesses are have significant interests in global rules — the standards which enable credit cards and computer software to work all over the world, the rules on trade and investment, the developing law of energy and carbon markets, effective standards of environmental protection. Organizations and individuals in Utah are very active on issues of global justice. These specific interests can become topics for research teams, building up expertise in Utah and equipping students to contribute in innovative ways in their future careers."
Having grown up in New Zealand, he describes himself as a keen hiker, and is "absolutely enraptured" by the mountains and canyons and the outdoors life in Utah. "But despite that, I will be showing up regularly at work!" he quipped.