Monday, December 2, 2013

Best Faculties in International Law, 2013 (revised poll)

(Apologies to the 3 or 4 readers who completed the prior version, which wrongly omitted one top ten law school.)

Here's a new poll, covering international law, both what we usually call "public" and "private," so, e.g., international human rights, international institutions, international courts, international trade, international business transactions, internationl litigation, etc.  Comparative law scholars were not included, unless their work dealt with international legal issues as well.   Immigration law and national security law presented some tough cases, and no doubt there are some errors of inclusion and exclusion in these fields, but the idea was only to list those whose work had a significant international law dimension (as opposed to, e.g,  mainly a constitutional law dimension).

I will be policing cheating, as before.  Despite the bad behavior by some Berkeley supporters in the last poll, Condorcet polls are quite resistant to strategic voting (even in that case, the cheating would have gained Berkeley one spot, but those votes were substracted out).

We listed 18 faculties--the U.S. News top ten for international law, plus other top ten law faculties, plus a couple of others that might be contenders.  Only the top ten will be announced.

Have fun, but only if you know something about internatoinal law!

TSK TSK, ALREADY!  Someone who ranks Columbia #1 and NYU #17 is not playing the game honestly.  Fortunately, such pettiness will wash out.

CORRECTION:  In the faculty that begins Barr, Beny, it should be "Christine Chinkin" not "Catherine Chinkin."

AS NOTED PREVIOUSLY, these polls invariably leave out some schools that would perform as well or better than some included; one example pointed out to me is Arizona State, with Kenneth Abbott, Daniel Bodansky, and several other active international law scholars, is surely as strong as some of those listed (though I'm not sure if they would have made the top ten, but it is possible).

ANOTHER UPDATE:  The faculty beginning Martin, Moore should also have included, at least, Ashley Deeks and John Harrison.

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