Chapman University permits me to continue my teaching in Africa, which I have been able to do every other year for the last fourteen years. I have taught at the School of Banking and Finance in Rwanda, the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology in Rwanda, the University of Asmara in Eritrea (twice), and Ashesi University in Ghana (three times). This last October, I taught “Antitrust Law and Economics of Regulated Industries” in Ghana, at Ashesi University.

A young country like Ghana has to decide whether to have its public utilities, like electricity, water, transportation, and extractive industries, run by the government, treated as regulated utilities, or open to the private market. There are legal as well as economic questions involved. I hope eventually to teach a course like this at our Fowler School of Law; when I do, my experiences teaching this subject in the African context will provide valuable material for a comparative law and economics perspective. I last taught at Chapman in 2010, just before I became dean.


Dean Tom Campbell with his class at Ashesi University in Ghana

About the author

Tom Campbell
was appointed Dean of Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law in February of 2011. Prior to joining Chapman, he was the Bank of America Dean and Professor of Business from 2002 to 2008 at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Dean Campbell was a Professor of Law at Stanford University from 1987-2002; Associate Professor at Stanford, 1983-1987; a member of the United States Congress from 1989-1993 and 1995-2001; a member of the California State Senate from 1993-1995; and the director of the California Department of Finance from 2004-2005. He has a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, and a JD,
magna cum laude
, from Harvard Law School, where he also served as a member of the board of editors of the
Harvard Law Review.

Since 2001, Dean Campbell and his wife Susanne have taught in Africa as volunteers on seven separate occasions, in Ghana, Eritrea and Rwanda, where they taught courses in fund raising (Susanne) and international financial institutions, business strategy and constitutional law (Tom), at the following universities: Ashesi University, Accra, Ghana; Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Kigali, Rwanda; School of Banking and Finance, Kigali, Rwanda; and the University of Asmara, Asmara, Eritrea.