Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development Donald Kochan’s article “
The Progression and Evolution of International Law Scholarships over the Past 50 Years: Some Quantitative Observations
” was recently published in Volume 22 of the
Buffalo Human Rights Law Review

From the abstract:

article coverDebates have intensified in recent years about the utility of legal scholarship generally, and international law scholarship has not been immune from some specific, targeted scrutiny. Yet few fields of legal scholarship have a history like international law scholarship, where the courts and other authorities have identified scholars of international law as holding a special place of privilege and stature in the interpretation of international law. This essay examines the unique role of international law scholarship in the interpretation of international
law by courts and other authorities. Furthermore, through various data chartcompilations and the depictions of trends in more than a dozen unique and original graphs, it examines the growth and evolution of international law and human rights scholarship over time, including changing trends in jurisprudential categories of scholarship between “the law of nations,” “international law,” and “human rights.” While this data tells a story on its own, the essay also hopes to provide information from which others can enhance their own assessment of trends not just in international law scholarship, but also in the evolution of international law itself.

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Donald J. Kochan
is the Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development and Professor of Law at Chapman University Fowler School of Law. Dean Kochan has published more than 35 scholarly articles and essays in well-respected law journals. His work has been cited in more than 300 published law review articles. Among his numerous activities, Dean Kochan was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) in January 2016 and was appointed in July 2016 to serve as an Adviser for the
Restatement of the Law Fourth, Property
. He is also a Contributing Editor of the “Keeping Current-Property” section in
Probate & Property
, published by the American Bar Association, serves as the Secretary for the Section on Property Law for the Association of American Law Schools, and serves as Vice-Chair of the Committee on Environment & Natural Resources Regulation of the ABA Section on Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice. Dean Kochan teaches Property, Real Estate Transactions, and Administrative Law, among other courses.

Other articles by Dean Kochan on international or comparative law-related issues include:
The Political Economy of the Production of Customary International Law: The Role of NGOs and United States Courts
, 21
Berkeley Journal of International Law
240 (2004) and
Boyakasha, Fist to Fist: Respect and the Philosophical Link with Reciprocity in International Law and Human Rights
, 38
George Washington International Law Review
349 (2006).

See more of Dean Kochan’s writings