Welcome to the website for the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa. The Initiative seeks to support and contribute to cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and scholarship, as well as to contribute to the community of interested scholars at Cornell and its environs. I hope to see you at one of our events!
Chantal Thomas (Professional Biography)
Director, Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa
116 Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
Chantal Thomas teaches in the areas of International Law and Developing Countries, International Labor Law, and International Trade Law at Cornell Law School. From 2007-2008, she served as the Chair of the Law Department at American University in Cairo, and has spent part of 2009 developing the Clarke Initiative in Egypt, Sudan, Israel, and the West Bank. Her recent publications include Developing Countries in the WTO Legal System (Oxford University Press, 2009). Current research interests include migrant labor movements in Sudan and Egypt.
Associate Dean for International Affairs and
Executive Director of the Clarke Center for International and Comparative legal Studies
107 Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
Laura Spitz is the Associate Dean for International Affairs and Executive Director of the Clarke Center for International and Comparative Legal Studies, where he also oversees the joint J.D./LL.M in International and Comparative Law program.
Prior to joining Cornell Law School, Dean Spitz was a partner in the Vancouver office of Miller Thomson LLP and the treasurer of the Business Law Section of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association.Before joining Miller Thomson in August 2010, she taught as an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado and a Visiting Professor of Law at Emory University.
Dean Spitz received her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Toronto, her LL.B. from the University of British Columbia and her J.S.D. from Cornell Law School.As part of her graduate work at Cornell, Dean Spitz spent a semester at the European University Institute in Florence.
Clarke Center for International and Comparative Legal Studies
105 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850