McDougall Visiting Professorship

The Archibald McDougall Visiting Professorship in International Law allows experienced and expert faculty and practitioners with a comparative and international law focus to join the WVU College of Law for up to five weeks during the academic year.

WVU Law Archibald McDougall Visiting Lectureship

The visiting lecturer provides students with an opportunity to discuss cutting-edge global issues in the law.  In rare instances, promising scholars with a specific research agenda in international law will also be considered. 

The current compensation is $10,000 USD. We will also reimburse the selected candidate for the reasonable cost of airfare from their home institution. 

The position is made possible thanks to an endowed gift by the estate of Archibald McDougall. The gift was provided to increase students’ exposure to international law. Through the endowment, noted professors and lawyers in international law are brought to campus to provide a series of lectures and short courses for College of Law students and faculty.

Selection Criteria for McDougall Applicants

Applicants wishing to apply for a McDougall Lectureship should possess the following criteria:

  • Minimum of Ph.D or other terminal degree (such as a J.D. or J.D. Equivalent).
  • Teaching and publication experience.
  • English language competency.
  • Demonstrated oral presentations skills in English.
  • An international or comparative perspective.
  • A record in the field of teaching (i.e., practical or academic experience in the area you wish to teach).

Application Procedures

Interested applicants should submit a copy or their C.V. as well as a statement of interest. The statement of interest should include a discussion of the applicant’s specific research area (the subject for the McDougall Lecture to the university community) as well as a list of courses that you would be interested and capable of teaching. All applications must be received by November 1.

Selected List of Previous McDougall Lecturers

  • Spring 2017 - Jon MacDonald (The Hague, Netherlands)
  • Fall 2015 - Rachel Wechsler (Oxford University, United Kingdom)
  • Fall 2012 - Gyane Davidyan (Moscow State University, Russia)
  • Fall 2011 - Stephen Messmann (Central European University. Hungary)
  • Fall 2010 - Nomaan Hanif (University of London)
  • Fall 2009 - Myint Zan (Multimedia University School of Law, Malaysia)
  • Fall 2009 - Fernando Patrón Sanchez (University of Guanajuato, Mexico)
  • 2007 - Patricia Begné (University of Guanajuato, Mexico)
  • 2003 - Branimir Zaimov (Bulgaria)
  • 2001 - Patricia Begné (University of Guanajuato, Mexico)
  • 1999 - Volker Röben (Germany)
  • Spring 1998 - Maina Kiai (Human Rights Commission, Nairobi, Kenya)
  • 1995 - Derek Smith (University of Seville)
  • Fall 1994 - Esa Paasivirta (Finland)
  • 1986 - Christopher Greenwood (Cambridge University)

About Archibald McDougall

WVU Law Archibald McDougall |  photo credit University of Tasmania-Australia


Archibald McDougall was born in 1903 in Tasmania, Australia. He was the second of six boys. Though his father, D.G. McDougall, was Professor of Law at the University of Tasmania, Archibald was the only son to attend university, becoming a Rhodes scholar and attending Oxford University from 1924–1927. During his illustrious legal career Mr. McDougall served as a delegate to the League of Nations, legal counselor to the British Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and was a Professor of International Law at the Iraq Law School in Baghdad. [1]

Mr. McDougall eventually settled in the United States (in the 1950s) and died in Martinsburg, West Virginia in 1984. Upon his death, Mr. McDougall bequeathed a portion of his estate to WVU College of Law in honor of McDougall’s “old and revered friends Philip C. Jessup and Francis Desk.”

About Morgantown

West Virginia University is located in Morgantown, a dynamic and diverse community surrounded by the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. Morgantown is consistently ranked one of the top small cities in the United States. Its proximity to Pittsburgh, PA (75 miles) and Washington, DC (210 miles) allows faculty and students to enjoy the convenience of a small city with the cultural opportunities of a larger metropolitan area. As a university town, Morgantown also boasts its own vibrant cultural scene, with local and touring musical and theatrical productions, local festivals, nearby cultural and historical destinations, and college sporting events.


1 .Information on Archibald McDougall was taken from the following websites: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=79574671 and http://www.utas.edu.au/law-alumni/stories/stories/the-mcdougall-involvement-with-the-university-of-tasmania

Photo source: University of Tasmania - Australia

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