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James J. Friedberg

James j. Friedberg

Hale J. and Roscoe P. Posten Professor of Law 


  • Central High School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1968
  • B.A., Temple University, 1972
  • J.D., Harvard University, 1975
  • Diplome, Institut International Des Droits De L’Homme, 1989

Selected Publications

  • Brexit, the Misrepresentation of Democracy, and the Rock of Gibraltar, University of Bologna Law Review, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 209-225 (July 2020).
  • Yitz and Ishmael: A Drama in One Very Long Act” (2019). Minnesota Journal of International Law. 357.
  • “Nuclear Weapons, Elephants, Israel, and the World Court,” Palestine Israel Journal, Fall 2013.
  • “The Wane in Spain (of Universal Jurisdiction): Spain’s Forgetful Democratic Transition and the Prosecution of Tyrants,” 114 W. Va. L. Rev. 825, Spring 2012.
  • “Ambiguity, Sovereignty and Identity in Ireland: Peace and Transition,” Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, Vol. 20:1, 2005.
  • “Skopje Letters: Four Months in Macedonia,” Forum Magazine, July 2002.
  • “Views of Doñana” Columbia J. of European Law (Fall/Winter, 1996-97)
  • Maxwell & Friedberg, Human Rights in Western Civilization, 1600-Present, Kendall Hunt Publishers (2 editions – 1991, 1994)
  • "Politics, Environment and the Rule of Law in Bulgaria,” Duke J. Comp. & Int’l L. (Spring 1994)
  • “The Convergence of Law in an Era of Political Integration: The Wood Pulp Case and the Alcoa Doctrine,” U. Pitt. L. Rev. (Winter 1991)

Teaching/Research Experience

  • Faculty, West Virginia University College of Law (1980-present)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2014)
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Guanajuato (Spring 2011)
  • Fulbright Scholar, Visiting Professor, Cyril and Methodius University (Spring, 2002)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Hawaii (Spring, 2000)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1989-90)
  • Visiting Faculty, Cambridge University (1986-87)

Professional Background

  • Litigation Attorney, Tennessee Valley Authority (1975-80_
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