Dean Timothy S. Fisher has embarked on a 10-day trip to four Israeli and one Jordanian law school to reaffirm the Law School’s long-standing relationship with Haifa University, deepen the relationship between the Law School and faculty with their Israeli counterparts, and open a dialogue with other law schools in the Middle East.
This trip is the latest activity in UConn’s push to advance its global engagement mission – a necessity at any major university.
Dean Fisher is traveling with Professor Steven Wilf who is currently teaching a law course at Tel Aviv University. Professor Wilf, associate dean for research and faculty development from 2010 through 2013, previously was a visiting professor at Hebrew University.
In addition to their visits to Haifa University and Hebrew University, Dean Fisher and Professor Wilf will meet with deans and law faculty at Tel Aviv University, where UConn Law faculty currently have a number of relationships, and Bar Ilan University, where the Law School has the opportunity to create exchange potentials.
Dean Fisher also will meet with the dean of the Law Faculty at the University of Jordan in Amman, as well as the dean of the International Studies and Political Science faculty who recently visited UConn for a human rights program last year.
President Susan Herbst recently reaffirmed UConn’s commitment to seek research and educational partnerships across the globe.
“Academic leaders at UConn will continue to visit Israel and Arab nations, invite Israeli and Arab scholars to our campuses, encourage our student and faculty to study in these nations, and pursue research collaboration with the many outstanding Israeli universities,” said Herbst in response to a recent vote of two scholarly societies – the American Studies Association and the Association of Asian American Studies – to endorse the Palestinian boycott of Israeli academic institutions. President Herbst, Dean Fisher and other senior level administrators at UConn firmly oppose all such boycotts and have reaffirmed the university’s commitment to both the ideals of academic freedom and an international exchange of ideas.
Throughout their time in the Middle East, the UConn Law delegation will continue outreach activities related to the recruitment of LL.M. (Master’s degree) in U.S. Legal Studies candidates as well as students for the Law School’s recently established S.J.D. (Doctor of Laws) program.
Currently, Law School students can participate in the Global Law Program at Haifa University as part of the Law School’s International Exchange program. The Haifa exchange offers academic training in the spring semester in intellectual property and business law, and brings together students from around the world for intense study of numerous aspects of law both internationally and in the context of Israel and the Middle East. UConn Law students study alongside international and Israeli students in courses taught by visiting faculty from around the world and professors from the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa.
Dean Fisher became the 17th dean of the UConn School of Law on July 1, 2013 following thirty-five years in private practice. Prior to becoming dean he was a partner at a major regional law firm with a long history of public service. His practice and publications have focused on the fields of ethics, alternate dispute resolution, commercial transactions, construction law, family wealth disputes, and municipal law.