John Gamble named chair of International Law Association group

February 02, 2011

John Gamble, distinguished professor of political science and international law at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has been named chair of the International Law Association's new Teaching of International Law Interest Group.

The ILA was founded in Brussels in 1873 to study, clarify and develop public and private international law, and to further understanding for and respect of international law. The 3,700-member organization, now headquartered in London, has consultative status for a number of specialized agencies within the United Nations.

For the past 10 years, Gamble has served as rapporteur, or vice chair, of the ILA’s Committee on the Teaching of International Law. He is a past vice president of the American Society of International Law, the ILA’s U.S. branch organization.

Gamble has taught at Penn State Behrend since 1976 and is the author or editor of more than a dozen books and 50 articles. His current research interest is the creation of the Comprehensive Statistical Database of Multilateral Treaties; with assistance from Penn State Behrend undergraduate students, the project is researching all multinational treaties dating to 1500 and categorizing each according to 40 variables to create a searchable database. Thus far, the project has collected 350,000 data points and been the subject of eight student Honors theses, 11 conference papers co-written with 20 undergraduate students, nine journal articles co-written with students, and presentations at Oxford, Cambridge and Leiden universities, among others.

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