Louis Wolcher, a Charles I. Stone Professor of Law at the UW, has been awarded the Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair in American Studies for the fall 2009 semester at the University of Cergy-Pontoise School of Law outside Paris. The award includes lectures and research in law and philosophical ethics in global business. The Distinguished Chair Program comprises about 40 lecture and research awards ranging from three to 12 months, and they are among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program.
Professor Wolcher joined the faculty in 1986, after nine years of law practice with the firm of Pettit & Martin, in San Francisco, and three years of teaching at the Rutgers-Camden Law School, in New Jersey.
His primary research interests lie in the fields of philosophy of law, legal and political theory, and human rights. Professor Wolcher's other honors include a Fulbright Award to study and teach in Slovenia, an invitation to lecture to the judges of the European Court of Human Rights, in Strasbourg, France, and a philosophical prize in the 2000 International Essay Competition, co-sponsored by the city of Weimar and the European cultural magazine Lettre International.
Recognized by the students as Teacher of the Year in 1992 and 1999, he was given the University of Washington's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005.