Louis E. Wolcher

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Charles I. Stone Professor of Law
Emeritus Professor of Law

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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 on the faculty of the Rutgers-Camden Law School, in New Jersey. His primary research interests are in the fields of philosophy of law, legal and political theory, and human rights. Holding an undergraduate degree in history from Stanford University, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1973, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

In 1973-1974 he served as a law clerk to Bernard Levinson, a justice on the Hawaii Supreme Court. He has taught many different subjects in his time at UW Law School, including human rights, contracts, torts, civil procedure, federal courts, antitrust, restitution, admiralty, critical perspectives on law, and philosophy of law. He also occasionally teaches a class on theories of justice to undergraduates in the University of Washington's Honors Program.

A member of the editorial board of Law & Critique (Kluwer Academic Publishers), an international journal of legal theory, he also serves on the advisory board of the Slovenian Law Review (University of Ljubljana). His 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. He was also awarded the Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair in American Studies for the fall semester of 2009 at University of Cergy-Pontoise School of Law, located near Paris, France.

Recognized by the students as Teacher of the Year in 1992 and 1999, he received the University of Washington's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005. Professor Wolcher has also visited and lectured at a number of institutions around the world, including the Institute of Political Science and Management (Uzbekistan), the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (San Francisco), Birkbeck College (London), the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Kobe University (Japan), Osaka University (Japan), Mofid University (Iran), the University of Bergen (Norway), the Irish Centre for Human Rights (Ireland), and Szechuan University Law School (China).

The author of more than fifty articles, essays and book chapters, his book Law's Task: The Tragic Circle of Law, Justice and Human Suffering was published in 2008 by Ashgate, while his book Beyond Transcendence in Law and Philosophy was published in 2005 by Routledge-Cavendish (Birkbeck Law Press). He is currently working on a book entitled The Ethics of Justice without Illusions, scheduled for publication by Routledge in 2015 or early 2016.

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