William Alford (right) with Ray Mabus, United States Secretary of the Navy.


The Harvard International Law Journal has paid tribute to Professor William Alford, ho is stepping down as Vice Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School after nearly 20 years in the roll.

The journal’s editors’ write: “Because of Professor Alford, HLS has expanded its international and comparative law curriculum, brought leading scholars from across the globe to teach, concluded its first exchange programs with foreign universities, facilitated over a thousand students studying or working abroad, and further advanced its stellar LL.M. and S.J.D. programs while markedly strengthening the nation’s most substantial policy of need-blind admission and need-based financial aid for graduate students in law. Professor Alford continues to chair the nation’s oldest program concerning law in East Asia and co-founded the HLS Project on Disability (HPOD) which has provided its pro bono services in more than 40 nations.”

The tribute includes commentary from scholars, alumni, and friends from around the world to commemorate Professor Alford’s work in international law, comparative law, advocacy work, East Asian law studies, disability issues, as well as his teaching and leadership more broadly. A collection of print tributes will be published in the journal’s winter issue (Volume 62).

Tributes can be read on the journal’s dedicated webpage.

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