SMU International History

SMU Dedman Law School - a “Global Law Center” for  Seven Decades
 
 
Introduction    
With his experience from the Nürenberg Trials[1], SMU Law Dean Robert Storey saw the world growing smaller and smaller and the need for international cooperation greater and greater.  In this context, he recognized the critical importance of developing international institutions and international law and of promoting of the rule of law and democratic values. He also recognized how little American lawyers and law students knew about these new international challenges and about the importance of building bridges among the differing legal systems in the world (i.e., the need for fostering a sound comparative law methodology). Thus, it is not by coincidence that in 1947 when Dean Storey articulated his vision of the SMU Law School as a “Legal Center”, he set about to establish a major international and comparative law program (one of the first in the country). Read More 


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[1] In fact, The SMU Law School had the unique distinctions of having four of its professors involved in these Trials (i.e., Storey, Whitney Harris, Charles Brudno and Jan Charmatz).
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