Boston University School of Law

Daniel G. Partan

R. Gordon Butler Scholar in International Law
Professor of Law

B.A., Cornell University
LL.B., LL.M., Harvard Law School

Interests: international lawmaking methodology; dispute resolution; trade regulation

A senior member of the Boston University law faculty, Daniel Partan teaches Global Climate Change, International Trade Regulation and the two-part introductory International Law Process course. "These courses are important for our students because law practice in the 21st century is increasingly transnational," he says. "In common with lawyers around the world, U.S. lawyers need to understand the basics of the international lawmaking process and how international law operates within the domestic legal system." Partan serves on the WTO dispute settlement roster and on binational panels appointed by governments to review dumping and subsidy cases under NAFTA.

In addition to his teaching at Boston University, Professor Partan enjoys teaching abroad, most recently at the School's summer Legal Institute in London (2003, 2006, and 2008), as Distinguished Fulbright professor at Beijing's Tsinghua University Law School (2003), as visiting professor at Peking University's School of International Studies (2000 and 2005) and as visiting professor at Xiamen University Law School in China (2006 and 2007).

Professor Partan's extensive publications include his International Law Process coursebook, books and articles on trade regulation and other contemporary international legal issues, and NAFTA binational panel decisions. He has served as a visiting scholar at Cambridge University (England) and Harvard Law School, and as a consultant to the ABA, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the U.S. State Department, the U.N. Development Programme, and the U.N. Fund for Population Activities. Professor Partan is an elected member of the American Law Institute and has served as chairman or rapporteur for studies or programs undertaken by ABA, the American Society of International Law, the International Law Association (American Branch), the Commission to Study the Organization of Peace and the Academic Council on the U.N. System. For many years, Professor Partan served as an elected town meeting member in Brookline, Massachusetts, representing the community pro bono on environmental and urban development issues.