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Distinguished Professor of International Law
Dean Levitt is a public international lawyer and political scientist with expertise in the law of the use of force, human rights law, African politics, democratization, state dynamics and regional collective security. Levitt is the author or editor of four books and numerous law review articles. Prior to entering law teaching, he served as Special Assistant to the Managing Director for Global Human and Social Development at the World Bank Group. He was recently appointed as senior member of the International Technical Assistance Committee (ITAC) of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Liberia by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first democratically-elected female head of state. ITAC provides technical legal assistance to, and legal oversight of, TRC operations. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge-St. Johns College; a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and B.A., Political Science in Arizona State University.
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Selected Publications by Dean Levitt:
HURRICANE KATRINA: AMERICA’S UNNATURAL DISASTER, (eds.) (University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln: 2009).
AFRICA: MAPPING NEW BOUNDARIES IN INTERNATIONAL LAW, (eds.) (Hart Publishers, Oxford, UK: 2008).
THE EVOLUTION OF DEADLY CONFLICT IN LIBERIA: FROM ‘PATERNALTARIANISM’ TO STATE COLLAPSE (Carolina Academic Press: Durham, North Carolina 2005).
AFRICA: SELECTED DOCUMENTS ON POLITICAL, CONFLICT AND SECURITY, HUMANITARIAN AND JUDICIAL ISSUES, (eds.) (Transnational Publishers Ardsley, NY: 2003).
UN Peacekeeping: A Sheep in Wolves Clothing?, Review of UN PEACEKEEPING IN LEBANON, SOMALIA AND KOSOVO: OPERATIONAL AND LEGAL ISSUES IN PRACTICE by Ray Murphy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. International Peacekeeping Journal, Vol. 17 (Spring 2010). Peer Reviewed.
“Peace and or Justice: The Dilemma of Power-sharing”, African Legal Aid Quarterly, (published lecture), Conference: Interface Between Peace and International Justice in Africa, July-December 2007.
“Pro-Democratic Intervention in Africa”, Wisconsin Journal of International Law, Vol. 25 No. 1 (Summer 2006).
“Illegal Peace?: Examining the Legality of Power-sharing with Warlords and Rebels in Africa”, Michigan Journal of International Law, Vol. 27 No.2 (Winter 2006).
“Pan-Africanism”, ENCLYOPEDIA OF GLOBALIZATION (MTM Publishing, 2006). (Peer reviewed)
“Humanitarian Intervention in Africa: Africa’s Pathbreaking Model”, Global Dialogue, Vol. 7, November 1-2, Winter/Spring(2005). (Peer reviewed)
Co-editor, Symposium: The African Union and the New Pan-Africanism: Rushing to Organize or Timely Shift?, Adrien K. King, Jeremy I. Levitt and Craig Jackson (eds.) Journal of Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, A Journal of the University of Iowa, Vol. 13:1 (Spring 2003).
“The Peace and Security Council of the African Union”, Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 13:1 (Spring 2003).
“The Responsibility to Protect: A Beaver Without a Dam”, Review of The Responsibility to Protect: Report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty,” (Ottawa: International Development Research Centre, December 2001. 2 vols. Report, 91 pp. Supplementary volume, 410 pp.). Michigan Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol.25:1 (December 2003).
“Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution in Africa-Regional Strategies for the Prevention of Displacement and Protection of Displaced Persons: The Cases of the OAU, ECOWAS, SADC and IGAD”, Duke Journal of Comparative and International and Law, Vol. 11:1 (Winter 2001).
“Humanitarian Intervention by Regional Actors in Internal Conflicts: The Case of ECOWAS in Liberia and Sierra Leone”, Temple International and Comparative Law Journal, Vol. 12 No.2 (Fall 1998).