International Legal Scholar Chosen as 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Speaker

Henry Richardson of Temple University Law School will deliver the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day talk on January 20, 2014 in Valders 206 at 7:00 pm. His address is entitled "From Birmingham's Jail to beyond the Riverside Church: Martin Luther King's Global Authority." Throughout the day, he will meet with students at select classes. To accompany the lecture, Luther students and Decorah community members will read "The Letter from a Birmingham Jail" at several places on campus and in town (to participate, please sign up).

Professor Richardson has had a long and distinguished career in the field of international law. He obtained his A.B. from Antioch College in 1963. Upon graduating from Yale Law School in 1966, Professor Richardson became International Legal Adviser to the government of Malawi shortly after its independence for more than two years, where he advised on inherited treaties and a range of southern African international legal negotiations and questions. Thereafter, he returned to the U.S. to become Faculty Africanist at Law and to earn an LL.M. at University of California at Los Angeles (1971) with a focus on international law and development in Africa. He joined the Indiana University Law Faculty, was Visiting Associate Professor at Northwestern Law School, and was active in several anti-apartheid groups relative to international law. From 1977-79, he served on the National Security Council Staff in charge of African Policy and United Nations issues in President Carter's administration. Professor Richardson was subsequently the Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to the Congressional Black Caucus and an attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the Department of Defense. Professor Richardson joined the Temple Law faculty in 1981.

Professor Richardson has written many scholarly articles for the American Journal of International Law and other journals on international law and development questions in Africa, legal questions arising from the anti-apartheid movement relative to South Africa, international protection of human rights, self determination, international law and African-Americans, and the interpretation of international law through critical race theory. He teaches courses on international law, constitutional law and foreign policy, international human rights, and international organizations.

He also was a co-founder of Temple's International and Comparative Law Journal. In 1999, he was awarded the Friel-Scanlan prize for best faculty scholarship. Throughout his career, Professor Richardson has presented many papers and participated in conferences and panels in the US, Europe, and Africa. In 2008, he published The Origin of African-American Interests in International Law, for which he was awarded a second Friel-Scanlan Prize.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a past vice president and honorary vice president, Counsellor of the American Society of International Law, and a founding member of the National Conference of Black Lawyers. In 2013,  he received the Clyde Ferguson Award for Teaching, Scholarship, and Mentoring from the Minority Section of the AALS.

LL.M., UCLA School of Law
LL.B., Yale Law School
A.B., Antioch College

Teaching Areas
International Law, International Human Rights, Constitutional Law and Foreign Policy, International Organizations

Select Publications

Issues of African Equity under International Criminal Law, in Africa and the Future of International Criminal Justice, V.O. Nmehielle. ed., (2012).

The Origins of African-American Interests in International Law (Carolina Academic Press 2008).

Patrolling the Resource Transfer Frontier: Economic Rights and the South African Constitutional Court's Contributions to International Justice, 9 African Stud. Q. (Fall 2007).

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as an International Human Rights Leader, 52 Vill. L. Rev. 471 (2007).

U.S. Hegemony, Race, and Oil in Deciding United Nations Security Council Resolution 1441 on Iraq, 17 Temple Int'l & Comp. L.J. 27 (2003).

Reverend Leon Sullivan's Principles, Race and International Law: A Comment, 15 Temple Int'l. & Comp. L.J. 55 (2001).

Henry Richardson

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