Faculty appointments expand SUNY Buffalo Law School’s global presence


Professor and Director for Global Strategic Initiatives, David A. Westbrook

Published June 19, 2014

Two SUNY Buffalo Law School professors are taking on expanded roles as the school works to extend its presence not just regionally and nationally, but worldwide.

Associate Professor and Director of the Canada-U.S. Legal Studies Centre, Meredith Lewis
“UB's location on the border creates inviting opportunities to create synergies with colleagues in UB and across the border in a variety of initiatives, including international trade law.”
Makau Mutua, Dean
SUNY Buffalo Law School

Dean Makau W. Mutua, himself well-known in the area of international law, announced that Professor David A. Westbrook will serve as director of global strategic initiatives, and Associate Professor Meredith Lewis will direct the Canada-U.S. Legal Studies Centre. The appointments became effective Feb. 1.

In his new administrative role, Westbrook will be responsible for exploring the development of a wide range of global strategic initiatives for SUNY Buffalo Law School. These include initiatives in curriculum, international student recruitment, student study-abroad and exchange programs, and faculty involvement, including faculty exchanges with peer schools abroad. Also under consideration is a possible expansion of the school’s presence in international ventures in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Westbrook will also oversee the Law School’s master of laws program, which draws practicing attorneys from throughout the world to pursue specialized study at SUNY Buffalo Law, and will chair the Committee on Graduate and International Programs. The dean noted that Westbrook’s work will dovetail with the University-wide UB 2020 planning initiative.

Westbrook thinks and writes about the social and intellectual consequences of contemporary political economy. His work influences numerous disciplines, including law, economics, finance, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies and design. He has spoken on six continents to academics, business and financial leaders, members of the security community, civil institutions and governments, often with the sponsorship of the U.S. State Department. Westbrook has published five books, most recently Out of Crisis: Rethinking Our Financial Markets and Deploying Ourselves: Islamist Violence and the Responsible Projection of U.S. Force. Having joined the Law School faculty in 1998, he teaches on business and international topics, including basic courses in corporations and international law.

Founded in 1989, the Canada-U.S. Legal Studies Centre integrates Canadian legal issues into the Law School by coordinating its activities with those of research groups, faculty initiatives and student organizations. As director, Lewis will be responsible for refocusing and expanding the center’s mandate to align it with emerging Law School planning and scholarly

“UB’s location on the border creates inviting opportunities to create synergies with colleagues in UB and across the border in a variety of initiatives, including international trade law,” Dean Mutua said. “Meredith brings a wealth of experience to this position, having co-founded, and served as associate director of, the New Zealand Centre for International Economic Law at the Victoria University of Wellington Law School.”

Lewis, whose law degree is from Georgetown University Law Center, joined the SUNY Buffalo Law faculty in 2012. She teaches and writes in the area of international trade law.