Friday, May 8, 2009

Owen Fiss Honored for Achievement in Teaching and Scholarship

Sterling Professor of Law Owen Fiss has been awarded “La distinción Sócrates” (The Socrates Distinction) by the Universidad de los Andes law faculty in Bogotá, Colombia. It’s the highest honor granted by the law school’s faculty to a national or international law professor in recognition of lifetime achievement in teaching and scholarship.

Professor Fiss was recognized for his contributions in the fields of constitutional law and jurisprudence. Previous recipients are Professor Francesco Galgano of the University of Bologna, Italy, for his contributions in the field of commercial law, and Professor Bernd Schünemann of the University of Munich, Germany, for his contributions in the field of criminal law.

Universidad de los Andes Dean Eduardo Cifuentes Muñoz presented the award to Professor Fiss in Bogotá on April 28. He called Fiss “one of the most influential constitutionalists in the contemporary world” whose works “have great resonance in the United States and in other legal systems.”

Professor Fiss teaches procedure, legal theory, and constitutional law at Yale Law School and also directs extensive Law School programs in Latin America and the Middle East. He holds bachelor’s degrees from Dartmouth and Oxford and a law degree from Harvard. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Liberalism Divided, The Irony of Free Speech, A Community of Equals, and The Law as it Could Be, all of which have been translated into Spanish and many other foreign languages.