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April 16, 2014

Professor Michael Fakhri is the 2014 Hollis Teaching Award recipient

The University of Oregon School of Law congratulates Assistant Professor Michael Fakhri who was chosen to receive the 2014 Orlando J. Hollis Teaching Award. The Hollis Award is the law school’s highest teaching honor. 

The Law School Personnel Committee selected Fakhri for this year’s award based on the criteria of peer teaching reviews, student teaching evaluations, committee members' knowledge of the nominee's teaching, and the number and substance of nominations.

"It's quite a privilege to teach students and I'm lucky to teach at such a collegial law school," Fakhri said of the honor.

Students noted that Fakhri is "incredibly effective and approachable for someone with such an impressive intellect" and "a great teacher and mentor who explains concepts in a way that enables students to not only understand those concepts, but to think critically and to question them."

Fakhri received his doctorate from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, LL.M. from Harvard Law School, LL.B. from Queen's University, and B.Sc in biology from the University of Western Ontario.

Fakhri's research is primarily in the historical examination of the sugar trade and its relationship to the creation of multilateral trade institutions. His other research interests include Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), trade and development in the Middle East, public international law, international legal history, legal accounts of imperialism, and law and globalization.

Additionally, Fakhri is also a faculty member for the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center where he co-leads the Food Resiliency Project. Fakhri has also authored the book Sugar and the Making of International Trade Law, and written articles featured in the London Review of International Law, the Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law, and European Journal of International Law, among others.

Fakhri will receive the Hollis Award as a part of the School of Law’s commencement exercises on Saturday, May 17, at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Eugene.

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