Hiram Chodosh, the fifth President of Claremont McKenna College, is the first speaker of the Spring 2014 Athenaeum season. In his talk, President Chodosh will speak about his work in the field of academia, law, foreign affairs, and global justice. Before coming to CMC, President Chodosh was the Dean of S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Chodosh attended Yale Law School, and received his B.A. from Wesleyan University. He previously was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Case Western Reserve University where he was also a Professor of Law.
President Chodosh is an internationally renowned expert on institutional justice reform. President Chodosh has had a long career of advising and reforming legal systems throughout the world. He served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in India, where he has worked on the adaptation and expansion of mediation. He directed the Global Justice Project: Iraq, a law and policy think tank (2007-2009) that advised the Iraqi government on legislative and constitutional priorities. President Chodosh also has advised the IMF Legal Department, the World Bank Justice Reform Group, the State Department, and many supreme courts and ministries around the world. He has published many articles, books, and essays on mediation, corruption, legal reform, and international and comparative law. His forthcoming book, entitled The Uniform Civil Code of India: Blueprint for Scholarly Discourse (co-authored with Shimon Shetreet), will be published by Oxford University Press later this year.