He is the first Black male to serve as a law dean in Canada and the first African-American to serve as dean in any discipline. Dr. Levitt is also proud to serve as the distinguished professor of international law at Florida A&M University College of Law. He formerly served as associate dean for international programs and founding director of the Center for International Law and Justice.

Dr. Levitt is an internationally recognized public intellectual, legal scholar, international lawyer, political scientist and global administrator with a rare combination of experiential and theoretical training and experiences, respectively. He is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities in the international law and politics of Africa, and is a pioneering scholar-practitioner in international human rights law, conflict and peace studies, and transitional justice. He is the author and editor of six books and numerous scholarly works.

Dr. Levitt is a Fulbright scholar. In 2012, he served as the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice at the Human Rights Research and Education Center (HRREC) at the University of Ottawa. In 2009-2010, Louise Arbour, former UN High Commission for Human Rights nominated him to serve as Head of the International Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of the Republic of Liberia (TRC). He was appointed by Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia and Africa’s first elected female president. In 2005, he was a visiting fellow at the Lauterpacht Center for International Law at Cambridge University. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law.

Dr. Levitt holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, a Doctor of Law from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University.

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Kimberly Gumbs
Office: (407) 254 3297
Email: kimberly.gumbs@famu.edu

Courses taught by Professor Levitt:

  • Public International Law
  • International Law and the Use of Force and Armed Conflict
  • International Criminal Law
  • The Law and Politics of Africa (Seminar)
  • Theory and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals

Videos:

2016

Professor Jeremy Levitt and examines society’s response to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s stance regarding the national anthem before games.

The commentary can also be read online at the following link:

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-salute-to-kaepernick-bravery-090916-20160910-story.html

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Archives

Articles

  • UN Peacekeeping: A Sheep in Wolves Clothing?, Review of UN PEACEKEEPING IN LEBANON, SOMALIA AND KOSOVO: OPERATIONAL AND LEGAL ISSUES IN PRACTICE by Ray Murphy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. International Peacekeeping Journal, Vol. 17 (Spring 2010). Peer Reviewed.
  • “Peace and or Justice: The Dilemma of Power-sharing”, African Legal Aid Quarterly, (published lecture), Conference: Interface Between Peace and International Justice in Africa, July-December 2007.
  • “Pro-Democratic Intervention in Africa”, Wisconsin Journal of International Law, Vol. 25 No. 1 (Summer 2006).
  • “Illegal Peace?: Examining the Legality of Power-sharing with Warlords and Rebels in Africa”, Michigan Journal of International Law, Vol. 27 No.2 (Winter 2006).
  • “Pan-Africanism”, ENCLYOPEDIA OF GLOBALIZATION (MTM Publishing, 2006). (Peer reviewed)
  • “Humanitarian Intervention in Africa: Africa’s Pathbreaking Model”, Global Dialogue, Vol. 7, November 1-2, Winter/Spring(2005). (Peer reviewed)
  • Co-editor, Symposium: The African Union and the New Pan-Africanism: Rushing to Organize or Timely Shift?, Adrien K. King, Jeremy I. Levitt and Craig Jackson (eds.) Journal of Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, A Journal of the University of Iowa, Vol. 13:1 (Spring 2003).
  • “The Peace and Security Council of the African Union”, Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 13:1 (Spring 2003).
  • “The Responsibility to Protect: A Beaver Without a Dam”, Review of The Responsibility to Protect: Report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty,” (Ottawa: International Development Research Centre, December 2001. 2 vols. Report, 91 pp. Supplementary volume, 410 pp.) Michigan Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol.25:1 (December 2003).
  • “Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution in Africa-Regional Strategies for the Prevention of Displacement and Protection of Displaced Persons: The Cases of the OAU, ECOWAS, SADC and IGAD”, Duke Journal of Comparative and International and Law, Vol. 11:1 (Winter  2001).
  • “Humanitarian Intervention by Regional Actors in Internal Conflicts: The Case of ECOWAS in Liberia and Sierra Leone”, Temple International and Comparative Law Journal, Vol. 12 No.2 (Fall 1998).

Books

  • HURRICANE KATRINA: AMERICA’S UNNATURAL DISASTER, (eds.) (University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln: 2009).
  • AFRICA: MAPPING NEW BOUNDARIES IN INTERNATIONAL LAW, (eds.) (Hart Publishers, Oxford, UK: 2008).
  • THE EVOLUTION OF DEADLY CONFLICT IN LIBERIA: FROM ‘PATERNALTARIANISM’ TO STATE COLLAPSE (Carolina Academic Press: Durham, North Carolina 2005).
  • AFRICA: SELECTED DOCUMENTS ON POLITICAL, CONFLICT AND SECURITY, HUMANITARIAN AND JUDICIAL ISSUES, (eds.) (Transnational Publishers Ardsley, NY: 2003).