Following the public ceremony on April 30, Christie will deliver an academic address entitled “Challenging Issues in the Adjudication of Human Rights,” based on a scholarly project in which he is currently engaged. He was a visiting professor at the University of Athens Law School in the spring semester of 2000 and delivered public addresses at that university in 2000 and 2003.
From a personal perspective, Christie calls receiving an honorary degree from the University of Athens particularly moving and meaningful because his father was a 1915 graduate of that institution’s Law Faculty. “When I was in Greece as a visiting professor in 2000, I was able to look in the university’s archives and found a picture of my father while he was a student, as well as a copy of his transcript. That, in itself, was moving.” Christie’s father emigrated to the United States in 1920.
A Duke faculty member since 1967, Christie is an expert in the areas of torts and jurisprudence, and widely published in both. He is the editor of a casebook on jurisprudence published in 1973 and now in its second edition, another on torts, first published in 1983 and now in its fourth edition, and a third on advanced torts, published in 2004. In addition to many articles, he is also the author of two monographs: Law, Norms and Authority (1982) and The Notion of an Ideal Audience in Legal Argument (2000), which has also been translated into French.