Benedict Kingsbury
Professor of Law, 1993-1998

Benedict Kingsbury specialized and taught courses on many aspects of public international law including international human rights, international environmental law, and indigenous peoples.  A native of New Zealand, Kingsbury completed his first degree, an LL.B., in 1981 at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.  He went on to obtain a Master’s of Philosophy in International Relations in 1984 and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Law in 1990, both at Oxford.  Upon completing the D.Phil. Kingsbury joined the Oxford faculty as a University Lecturer.  In 1992 he was a visiting professor at Duke Law, and the following year he joined the Duke faculty as a professor of law.

Kingsbury's appointment occurred at a time when Duke Law was striving to enlarge the international law faculty.  While at Duke Law he co-authored United Nations, Divided World in 1993 and Indigenous Peoples of Asia in 1995.  Kingsbury joined the Executive Counsel and Executive Commitee of the American Society of International Law in 1996 and the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law in 1997. 

In 1998 Kingsbury joined the law faculty at New York University.  He became the Murray and Ida Becker Professor of Law, the Director of the Institute of International Law and Justice, and a joint Editor in Chief of the American Journal of International Law.


Duke University, School of Law, Bulletin of Duke University School of Law [serial]

1997-1998 AALS Directory of Law Teachers 610

2011-2012 AALS Directory of Law Teachers 837

Julia S. Shields, Duke Law School Faculty: Becoming International in a Variety of Ways, Winter 1995 Duke Law Magazine 27-32

Benedict Kingsbury
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