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After clerking on the federal court, Professor Nafziger was Henry Luce Fellow and, later, Administrative Director of the American Society of International Law. He is also Honorary Professor of the East China University of Politics and Law, and has been a member of the full-time law faculties at the University of Oregon, Marquette University (as the Boden Visiting Professor), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (as a Fulbright Lecturer), and the National and Otgontenger Universities in Mongolia (as a Fulbright Lecturer). He has also taught extensively at the University of California-Davis, University of Wisconsin, Trinity College in Dublin, the University of Barcelona, and other institutions. At Willamette, Nafziger has focused his teaching and scholarship in the fields of international law and dispute resolution, conflict of laws, international business transactions, cultural heritage law, sports law, immigration and refugee law, comparative law, arbitration, and international litigation. He initiated and served as the reporter of Oregon’s codification of choice-of-law rules for torts and contracts (the world’s first common law jurisdiction to do so).

Nafziger, a vice-chair of the International Law Association (ILA) and member of its Executive Council and Management Committee, is the former president and chair of the executive committee of the ILA’s American Branch and serves on its Board.  He also serves as secretary of the American Society of International Law and as a member of its Executive Council and Executive Committee. His other professional leadership includes membership on the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law and formerly on the National Council of the United Nations Association, of whose Oregon Division he was president and from which he received its Distinguished Service Award. Nafziger is the honorary president of the International Association of Sports Law, past president of the Oregon International Council and past treasurer of the American Society of Comparative Law, in which he continues to serve as a liaison with the American Council of Learned Societies. An elected member of the American Law Institute and the International Academy of Comparative Law, he has chaired five sections and one workshop of the Association of American Law Schools.

In 2005, Nafziger served as co-director of studies at the Centre for Studies and Research in the Hague Academy of International Law. He was also scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Center in Italy and a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the International Organization for Migration. He received an award for extraordinary contributions from the American Society of Comparative Law and the first Aisimnitis Award from the University of Athens for outstanding academic contributions to the development of sports law. In addition, the Burlington Northern Foundation presented him with its Faculty Achievement Award for excellence in teaching and scholarly activity.

He was the first recipient of the Willamette University President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship. In granting the award, former President Lee Pelton said, “Professor Nafziger truly exemplifies the reasons for which this award was established, namely to recognize, reward and promote exceptional achievement in scholarship. Nafziger’s accomplishments are absolutely outstanding and unsurpassed. Not only is he by far the most productive scholar ever to serve on the College of Law faculty, but he is also one of the most prolific American scholars of his generation.”

Nafziger has authored or edited fifteen books, more than 150 published articles and chapters in books, and 100 other writings.


  • JD, Harvard University (note and comment editor for the Harvard International Law Journal)
  • MA, University of Wisconsin
  • BA, University of Wisconsin with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa


Nafziger, James. Comparative Law and Anthropology. (Edward Elgar Ltd., 2017).

Nafziger, James. Handbook on the Law of Cultural Heritage and International Trade (co-edited) (Edward Elgar Ltd., 2016).

Nafziger, James. China’s Epochal Case: A Tale of Two Ships. (University of Maryland, 2016).

Nafziger, James. Art Law Deskbook, with Murray, DuBoff, and King. (LexisNexis, 2017 - ).

Recent Law Review Articles, Book Chapters and Essays

Nafziger, James. Purposes of the Convention and Articles 29-30: Reports by the States Parties and the Committee (with Janet Blake), in The 2003 UNESCO Intangible Heritage Convention (Janet Blake & Lucas Lixinski eds., Oxford University Press 2020).

Nafziger, James. The Mutuality of National and International Identities in International Sports Law, 114 AM.J.INT'L L. Unbound (2020).

Nafziger, James. The Responsibilities to Protect Cultural Heritage and Prevent Cultural Genocide, in The Oxford Handbook of International Cultural Heritage Law (Francesco Francioni & Ana Filipa Vrdoljak eds., Oxford University Press 2020)

Nafziger, James. Enforcement of Judgments, Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran, Foreign Sovereign Immunity and the Protection of Cultural Heritage, 55 Willamette L. Rev. 475 (2019).

Nafziger, James. National Identity in Sports Tourism, in Sports Law: Present and Future (Kee-Young Yeun ed. 2018).

Nafziger, James. National Implementation of International Court Decisions, in Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, No. 0583 (2018).

Nafziger, James. The UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage: Its Growing Influence, 49 J. Mar. L. & Com. 37 (2018).

Nafziger, James. Some Personal Reflections about Getting Started as an International Lawyer, in 35 Chinese (Taiwan) Y.B. Int’l L. & Aff. (Ying-jeou Ma ed. 2017).

Nafziger, James. Introduction to Comparative Law and Anthropology, in Comparative Law and Anthropology (James A.R. Nafziger ed. 2017).

Nafziger, James. Cultural Landscapes Significant to Indigenous Peoples, in Comparative Law and Anthropology 153 (James A.R. Nafziger ed. 2017)

Nafziger, James. Spectator and Other Supporter-Induced Violence: Albanian and Serbian Football Before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, in Recht Und Realität 891 (Stefan Lorenzmeier & Hans-Peter Folz eds. 2017); reprinted in Mega Events in Sport: Legal Environment 79 (Dimitrios P. Panagiotopoulos & Olga Shevchenko eds. (2017), in 22 Herald (Russian International Olympic University), No. 1, at 30, 84 (2017) (English and Russian version), and in 12 Int'l Sports L. Rev. Pandektis Nos. 1-2, at 71 (2017).

Nafziger, James. Rights and Wrongs of and About Nationality in Sports Competition, in Fundamental Rights in International and European Law 309 (Christophe Paulussen et al. eds. 2016)

Nafziger, James. Assault on International Law (review essay of book by Ohlin), 110 Am. J. Int'l L. 142 (2016).

Nafziger, James. Discrimination Issues and Related Law, in Research Handbook of Employment Relations in Sport 272 (Michael Barry, James Skinner & Terry Engelberg eds. 2016) (with Klaus Vieweg).

Nafziger, James. Trading and Returning Cultural Objects Under International Law, 2 Santander Art & Culture L. Rev. 179 (2016).

Nafziger, James. The Implementation of International Court Decisions, Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law (Grote, Lachemann and Wolfrum, eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Nafziger, James. Foreign Cultural Heritage Claims: New Zealand v. Ortiz Thirty Years Later, with Robert K. Peterson, in For the Sake of Present and Future Generations: Essays on International Law, Crime and Justice in Honour of Roger S. Clark, (Linton, Simpson and Schabas, eds.) (2015).

Nafziger, James. Defining the Scope and Structure of International Sports Law: Four Conceptual Issues, in Lex Sportiva, (Vieweg, ed.) (2015).

Nafziger, James. Cultural Law: International, Comparative and IndigenousCambridge University Press (2014).

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