Paul J. Magnarella
Affiliate Professor of Law Emeritus
Professor of Anthropology
Box #115560 Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-4453, ex. 307
J.D., with Honors, University of Florida Ph.D., Harvard University M.A., Harvard University M.A., Fairfield University B.S., University of Connecticut
Teaching and Scholarship
Humanitarian Law, International Law, Human Rights Law, Anthropology of Law
- University of Florida: Joined University of Florida faculty in 1979, Director of Anthropology and Law Program
- Professional Activities: Association of Third World Studies' Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council; Editorial Boards of the Journal of Social Justice, Anthropology, Peace and Human Rights; and the Journal of Third World Studies. Editor of special issues of African Studies Quarterly, Journal of Human Peace and Human Rights, Journal of Global Bioethics and International Journal of Anthropology.
- Organizations: Barrister in the American Inn of Court; Florida and American Bar Associations; American Society of International Law
- Career Highlights: Expert on Mission with the United Nations Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and Legal Researcher for United Nations Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; Legal Counsel for American Anthropological Association's Human Rights Committee, Special Counsel to the Association of Third World Studies. Past President of the Association of Third World Studies. Recipient of Association of Third World Studies Presidential Award, Order of the Coif.
International Law (3 credits) - LAW 6260
- Introduction to international law as applied by and between the United States and other nations. Focuses on exploring current questions of international law, just what international law is, and whether it can be called law at all. Using current legal, social and political commentary, as well as case law, a number of areas will be explored including creation of norms through treaties and agreements, state and non-state actors in the international arena, foreign sovereign immunity and the act of state doctrine, allocation of legal authority among states, and state responsibility with respect to injury to aliens and international human rights.
Seminar: Humanitarian Law (2 credits) - LAW 6936
- An introduction to the emerging set of universal values and rules dealing with the law of armed conflict and affecting the protection of people and the environment. The seminar involves discussions of humanitarian legal principles, the Nuremberg Charter, the Geneva Conventions, the Genocide Convention as well as the background, statutes, and cases of the UN Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia.
Prerequisites: A course in international law or human rights law.
- JUSTICE IN AFRICA: RWANDA'S GENOCIDE, ITS NATIONAL COURTS, AND THE UN CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL (2000 Recipient of Association of Third World Studies - Book of the Year Award and nominated for the Raphael Lemkin Book Award)
- ANATOLIA'S LOOM: STUDIES IN TURKISH CULTURE, SOCIETY, POLITICS AND LAW (1998)
- HUMAN MATERIALISM: A MODEL OF SOCIOCULTURAL SYSTEMS AND A STRATEGY FOR ANALYSIS (1993)
- TRADITION AND CHANGE IN A TURKISH TOWN (1981)
- THE PEASANT VENTURE (1979)