J. Patrick Kelly

Vice Dean, School of Law at Widener University

J. Patrick Kelly

J. Patrick Kelly

Vice Dean, School of Law at Widener University

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Widener University School of Law
J. Patrick Kelly
Emeritus Professor

B.A., University of Delaware
J.D., Harvard University School of Law

E-mail: jpkelly@widener.edu
Phone: 302.477.2124

J. Patrick Kelly is a former Vice-Dean and Professor of Law at Widener's Delaware campus. Professor Kelly received a B.A. from the University of Delaware in 1967. From 1970-71, Professor Kelly was a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya, with the Harvard Africa Volunteer Program. Professor Kelly earned his J.D. from Harvard University Law School in 1972, where he served as a member of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Kelly was Special Assistant for Legislation, Office of General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C., from 1972-75; Attorney, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, 1976; Assistant to Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, from 1977-80.

Professor Kelly then served as Visiting Fulbright Professor of Law, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, from 1980-82. From 1983-84, he served as Counsel, Subcommittee on Economic Stabilization, House Banking Committee, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.

Professor Kelly joined the faculty at Delaware Law School in 1984 as an Associate Professor of Law. Professor Kelly has served as Director of International Programs at Widener from 1992-97 and Director, Graduate Legal Studies, from 1994-96. He has been Founder and Director of the Nairobi International Law Institute (1987-95; 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, and 2009), Director, Sydney International Law Institute in 1996, and Professor, Venice International Law Institute, 2010.

Professor Kelly is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the United States Supreme Court. He teaches and writes in the areas of International Law, International Trade Law, International Environmental Law, International Business Transactions, Administrative Law, and Constitutional Law. Professor Kelly has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the Delaware Bar Association, Chair, International Law Section, 1995-96, Executive Council of International Law Section, 1994-98, American Society of International Law and the District of Columbia Bar. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the International Economic Law section of the American Society of International Law.

Selected Recent Publications

Naturalism in International Adjudication, 18 Duke J. of Comp. & Int’l L. 395 (2008).
International Law and the Shrinking Space for Domestic Politics in Developing Countries in Comparative Constitutionalism and Rights: Global Perspectives (2008).
The Seduction of the Appellate Body: Shrimp/Sea Turtle I and II and the Proper Role of States in WTO Governance, 38 Cornell Int'l L. J. 459 (2005).
The Twilight of Customary International Law, 40 Vir. J. Int'l L. 449 (2000)
Judicial Activism at the World Trade Organization: Developing Principles of Self-Restraint, 22 Nw. J. Int'l L. & Bus. 353 (2002).
The WTO and Global Governance: The Case for Contractual Treaty Regimes, 7 Widener L. Symp. J. 109 (2001).
The International Law of Force and the Fight Against Terrorism, Del. Law., Summ. 2003, at 18

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Widener University is a private, coeducational university located in Chester, Pennsylvania. Founded as The Bullock School for Boys in 1821, the school was established in Wilmington, Delaware. It became the The Alsop School for Boys from 1846–1853, and then Hyatt's Select School for Boys from 1853-1859. Military instruction was introduced in 1858 and in 1859 the school changed its name to Delaware Military Academy. It moved to Pennsylvania in 1862 and became Pennsylvania Military Academy. It was known as Pennsylvania Military College after 1892 and adopted the Widener name in 1972.

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