Winston Nagan, FRSA
Samuel T. Dell Research Scholar Professor of Law
Affiliate Professor of Anthropology
Affiliate Professor of Latin-American Studies
Affiliate Professor African Studies
Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts
Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science
Founding Director, Institute for Human Rights and Peace Development
Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611
Professor Nagan has three general areas of expertise: International Law and World Order; Human Rights and World Order; and a specialty in Configurative Contextual Jurisprudence. Within these general areas he has been a pioneer and a cutting edge innovator in a multitude of sub-fields. In chronological order his early scholarship presses the frontiers of the interrelationship of public and private international law and world order. He pioneered the approach that suggested the solution to conflicts, problems across state lines could be solved by recourse to inclusive standards and principals from general international law and human rights. These interests opened up areas in context dealing with the global aspects of race relations and he has done cutting edge scholarship on the theory and practice of global race relations law. In this context he became a leading scholar on the legal aspects of the apartheid regime in South Africa. His article on sanctions is still the leading article in the field. From this interest he developed a broader concern for the race relations implications of mass atrocity and genocide. He has leading articles on the contemporary problems of genocide and a contemporary understanding on the holocaust. He has also done cutting edge work on issues of Palestine and Israel. In the context of general international law he has been a leading scholar on the issue of transitional justice. He has developed a communications model theory for human rights. His work on torture and the optional protocol to the Convention is still a leading work on scholarship in the field. He is a leading expert on indigenous peoples rights and the problems of bio-piracy and intellectual property. His most recent work has been spent on a careful appraisal of nuclear weapons and international law. He has also pioneered scholarship concerning the problems of global inequality, sustainable development and the requirements for the new economic paradigm. He has also done pioneering work on the rule of law and the war on terror as well as original work using international law as an epistemological tool to unpack ethnic conflict.
Professor Nagan’s scholarship can be found on:
EducationJ.S.D., Yale Law School; LL.M., M.C.L., Duke Law School; M.A., Brasenose College at Oxford University; B.A., Brasenose College at Oxford University; B.A., University of South Africa
Teaching and Scholarship
- International Human Rights, National Security Law, Legal Theory, International Law, International Courts, Ethnic Conflict, Human Rights of Indigenous People
- University of Florida: Joined Law faculty in 1975 as Associate Professor. Named Professor (1978) and Affiliate Professor of Anthropology (1989). Founding Director of Institute of Human Rights and Peace Development (1994).
- Visiting Faculty: University of Stellenbosch, University of Leiden, University of Cape Town (South Africa), Markerere University (Uganda), Monash University School of Law (Melbourne, Australia). Honorary Professor, University of Cape Town.
- Previous Academic: Assistant Professor of Political Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1968-71); Assistant Professor, Valparaiso University School of Law (1971-72); Assistant Professor of Law, DePaul University (1972-73).
- Professional Associations: Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA), Fellow, World Academy of Art and Sciences. American Society of International Law, International Third World Legal Studies Association, Association of American Law Schools, American Bar Association (International Law Section), American Society for Social Philosophy and the Philosophy of Law, South Africa Constitution Watch Commission.
- “Overview of Policy and Legal Conditions Concerning Recognition of Palestinian Statehood,” (with Aitza M. Haddad) in The Membership of Palestine in the United Nations Legal and Practical Implications (Mutaz M. Qafisheh, ed.) Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2013)
- “The Emerging Restrictions of Sovereign Immunity: Preemptory Norms of International Law, the UN Charter and the Application of Modern Communications Theory,” (with Joshua L. Root) 38:2 North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation 375-472 (2012)
- “Why They Deny: Values, Human Rights, and the Persecution of Iran’s Bahai Community,” Education Under Fire (2013)
- "Sovereignty in Theory and Practice" (with Aitza M. Haddad), San Diego International Law Journal, Vol. 13, No. 2 (2012)
- “The Legal and Policy Implications of the Possibility of Palestinian Statehood,” (with Haddad) UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy, Vol. 18, No. 2 (2012)
- “Recognition of Palestinian Statehood: A Clarification of the Interests of the Concerned Parties,” (with Aitza M. Haddad) 40:2 Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law 341-422 (2012)
- “Freedom Languished for Baha’is in Iran,” Washington Post, Feb. 25, 2013
- The Right to Development,” Cadmus, Issue 6, Vol. 1(2013)
- Contextual-Configurative Jurisprudence: The Law, Science and Policies of Human Dignity, Vanderplas (2013)
- “Simulated ICJ Judgment,” Cadmus, Volume I, Issue 4 (2012) • “New Paradigm for Global Rule of Law,” Cadmus, Vol. 1, Issue 4 (with Jacobs) (2012)
- “The Global Values Discourse,” (with Jacobs) Eruditio, Vol. 1, Issue 1 (2012)
- “Individuality, Humanism, & Human Rights,” (with Aitza M. Haddad) Eruditio, Vol. 1, Issue 1(2012)
- “Nuclear Threats and Security,” Cadmus, Volume 1, Issue 5 (2012)
- “Sovereignty and Nuclear Weapons: The Need for Real Sovereign Authority Rooted in the People’s Global Expectations about Survival and Security,” Cadmus, Vol. 1, Issue 5 (2012)
- Configurative Jurisprudence: The Law, Science, and Policies of Human Dignity (Vandeplas Pub., 2012)
- Editor-in-Chief, ERUDITIO (Issues 1-3) (J. of World Academy of Art & Science), http://eruditio.worldacademy.org/
- ”Inflated Federalism and Deflated International Law: Roberts CJ v. the ICJ,” in Global Jurist (2012) (with Benjamin Goodman)