W. MICHAEL REISMAN is Myres S. McDougal Professor of International Law at the Yale Law School where he has been on the Faculty since 1965. He has been a visiting professor in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Berlin, Basel, Paris and Geneva. He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and a former member of its Executive Council. He is President of the Arbitration Tribunal of the Bank for International Settlements, a member of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission, a member of the Advisory Committee on International Law of the Department of State, Vice-Chairman of the Policy Sciences Center, Inc., a member of the Board of The Foreign Policy Association, and has been elected to the Institut de Droit International.
He has published widely in the area of international law and he has served as arbitrator and counsel in many international cases and was President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, Vice-President and Honorary Vice-President of the American Society of International Law and Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of International Law. His most recent books are International Law in Contemporary Perspective (with Arsanjani, Wiessner & Westerman) (Foundation Press, 2004); Jurisdiction in International Law (Ashgate, 1999); and Law in Brief Encounters (Yale University Press, 1999), Chinese Translation, Shenghuozhongde Weiguan Falu [Microscopic Laws in Life] (Shangzhou Chubanshe, Taipei, 2001).