Nagan works to enhance understanding of governance and human rights around the world.

Published: June 24th, 2008

Category: Spotlights

Winston Nagan

Winston Nagan

Professor of Law
Samuel T. Dell Research Scholar
Affiliate Professor of Anthropology

Levin College of Law

Founding director of the Institute for Human Rights and Peace Development, law professor Winston Nagan has served as board chairman of Amnesty International USA and works to enhance understanding of governance and human rights in Africa and other countries. His other international efforts include guidance in creation of the Human Rights and Peace Centre at Makerere University in Uganda, and coordination of Southeastern European peace conferences.

According to Nagan, Samuel T. Dell Research Scholar and an affiliate professor of anthropology, “The concept of what a lawyer is has been revolutionized during our time. It used to be sufficient to be a Florida lawyer. As time went on, it became much more important to be a national lawyer. Today, the profession is influenced by immense global forces. It doesn’t matter what field you’re in – military law, constitutional, commercial, securities or tax – it is becoming a measure of one’s competence to understand the global reach of these and other fields. In short, the legal paradigm requires competence in the local, national and global dimensions of the rule of law.”

Nagan is one of few professors in the state – in any field – to have been elected a visiting fellow by the dons at Brasenose College, Oxford University. He also is the only professor at UF to have been admitted as a fellow at the Royal Society for the Arts in London, whose list of fellows since 1754 include Benjamin Franklin and Charles Dickens.

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