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Richard M. Buxbaum

Advisory Board Member


Richard M. Buxbaum is an Advisory Board Member at the Human Rights Center. Buxbaum (Berkeley Law ’53) joined the Boalt faculty in 1961. He publishes in the fields of corporation law and comparative and international law. From 1987 to 2003 was editor in chief of the American Journal of Comparative Law. He founded and was the first chair of UC Berkeley’s Center for German and European Studies, and from 1992-1999 was the Dean of International and Area Studies. Buxbaum was one of the five defense counsel in the criminal proceedings against the 773 members of the Free Speech Movement from 1964 to 1967; represented various campus organizations and individuals in cases arising out of Vietnam War protests; and was defense counsel in a large number of criminal proceedings that accompanied the Third World Strike of 1969-70, which was a factor in the development of affirmative action programs for student admissions on the campus. Buxbaum is a contributing editor to a variety of U.S. and foreign professional journals and has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Michigan, Cologne, Frankfurt, Münster and Sydney. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001.