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Eldon Reiley

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BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
JD, Harvard University

Professor Emeritus Reiley retired in 2006 after 47 years of teaching law, including 35 years at the USF School of Law where he taught courses in constitutional law, contracts, commercial law, and international law. He was the founding director of the law school's LLM program for foreign lawyers. He negotiated the establishment of a faculty exchange agreement with East China Institute for Politics and Law (1989) and USF summer abroad programs in London (University of Warwick, 1978), Dublin (Trinity College, 1983), and Prague (Charles University, 1991). Reiley taught as a visiting professor at University of Warwick, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, and East China Institute of Law.

In the 1982–1983 academic year, Reiley developed and taught, with Dr. Marcus Conant, the first course in America on legal issues relating to AIDS.

His publications include Security Interests in Personal Property (West, Third Edition 1999–2009), International Sales Contracts: The U.N. Conventions and Related Transnational Law (Carolina Academic Press, 2008), and numerous articles.

While in general practice in Spokane, Wash., Reiley was chairman of the Washington State Young Lawyers, State Bar Legal Education Committee, and Board of Trustees of Spokane Community College.

Prior Experience
Partner, Reiley & Annis (Spokane, Wash.)
Special Assistant Attorney General, Washington State
Adjunct Professor, Gonzaga University



Connie de la Vega

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BA, Scripps College
JD, UC Berkeley

Professor de la Vega writes extensively on international human rights law and participates in United Nations human rights meetings. She has submitted amicus briefs detailing international law standards to U.S. courts for juvenile death penalty and affirmative action cases, including Roper v. Simmons and Graham and Sullivan v. Florida. De la Vega is co-author of Human Rights Law: An Introduction (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), and serves on the advisory group for the Human Rights Institute at Columbia University. She established the Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Law Clinic at USF and is a founding member of Human Rights Advocates.

Prior Experience
Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Alameda County
Staff Attorney, East Palo Alto Community Law Project


International Human Rights Law: An Introduction (Philadelphia, Pa.: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007; published in paperback in 2010). (Co-authored with David S. Weissbrodt.)

Law Reviews and Journal Articles
"The Special Measures Mandate of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Race Discrimination: Lessons from the United States and South Africa," 16 ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law 627 (2010). SSRN
"Sentencing Our Children to Die in Prison: Global Law and Practice," The University of La Verne Law Review's Selective Bibliographic Index of Juvenile Law Publications (2007/2008). (Co-authored with Michelle Leighton.)
"International Legal Accountability Over Non-State Actors: An Analysis of the Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary General," 3(2)  Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte Journal for Human Rights 26 (2009). (Co-authored with Amol Mehra '09.)
"Back from the Council," 102 American Society of International Law Proceedings 335  (2008).
"Sentencing Our Children to Die in Prison: Global Law and Practice," 42 University of San Francisco Law Review 983 (2008). (Co-authored with Michelle Leighton. A version of "Sentencing Our Children to Die in Prison" is available from the University of San Francisco School of Law Center for Law and Global Justice.)
"Women in Peacekeeping and Peacemaking: Devising Solutions to the Demand Side of Trafficking," 12 William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law 437 (2006). (Co-authored with Chelsea E. Haley Nelson.) SSRN
"Human Rights And Trade: Inconsistent Application of Treaty Law in the United States," 9 UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs 1 (2004). SSRN
"Amici Curiae Urge the U.S. Supreme Court to Consider International Human Rights Law in Juvenile Death Penalty Case," 42 Santa Clara Law Review 1041 (2002). SSRN
"The Death Penalty," 13 Peace Review 493-565 (2002). (Co-editor with Professor Steven F. Shatz.)