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Elon Law scholar honored by ABA Section of International Law

Professor Henry Gabriel has been named the 2017 recipient of the Leonard J. Theberge Award for Private International Law for making distinguished, long-standing contributions to the development of private international law.

Professor Henry Gabriel Jr.

The American Bar Association’s Section of International Law is honoring an Elon Law professor renowned for his scholarship and contributions to the field of international law.

Professor Henry Gabriel Jr., who has spent the last two decades engaged in the development of uniform commercial laws, both domestically and globally, will receive the 2017 Leonard J. Theberge Award for Private International Law in April at the section’s Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The award was established in memory of Section Chair Leonard J. Theberge (1979-80) to honor those persons who have made distinguished, long-standing contributions to the development of private international law. The ABA Section of International Law is comprised of more than 20,000 members from over 100 nations and describes itself as "the leader in the development of policy in the international arena, the promotion of the rule of law and the education of international law practitioners." 

A life member of the Uniform Law Commission, Gabriel has served that organization for 25 years, having been appointed a commissioner by the Louisiana Legislature for 21 years, and serving the State of North Carolina for the last five by appointment of the governor.

Appointed by successive presidential administrations, Gabriel serves as a U.S. delegate to the U.N. Commission on International Trade Law where he has worked on international trade laws for electronic commerce and transport documents. He also advises the U.S. State Department as a member of the Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law, and he is an elected member of Rome’s Governing Council of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT). Gabriel is a Fellow of the U.K.-based Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an elected member of the American Law Institute.

The former Devan Daggett Professor of Law at Loyola University, Gabriel has authored nine books and more than 50 law review articles. He has been lead counsel in more than 50 federal appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals. Gabriel has significant international experience as a visiting professor at law schools around the world.


Eric Townsend,
1/18/2017 4:25 PM