New York University School of Law has announced a $20 million gift from alumnus and former New Jersey state senator and U.S. congressman Frank J. Guarini ('50, LLM '55) to launch an institute for global legal studies.
The Guarini Institute for Global Legal Studies will provide a platform for in-depth, interdisciplinary study of transnational legal and regulatory issues, as well as the technology-driven transformation of legal services and global legal practice. To that end, the institute will support a number of law school initiatives, including NYU Law Abroad, the Global Fellows Program, the International Conference Series, the Emile Noël Lecture Series, the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Justice, and the scholarship for the school's global and international faculty. Benedict Kingsbury, vice dean for global programs and Murry and Ida Becker Professor of Law, will serve as the institute's faculty director.
A longtime supporter of the law school, Guarini previously has funded the Frank J. Guarini Center for Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Law; the Frank J. Guarini Leaders in Government Service Institute; and the Guarini Government Lecture.
"Our increasingly international world needs lawyers who can meet the complex challenges presented by a changing global and technological landscape," said Guarini. "Lawyers continue to be the business facilitators central to understanding other countries that knit the world together. NYU Law is already at the vanguard of global legal education and faculty research, and I am proud to support the law school in its mission to not only train future leaders in law, business, and public policy, but to remain ahead of the curve when it comes to the global legal landscape."