James M. Cooper - California Western
James M. Cooper
Assistant Dean for Mission Development,Center for Creative Problem Solving
Director, International Legal Studies Program
Director, Proyecto ACCESO
Director, Chile Summer Program
LL.M. University of Cambridge [international law]
LL.B. University of Toronto
B.A. University of Toronto [high distinction, political science]
Comparative Law, Laws 101: UCSD, Introduction to NAFTA & Other Hemispheric Trade Agreements, Law of Armed Conflict & Peacekeeping, NAFTA & Business Law Issues, Topics in Law Reform, Introduction to Latin American Legal Culture, Border Law, Free and Fair Trade in Americas
As Assistant Dean for Mission Development at California Western School of Law, Professor James Cooper is a co-director of the Center for Creative Problem Solving. He designs and develops multimedia educational tools to educate law students, lawyers, judges and law enforcement officers on problem-solving, cross-cultural negotiation, and judicial innovation. He directs Proyecto ACCESO, a legal skills training and rule of law public education program which has been funded by and has partnered with the U.S. Government, German Government, Organization of American States, United Nations Development Programme, private philanthropic foundations, and national ministries of justice around Latin America. He also directs the Chile Summer Program for the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education. In Fall 2008, he was a visiting professor at UCSD's Earl Warren College and in the 2009-2010 academic year, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies at UCSD. In 2013 and 2014, Professor Cooper is a Visiting Professor at Franz von Liszt Institute at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, where he teaches International Human Rights Law.
Cooper is a co-director of the International Post Graduate Program with University of Heidelberg, University of Chile, and CEDEP in Asuncion, Paraguay and a member of academic staff of Heidelberg Center for Latin America. He also directs public education campaigns for governments in Latin America. A Barrister and Solicitor, Cooper worked at Baker & McKenzie, the world's largest law firm, facilitating international commercial transactions and has taught at the University of Strathclyde Law School in Glasgow and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.
A frequent speaker, Cooper has given presentations at the Directors Guild of America, Hague Appeal for Peace, Mondaneum, United Nations Congress on Public International Law, Commonwealth Club of California, COMICON, Auditoria Democratica Andina, National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Rotary Club, World Bank, the World Affairs Council. Cooper has written on foreign affairs and legal issues for The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, The Miami Herald, The Los Angeles Daily Journal, The San Diego Union Tribune, The National Law Journal and The American Bar Association Journal, El Mercurio (Chile), and El Alteno (Bolivia), and his written work has been syndicated by the Scripps Howard News Service. His work has also appeared in other newspapers and periodicals in North America, South America and Europe. Cooper has been a television writer, producer and director with his media work commissioned by Channel Four (UK), the BBC, and the History Channel (US). He was profiled on the front page of The Wall Street Journal in May 2008 and in The Washington Post in October 2006. He has been a consultant for the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and State.
- El Desafío Bolivariano Hacia La Modernidad: Derechos Humanos Y Pluralismo Legal En El Nuevo Estado De Bolivia (Editorial Muela del Diablo, La Paz, Bolivia, work in progress, March 2014).
- The Mapuche and their Struggles for Land, Cultural, and Human Rights in Chile (work in progress, 2014).
- The Bolivarian Challenge to Modernity: Legal Pluralism, Human Rights and the Environment in the New Bolivia (work in progress, 2014).
- Environment and The Law in Amazonia: A Plurilateral Encounter (James M. Cooper & Christine Hunefeldt eds., Sussex Academic Press 2013).
- Thomas D. Barton & James M. Cooper, Trends in Alternative Dispute Resolution concerning Intellectual Property Rights Litigation (2012) (sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office).
- The Yasuní Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini Initiative: Creative Problem Solving in Amazonia, in Amazonia: National Politics and Interests: Environment and Law 54 (James M. Cooper & Christine Hunefeldt eds., 2013).
- Amazonia: National Politics and Interests, Laws, and the Environment, in Amazonia: National Politics and Interests: Environment and Law 3(James M. Cooper & Christine Hunefeldt eds., 2013).
- James M. Cooper, Tribunales de rehabilitación de drogodependientes: Un mecanismo para abordar el aspecto de la demanda, en la guerra a las drogas, in Justicia Penal y Adicciones: Tribunales de tratamiento como alternativa a la sanción 1 (2007).
- Thomas D. Barton & James M. Cooper, Symposium Introduction: Advancing Intellectual Property Goals Through Prevention and Alternative Dispute Resolution, 43 Cal. W. Int’l L.J. 5 (2012).
- James M. Cooper & Carlos Ruffinelli, A Development Model Meets Piracy in Paraguay, 43 Cal. West. Int’l L.J. 197 (2012).
- James M. Cooper, The North American Free Trade Agreement and Its Legacy on the Resolution of Intellectual Property Disputes, 43 Cal. West. Int’l L.J. 157 (2012).
- James M. Cooper, El Debate Cctual Sobre la Reforma Migratoria en EE.UU., 4 Extensión (Chile) 23 (Nov. 2011).
- James M. Cooper, Competing Legal Culture and Legal Reform: The Battle of Chile, 29 Mich. J. Int’l L. 501 (2008).
- James M. Cooper, Introducción a la Reforma Procesal Civil Lecciones acerca de la Reforma Jurídica, Revista de la Facultad de Derecho, Universidad Mayor, Chile, Año VII, Número 7, 161 (2008).
- James M. Cooper & Yvette Lopez, The Third Rail of U.S. Politics: The Current Immigration Debate in the United States, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, (June 2011), http://www.fes.de/cgi-bin/gbv.cgi?id=08217&ty=pdf.
- James M. Cooper, The Complicated Relationship: A Snapshot of the U.S.-Mexico Border, Konrad Adenauer Foundation (June 17, 2010), http://www.kas.de/wf/doc/kas_19916-1522-2-30.pdf?101110153710, reprinted in Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, KAS International Reports 35 (Oct. 2010), http://www.kas.de/wf/en/33.20667/.
- James M. Cooper, William J. Aceves, Alejandro Gonzalez & Pedro Egana, The Life Cycle of Immigration: A Tale of Two Migrants, 6 Rutgers J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 259 (2009).
- James M. Cooper, Proyecto ACCESO: The Use of Popular Culture to Build the Rule of Law in Latin America, 5 Rutgers J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 378 (2008).
- "Prevention and Alternative Dispute Resolution of Intellectual Property Problems," WIPO-USPTO Judicial Colloquium on Intellectual Property Rights, organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization in cooperation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Washington D.C., Dec. 5, 2013.
- "Una Perspectiva de los Ultimos 15 Años", Ministerio Público, Fiscalía Nacional, International Conference "Desafíos actuales y futuros de la persecución penal en Chile y de la atención a víctimas y testigos", Santiago de Chile, Nov. 26, 2013.
- "Pluralismo Legal y los Desafíos a la Protección de Derechos Humanos en Bolivia", Facultad de Ciencas Políticas y Sociales, Carerra de Derecho, Universidad Técnica de Oruro, Oruro, Bolivia, Oct. 17, 2013.
- "Fear and Loathing Along with the U.S.-Mexico Border", Sandra Day O’Connor Law School at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, Feb. 12, 2013.
- "Los Derechos Intelectuales y sus desafios en el Estado de Derecho", Centro de Estudios de Derecho, Economia y Politica, Asuncion, Paraguay, August 29, 2012.
- "La pirateria como barrera para el desarrollo", Joint Session of the Congress of Paraguay, Asuncion, Paraguay, co-sponsored by Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo de las Telecommunicaciones y el Acceso a la Sociedad de la Informacion de America Latino (CERTAL), August 29, 2012.
- "Gonzo Lawyering: Fear and Loathing in Latin America", Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of California, San Diego, Aug. 8, 2012.
- "Innocence Projects in Latin America: Toward Second Generation Legal Reforms", Red Inocente Inaugural Conference, Heidelberg Center for Latin America, Santiago de Chile, July 6, 2012.
- "Cost-Efficient Ways to Protect IP Portfolios Abroad", International, Business/Corporate and Intellectual Property Section of the San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego, May 8, 2012.
- "The North American Free Trade Agreement and Other Trade Agreement Mechanisms to Resolve Intellectual Property Disputes", U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Symposium on Trends in ADR concerning IP Rights Litigation, California Western School of Law, San Diego, March 9, 2012.
- "The Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Intellectual Property Litigation", Seminar on Specialized Intellectual Property Rights Courts, International Intellectual Property Institute/U.S. Paten and Trademark Office, Washington D.C., January 18, 2012.
- "Memorializing Human rights Atrocities: The Lessons for Chile", Third Annual Human Rights Symposium, Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies, University of California, San Diego, October 12, 2011.
- "This Year's Model: Legal Transplants in the Aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis", Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies, University of California, San Diego, December 1, 2010.
- "Globalization and Intellectual Property Rights Protection: New Challenges and New Opportunities", Fu-Jen Catholic University College of Law, Taipei, Taiwan, November 23, 2010.
- "Globalization and intellectual Property Rights Protection: Piracy 101", Ta-Tong University Law School, Taipei, Taiwan, November 22, 2010.
- "Globalization and Intellectual Property Rights Protection: New Challenges and New Opportunities", National Taichung Institute of Technology, Taichung City, Taiwan, November 20, 2010.
- "Globalization and Intellectual Property Rights Protection: Piracy 101", Tong-Hai University School of Law, Taichung City, Taiwan, November 19, 2010.
- "Globalization and Intellectual Property Rights Protection: Piracy 101", Asia University, Department of Financial Law, Taichung City, Taiwan, November 19, 2010.
- "Human Rights Protection in the Era of Globalization", National Taipei University Department of Public Administration and Policy Taipei, Taiwan, November 18, 2010.
- "The Complicated Relationship: A Snapshot of the U.S.-Mexico Border", Justus I. Liebig Universitat Giessen, Germany, October 26, 2010.
- "How the United States is Losing Influence in Latin America", A Briefing to the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs (coordinated by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies), Samuel Rayburn Building, Washington D.C., October 22, 2010.
- "El debate de immigracion en los Estados Unidos", Justicia Penal y Migrantes conference, Santiago, Chile, September 29, 2010.
- "El estado de derecho como elemento esencial para la democracia", 200 Anos de Independencia 1810-2010, Institute of the Americas, University of California, San Diego, September 28, 2010.
- Co-Chair, "Amazonia: National Politic and Interests: Environment and Law" conference, University of California, San Diego, May 6-7, (co-sponsored by the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies UCSD).
- "Creative Problem Solving and Amazonia: The Yasuni Initiative and new Ways to Create Financial Value from Carbon Store in Forests", "Amazonia: National Politics and Interests: Environment and Law" conference, University of California, San Diego, May 6, 2010.
- "Intellectual Property Piracy and links to Organized Crime and Terrorism", Expanding into Global Markets Through Transborder licensing, California Western School of Law, March 27, 2010
- "Comparative Law Reform in Latin America: Different Strategies for Different Countries", Academia Mexicana de Derecho Internacional Privado y Comparado, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California XXXII Annual Seminar, San Diego, November 13, 2009.
- "Illicit Trade: Pirated Goods and the Global Economy", Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 28, 2009.
- Presented lecture "The End of the Washington Consensus" at the instituto Brasileiro de Advocacia Publica, Sao Paulo, Brasil on March 25, 2009.
- Presented lecture "Latin American Matters: Using Moving images to Promote Legal Reform", part of Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies at UCSD's "Globalization from Below" Film/Lecture Series on January 14, 2009.
- Presented lecture "From the Washington Consensus to the Ottawa Consensus?" at Centro de Estudios de Derecho, Economia y Politica (CEDEP), Asuncion, Paraguay as part of "New Challenges for the Rule of Law" Post-Graduate Program co-sponsored by University of Heidelberg and Universidad de Chile on October 24, 2008.
- Presented lecture "A Funny Thing happened on the Way to t he Hemispheric Trade Talks" to World Affairs Club, Rancho San Diego, on May 5, 2008.
- Panelist, "Is there Law in China? Is there Justice?" Lecture by Prof. Jerome Cohen, 2008 DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture, Center for Pacific Economies, Earl Warren College, University of California, San Diego on March 5, 2008.
- Presented to officials from the China State Intellectual Property Administration on "Intellectual Property Rights and the Legal Culture of China and the United States" at the Global Leadership Institute, University of California, San Diego on November 28, 2007.
- Presented concluding lecture "Latin American justice Reforms" at Centro de Estudios de Dercho, Economia y Politica (CEDEP), Asuncion, Paraguay as part of "New Challenges for the Rule of Law" Post-Graduate Program co-sponsored by University of Heidelberg and Universidad de Chile on October 19, 2007.
- Presented brown bag lunch talk on "ACCESS to Justice: Technologies, Popular Culture and Interconnectivity" to the Justice Reform Practice Group, Legal Vice Presidency, World Bank on August 2, 2007.
- Presented opening remarks at the International Seminar "Reforma Procesal Civil: Una Mirada comparativa EE.UU.-Chile" sponsored by Universidad Mayor, Santiago de Chile on May 24, 2007.
- Presented lecture on "Criminal Justice Reform in Chile and Its Significance for Mexico" at Trans-Border Institute Justice in Mexico Project Roundtable, University of San Diego on May 11, 2007.