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April 3

Butler Receives Highest Honor of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine

William Butler receives Gold MedalWilliam E. Butler, the John Edward Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law at Dickinson Law, received the Gold Medal from the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine. The National Academy’s highest honor, the Gold Medal recognizes meritorious services to Ukrainian law.

Butler is the preeminent authority on the law of Russia and other former Soviet republics and the author, co-author, editor or translator of more than 120 books on Soviet, Russian, Ukrainian and other Commonwealth of Independent States legal systems. He was the founding editor of the journal Russian Law (2004-2009), published by the Russian Academy of Legal Sciences, and the East European and Russian Yearbook of International and Comparative Law (2006-2015), published for The Vinogradoff Institute, and is presently the founding co-editor of The Journal of Comparative Law (London, 2005-) and the founding editor of Jus Gentium: Journal of International Legal History (2016-), published by Talbot Publishing Ltd. Butler is the editor and translator of the five-volume, prize-winning treatise The Legal System of Ukraine (Kyiv, 2013) and of the six-volume Ukrainian Legal Doctrine (London, 2015-), of which three volumes have been published. No other post-Soviet legal systems have produced such comprehensive treatises on their respective legal systems.

In addition to completing Ukrainian Legal Doctrine, Butler is co-editing an “Introduction to the Ukrainian Legal System” to be published by Wolters/Kluwer in the Netherlands. He is a member of the International Court of Commercial Arbitration in Kiev and lectures frequently at Ukrainian law faculties. In 2012, he was awarded the degree LLD honoris causa by the Kiev University of Law of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and also became the first foreigner to receive the “For Fidelity to Law” Medal of the Supreme Court of Ukraine.

He is the only western jurist to be elected to both Ukrainian academies of sciences: the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in 1992 and the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine in 2012.

Butler teaches or has taught Comparative International Law, International Law, International Litigation and Arbitration, Law of the Sea, Russian Law, and Foreign Investment in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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Professor William Butler (pictured far right) received the highest honor of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine – the Gold Medal – on March 16 during the annual meeting of the Academy in Kharkov. The Gold Medal recognizes meritorious services to Ukrainian law. 

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