On December 9, 2019, Distinguished University and Law Professor Emeritus at the Washington College of Law, American University Nicholas Kittrie passed away. Below is a memorandum from Mary L. Clark, Deputy Provost and Dean of Faculty.
For those of us who had the privilege of knowing Professor Kittrie, he was a great scholar, a fantastic teacher, a very kind human being, and had a love of the field of international criminal and comparative criminal law. The community of international and comparative criminal law will miss him dearly.
“TO: American University Faculty and Staff
FROM: Mary L. Clark, Deputy Provost and Dean of Faculty
SUBJECT: WCL Distinguished University and Law Emeritus Nicholas Kittrie
I write with the sad news of the passing of Distinguished University and Law Professor Emeritus Nicholas Kittrie. Professor Kittrie earned an LL.B. and M.A. from the University of Kansas and an LL.M. and S.J.D. from Georgetown University School of Law. Professor Kittrie joined AU’s Washington College of Law in 1964 and served on the faculty for over 50 years before his retirement in 2017. While at WCL, Professor Kittrie rose through the academic ranks quickly and ultimately served as WCL’s Dean. He also played a major role in the planning and development of the then Criminal Justice Department in the School of Public Affairs. In recognition of his service, WCL’s Faculty Lounge – “The Nicholas N. Kittrie Faculty Lounge” – was dedicated in his honor in 2016.
Professor Kittrie was a leading expert in American and international public and criminal law. He authored or edited more than fifteen books, numerous articles, and gave scores of presentations at universities throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Professor Kittrie frequently appeared in the media to discuss topics as varied as war crimes, terrorist activities, political offenders, extradition, and criminal sentencing. Professor Kittrie chaired the United Nations Alliance of NGOS on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, served as president of the American Society on Criminology, and served as a legal consultant to the United States Vice President’s Commission on Terrorism. Most recently, Professor Kittrie was honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his work as a legal scholar, educator, and legal practitioner in the U.S. and abroad.
Information regarding a service in honor of Professor Kittrie will follow. Condolences or acknowledgments on his behalf may be made to the American Friends of Yemin Orde Youth Village in Bethesda, M.D.”
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