IIT Chicago-Kent Distinguished Professor David J. Gerber awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Zurich

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The University of Zurich in Switzerland has conferred an honorary doctor of laws degree on IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Distinguished Professor David J. Gerber in recognition of "his path-breaking contributions to comparative law and economic law." The degree was conferred during ceremonies held April 27 in Zurich.

Distinguished Professor David J. Gerber (photo courtesy of George Washington University Law School)
Distinguished Professor David J. Gerber (photo courtesy of George Washington University Law School)

Professor Gerber is co-director of the Program in International and Comparative Law at IIT Chicago-Kent. His scholarship focuses on comparative law, antitrust law and international regulation of markets. He is the author of Law and Competition in Twentieth Century Europe (Oxford University Press 1998) and Global Competition: Law, Markets and Globalization (Oxford University Press 2010).

Professor Gerber has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University and Washington University in the United States, as well as at the University of Stockholm and the University of Uppsala in Sweden and at the University of Freiburg and the University of Munich in Germany. He also spent a year working with the Institute of International and Comparative Law at the University of Freiburg. Professor Gerber is a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and currently serves as vice president of the American Society of Comparative Law.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Trinity College, a master's degree from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Chicago. Professor Gerber was formerly associated with the Frankfurt, Germany, law firm of Peltzer and Riesenkampff and the New York law firm of Casey, Lane & Mittendorf.

With 26,000 enrolled students, the University of Zurich is Switzerland's largest university. Founded in 1833, the University of Zurich was Europe's first university to be established by a democratic political system. Today, the University of Zurich is one of the foremost universities in the German-speaking world. The university comprises seven faculties—including a faculty of law—covering some 100 different subject areas in bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. programs.

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, a private, Ph.D.-granting institution with programs in engineering, psychology, architecture, business, design and law. IIT Chicago-Kent offers J.D. and LL.M. degree programs in International and Comparative Law. The J.D. certificate program teaches students to conduct international business transactions, navigate foreign legal regimes, and understand institutions such as the International Court of Justice, the United Nations, and the World Trade Organization. In addition, IIT Chicago-Kent offers advanced studies, leading to graduate LL.M. degrees in international and comparative law. The LL.M. programs at IIT Chicago-Kent attract students from the People's Republic of China, Germany, India, France, South Africa, Peru, Austria, Brazil, Thailand, Belgium, Ecuador, Mexico, Japan and Papua New Guinea.