Faculty News

Professor Elizabeth Trujillo Elected as ALI Member

December 20, 2017

Trujillo-2016_B86_12a-1560Texas A&M University School of Law Professor Elizabeth Trujillo is among the 4​5 newly elected members of the American Law Institute (ALI).

ALI, founded in 1923, “is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law,” according to its website. The members of the institute “influence the development” of the drafting and publishing of restatements of the law, model codes and principles of law that contribute to legal scholarship and education.

ALI_LOGO_2c_RGBALI members are selected based on their professional achievements and a “demonstrated interest in improving the law.” The new ALI members were confidentially nominated by their peers, vetted by the ALI Membership Committee, and elected by the ALI Council.

The diverse group of new members with a broad array of legal expertise includes practitioners, judges, and professors. They are charged with contributing to ALI’s “work of clarifying the law through restatements, principles, and the modern penal codes.”

Trujillo, a leading scholar in international economic law and trade, is co-convener of the Texas A&M Global and Comparative Law Program. Awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship, she is writing her book with Cambridge University Press, "Reframing the Trade and Environment Linkage for Sustainable Development in a Fragmented World." As Humboldt Fellow, she has also been serving as a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany.

Among other organizations, Trujillo is also an active member of the American Society of International Law or ASIL, having been co-chair of the International Economic Law Interest Group until 2015, an appointed member of the 2014-2015 Book Awards Committee and the 2012 Annual Meeting program committee.

She joins seven current Texas A&M Law faculty elected to ALI: Professors Irene Calboli, Susan Fortney, Paul George, Randy Gordon, Michael Z. Green, Bill Henning and Meg Penrose. In addition, Dean Emeritus Frank Elliott is a life member and Interim Dean Thomas W. Mitchell serves as an ex-officio ALI member.

Mitchell says of Trujillo, “Texas A&M School of Law is very proud that Professor Trujillo was among a very esteemed group of lawyers elected to ALI this year from across the country and that her membership increases the impressive number of our faculty members who also have been elected to ALI.”

Trujillo said she is honored ​to be elected.

 “I am honored to have been elected to this influential organization and look forward to working on the various ALI projects; in particular, those connected to commercial law and international trade and investment issues."