The law profession has changed over time, and so have the needs of students training to be lawyers in a fast-paced, global society. According to Professor Kenneth S. Gallant, thatâ€™s only one of the reasons that current law students must embrace the study of international law.
â€śIt doesnâ€™t matter whether youâ€™re going to be a commercial lawyer, domestic relations lawyer, or a general practice lawyer, these days, over the course of your career, youâ€™re very likely to have clients who have international problems in one way or another,â€ť Gallant said. â€śItâ€™s much more important for the average law student to have a basic knowledge of international law. And itâ€™s important for the state of Arkansas to have people on our law faculties who are interested in international law.â€ť
Gallant recently completed the first English-language text on the principle of legality in international criminal law. His ground-breaking book â€“ scheduled to be published in the fall â€“ approaches the idea that no one may be convicted of a crime unless the crime was defined in the law before the person acted. This fundamental principle of comparative law studies is evident in most cultures, yet no one has examined its importance in English until now.
While embracing his own scholarly research, Gallant also encourages his students to find their own answers through research. In his international law class, students have studied topics ranging from African genocide to international entertainment rights. Gallant guides each student to pertinent research materials and clarifies foreign concepts, engaging future legal scholars in relevant discussion.
Gallant earned a bachelorâ€™s degree from Harvard and a juris doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He recently completed a term as a member of the governing council for the International Criminal Bar and is a member of the New Delhi, India-based International Jurists Organization. Gallant is also a member of the Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission.