Janet K. Levit earned her J.D. in 1994 from the Yale Law School where she was book reviews and articles editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. She earned a M.A. in International Relations in 1994 from Yale University and an A.B., magna cum laude, in 1990 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (with a concentration in Latin American Studies). She served as law clerk for Stephanie K. Seymour, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and for the Chair of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. She has argued cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, as well as the Tenth Circuit. Professor Levit practiced in the international trade and finance areas at the Export-Import Bank of the United States, as well as in the private sector. She has also completed internships at the U.S. Embassy in Brazil and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Professor Levit writes about international finance and international human rights issues and published her most recent articles in the Emory Law Journal, Yale Journal of International Law, Harvard International Law Journal, and the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. Her teaching interests include international law, international commercial law, international human rights, contracts and administrative law. Professor Levit was director of the College of Law's inaugural Summer Institute in International Law in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was a visiting professor at Vanderbilt Law School during the spring 2007 term. In October 2007, the President of the University of Tulsa appointed Professor Levit as Interim Dean of the College of Law, and on July 10, 2008, she was appointed Dean of the College of Law.
Education and Degrees Earned
- Yale Law School New Haven, Connecticut, J.D., May 1994
- Yale Graduate School New Haven, Connecticut, M.A. in International Relations, May 1994
- Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey, A.B. in Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Latin American Studies, June 1990
Areas of Academic Specialty
- International law
- International trade
- International finance
- Private lawmaking
- International law at the state and local level
- Local climate change initiatives with transnational impact
- Consular notification and treaty enforcement
Previous Teaching Experience
- Spring 2007, Vanderbilt University Law School Nashville, TN
Visiting Associate Professor
Short Course: International Trade: Drafting and Negotiating International Commercial Agreements
- Summer 1996 The University of Tulsa College of Law and Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia
Visiting Assistant Professor
Taught International Commercial Litigation.
- Summer 1996 Universidad de Palermo Maestria en Derecho Buenos Aires, Argentina
Taught International Commercial Law.
- Summer 1994 U.S. A.I.D./Yale Law School Fellowship Buenos Aires, Argentina
Taught seminar on human rights trials at the Universidad de Buenos Aires; developed curriculum for Masters-in-Law program at Universidad de Palermo.
Previous Relevant Work Experience
- 2000-2002 TradeCard, Inc. Washington, DC; Tulsa, OK; New York, NY
Associate General Counsel; Director, Alliance Management
For internet-based company that provides an online, financial settlement solution for international business-to-business transactions, structured, negotiated and documented strategic partnerships with online marketplaces, platforms, and banks in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore; structured and negotiated joint venture in Japan; developed international "roll-out" strategy and process; structured and negotiated pilot with MasterCard International; and coordinated launch of TradeCard product in Brazil.
- 1998-2000 Export-Import Bank of the United States Washington, DC
Assistant General Counsel (Meritorious Service Award 1999)
Developed and drafted export credit insurance products; structured and negotiated $1 billion short-term trade facility to support U.S. exports to small Mexican importers; structured and administered $1 billion trade facilities for Indonesia and Thailand; drafted and negotiated lender credit agreements for exports of oil equipment, telecommunications equipment, and satellites to various Latin American countries; represented Ex-Im Bank on multi-creditor debt restructuring in Thailand and project financings in Argentina and Brazil.
- American Society of International Law (2003-present)
- American Bar Association (1994-present)
- Chair, Oklahoma Bar Association, International Law & Practice Section (1997)
- Oklahoma Bar Association (1994-present)
- American Inns of Court (Council Oak Chapter) (1995-1997)
- Tulsa County Bar Association