John Valery White

John Valery White

Ralph Denton Professor of Law

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Areas of expertise:

Race and Law, Employment Discrimination Law, Civil Rights


John Valery White is the Ralph Denton Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s (UNLV) Boyd School of Law. Professor White returned to the faculty after a decade as dean of the Boyd School of Law, Executive Vice President and Provost of UNLV, and Acting Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education. His current scholarly focus is on the role of civil and human rights law in addressing the demographic consequences of globalization.

Professor White began his academic career at Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center teaching and publishing on civil and human rights law. He directed LSU law’s summer program in Lyon, France and was a distinguished visiting professor at the University of Insubria in Como, Italy, studying law’s role in the social integration of diverse populations in a borderless Europe.

As a Schell Fellow at Human Rights Watch/Middle East in 1991-1992, he analyzed humanitarian law and human rights issues related to the Gulf War and participated in a site visit to Egypt investigating arbitrary detention and torture and prison conditions, leading to book-length Human Rights Watch reports on torture and prison conditions in 1992. John is a graduate of Yale Law School.

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