Professor David Wippman is a recognized authority in international law. He has taught public international law, international criminal law, international human rights, and ethnic conflict. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Princeton University in 1976, his M.A. through a fellowship in the Graduate Program in English Literature at Yale University in 1978, and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1982. While at Yale, he was the editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. He clerked for The Honorable Wilfred Feinberg, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Professor Wippman became Dean of the University of Minnesota Law School on July 1, 2008.
Previously, he was a professor and Associate Dean at Cornell Law School and served as Vice Provost for International Relations at Cornell University.
In 1998–99, he had taken a year away from Cornell to serve as a director in the National Security Council's Office of Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs, where he worked on war crimes issues, the International Criminal Court, economic sanctions, and U.N. political issues.
Before joining Cornell, Professor Wippman practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C., with a focus on international arbitration, political consulting on public and private international law issues, and representation of developing countries in litigation. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. He has co-authored two recently released books on international law: International Law, Norms, Actors, Process: A Problem-Oriented Approach (3rd ed.) and Can Might Make Rights? Building the Rule of Law After Military Interventions.