Francis A. Boyle is a leading American professor, practitioner and advocate of
international law. He was responsible for drafting the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism
Act of 1989, the American implementing legislation for the 1972 Biological Weapons
Convention. He served as Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East
Peace Negotiations from 1991 to 1993, served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty
International (1988-1992), and represented Bosnia-Herzegovina at the World Court.
Professor Boyle teaches international law at the University of Illinois, Champaign and is
author of, inter alia, Palestine, Palestinians and International Law, The Criminality of
Nuclear Deterrence, Defending Civil Resistance Under International Law, The Future of
International Law and American Foreign Policy, Foundations of World Order: The Legalist
Approach to International Relations 1898-1921, and The Bosnian People Charge
Francis A. Boyle holds a Doctor of Law Magna Cum Laude as well as a Ph.D. in Political
Science, both from Harvard University.
From January 8-12 Francis A. Boyle served as the 18th Bertrand Russell Peace Lecturer
at McMaster University in Canada. Previous Russell Lecturers have been E.P. Thompson,
Elena Bonner, Edward Said, Ramsey Clark, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Joseph Rotblat,
Johan Galtung, and Noam Chomsky. http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~peace/francis.