The Global Challenge of Institutional Change


Hiram Chodosh

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In a conversation with School of Law Co-Dean Michael Scharf, President Hiram Chodosh of Claremont McKenna College will reflect on 30 years of professional experience in institutional change in two domains: legal system reform and higher education innovation. From his field work and scholarship in India on civil justice delay, in Indonesia on corruption and in Iraq on constitutional reform, to his current leadership on the big educational issues of access and affordability, freedom of expression, integrated sciences, and others, this dialogue will explore how can we do better at facing our challenges and improving the performance of our vitally important local and global institutions. President Chodosh returns to his first academic home here at Case Western Reserve to reflect, learn and engage.

Lunch will be provided.

Speaker’s Bio

Since 2012, Hiram Chodosh has served as the president of Claremont McKenna College (CMC) in California, one of the nation’s top ranked liberal art colleges. Before joining CMC, he was Dean at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and the Hugh B. Brown Endowed Presidential Professor. Before his tenure in Utah, Chodosh taught here at CWRU School of Law for 13 years, during which time he directed the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center (1998-2006), served as associate dean (2003-2006), and held the Joseph C. Hostetler–Baker & Hostetler chair.

Renowned for innovation in several domains, Hiram Chodosh has worked on reform projects or studies in more than a dozen countries. He has played a central role in the growth of mediation in India, where he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2003. He founded and directed Global Justice Project: Iraq under a $10.4 million grant (2008–10) from the U.S. Department of State. He has served in advisory positions on justice reform for the World Bank Justice Reform Group, the International Monetary Fund Legal Department, and many court systems, non-profit organizations, and national commissions. In 2011, Chodosh was named a recipient of the Gandhi Peace Prize, and in 2013, he was recognized as one of the 25 most influential legal educators in the country.

President Chodosh’s publications include Challenged Justice: In Search of Judicial Independence (with Shimon Shetreet and Eric Helland, Brill Nijhoff, 2021); Uniform Civil Code of India: A Blueprint for Scholarly Discourse (with Shimon Shetreet, Oxford University Press, 2016); Law in Iraq: A Document Companion (with co-editor Chibli Mallat, Oxford University Press, 2013); and Global Justice Reform: A Comparative Methodology (2005, NYU Press).

Under President Chodosh’s leadership, CMC has dramatically expanded opportunity for students from under-resourced families (over 50% increase in enrolled Pell-eligible students, and over 100% increase in those first in their families to attend college). CMC achieved several top national rankings last year, including for the protection of freedom of speech (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) based on the success of CMC’s Open Academy, financial strength (Forbes), and return on investment (Forbes) based on the actual cost of attendance and post-graduate salaries. CMC has also developed a next generation approach to undergraduate science education through the launch of the Kravis Department of Integrated Sciences, and its iconic home, the Robert Day Sciences Center, and doubled the size of its campus through plans for the new Roberts Campus. President Chodosh has led the Campaign for Responsible Leadership, already breaking the previous liberal arts national record to fund these initiatives.


CWRU School of Law Moot Courtroom

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