Retired Faculty
2009 - Present

Ndiva  Kofele-Kale 
Dedman School of Law  2017

Ndiva Kofele-Kale, University Distinguished Professor and Professor of Law in Dedman School of Law, joined the SMU faculty in 1989. He received a B.A. degree from Beloit College and M.A., J.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University. Prior to SMU, Professor Kofele-Kale taught at the University of Tennessee College of Law. He also worked in private practice as a corporate and securities lawyer at Lord Bissel & Brook in Chicago. Research for his scholarship and teaching focus on public and private international law led to a concentration in global corruption and the right of people to a corruption-free society. A renowned advocate for human rights, Professor Kofele-Kale's writings have contributed to the codification of international human rights law. He has appeared before several treaty-based human rights tribunals including the United Nations Human Rights Committee, the U.N. working group on arbitrary detention and the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. His book Combating Economic Crimes: Balancing Competing Rights and Interests in Prosecuting the Crime of Illicit Enrichment introduced the concept of "patrimonicide", which is the plundering of resources by corrupt political leaders. He was an associate editor of The International Lawyer from 1990-1996. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Law.