Cliff Thompson, 1934-2023

Professor Emeritus

In Memoriam 1934-2023

Cliff  Thompson


A.B.('56), Harvard University
M.A.,('62) Oxford University
J.D.('60), Harvard Law School
LL.D (Hon.'08) Michigan State University


Professor Thompson is the former Dean of the Law School and has served as a dean and professor at the Universities of Idaho and Hawaii. He also was the dean of the Haile Sellassie University School of Law in Ethiopia and co-founded the faculty of law at the University of Zambia. In addition, Professor Thompson has taught law in the Sudan, Zambia and Ethiopia, as well as U.S. law schools. Most recently, he was Acting Dean from January 2007 through August 2008 at the College of Law of Michigan State University.

Professor Thompson served full-time in Indonesia as Legal Education Advisor for the government  from 1993 to 1997 and from 2000 to 2004.  His research interests revolve primarily around lawyers, law, and social change in developing countries.

Professor Thompson teaches Comparative Law, International Development, African and Asian Law, Contracts, Jurisprudence, Negotiable Instruments and Real Property.

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Research Interests

  • African, Asian Legal Systems

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Teaching Areas

  • Contracts
  • Jurisprudence
  • Legal Education
  • Property Law
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