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William Elliott Butler

William Elliott Butler, American lawyer, educator. Bar: District of Columbia 1967, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1970, Uzbekistan 1996, Russia 1997. Recipient G. I. Tunkin medal, Russian Association International Law, 2003, Ivan Fedorov medal, Russian Association Bibliophiles, 2004; Research fellow, Leverhulme Trust, London, 1991, Federal Security Agency.


  • Butler, William Elliott was born on October 20, 1939 in Minneapolis. Son of William Elliott and Maxine Swan (Elmberg) Butler.

  • Education

    • Associate of Arts, Hibbing Junior College, 1959. Bachelor, American University, Washington, 1961. Master of Arts, Johns Hopkins University, 1963.

      Juris Doctor, Harvard University, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, 1970. Doctor of Laws, London University, 1979.

      Master of Laws, Russian Academy of Sciences, 1997.


    • Research assistant Johns Hopkins University, Washington, 1966-1968. Research associate Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1968-1970. Reader in comparative law University London, 1970-1976, professor comparative law, 1976—2005, professor emeritus, since 2005.

      Partner White & Case, London, 1994-1996. Resident partner PricewaterhouseCoopers Commonwealth of Independent States Law Firm, Moscow, 1997—2001. Senior partner Phoenix Law Associates Commonwealth of Independent States, since 2002.

      John Edward Fowler distinguished professor law Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School Law, Carlisle, since 2005, University Senate, since 2008. Faculty council School International Affairs, since 2007. Of counsel Cole, Corrette & Abrutyn, 1989—1992, Clifford Chance, 1992—1994.

      Director Vinogradoff Institute Pennsylvania State Dickinson. Dean, M. M. Speranskii professor international and comparative law Moscow School Social and Economic Sciences, 1995—2004. Professor, chair civil law Moscow State Legal Academy, 2002.

      Visiting professor Washington and Lee University Law School, 2005. Professorial research associate School Oriental and African Studies University London, since 2006. Senior member commission room St. Anthony's College, Oxford University, since 2004.

      Elected member American Law Institute, since 2009. Professorial lecturer John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, since 2009.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: District of Columbia 1967, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1970, Uzbekistan 1996, Russia 1997.


    • Russian Foreign Relations and Investment Law
    • This latest addition to the Russian law mini-series comprehensively studies Russian foreign relations law examining the legal rights of, and limitations on, foreigners in Russia, with emphasis on the commercial investor.


    Trustee Hakluyt Society, since 2004. Member of International Academy Comparative Law, Russian Academy Legal Sciences, National Academy of Sciences Ukraine (academician since 1992), Russian Academy Natural Science since 1992, International Federation Ex-Libris Societies (executive secretary since 1986).



    Book collecting, bookplate collecting.


    • Married Darlene Mae Johnson, September 2, 1961 (deceased November 23, 1989). Children: William III, Bradley. Married Maryann Elizabeth Gashi, December 6, 1991.
    • father: William Elliott Butler
    • mother: Maxine Swan (Elmberg) Butler
    • spouses: Darlene Mae Johnson
    • Maryann Elizabeth Gashi
    • children: William III Butler
    • Bradley Butler
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    Born October 20, 1939