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Janet Levit, JD

Janet Levit, JD
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law
College of Law
918-631-3040 Collins Hall Room 2160


MA – Yale University JD – Yale University AB – Princeton University


Janet K. Levit earned her J.D. in 1994 from the Yale Law School where she was book reviews and articles editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. She earned a M.A. in International Relations in 1994 from Yale University and an A.B., magna cum laude, in 1990 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (with a concentration in Latin American Studies). She served as law clerk for Stephanie K. Seymour, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and for the Chair of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. She has argued cases before the before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, as well as the Tenth Circuit. Professor Levit practiced in the international trade and finance areas at the Export-Import Bank of the United States, as well as in the private sector. She has also completed internships at the U.S. Embassy in Brazil and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Professor Levit writes about international finance and international human rights issues and published her most recent articles in the Emory Law Journal, Yale Journal of International Law, Harvard International Law Journal, and the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. Her teaching interests include international law, international commercial law, international human rights, contracts and administrative law. Professor Levit was director of the College of Law's inaugural Summer Institute in International Law in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was a visiting professor at Vanderbilt Law School during the spring 2007 term. In October 2007, the President of the University of Tulsa appointed Professor Levit as Interim Dean of the College of Law, and on July 10, 2008, she was appointed Dean of the College of Law and served as Dean of the College of Law from 2008 to 2015.

Research Interests

The way in which informal norms harden into law in the international finance and international human rights fields.
Published her most recent articles in the Emory Law Journal, Yale Journal of International Law, Harvard International Law Journal, and the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.  

Teaching Interests

International Law
International Commercial Law
International Human Rights
Administrative Law  


Law Reviews

  • Janet Levit, Bottom-Up Lawmaking Through a Pluralist Lens: The ICC Banking Commission and the Transnational Regulation of Letters of Credit, 58 Emory L.J. 1147 (2008).

  • Bottom-Up Lawmaking: The Private Origins of Transnational Law, 15 Ind. J. Global Legal Stud. 49 (2008).

  • Does Medellin Matter?, 77 Fordham L. Rev. 617 (2008).

  • The Scale of Networks?: Local Climate Change Coalitions, (with Hari Osofsky) 8 Chi. J. Int’l L. 409 (2008).

  • Walking the Walk (reviewing John A. Spanogle, Jr. et al. eds., Global Issues in Contract Law), 56 Am. J. Comp. L. 499 (2008).

  • Bottom-Up International Lawmaking: Reflections on the New Haven School of International Law, 32 Yale J. Int’l L. 393 (2007).

  • Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon: The Glass is Half Full, 11 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 29 (2007).

  • Janet Levit, A Cosmopolitan View of Transnational Bottom-Up Lawmaking: The Case of Export Credit Insurance, 51 Wayne L. Rev. 1193 (2006).

  • Janet Levit, Medellin v. Dretke: Another Chapter in the Vienna Convention Narrative, 41 Tulsa L. Rev. 193 (2006),

  • Janet Levit, A Bottom-Up Approach to International Lawmaking: The Tale of Three Trade Finance Instruments, 30 Yale J. Int’l L. 125 (2005).

  • Janet Levit, A Tale of International Law in the Heartland: Torres and the Role of State Courts in Transnational Legal Conversation, 12 Tulsa J. Comp. & Int’l L. 163 (2005),

  • Janet Levit, Harold Hongju Koh: Excellence and Decency, 12 Tulsa J. Comp. & Int’l L. v (2004),

  • Janet Levit, The Dynamics of International Trade Finance Law: The Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits, 45 Harv. Int’l L.J. 65 (2004).

  • Janet Levit, Going Public with Transnational Law: The 2002 Supreme Court Term, 39 Tulsa L. Rev. 155 (2003),

  • Janet Levit, The Constitutionalization of Human Rights in Argentina: Problem or Promise?, 37 Colum. J. Transnat’l L. 281 (1999).

  • Janet Levit, Pretextual Traffic Stops: United States v. Whren and the Death of Terry v. Ohio, 28 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 145 (1996).

  • Janet Levit, The Fourth Amendment: Reflections on the 1994 October Term, 31 Tulsa L.J. 473 (1995),

  • Janet Levit, Rewriting Beginnings: The Lesson of Gautreaux, 28 J. Marshall L. Rev. 57 (1994).

Book Chapters

  • International Law Happens, in SELA 2006: El Poder Ejecutivo

  • Janet Levit & W. Reisman, Reflections on the Problem of Individual Responsibility for Violations of Human Rights, in The Modern World of Human Rights: Essays in Honor of Thomas Buergenthal (1996).

  • Fact-Finding Initiatives for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (with W. Michael Reisman) in La Corte y el Sistema Interamericanos de Derechos Humanos (Rafael Nieto Navia, ed. 1994).

  • Janet Levit & W. Reisman, Fact-Finding Initiatives for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (1994).


  • Gambling, in The Oxford Companion to American Law (Kermit Hall ed., 2002).

  • Sedition, in The Oxford Companion to American Law (Kermit Hall ed., 2002).

  • Carlos Santiago, Radical Evil on Trial (following Carlos Santiago’s untimely death, edited and prepared for publication) (Yale Univ. Press 1996). Juicio al Mal Absoluto (Carlos S. Nino trans., Emece Editores 1996).

Professional Affiliations

  • Young Presidents Organization, Tulsa Chapter

Awards & Honors

  • University Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Celebrity Runner
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Award
  • Outstanding Upper-Class Professor
  • Mona Slayer Lambird Spotlight Award
  • The Journal Record
  • Award of Excellence
  • Judge Linda Morrissey Award
  • Woman of the Year: 50 Making A Difference