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Stephen Zamora


Professor Zamora joined the University of Houston Law Center faculty in 1978, retiring in 2014 after 36 years in the classroom primarily teaching international law. He passed away July 8, 2016, at the age of 72.

He also served as the Law Center's dean from 1995 to 2000. He earned a B.A. degree from Stanford University in 1966 and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1972, where he graduated first in his class and served as Chief Articles Editor of the California Law Review. At the Law Center, Professor Zamora directed the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, and also served as director of the North American Consortium on Legal Education. Prior to joining the Law Center faculty, he practiced international law in Washington, D.C., first as an associate in the law firm of Clearly, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton, and then as an attorney with The World Bank. He had been a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Mexico, and a visiting professor at Yale Law School and Fordham Law School. An expert on NAFTA, Zamora served in 1996 as a member of a dispute resolution panel that decided the first government-to-government dispute under NAFTA (U.S. v. Canada -- Dairy, Poultry and Eggs from the United States).

Professor Zamora was a member of the American Law Institute, the American Society of International Law, and the American Society of Comparative Law. In 2006, he received the highest distinction awarded by the Mexican government to a foreign national, the Order of the Aztec Eagle, in recognition of his work in promoting U.S. - Mexican understanding. He was the lead author of the book “Mexican Law,” published in 2004 by Oxford University Press, and authored numerous articles and book chapters on international economic law, international banking law, international trade law (NAFTA), international monetary law, and Mexican law. Professor Zamora's areas of expertise included contracts, international trade law, conflicts of law, Mexican Law, and NAFTA.

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