B. A. 1964, Tabor College
Ph.D. 1968, University of Kansas
Postdoctoral study and research 1973-74, 1977-78, Columbia Law School
James W. Nickel is Professor of Law Emeritus at the Law School. He teaches and writes in human rights law and theory, political philosophy, philosophy of law, and constitutional law.
Nickel is the author of Making Sense of Human Rights (1987, heavily revised 2nd ed. 2006) and of more than sixty articles in philosophy and law journals including the Columbia Law Review, Ethics, the Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophy and Public Affairs, and the Yale Journal of International Law.
Nickel has enjoyed research fellowships from Corpus Christi College, Oxford; the Rockefeller Foundation; the National Humanities Center; the American Council of Learned Societies; and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
From 2003-09 Nickel was Professor of Law at Arizona State University where he was also an affiliate professor in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Global Studies. Prior to that he was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, where he directed the Center for Values and Social Policy from 1982 to 1988, and chaired the philosophy department from 1992 to 1996. He has held visiting posts at the Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Utah, and UC Berkeley Law School.