Charles Norchi, Benjamin Thompson Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law, was recently elected to the World Academy of Art and Science. The Academy is composed of Fellows from diverse cultures, nationalities, and intellectual disciplines chosen for eminence in art, the natural and social sciences, and the humanities.
Established in 1960 by individuals concerned by the impact of the explosive growth of knowledge, the Academy’s activities seek to address global issues related to the social consequences and policy implications of knowledge. The Academy serves as a forum for reflective scientists, artists, and scholars to discuss the vital problems of humankind independent of political boundaries or limits, where these problems can be discussed objectively, scientifically, globally, and free from vested interests or regional attachments, to arrive at solutions that affirm universal human rights and serve the interests of all humanity.
At Maine Law, Professor Norchi teaches and writes in the fields of Law of the Sea, International Law, Maritime Law, and International Human Rights. He directs the Center for Oceans & Coastal Law. In 2017, he was awarded the Arctic Fulbright to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iceland. In this position, he engaged in Arctic maritime research and taught at the Universities of Iceland and Akureyri. He holds an A.B. from Harvard College, a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University Law School, and an LL.M. and a J.S.D. from Yale Law School.