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Cynthia C. Lichtenstein

Professor Emerita


A noted specialist on international banking and international transactions, Professor Cynthia C. Lichtenstein retired from active teaching duties at BCLS in the Spring of 2001. She has been a member of the faculty at Boston College Law School since 1971. Upon retirement, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Washington University Law School and a Visiting Professor at Brooklyn Law School. She occasionally teaches a Seminar in International Financial Law at BCLS.

Professor Lichtenstein has lectured in numerous cities around the world including London, Paris, Buenos Aires, and Sydney, Australia. In addition to significant involvement with a major New York law firm in various capacities over the years, she served briefly with the European Economic Community.

Among her many contributions to public and private international law, Professor Lichtenstein served as President of the International Law Association (American Branch) from 1986 to 1992, as an officer of the American Society of International Law, and as a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law from 1982 to 1991. She is presently an Honorary Editor of the American Journal of International Law, Treasurer of ILSA, the International Law Students Association which administers the Jessup Competition, the international law moot court competition with participants from over 80 countries, and serves as a Vice-Chair of the International Law Association.

Professor Lichtenstein is the author of many significant articles on international banking regulation and international transactions. Her most recent publication is a chapter in International Monetary Law: The Global Crisis (eds. Mario Giovanoli and Diego Devos, OUP, 2010) entitled "Lessons for the 21st Century Central Bankers: Differences between Investment and Depositary Banking." Other significant articles are "The FED's New Model of Supervision for 'Large Complex Banking Organizations', 18 Transnational Lawyer 283 (2005); "Dealing with Sovereign Liquidity Crises: New International Initiatives for the New World of Volatile Capital Flows to and From Emerging Markets," 29 McGeorge Law Review 807 (1998) and a short version, under the title "Innoculating Against the Asian Flu," appears in the Boston College Law School Magazine, Fall 1998. A short viewpoint, "Do Globalized Financial Markets Need a New Architecture of Regulation?," appeared in the December 1998 Translex.

Professor Lichtenstein graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe College (A.B.) and magna cum laude from Yale Law School (J.D.) She also holds a Master's degree in Comparative Law from the University of Chicago Law School.