Norman Singer
Charles O. Stokes Professor Emeritus of Law and Anthropology

Norman Singer

Office: Room 353Professor Singer received his B.S. degree in 1960 from the University of Pennsylvania, his J.D. in 1964 from Boston University, and his S.J.D. in 1975 from Harvard University. He served as an editor of the Boston University Law Review, was on the editorial board of African Law Studies, and was case editor for the Journal of Ethiopian Law. Professor Singer has served as a graduate fellow at Harvard, a research fellow at Yale University, an assistant professor and visiting scholar at Haile Selassie I University (now known as Addis Ababa University), a visiting scholar at the Institute of Comparative Law in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and a visiting professor of law at the University of Khartoum. Professor Singer came to The University of Alabama in 1971 as an associate professor of law and became a lecturer in anthropology in 1975. He was named professor of law in 1977, professor of anthropology in 1978, and the Charles O. Stokes Professor of Law and Anthropology in 1993. He served as assistant representative for the Ford Foundations's Middle East Region in Khartoum, Sudan from 1980-82 and as a staff attorney/office manager for the Montego Bay Legal Aid Clinic from 1984 to 1989. He actively participates in international activities with the United Nations Development Programme, USAID, FAO, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Land Tenure Center of the University of Wisconsin, and the Terra Institute. He served as a member of the board of the Center for Economic Research in Africa and a board member of Terra Institute in Madison, Wisconsin. From 1998 through 2001, he was the Team Leader for a grant which was designed to provide capacity building at Mekele University in northern Ethiopia. This was followed by the development of a program, through the University of Alabama to provide young law teachers for schools of law I n Ethiopia – there were fifteen people who went to Ethiopia to teach law in both public and private faculties of law between 2003 and 2010. Finally, starting in 2008, Professor Singer led a team of individuals on a multi-year grant who offered graduate legal education to persons teaching in the law faculties in Ethiopia leading to LL.M. and Ph D degrees. As part of the program the University of Alabama was partnered with the Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Law to assist with capacity building for members of the legal education community throughout Ethiopia.