Peter B Kutner

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  • Hugh Roff Professor of Law Emeritus


A.B., Cornell University, 1969

J.D., Harvard University, 1972



Professor Peter B Kutner began his career as a faculty member in 1973 at the University of Sydney in Australia. He joined OU as an assistant professor in 1975. In 1980-81 he was a visiting professor at the University of Illinois. He has also been a visiting professor at universities in Austria, France, Japan, and The Netherlands. He has taught torts, advanced torts, conflict of laws, and comparative law, with an emphasis on common law legal systems outside the United States.

Kutner was a University of Oklahoma Associates Distinguished Lecturer in 1988-89. In 2000 he was appointed to the Hugh Roff Professorship of Law. He is an affiliate faculty member of the OU School of International and Area Studies. He has received two Fulbright awards: a Fulbright Lectureship in Japan at Tohoku University in 1996-97 and a second Fulbright Lectureship in Japan at Waseda University and Japan Women's University in 2003-04.

Admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1972 and Supreme Court of the United States in 1976, Kutner has been a member of the American Law Institute, American Bar Association, Canadian Association of Law Teachers, the European Law Institute, and the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Oklahoma, Board of Editors of the American Journal of Comparative Law, Board of Advisors of the OU Office of International Programs, and the AALS-CALT Joint Committee on Canadian-American Cooperation.

Kutner is author of three books -- Advanced Torts: Cases and Materials (with Professor Osborne M. Reynolds, Jr.) (Carolina Academic Press), Common Law in Southern Africa: Conflict of Laws and Torts Precedents (Greenwood Press), and Advanced Torts in a Nutshell (West Academic) -- and numerous articles, primarily on tort law and conflict of laws, published in American and foreign law journals. 

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