Richard Wilson is a Professor of Law and founding director of the International Human Rights Clinic at American Universityís Washington College of Law. Prior to 1989, when he began teaching at American University, Professor Wilson taught at CUNY Law School in New York City, worked as a public defender in Illinois, and was director of the Defender Division at the National Legal Aid and Defender Association in Washington.
Professor Wilson has taught in the summer Human Rights Academy at the Washington College of Law as well as in the Oxford International Human Rights Law Program. He was the director of the law schoolís summer abroad program in Chile and was the director of the law schoolís clinics from 1999-2003. In addition to being a Visiting Lecturer at Daito Bunka University in Tokyo, Japan and at the Catholic University in Lima, Peru, Professor Wilson has lectured or consulted in 38 countries throughout the world on clinical legal education and legal aid. He served as Legal Advisor to the Consulate of the Republic of Colombia in 1998, presented cases at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica, and authored amicus briefs for the European Union in the United States Supreme Court successfully arguing that international law prohibits capital punishment for juveniles and persons with mental retardation. Professor Wilson serves as President of the Board of Directors of the World Organization for Human Rights USA and on the Board of Ensaaf, a human rights non-governmental organization with focus on impunity in India. Professor Wilsonís scholarly interests include public interest law, the death penalty and international law, the role of defense in international war crimes trials, and clinical legal education in developing or transitional countries. He is the co-editor of textbooks on international human rights law and practice, defense in international criminal law, and international criminal law and procedure.
Professor Wilson received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.