David Kirkham – Senior Fellow for Comparative Law and International Policy, International Center for Law and Religion Studies

David Kirkham has served the International Center for Law and Religion Studies as Senior Fellow for Comparative Law and International Policy and Advisor for Europe since July 2007 and continues in this role in an advisory and representational capacity. Between 2015-2018 he was Academic Director and professor at the Brigham Young University London Centre. David first came to the Law School from the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where he served as Associate Dean and Professor of International Politics and Democratic Studies. He has also been an Associate Professor of History, Director of International History, and Director of International Plans and Programs at the United States Air Force Academy and held an associate professorship in the BYU Department of Political Science until his retirement in 2019. For several years he conducted international negotiations and diplomatic activities for the US Government and United Nations, including as Senior Humanitarian Affairs Officer at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva (with duties primarily in Africa). He has lived nearly nineteen years of his adult life in five European countries (Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, France and Belgium) and represented the United States and the UN in some fifty nations on six continents. He began his career in the early 1980s with a five-year law practice for the US Air Force in England and in Washington, D.C.