Makau W. Mutua, a noted authority on human rights law, has been named dean of the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

Satish K. Tripathi, UB provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, praised Mutua as “an internationally renowned legal scholar lauded for his insightful and visionary world view.”

Mutua joined the law school’s faculty and assumed co-directorship of the Buffalo Human Rights Center in 1996. He is currently director of the center, which fosters coursework, research and scholarship in human rights among faculty and students. Mutua previously was associate director of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School and served as director of the Africa Project at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights.

“This is simply a stellar appointment,” said SUNY Buffalo President John B.

Simpson. “Professor Mutua has come to exemplify the power of ideas transformed into action, a principle that is fundamental to the mission of the law school and of our larger university.”

Mutua teaches international human rights, international business transactions and international law. He has conducted numerous human rights, diplomatic and rule-of-law missions in Africa, Latin America and Europe. He has served as interim dean since December 2007 when Nils Olsen returned to the faculty.

“I want to dedicate my deanship to securing for UB Law a place among the finest law schools in this country,” Matua said. “To do so, I will work closely with president and provost, our faculty, our distinguished alumni and the State of New York. The future of UB Law depends on a shared consensus and vision for academic excellence on the part of all these constituencies.”