Peter L. Fitzgerald
Professor of Law
B.A., College of William & Mary
J.D. University of California, Hastings College of Law
LL.M., University of Exeter, United Kingdom
Courses: Contracts, Advanced Contracts: Commercial Agreements,
International Business Transactions, International Animal Law Seminar
Professor Fitzgerald recently returned from spending a semester as a visiting academic advisor to the Law Commission of England & Wales working on wildlife law reform. Previously, he was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University's Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, a MacCormick Fellow at the University of Edinburgh School of Law, and a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar to the United Kingdom. Additionally, he has served as the Resident Director of the College of Law's "Autumn in London" semester abroad program. Professor Fitzgerald is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) which was established in London in 1754.
As a specialist in domestic and international commercial law and policy, with an additional interest in animal law, his newest book is International Issues in Animal Law. Additionally, Professor Fitzgerald co-authored a series of other books on international economic law and has written numerous articles addressing international business transactions and trade relations. He appeared before the congressionally created Judicial Review Commission on Foreign Assets Control, and was invited to provide evidence to both the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Ad Hoc Working Group on Legal Safeguards and Targeted Sanctions, and to the British House of Lords' Economic Affairs Committee's Inquiry into the Impact of Economic Sanctions. Additionally, the U.S. Trade Representative appointed Professor Fitzgerald to the NAFTA Bi-national Chapter 19 Panel Roster, and he served as an arbitral judge on two separate international dispute resolution panels established under the NAFTA agreement.
Professor Fitzgerald has taught at the University of Edinburgh School of Law, and has also taught courses at the George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C.; the Scandinavian/Baltic Institute on Emerging Markets and Transitional Democracies summer program in Tallinn, Estonia; and the Innsbruck Institute on World Legal Problems summer program in Austria. Additionally, he has lectured at Cambridge University's Centre for Animal Welfare and Anthrozoology in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, as well as at the Scottish Agricultural College. At Stetson, he is a recipient of the "Golden Apple" Teaching Award, the Homer and Dolly Hand Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship, and the Outstanding Faculty Service Award.
Prior to joining Stetson's faculty, Professor Fitzgerald spent 15 years in-house with the IBM legal department. He served as counsel to the IBM Export Regulation Office in Washington D.C., along with a variety of other assignments at IBM's corporate headquarters in New York, its European headquarters in Paris, France, and at regional sales and manufacturing locations in Maryland and Georgia. He began his career as a law clerk to the Hon. Patrick E. Higginbotham at the U.S. District Court in Texas; and formerly served as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve Intelligence Program with assignments in Washington D.C., London, and Brussels. Professor Fitzgerald is licensed to practice both in the United States and in the United Kingdom.
Professor Fitzgerald is active with Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid-Florida, and shares an office with "Dora" and "James" - who he trained to be registered therapy dogs. Professor Fitzgerald also helped to establish a therapy dog progam at Stetson to assist law students with managing stress during the exam period.