Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Part-time Faculty A-M

William T. Loris

Title/s: Program Director and Senior Lecturer
LL.M. in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW®)

Office #: John Felice Rome Center Via Massimi, 114-A 00136 Rome, Italy

Phone: Phone: +39 06 355 88331

E-mail: wloris@luc.edu


Mr. Loris currently serves as Senior Lecturer and Program Director of the LL.M. Program on Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW®) which is delivered at Loyola’s campus in Rome. He joined Loyola in 2010 after a distinguished career in international service.

Mr. Loris served for five years in Abidjan, Ivory Coast as a Regional Legal Advisor for West Africa to the US Agency for International Development (USAID), working on the legal aspects of the USAID program across West and Central Africa.  He then served for five years in Cairo as a Legal Advisor in USAID's Egypt mission. Building on this experience he joined two other lawyers in 1983 to co-found the International Development Law Institute (IDLI), a Dutch foundation.  IDLI was later transformed into an inter-governmental organization, the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), by an international convention. IDLO is now a key international institution in the promotion of the rule of law in developing countries, countries in economic transition and countries recovering from violent conflict.  Mr. Loris served in successive periods as IDLO’s General Counsel, Director of Programs and finally, by appointment of the IDLO Member States, Director General.

In these capacities Mr. Loris has been a leading advocate for the rule of law throughout the developing countries and countries in economic transition and for the improvement of the position of such countries in international negotiations. He led and participated in projects across the developing world aimed at improving justice and the rule of law.  The PROLAW curriculum reflects Mr. Loris's experience and his conviction that sustainability of progress toward the rule of law, better governance and democracy depends significantly upon the quality and appropriateness of the advice and guidance which national legal experts bring to the reform agenda.


Bachelor Degree (BA), History, Santa Clara University, 1968 (one year undertaken at Loyola University Chicago’s  Rome Center).

Juris Doctorate (JD),  Santa Clara University, 1972

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International and Comparative Law, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 1973

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, World Bank Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development (2011-date)

Member, World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Corruption (2008-10)

Represented IDLO at World Economic Forum (2005-2010)

Courses Taught

Theory and Practice of Needs Assessments in Rule of Law Advising

Advising for Economic, Social and Institutional Reform


National order of service by the President of Lithuania for service to Lithuania during its transition (2007)

Alumni Special Achievement Award, by the Law Alumni Association at Santa Clara University (2007)

Selected Publications

Private Civil Actions: A Powerful Tool in the Fight Against Corruption., an article appearing in the   Transparency International, Global Corruption Report, 2012 (TBP)