Louis Aucoin

Professor of Practice in Law

  • JD, Boston College Law School
  • BA, College of the Holy Cross


Louis Aucoin is Professor of Practice in Law and his teaching covers a range of fields from Rule of Law and Transitional Justice to Comparative Law and European Union Law. Prior to Fletcher, he taught for fifteen years at Boston University School of Law, and in various law faculties in France. In his research and writing, he studied the constitution-making process in post conflict countries, served as a foreign advisor to the development of the Constitutions in Cambodia, East Timor, Rwanda, and Kosovo, and worked on constitutional reform in Liberia while on a one-year leave of absence from Fletcher to serve as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for the United Nations Mission in Liberia. In 2000, he served as an acting Minister of Justice for East Timor while it was under UN auspices. He also served as a Rule of Law Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington D.C., and was the recipient of a U.S. Supreme Court Fellowship in 2001-2002. Recent research projects involved the use of local customary law as a strategy for the promotion of rule of law post conflict and the promotion of rule of law in Liberia. He is an avid singer, and enjoys biking, jogging, and the culinary arts.

Professional Activities
  • Program Officer in the Rule of Law Program, United States Institute of Peace (2000-2003)
  • Supreme Court Fellow, United States Supreme Court Judicial Fellows Program (2001-2002)
  • Consultant, Justice in Times of Transition Project March 2002-present)
  • Has taught at Boston University School of Law (1984-2000)
  • ESSEC (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales)
  • Université de Poitiers, and Ecole des Hautes Etudes Internationales, Paris
  • Co-founder, The Mekong Delta Regional Law Center
  • Member, The Association of American Law Schools, Section on International and Comparative Law and The American Society of International Law

  • Institute for Human Security

Research Interests
  • Rule of Law
  • Constitution-Making
  • Tribal Law
  • Peacekeeping
  • East Timor
  • Cambodia
  • Rwanda
"Federalism in the US: Where do the boundary lines between state and federal power stand today?"
• "The Status of Judicial Independence in Haiti," USAID/Haiti (April 2000);
Aucoin, Louis. "Haiti's Constitutional Crisis." Boston University International Law Journal 17, no. 1 (1999): 115-140.
Aucoin, Louis. "Judicial Review in France." Boston College International and Comparative Law Review 15, no. 2 (1992): 443-470.

• Babbitt, Eileen and Louis Aucoin. Improving Transitional Justice: An Assessment of Progress in the Former Yugoslav States. Belgrade, Serbia: United Nations Development Program, 2006.
• Aucoin, Louis. The Role of Informal Justice Systems in Fostering the Rule of Law in Post Conflict Countries. 2005.
• Aucoin, Louis. Constitution-Making, Peace-Building, and National Reconciliatio; 2004
• The French Constitution. (An annotated guide of the French Constitution of 1958) (2003);

• "Judicial Independence in France," A Guide to Judicial Independence, Technical Publications Series USAID (November 2001);
• "Les Déclarations des Colonies Américaines, Leur Influence Sur La Déclaration des Droits de 1789 et sur le Bill of Rights de 1791," La Déclaration Des Droits de l'Homme et du Citoyen de 1789: Ses Origines, Sa Pérenité. (1990).

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