15 May 2018, 12:00 - 13:00
Blavatnik School of Government, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG
Invited audience only

Speaker bio

Richard Clifton is a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with chambers in Honolulu. He has served in that position since 2002. After graduating from Princeton University (A.B. 1972) and Yale Law School (J.D. 1975), he moved to Hawaii and first worked for the Ninth Circuit court as a law clerk for Judge Herbert Y.C. Choy, the first U.S. federal judge of Asian ancestry. He practiced law in Honolulu for 25 years before his appointment to the bench. He has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Hawaii School of Law intermittently since 1979. He has twice served as an acting associate justice of the Appellate Division of the High Court of American Samoa. He is Chairman of the Judicial Conference of the United States Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction, Secretary of the Federal Judges Association, and a member or director of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, the Ninth Circuit Pacific Islands Committee, the Pacific Judicial Conference, the Hawaii Women’s Legal Foundation, and the American Law Institute.  He served for 24 years as a director of Hawaii Public Radio, six years as its Chairman. 

Richard Clifton is best known recently for being one of the three judges on the Ninth Circuit panel that decided in February 2017 to restrain implementation of President Trump's first Executive Order limiting entry into the U.S. of persons from specified Middle Eastern and African nations.

The event will be moderated by Dapo Akande, Professor of Public International Law at the Blavatnik School of Government.