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Heimbold Chair in International Law

Charles HeimboldWhile in law school, Charles A. Heimbold, Jr., L’60, spent one summer at The Hague Academy of International Law. For that, he can thank a professor who encouraged him to apply.

He also remembers a class on comparative law that he took with a visiting professor from Paris. This professor discussed the differences between French and U.S. law. Heimbold found the class quite stimulating, and much different from his other classes.

All these years later, Heimbold wants current students to benefit from the study of international law in the way that he did. With that in mind, Charles Heimbold and his wife Monika have made a major gift to establish the Heimbold Chair in International Law.

Heimbold explained that “a law school of Penn’s caliber should have such a chair.” He said it is particularly important, given the school’s focus on international law, the growing number of international students at the school, and the global interests of the faculty.

The study of international law, he said, is even more important today, when there are more legal issues associated with international treaties and organizations. He also said that maintaining peace depends on the enforcement of international law. Heimbold speaks from experience. From 2001 to 2004, he served as U.S. ambassador to Sweden (his wife, whom he met at The Hague, is from Sweden). His service started three days after the terrorist attacks on America.

Before his diplomatic assignment, Heimbold was chairman and CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co, deputy chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and a member of the Board of Directors of ExxonMobil Corp. An emeritus member of Penn Law’s Board of Overseers, he was chairman for much of the 1990s.