University of Baltimore
Law Professor Named USM Regents Professor

April 15, 2003

Mortimer N.S. Sellers, professor in the University of
Baltimore School of Law and a noted expert on constitutional
and international law, will be named a University System of
Maryland (USM) Regents Professor during the USM Board of
Regents meeting at Towson University on Friday, April 11.

Sellers was nominated for the award last year by H. Mebane
Turner, the now-retired president of the University of
Baltimore. The award, which has been granted only twice
since the USM was founded in 1988, honors faculty members
who have established a national and international reputation
for scholarship, and who excel in their discipline according
to a review by an independent ad hoc committee made up of
faculty from various USM institutions.

USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan said the selection of
Sellers serves as a reminder of the level of talent and
scholarship achieved by faculty at all of the USM

"Mortimer Sellers is one of the best and brightest educators
we have in the System," Kirwan said. "His scholarship is
truly first-rate, by any measure. The fact that he has made
a career here in Maryland says a lot about the collegiality
of our campuses and about the resources we provide to highly
capable teachers and researchers like him. We believe in the
academic missions of each of our institutions, and this
award is a demonstration of our commitment."

As Regents Professor, Sellers will engage in various System-
wide activities, which may include interactions with
undergraduates, presentation of a public lecture, and other
scholarly endeavors.

Sellers, who serves as the School of Law's director of the
Center for International and Comparative Law, recently
published a book chapter, "The Roman Republic and the French
and American Revolutions" in The Cambridge Companion to the
Roman Republic (forthcoming). He co-authored "The United
States of America and the International Criminal Court" in
The American Journal of Comparative Law, "The Legitimacy of
Humanitarian Intervention under International Law" in
International Legal Theory, and dozens of other articles and
presentations. He is an executive trustee of the Nicholas
Newlin Foundation, and a member of the executive board of
the American Achilles Foundation. Sellers also serves as a
grant evaluation panelist for the National Endowment for the

The USM's other Regents Professors are the late Adam
Yarmolinsky, former provost at the University of Maryland,
Baltimore County, and Michael Fisher, distinguished
university professor in the Institute for Physical Sciences
and Technology at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The University System of Maryland is governed by a 17-member
Board of Regents and includes 13 distinct and complementary
institutions: Bowie State University; Coppin State College;
Frostburg State University; Salisbury University; Towson
University, University of Baltimore; University of Maryland,
Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore County;
University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute; University
of Maryland Center for Environmental Science; University of
Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland Eastern
Shore; and University of Maryland University College.
Chris Hart
Phone: 301/445-2739