David Louis Finnegan
B.S.F.S. Georgetown University 1988
J.D. University of Michigan Law School 1991
Ph.D. University of Michigan
Professor Finnegan graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Journal of International Law. He received his undergraduate training at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He also has studied at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Professor Finnegan’s research focuses on law and policy reform in Africa and other developing regions.
Professor Finnegan earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, where his studies concentrated on the fields of Comparative Government and Public Law. His dissertation examined the relationship between law reform and economic development in Africa. Fieldwork for the dissertation was supported in principal part by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Prior to joining academia, Professor Finnegan practiced law in Washington, D.C. His practice focused on domestic and international antitrust law, international investment dispute arbitration, government contracts investigations and related litigation, and litigation of commercial disputes before arbitration panels and federal courts.
Professor Finnegan teaches property and international law. He serves as faculty advisor to the law school’s Jessup International Law Moot Court team.