Laura Tate Kagel

Director of International Professional Education, Dean Rusk International Law Center

A.B., Harvard University
M.A., University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison
J.D., University of Georgia

Biographical Information: 

Laura Tate Kagel joined Georgia Law in the fall of 2011. She presently serves as the director of international professional education for the school's Dean Rusk International Law Center. In this role, she manages the school's Master of Laws (LL.M.) program, oversees the center's training of foreign judges and court personnel and assists with the development of globally themed lectures, colloquia and conferences. Kagel also serves as an affiliate of the UGA Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute.

Previously, Kagel was an assistant director at the Rusk Center where she helped with all aspects of management of the unit. She developed organizational linkages and increased student involvement in and public awareness of the center's efforts. She administered the center's study abroad program in Europe, advanced initiatives for overall institution building and organized center conferences and lectures. In addition, she had editorial responsibility for Rusk Center publications, including the newsletter and Occasional Papers series.

Before joining the Rusk Center staff, Kagel filled a leadership role in international human rights advocacy as a state death penalty abolition coordinator for Amnesty International and served as vice chair of the nonprofit statewide coalition Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Kagel also taught German language and culture as an adjunct instructor at Clemson University and the University of Georgia. She has published articles on both German law and literature and co-edited a volume of essays on German cultural studies.

Kagel studied the history and literature of France and Germany as an undergraduate at Harvard University. She earned her Master of Arts in Germanic Languages and Literature from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. in German from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  Research in Germany for her dissertation, which focused on the emancipatory role assigned to literary education by the nineteenth-century German women's movement, was supported by a Fulbright Fellowship.  In 2006, Kagel earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia. As a law student, she served as executive conference editor of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law and was a legal intern for both the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta and the in-house counsel of a German multinational firm, Franz Haniel & Cie GmbH in Duisburg, Germany.