The law school mourns the loss of Professor Francis A. Gabor, who passed away this weekend at home. A memorial service and reception to honor
his many contributions to the law school and the legal community will be held in April,
with details to be announced.
Professor Gabor was a Holocaust survivor who came from his native Budapest to the
United States in 1968. In addition to receiving his first law degree in Budapest,
he received an LL.M. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and
a J.D. degree from Tulane.
Professor Gabor joined the law school faculty in 1976. His courses included International
Law, Comparative Law, International Business Transactions, Conflicts of Law, and Immigration
Law. Professor Gabor wrote numerous law reviews articles on international law, international
conflict of laws, immigration law, and legal developments in Central-Eastern Europe.
He was awarded the Fulbright Hays Fellowship and Awards in 1981-82, 1990-91, and 1995-1996.
Professor Gabor was a Visiting Professor at the Central European University in Budapest
for more than twenty years, and taught summer classes on Transnational Law at the
Loyola, Cardozo, and McGeorge Summer Law Programs in Budapest and Vienna. During the
1990's, he also was the Director of the University of Memphis Summer Law Program in
Budapest and Vienna. Francis also was the faculty advisor of the International Law
Society throughout his law school tenure, and was the successful coach of the Law
School's Jessup International Law Mock Trial Teams for twenty-five years. Many participants
won best advocate and best brief awards in these competitions.
"When you mention the name Francis Gabor, everybody smiles. Francis loved and celebrated
every day of his life, and was a joy to behold." Larry Pivnick, Professor of Law
"Francis exhibited a mastery of the law and a thorough understanding of the political
and economic forces shaping international events. He was a tremendously compassionate
person who was dedicated to his students." Kevin H. Smith, Dean and Thomas B. Preston Professor of Law, The Cecil C. Humphreys
School of Law
Teaching interests: Conflicts of Laws, Commercial Law, Business Associations, International Law, Comparative
Law, International Business Transactions, Immigration Law, Legal Writing and Research.
Education: Dr. Jur., cum laude, 1967, Eotvos Lorand Science University, Budapest; LL.M., 1973, University of California
at Berkeley; J.D., 1975, Tulane University.
Experience: Judicial clerkship with the Central Court of Budapest, 1966-67; assistant legal counsel
for Cseppel Iron Works, Inc., 1968; legal research assistant to Chairman Will E. Leonard
of the International Trade Commission, 1974; law clerk and associate for Clemons,
Taube and Sauer, 1976; Faculty of Law and State Sciences, Eotvos Lorand Science University,
1965-66, 1981-82, 1990-91, 1995-1996; joined the faculty of The Salzburg Institute
in International Legal Studies in 1982; University of the Pacific McGeorge School
of Law, 1984-85; joined The University of Memphis School of Law faculty in 1976.
Admitted: Washington, D.C.; Tennessee. Achievements/Publications: Contributing author of Foreign
Investment in Central and Eastern Europe (published by Columbia University of New
York), Advisor for the Parker School Journal of East European Law. Professor Gabor
has written numerous law reviews articles on international law, international conflict
of laws, immigration law, and legal developments in Central-eastern Europe. He was
awarded the Fulbright Hays Fellowship and Awards in 1981-82, 1990-91, and 1995-1996.
He is a member of the American Society of International Law, International Law Association