- Edward Everett Hale.
Hope Elizabeth May is a philosopher and lawyer whose work combines the ethical and ethical and political philosophy of Aristotle with International Law and The Hague Tradition - a tradition which seeks to realize peace through international law mechanisms. Inspired by the work of peace activists in the United States in the early 1900s - especially Benjamin Franklin Trueblood, Edward Everett Halle, Fanny Fern Andrews and Lucia Ames Mead, Dr. May is passionate about the importance of public education to the "Peace Through Law" project, and to that end, creates innovative educational activities aimed at exposing the story and history of International Law to a broader audience than lawyers and the legal academy. These activities include A Grotian Moment (celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the International Criminal Court), Pro Concordia Labor ("For Peace I Work"), The Bertha von Suttner Project, and The Points of Light Project all of which are components of Piece of the Palace (celebrating the Centenary of the Peace Palace). Additionally, Dr. May has developed a unique study abroad course focused on the International Criminal Court, the United States, and The Hague Tradition. Her deep interest in the power of education about these subjects is behind her innovative educational projects on these topics.
Dr. May has been a Visiting Professional in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Criminal Court Student Network, and is on the Council of Advisors of the Global Institute of the Prevention of Aggression. She founded The Center for Self-Concordance, a non-profit entity that exists to serve and promote self-concordance through various means, including pro bono legal work that serves the aims of the Center.
After obtaining her PhD degree in philosophy (writing her dissertation on Aristotle's Ethics), she received her Juris Doctorate degree in 2008, graduating magna cum laude , from Michigan State University. As a law student, Dr. May won awards for her work in Legal Interpretation, International Law, First Amendment Law, and Law and Literature.
She currently teaches at Central Michigan University (CMU), where she received its Excellence in Teaching Award. At CMU, she directs its Center for Professional and Personal Ethics. As Director, Dr. May has envisioned and designed numerous student centered projects such as the CMU Redbook, CMU Vote, Ethics Talk, and Inspire Michigan!.
Her latest book, Aristotle's Ethics: Moral Development and Human Nature (Continuum 2010), blends the argument of her dissertation with a relatively recent theory of motivation called Self-Determination Theory.
Dr. May is married to Dr. Jeffrey Wigand - a man of conscience who gained international acclaim when he exposed the duplicity of the tobacco industry. Dr. Wigand's story is told in the Academy Award nominated film, The Insider, wherein actor Russell Crowe plays Wigand.
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The picture to the left was taken in Delft, Netherlands in 2012. It shows Hope (center) amidst some of her students that participated in her study abroad class focused on the International Criminal Court.