College of Law
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321
- LL.M., University of Wisconsin Law School, 2003
- J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School,2002
- Ph.D., Marquette University, 1996
- M.A., Bowling Green State University, 1988
- B.S., St. Joseph's College, 1986
- Master of Divinity Program, Catholic Theological Union, 1989
- Master of Education Program, Boise State University, 1994
Eric Boos brings a broad academic background and a very diverse professional experience to the faculty of law for the 2020-21 academic year. He has a BS in Philosophy (St. Joseph’s College 1986), an MA in Applied Philosophy with a specialization in concepts of property (Bowling Green State University 1988), a PhD with specializations in jurisprudence and ethics (Marquette University 1996), a JD and an LLM with an emphasis in international human rights (Wisconsin 2002, 2003). He was a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow with the African Studies Program while in law school and served as the publications manager for the African Economic History journal and the journal. He was on the Dean’s List throughout law school and received a State Bar award for academic excellence.
Prior to law school, Dr. Boos and his wife, Karene, (also a UW law school grad) helped start a Catholic College from the ground up in Tanzania. They also helped establish an orphanage, a hospital, a physical therapy clinic, two radio stations, and a metal fabrication facility that makes equipment for handicapped people. After law school, Dr. Boos was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to return to Tanzania and teach law at Sokoine University in Morogoro. He conducted a nation-wide land tenure survey that focused on the property rights of indigenous pastoral people, women and small-holder farmers which led to changes in Tanzania’s land laws. He helped develop the graduate law program and human rights clinic at St. Augustine University in Mwanza, Tanzania. His teaching at St. Augustine earned him an invitation to serve as special legal counsel to the President of the International Law Division of the African Union.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Boos was invited to teach law at Vytautas Magnus Law School in Kaunas, Lithuania, and KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and he has been asked to negotiate land and water rights disputes in Tanzania and initiate social responsibility programs for multi-national corporations. He and his wife started their own human rights foundation, ZeruZeru, Inc., that protects children suffering with albinism in Tanzania.
He has taught law, philosophy, ethics, theology, political science and sustainable agriculture, but his specialties are jurisprudence, property, legal ethics, constitutional law, and international law and human rights. His publications include books on jurisprudence, property and education, and he has published law review articles ranging from health law, global economics, legal history, education, law and gender.
He was a litigator for Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren in Madison, Wisconsin, and made the first legal challenge to the pre-emptive status of medical director’s decisions under ERISA in Wisconsin history.
When not in the classroom or library, Dr. Boos will most likely be found on the golf course, or, hiking, biking, running, cross country skiing, or fishing somewhere in the great outdoors.
Property Rights, Pastoral People and Problems With Privatization in Tanzania. (Ndanda, Tanzania: Salvatorianum, 2004).
Are Catholic Schools Still Catholic? Responding to the Challenge of “Ex Corde Ecclesiae”. (Ndanda, Tanzania: Salvatorianum, 2001).
Perspectives in Jurisprudence: An Analysis of H.L.A. Hart’s Legal Theory. (New York: Peter Lang Pub., Inc., 1998).
Justice Has Gone to the Dogs: Why Comfort Dogs are the Preferred Psychological Modality for Traumatized Witnesses in Court and Should Be Universally Available Under the ADA.
(Iowa Human Rights Conference Proceedings, April 2019).
The Epistemology of Mass Incarceration: Explaining 150 Years of Systematic Oppression. (Iowa Human Rights Conference Proceedings, April 2017).
A Toothless Dog Can Still Bite: The Value of Official Recognition and Symbolic Law in Legitimizing a Human Rights Claim. (Iowa Human Rights Conference Proceedings, March, 2016).
Moral Imperative—Legal Requirement: Why Law Schools Should Require Courses in Poverty Law and International Human Rights. (2016 Law and Poverty Conference proceedings).
Explaining the Global Financial Crisis: Nietzsche Gets His MBA. (Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. VII, No. 1, St. Thomas University, 2013).
The Unscientific Science of Gender Jurisprudence: Evaluating the Negative Effect of Normative Legal Language on Sex and Gender Issues. (Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society, Vol. 27, No. 3, Fall 2012).
The Politics of Education: A Case for Liberal Learning. (Journal of the Society of Philosophy and History of Education, Vol. 62, 2012).
Corporate Climate Matter Most. (New North Business to Business Magazine, September 2010).
From Shareholder to Stakeholder: A Change in Focus for American Business and a Reason why Corporations Should Consider Social Responsibility Programs. (New North Business to Business Magazine, April 2010).
The Ontological Aspects of Stewardship from a Thomistic Perspective: Developing a Catholic Paradigm for Sustainability, (Renewing the Face of the Earth: the Church in the order of Creation Conference papers, St. Paul, MN, October 29-31, 2009).
Losing Ground: How the Lack of Opportunity for Women to Own Land Impales the Tanzanian Economy, in Feminist Conversations: Women, Trauma and Empowerment in Post-Transitional States. (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2009).
Goerner’s “Unconventional View.” (Africa Tomorrow, Vol. 4, No. 1, June 2005).
At the Intersection of Law and Morality: A Descriptive Sociology of the Effectiveness of Informed Consent Law. (Journal of Law in Society, Vol. 5, No. 2, Winter 2004).
Killing the Fatted Calf: Managed Care Liability in a Post-Pegram World. (Northern Illinois Law Review, Fall 2003).
There’s No Place Like Lome: Why Sub-Saharan Africa Cannot Accommodate the World Trade Organization. (Africa Tomorrow, Vol. 3, No. 1, June 2003).
The Dilemma of Divorce for St. Thomas Aquinas: A Conundrum for Legal Positivists. (Africa Tomorrow, Vol. 3, No. 1, June 2003).
Between Scylla and Charybdis: The Changing Nature of the EU’s Development Policy and its Effects on the Least Developed Countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. (Tulane Journal of International & Comparative Law, Vol. 11, Summer 2003).
Strange Brew: The Wisconsin Brewing Industry’s Opposition to Woman’s Suffrage, Prohibition and Changes to the Age of Consent Laws. (Southern California Review of Law and Women’s Studies, Vol. 12, No. 1, Fall 2002).
Making the Case for the Maasai: A Review of Tanzania’s Land Tenure Law. (Africa Tomorrow, Vol. 2, No. 2, June 2002).
The Ethics of Evangelization. (Africa Tomorrow, Vol. 2, No. 1, July 2001).
Tears for Tiers: The Stratifying Effects of Globalization in Tanzania. (Africa Tomorrow, Vol. 1, No. 2, July 2000).
Constructs of Communal Salvation in the Gospel of Matthew. (Africa Tomorrow, Vol. 1, No. 1, July 1999).
The Mission of Catholic Evangelization for the New Millennium: A Call to Dialogue. (African Ecclesial Review, Vol. 40, No. 2, April 1998).
Moving in the Direction of Justice: College Minds—Criminal Mentalities. (Journal of Criminal Justice and Pop Culture, Vol. 5, No. 1, May 1997).
Personal Integrity in the Professional World. (Presentation at the Laun Business Center, Lakeland College, February 5, 2019).
Catholic Social Justice and the New Evangelization: The Real Reason Catholics Don’t Eat Meat During Lent. (Presentation for Catholic Parishes from St. Anne, New Holstein, Kiel, Elkhart Lake, Plymouth, Sheboygan Falls at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Elkhart, WI, October 14, 2018).
The Epistemology of Mass Incarceration: Explaining 150 Years of Systematic Oppression. (Invited Paper for the Iowa Human Rights Research Conference, Cornell College, April 1-2, 2017).
Liberal Education and Sustainability: What the World Needs in the 21st Century. (Keynote Address at the Fr. Bill Zimmer Symposium, Silver Lake College, October 8, 2017).
A Toothless Dog Can Still Bite: The Value of Official Recognition and Symbolic Law in Legitimizing a Human Rights Claim. (Invited Paper and Panelist at Human Rights Research Conference, University of Iowa, March 8-9, 2016).
Moral Imperative—Legal Requirement: Why Law Schools Should Require Courses in Poverty Law and International Human Rights. (Invited Paper for the National Poverty Law Conference, Seattle University School of Law, February 19-20, 2016).
Touching the Tree: The Ethics of Corporate Responsibility. (Keynote Address at the MidStates Aluminum Annual Stakeholders meeting, Kohler, WI, January 20, 2016).
Why Charity Fails if It’s Not Informed. (Keynote Address at the Caring Community Awards Banquet sponsored by the Sophia Foundation, Fond du Lac, WI, October 13, 2015).
Medical Malpractice for Pharmacists. (Presentation given to the Concordia University School of Pharmacy, February 23, 2015).
Thinking Globally; Acting Locally: UWFDL’s Approach to Sustainability 2013-2014.
(Presentation given at the New North Summit, Green Bay, WI, December 6, 2013).
Albinism in Africa: A Human Rights Atrocity. (Presentation to the Fond du Lac Kiwanis Club, Fond du Lac, WI, November 26, 2013, and to the Fond du Lac Morning Rotary Club, October 15, 2014).
Reflections on 20 Years of Social Development Projects in Tanzania and the Moral Imperative of Helping Those Who Suffer With Albinism. (Presentation at the ZeruZeru, Inc., fundraiser, Fond du Lac, WI, November 2, 2013).
Plato’s Food Fight: The Difficulties of Developing a Philosophy of Sustainability in the Land of Plenty. (Presentation given twice at UWFDL, Fond du Lac, WI, October 8, 2013).
Liberal Learning and the Wisconsin Idea: Making the Most of a UW-Colleges Education. (Presentation to the First Year Experience Student Seminar, UW Fond du Lac, September 18, 2012).
Legal Education and Liberal Learning: How to Structure a Law School Curriculum and Develop an Appropriate Pedagogy for a Post-Socialist State. (Workshop given at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, May 18-23, 2012).
The Unscientific Science of Gender Jurisprudence: Evaluating the Negative Effect of Normative Legal Language on Sex and Gender Issues. (Invited paper for the Wisconsin Journal of Law and Gender Studies Symposium, Madison, WI, February 10, 2012).
The Politics of Pedagogy: A Case for Liberal Learning. (Invited Paper for the Society of Philosophy and History of Education Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, September 29 to October 1, 2011).
An Old Problem for a New Millennium: Reflections on 25 Years of “Liberal Learning.” (Presentation at the UW Colleges Fall 2011 Convocation, UW Fox Valley, Appleton, WI, September 1, 2011).
Explaining the Global Financial Crisis: Nietzsche Gets His MBA. (Invited paper for the 37th Annual Values Inquiry Conference, Creighton University, Omaha, NB, April 14-16, 2011).
Property Rights, Progress, Privatization and Problems for Pastoral Peoples: Is
Customary Law Enough to Save the Maasai? (Presentation at the University of Wisconsin—Fox Valley Scholars Series, Appleton, WI, September 20, 2010).
What Does Theatre Have to Do with the Serious Disciplines. (Panel Presentation with Professors Dick Gustin and Mike Nofz at the Engaging Students in the First Year Conference, UW—Fox Valley, Appleton, WI, May 25, 2010).
Of Crocodiles and Other Cross-Cultural Conundrums: The Plethora of Possibilities and Privileges for a Liberal Arts Graduate. (Commencement Address for the University of Wisconsin—Sheboygan, Sheboygan, WI, May 20, 2010).
Service Learning and Sustainability: A Natural Fit for Catholic Higher Education. (Keynote Address at the Service Learning Recognition Banquet, Service Learning Institute, Marian University, Fond du Lac, WI, May 4, 2010).
Plato, Pollan and the Politics of Food: Why Omnivores Really Have a Dilemma and How an Epistemology of Eating Can Help. (Presentation for the Engaging Students in the First Year Program at UW-Fond du Lac, April 15, 2010).
Liberal Learning and the Wisconsin Idea. (Presentation to the Wisconsin Board of Regents, Spring Meeting at Fond du Lac, WI, April 8, 2010).
Cross Cultural Education and the “Wisconsin Idea.” (Presentation for the Fond du Lac Noon Rotary, Fond du Lac, WI, February 15, 2010).
Developing a Philosophy of Sustainability. (Keynote address for the Wisconsin Public Policy and Service 2010 Conference, Wausau, WI, February 4, 2010).
Sustainability, Profitability and Transparency: A New Model for Social Development in Africa. (Presented at St. Gaspar’s College, Morogoro, Tanzania, January 17, 2010).
From Shareholder to Stakeholder: Promoting Business Ethics Through Social Responsibility Programs. (Presentation for the Wingra Construction End-of-Year Shareholder’s Meeting, Madison, WI, December 9, 2009).
The Ontological Aspects of Stewardship from a Thomistic Perspective: Developing a Catholic Paradigm for Sustainability, (Invited paper delivered at the Renewing the Face of the Earth: the Church in the order of Creation Conference, St. Paul, MN, October 29-31, 2009).
Sustainable Solutions: a Program for Economic Independence of the Tanzania Vicariate of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. (Presented to Members of the Tanzanian Vicariate of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Rensselaer, IN, July 6, 2009).
The Global Food Crisis: Not an African Problem, but Perhaps an African Solution. (Great Decisions Lecture Series, Fond du Lac, WI, March 31, 2009).
Creative and Critical Thinking: Assessing Our Pedagogical Approach at a Two-Year, Liberal Arts Campus. (Presented to the UW-FDL Faculty, Fond du Lac, WI, March 10, 2009).
Ethics, Epistemology and Leadership in Higher Education. (Presented to the University of Mary Emerging Leaders Academy, Bismarck, ND, March 3, 2008).
The Ethics of Evangelization. (3-part workshop sponsored by Grace Episcopal Church Education Committee, Gainesville, GA, January 7-21, 2007).
Impressions and Ideas: Plato’s Position on Censorship in Book III of the Republic. (Presentation for the Humanities Division Lecture Series at Walsh University, North Canton, OH, June 8, 2006).
Developing an Epistemological Paradigm for Teaching Legal Studies. (Presentation for the Department of Law, Politics and Justice at the University of Wisconsin— Superior, Superior, WI, June 5, 2006).
Privatizing the Land: The Pain and Promise of Land Tenure Reform in Tanzania. (Presentation for the Manchester College Peace and Justice Colloquium Series, North Manchester, IN, May 5, 2005).
The Politics of TRQ’s for Agricultural Products and a Shortcut for Change. (Presentation for the Executive Committee of Sales and Distribution at Dimon Tobacco Co., Ltd., Morogoro, Tanzania, September 25, 2003).
Accommodating the “African Growth and Opportunity Act”: What Tanzania Can Do to Expand Trade Relations With the United States. (Speech at the AGOA Conference held at Sokoine University, Morogoro, Tanzania, September 10, 2003).
Possibilities and Problems: What Tanzania Must Be Aware of for the Future of Global Trade
Under “AGOA” and the “WTO.” (Summary Report given to the Organizing Committee of the AGOA Conference held at Sokoine University, Morogoro, Tanzania, September 15, 2003).
A Novel Approach to Diplomacy: Books, Not Bombs. (Presented at Madison Rotary, July 11, 2003).
The Catholic Mission Mandate: Addressing the Interrelated Issues of Healthcare, Education and the Oppression of Women in Africa. (Presented at the St. Joseph’s College Mission Outreach Annual Conference, Rensselaer, IN, July 12, 2003).
Criminal Justice and Corrective Thinking: Can Rehabilitation Be Rehabilitated? (Presented to the Sister Esther Heffernan’s Ethical Treatment of Inmates Program at Edgewood College, Madison, WI, June 17, 2003).
From Religion to the Rule of Law: The Political Challenges of Starting a College in Tanzania. (African Studies Colloquium Series, UW-Madison, Madison, WI, February 6, 2002).
Globalization: A Philosophical Perspective in Light of 9/11/01. (Lectionis Magistralis, Salvatorian Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Morogoro, Tanzania, October 11, 2001).
Property Rights and the Pastoral People of Tanzania. (Presented for the Law and Developing Nations Seminar, UW-Madison Law School, Madison, WI, November 27, 2001).
The Educational Imperative of Catholic Colleges. (Presented to the Edgewood College Faculty, Madison, WI, November 18, 2000).
The Dilemma of Divorce for St. Thomas Aquinas: A Conundrum for Legal Positivists. (Presented at the 33rd Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 12, 1998).
Ethics and Critical Thinking Across the Catholic Curriculum: The Human Systems Paradigm. (Presented for the Viterbo College Faculty, LaCrosse, WI, January 6, 1998).
Ethics Across the Curriculum from a Catholic Perspective: An Examination of Ex Corde Ecclesiae. (Presented at Viterbo College, LaCrosse, WI, April 12, 1997).