Phillip R. Trimble

Professor of Law Emeritus

  • A.B. Ohio University, 1958
  • M.A. International Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 1959
  • University of Rangoon, Burma (Fulbright Scholar), 1959–60
  • LL.B. Harvard, 1963
  • UCLA Law faculty since 1981

Phillip R. Trimble was a Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1981 through 2001.  From July 1999 to January 2001 he served as the UCLA Vice-Provost for International Studies and Overseas Programs, based in the College of Letters and Science.

In the 1960s Professor Trimble practiced tax and corporate finance law at Cravath, Swaine and Moore.  His subsequent government career included service on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under Senator Fulbright (1971-72); Assistant Legal Adviser for Economic and Business Affairs in the Department of State in the Nixon, Ford and Carter Administrations (1973-78); Counsel to the Mayor and then Deputy Mayor of New York City under Ed Koch (1979-80); and American Ambassador to Nepal at the end of the Carter Administration.  He was a Visiting Professor of Law at the Stanford Law School (1988-89) and at the University of Michigan Law School (1995-96).

In his avocation as a mountaineer Professor Trimble climbed on five continents, including expeditions to New Guinea, India, Pakistan, Bhutan, and both Polar Regions.  In 1976 he led the successful American Expedition to Mt. Everest.  Before law school he spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in Burma.  In the 90s he collected contemporary music for Afro Pop Worldwide during a trip to east and central Africa, and was assistant director of two music theatre works in the Netherlands.

He is the author of a book on United States Foreign Relations Law (2002) and (with Barry Carter) of an International Law casebook (3rd.ed 1999). Other publications have appeared in the Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Northwestern, Iowa, St. Louis, and UCLA Law Reviews, the Tax Law Review, and numerous international law journals.  He's also published in the American Alpine Journal, the Himalayan Journal, and Birding magazine.

Professor Trimble lives with his wife, Valeria Vasilevski, in New York City.