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Michael D. Ramsey

Professor of Law, University of San Diego Law School

Principal Subjects:

 Foreign Relations & National Security Law

 Constitutional Law

 International Law

 International Business Transactions

 International Litigation

 U.S. Supreme Court Practice

Professional Background:

J.D. Stanford Law School, 1989 (Summa cum Laude); B.A. Dartmouth College, 1986 (Magna cum Laude, History & Economics).

Clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court, 1990-91; clerk to Judge J. Clifford Wallace, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1989-90.

Attorney, Latham & Watkins, San Diego, CA., 1992-95 (international transactions).

University of San Diego Law School, Professor of Law since 2000; Associate Professor, 1997-2000; Assistant Professor, 1995-97.
Herzog Endowed Scholar, 2005-06 and 2015-16; University Professor, 2010-11; Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation Professor of Law, 2013-present; Director of International and Comparative Law Programs since 2012.


Visiting Professor, University of California San Diego, Department of Political Science, Fall 2006 & Fall 2007.

Visiting Professor, University of Paris - Sorbonne, Department of Comparative Law, December 2005 & January 2009.

Visiting Research Scholar, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2009.


External partner, Centre for Enterprise Liability, University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law, 2013-present.


Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Kuwait International Law School, Kuwait City, Kuwait, 2017.