Roger P. Alford

Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs
Professor of Law


Office: 3118 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574.631.3771
Fax: 574.631.4197
Email: ralford@nd.edu
Staff Assistant: Beth Ferrettie

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Roger P. Alford joined the NDLS faculty in January 2012. Prof. Alford teaches and writes in a wide range of subject-matter areas, including international trade, international arbitration, and comparative law.

Prof. Alford earned his B.A. with Honors from Baylor in 1985, and his J.D. with Honors from New York University. He also has degrees from Edinburgh University and Southern Seminary. Before entering the legal academy, he served as a law clerk to Judge James Buckley of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Richard Allison of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. He practiced law with Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C., and was also a senior legal advisor to the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Activities in Switzerland.

In addition to publishing widely in leading law reviews and journals, Prof. Alford contributes regularly to the international-law blog, Opinio Juris and is editor of Kluwer Arbitration Blog.

Courses Taught

LAW70433, Law of International Trade

LAW70435, Intl Commercial Arbitration

Scholarship

The Convergence of International Arbitration and International Trade, 53 Santa Clara L. Rev. ___ (2013) (forthcoming)
Transnational Torts After Kiobel, (work in progress)
CHAMPIONS OF PEACE: HOW NOBEL PEACE PRIZE LAUREATES CHANGED THE WORLD, (2014) (book in progress)
A Broken Windows Theory of International Corruption, 73 Ohio State L. J. 1253 (2012)
Ancillary Discovery to Prove Denial of Justice, 52 Virginia J. Int’l L. 127 (2012)
Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland, in AN INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL COURTS AND TRIBUNALS, 575 (ed. Chiara Giorgetti) (Martinus Nijhof Publishers, 2012)
Civil Law in the Wisdom Literature, (with Leslie Alford), in THE BIBLE AND CIVIL LAW, (ed. Robert Cochran) (InterVarsity Press 2013) (forthcoming book chapter)
Moral Reasoning in International Law, (with James Tierney) in THE ROLE OF ETHICS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW, 11 (ed. Donald Childress) (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
The Self-Judging WTO Security Exception, 2011 Utah L. Rev. 697
International Law as an Interpretive Tool, 1900-1945, in THE U.S. SUPREME COURT AND INTERNATIONAL LAW: CONTINUITY OR CHANGE? 257 (eds. David Sloss, Michael Ramsey, William Dodge) (Oxford University Press, 2011)
International Law and Constitutional Interpretation: Change and Continuity: A Response to Mark
Tushnet,
in THE U.S. SUPREME COURT AND INTERNATIONAL LAW: CONTINUITY OR CHANGE? 518 (eds. David Sloss, Michael Ramsey, William Dodge) (Oxford University Press, 2011) (forthcoming)
Apportioning Responsibility Among Joint Tortfeasors for International Law Violations, 38 Pepperdine Law Review 233 (2011) (symposium issue)
The Future of Investment Arbitration, (Oxford University Press, 2009) (co-editor with Catherine Rogers)
The Nobel Effect: Nobel Peace Laureates as International Norm Entrepreneurs, 49 Virginia Journal of International Law 61 (2008)
Inferior Courts and Constitutional Comparativism, 77 Fordham Law Review 647 (2008)
Free Speech and the Case for Constitutional Exceptionalism, 106 Michigan Law Review 1071 (2008)
Arbitrating Human Rights, 83 Notre Dame Law Review 505 (2008)
International Dispute Resolution and State Succession, 23 Arbitration International 511 (2007)
Evidentiary Practices Before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, THE IRAN-UNITED STATES CLAIMS TRIBUNAL AT 25: THE CASES EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW FOR INTERNATIONAL AND INVESTOR-STATE ARBITRATION, 165 (Chris Drahozal and Chris Gibson, eds. Oxford University Press 2007)
Foreign Relations as a Matter of Interpretation: The Use and Abuse of Charming Betsy, 67 Ohio State L. J. 1339 (2006)
Reflections on US—Zeroing: A Study on Judicial Overreaching by the WTO Appellate Body, 44 Columbia J. Trans. L. 196 (2006)
Four Mistakes in the Debate on Outsourcing Authority, 69 Albany Law Review 653 (2006)
Holocaust Restitution: Perspectives on the Litigation and Its Legacy (NYU Press 2006) (co-editor with Michael Bazyler)
Arbitrating Human Rights, 99 ASIL Proc. 233 (2005)
Our Constitution in International Equipoise, 53 UCLA Law Rev. 1 (2005)
In Search of a Theory for Constitutional Comparativism, 52 UCLA Law Rev. 639 (2005)
International Legal Developments in Review: 2003, 38 The International Lawyer 115 (2004) (General Editor)
Foreign Law Year in Review: 2003, 38 The International Lawyer 521 (2004) (General Editor)
Federal Courts, International Tribunals, and the Continuum of Deference: A Postscript on Lawrence v. Texas, 44 Virginia Journal of International Law 913 (2004)
Binding Sovereign Non-Signatories, 19 Mealey’s International Arbitration Reports 1 (March 2004)
Misusing International Sources to Interpret the Constitution, 98 American Journal of International Law 57 (2004)

Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative Law

In the News

Justice for Sale (Quotes: Roger Alford) - Washington Free Beacon, February 4, 2013
CPR INSTITUTE PRESENTS ITS 29th ANNUAL AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING SCHOLARSHIP IN ADR – January 11, 2012