Roger P. Alford

Roger P. Alford

Professor of Law

Office: 3119 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-3771
Fax: 574-631-4197
Staff Assistant: Beth Smith
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Roger P. Alford joined the Notre Dame Law faculty in January 2012. Alford teaches, writes and consults in a wide range of subject-matter areas, including international trade, international arbitration, global antitrust, and transnational civil litigation.

Alford earned his B.A. with Honors from Baylor in 1985, his J.D. with Honors from New York University, and his LL.M. from Edinburgh University. 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 (now Hogan Lovells) in Washington, D.C., and was also a senior legal advisor to the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Activities in Zurich, Switzerland.

In addition to publishing widely in leading law reviews and journals, Alford is the general editor of Kluwer Arbitration Blog and on the Executive Committee of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

He is Concurrent Professor at the Keough School of Global Affairs, a Faculty Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and the Pulte Institute for Global Development. He was the Academic Director of the London Global Gateway from 2016-2017 and Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs from 2013-2017.

He served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for International Affairs with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 2017-2019.

Courses Taught

LAW70433, Law of International Trade

LAW70435, Intl Commercial Arbitration


How Intermediaries Entrench Google’s Position in the Advertising Display Market, in Intermediaries in Commercial Law (Paul Davies, Cheng Han Tan, ed. 2022) (forthcoming).
Empirical Analysis of National Court Enforcement of International Commercial Arbitration Awards, 39 J. Int’l Arb. 299 (2022)(with Crina Baltag, Matt Hall, and Monique Sasson).
The Bipartisan Consensus on Big Tech, 71 Emory L. J. 893 (2022).
On Foxes and Hedgehogs: John Nagle’s Many Means to One Great End, 97 Notre Dame L. Rev. Reflection 87 (2022)
Anticompetition in Buying and Selling Homes, 44 CATO Reg. 28 (Summer 2021) (with Benjamin H. Harris)
Promoting Procedural Norms in Competition Law Enforcement, 68 Kansas L. Rev. 1165 (2020).
The Professor as Institutional Entrepreneur, 47 Pepperdine L. Rev. 269 (2019).
Judicial Barriers to the Enforcement of Treaties, in TREATIES IN UNITED STATES LAW (Paul Dubinsky, Greg Fox, Brad Roth, 2016).
Perceptions and Reality: The Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in China, 33 UCLA Pacific Basin Law Review 1 (2016).
Bond and the Vienna Rules, 90 Notre Dame Law Review Rev. 1561 (2015)
The Future of Human Rights Litigation AfterKiobel, 89 Notre Dame L. Rev. (2014)
Book Review: Jeremy Waldron: “PARTLY LAWS COMMON TO ALL MANKIND”: FOREIGN LAW IN AMERICAN COURTS, 66 Review of Metaphysics 609 (2013)
The Convergence of International Arbitration and International Trade, 53 Santa Clara L. Rev. ___ (2013)
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)
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
in THE U.S. SUPREME COURT AND INTERNATIONAL LAW: CONTINUITY OR CHANGE? 518 (eds. David Sloss, Michael Ramsey, William Dodge) (Oxford University Press, 2011)
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
  • International Law