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 and writes in a wide range of subject-matter areas, including international trade, international arbitration, international antitrust, and comparative law.

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, and a Faculty Fellow at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. 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


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 After Kiobel, 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) (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 
 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
  • International Law

In the News

Professor Roger Alford returns to ND Law after serving DOJ’s Antitrust Division, ND Law School News, September 5, 2019

Notre Dame Law's Roger Alford speaks at policy forum in Beijing, ND Law School News, August 7, 2018

Notre Dame partners with University of Sao Paulo for law conference, Notre Dame News, October 2, 2017

Associate Dean Roger Alford appointed to leadership role at U.S. Department of Justice, ND Law School News, August 10, 2017