· Arguments from Custom In Constitutional and International Law


Michael D. Ramsey

               Professor of Law, University of San Diego Law School

2013 Presentations

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· Foreign Official Immunity after Samantar v. Yousuf:  Commentary on Papers by Curtis Bradley & Laurence Helfer, Beth Stephens, and Ingrid Wuerth


American Society of International Law, Interest Group on International Law in Domestic Courts, Annual Works-in-Progress Conference (Joint commentary with Professor Chimene Keitner)


University of Virginia Law School, December 13, 2010

· Foreign Investors and Fundamental Rights: Jurisdiction Issues


University of Copenhagen, “Conference: Fundamental Rights and Private Law,” Copenhagen, Denmark, May 31, 2010


Presentation Based on Michael D. Ramsey, International Law Limits on Investor Liability for Human Rights Violations, 50 Harv. Int’l L.J. 271 (2009), available from SSRN

· Copenhagen and the Challenge of Global Law


Chapman University, “Beyond Copenhagen: An International Conference on Climate Change,” Orange, CA, April 23, 2010


Outline of Presentation

· Medellin v. Texas, Non-Self-Execution and the Problem of Delegation to International Institutions


University of Denver Law School, Denver, CO, March 1, 2010

· Comment on Garrett Epps, “The Citizenship Clause: A Legislative History”


University of San Diego Law School, Center on the Study of Constitutional Originalism, Annual Works-in-Progress Conference, San Diego, CA, February 13, 2010

· Children of Illegal Aliens as Birthright Citizens:  The Original Meaning of “Subject to the Jurisdiction Thereof”


University of San Diego Constitution Day Debate:  Birthright Citizenship

(Panel with Professor Michael Rappaport), San Diego, CA, September 17, 2010


Text of Prepared Remarks

· Supremacy Clause Textualism


New York University Law School, Constitutional Law Colloquium, November 22, 2010

2010 Presentations

· The Constitutional Status of Customary International Law


Association of American Law Schools, 2011 Annual Meeting: Section on Constitutional Law, Panel Presentation on “The U.S. Constitution in Global Perspective” (Panel with Professors Carlos Vazquez, Stephen Vladeck and Michael Van Alstine), San Francisco, CA, January 6, 2011


Text of Prepared Remarks

· The Use of Force in Libya


Stanford Law School, Constitutional Law Center (debate with Professor John Yoo), Stanford, CA, April 22, 2011


Description/Video at Stanford Constitutional Law Center website

· The (Limited) Future of Corporate Human Rights Liability


Pepperdine Law School, Symposium on “Current and Future Trends in Transnational Litigation” (Panel with Jonathan Drimmer, Dave Wallach, Michael Goldhaber and Professor Chimene Keitner), Malibu, CA, April 21, 2011


Text of prepared remarks

· The Constitutional Status of International Law: U.S. Perspectives


Monash University Law School, faculty workshop, Melbourne, Australia, March 31, 2011

· The Constitutional Status of International Law: U.S. Perspectives


University of Melbourne Law School, faculty workshop, Melbourne, Australia, March 29, 2011

· Two Types of Arguments from Custom


Harvard-Duke Workshop on Foreign Relations Law, works-in-progress presentation, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, October 8, 2011

· International Law in the U.S. Supreme Court


American Society of International Law, Continuing Legal Education Institute “Webinar” (On-line seminar presentation of co-edited book International Law in the U.S. Supreme Court: Continuity and Change (David L. Sloss, Michael D. Ramsey & William S. Dodge, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2011)), July 8, 2011 (co-presented with David Sloss)


Webinar announcement

2011 Presentations

· Arguments from Custom in International Law


Northwestern University Law School International Law Colloquia series, Chicago, IL, January 14, 2012

· Making International Agreements in U.S. Law and Practice


Roundtable on the Law of Treaties, Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, MI, September 22, 2012

· Human Rights Litigation in State Courts and under State Law


Symposium at U.C. Irvine Law School, conference co-organizer (with Donald Childress and Christopher Whytock) and moderator of panel on federalism issues, Irvine, CA, Mar. 3-4, 2012

· Comment on Hadley Arkes, Constitutional Illusions and Anchoring Truths


Claremont Institute, Center for the Jurisprudence of Natural Law, Washington, D.C., March 17, 2012

· Presidential Power in Foreign Affairs: Examples from the Bush and Obama Administrations


University of California San Diego, Osher Institute lecture, San Diego, Calif., October 16, 2012

2012 Presentations

· Arguments from Custom in International Law


University of San Diego Law School, Center on Law and Philosophy, Conference on Human Rights and International Law Theory, San Diego, CA, May 4, 2013


             Paper from SSRN

· Argentina v. NML Capital: Can a U.S. Court Make Argentina Pay Its Debts?


Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, School of Law, Mexico City, September 12, 2014



· Arguments from Custom In Constitutional Law


Notre Dame Law School, Roundtable on the Constitution and Unwritten Law, South Bend, IN, March 22, 2013


             Paper from SSRN

2014 Presentations

· International Human Rights Litigation in the United States after Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum


University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law, Centre for the Study of Enterprise Liability, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 7, 2013


             Paper from SSRN

· War Powers Litigation after Zivotofsky v. Clinton


Yale-Duke Roundtable on Foreign Relations Law, Yale Law School, October 3, 2014.


· Supreme Court OT 2014-15 Preview


Panel Discussion, California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA, September 17, 2014.

· Supreme Court OT 2014-15 Preview


Panel Discussion, University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, CA, October 13, 2014 (with Professors Miranda McGowan and Donald Dripps).

· Congress’ Limited Power to Enforce Treaties


Paper presentation, Notre Dame Law School conference: “The Treaty Power After Bond v. United States: Interpretive and Constitutional Constraints,” panel with Professors Saikrisha Prakash and Duncan Hollis, Notre Dame Law School, South Bend IN, Nov. 14, 2014.