May 7, 2007 09:18 Age: 7 yrs

Two Distinguished Professors to Join Faculty at Emory Law

Emory Law is pleased to announce the appointment of two new senior faculty members: Victoria Nourse of the University of Wisconsin Law School and Teemu Ruskola of American University Washington College of Law. Nourse, who specializes in criminal law, constitutional law, and legislation, will join the Emory Law faculty in the spring of 2008. An authority on comparative law and Chinese law, Ruskola will begin teaching this fall.

"Victoria brings additional experience to our programs in law and gender issues, and along with Martha Fineman, will further enhance Emory’s position as a leader in the area of feminism and legal theory," said Robert Schapiro, Associate Dean of Faculty at Emory Law. "With Teemu's focus on Chinese law, Emory adds tremendous depth to our international expertise. Both are valued additions to our faculty."

Known for her work on gender issues, Nourse currently teaches criminal law and constitutional law as Burrus-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin.  She has published widely on these topics in a variety of prestigious journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, and the New York University Law Review. Her book, In Reckless Hands: A Depression Era Battle of Crime, Science and the Constitution – The History of Skinner v. Oklahoma, will be published this year by W.W. Norton.  Nourse also taught as a visiting professor at Yale Law School and New York University School of Law.

Prior to teaching, Nourse enjoyed an extensive legal career in New York and Washington, including clerking for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and practicing as an attorney for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.  Nourse also served as Assistant Counsel to the Senate committee investigating the Iran-Contra Affair, argued appellate cases on behalf of the government for the U.S. Department of Justice, and served as Special Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, assisting in drafting the Violence Against Women Act.

Nourse received her law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as Senior Articles Editor of the California Law Review.

Ruskola specializes in Chinese law, law and cultural studies, and legal theory and history. He began teaching at the Washington College of Law in 1999, and has served as a visiting professor at Princeton University and Cornell Law School.  He has published widely in legal and other scholarly journals, including the Stanford Law Review, American Quarterly, and Social Text.

Ruskola has served as a visiting scholar for the Crowley Program for International Human Rights at Fordham University, and he also was a sabbatical visitor for the Center for the Study of Law and Culture and senior fellow for the Center for Chinese Legal Studies, both at Columbia Law School. Most recently, Ruskola was a fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where he examined the history of the introduction of Western law into China and its implications for the politics of international law. Ruskola also practiced law in the New York and Hong Kong offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Ruskola earned his JD from Yale Law School, where he was senior editor of the Yale Law Journal, and he completed a master’s degree in East Asian Studies at Stanford University, where he also taught legal research and writing.

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