Teemu Ruskola

Professor of Law

Curriculum Vitae





Areas of Expertise

Chinese Law, Comparative Law, Contracts, Corporations, International Legal History and Theory


Professor Ruskola’s scholarship addresses questions of legal history and theory from multiple perspectives, comparative as well as international, frequently with China as a vantage point. He is the author of Legal Orientalism: China, the United States, and Modern Law (Harvard University Press 2013), co-editor of Schlesinger’s Comparative Law (with Ugo Mattei and Antonio Gidi, Foundation Press 2009), and co-editor (with David L. Eng and Shuang Shen) of a special double issue of the journal Social Text on “China and the Human" (2011-12). His publications have also appeared in Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Yale Law Journal, among other places. 

Ruskola is currently working on a book entitled China, For Example: China and the Making of Modern International Law, which analyzes the history of the introduction of Western international law into China, and the implications of that process for the theory and politics of international law.

Ruskola is the recipient of several national awards, including a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.; a Law and Public Affairs Fellowship at Princeton University; and a Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship with the American Council of Learned Societies. An elected member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, Ruskola has taught and lectured widely on Chinese law, comparative law and international law in the United States as well as in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia.  

After graduating from Yale Law School, Ruskola worked as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York and Hong Kong. Prior to joining Emory, he was professor of law at American University in Washington, D.C.  He has been a visiting professor at Cornell Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Education: AB, Stanford University, 1990; Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies, Taipei, 1992; JD, Yale Law School, 1995; AM, Stanford University, 1999



Teemu Ruskola


Raping Like a State.  Research Seminar.  Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University.  Atlanta, GA (February 25).




SCHLESINGER’S COMPARATIVE LAW: CASES, TEXT, MATERIALS (with Ugo Mattei & Antonio Gidi, 7th ed., Foundation Press 2009).

Edited Collection

CHINA AND THE HUMAN (special double issue, co-edited with David L. Eng & Shuang Shen), 109 & 110 Social Text (2011-2012).

Articles and Book Chapters

What Is a Corporation? Liberal, Confucian, and Socialist Theories of Enterprise Organization, 37 SEATTLE U. L. Rev. 637  (part of Sixth Annual Adolf A. Berle Jr. Symposium)

China and the Making of Modern International Law, in OXFORD HANDBOOK ON INTERNATIONAL LEGAL THEORY (Florian Hoffman & Anne Orford eds., Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015).

Afterword: Globalization, Rights, and Work in the Chinese Transformation, in CHINA AND ILO FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES AND RIGHTS AT WORK (Chen Yifeng & Ulla Liukkunen eds., Kluwer Law International, forthcoming 2014).

Foreword: The World According to Orientalism, 6 JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW (symposium issue on “Legal Orientalism,” forthcoming 2013).

Teoria e politica della comparazione: sulla famiglia come linguaggio del diritto [Theory and Politics of Comparison: On the Family as a Language of Law], 2 ISAIDAT LAW REVIEW (Michele Graziadei trans., forthcoming 2013).

The East Asian Legal Tradition, in CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO COMPARATIVE LAW 257 (Mauro Bussani & Ugo Mattei eds., Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Introduction: China and the Human (with David L. Eng & Shuang Shen), 109 Social Text 1 (2011).

Where Is Asia? When Is Asia? How to Get Beyond Asian Values, 43 UC DAVIS LAW REVIEW __ (forthcoming 2010).

Raping Like a State, 57 UCLA LAW REVIEW __ (forthcoming 2010).

The East Asian Legal Tradition, in CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO COMPARATIVE LAW (Mauro Bussani & Ugo Mattei eds. forthcoming 2010).

China, 100 SOCIAL TEXT 63 (with David L. Eng, 2009).

Colonialism Without Colonies: On the Extraterritorial Jurisprudence of the U.S. Court for China, 71 LAW & CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS 217 (2008).

Canton Is Not Boston: The Invention of American Imperial Sovereignty, 57 AMERICAN QUARTERLY 859 (2005), reprinted in LEGAL BORDERLANDS: LAW AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF AMERICAN BORDERS (Mary L. Dudiak & Leti Volpp eds. 2006).

Gay Rights vs. Queer Theory: What’s Left of Sodomy After Lawrence v. Texas?, 84-85 SOCIAL TEXT 235 (2005).

Home Economics: What Is the Difference Between a Family and a Corporation?, in RETHINKING COMMODIFICATION 324 (Joan Williams & Martha Ertman eds. 2005).

Legal Orientalism, 101 MICHIGAN LAW REVIEW 179 (2002), reprinted in 12 ZEITSCHRIFT FÜR CHINESISCHES RECHT 269 (2005) and in FOUCAULT AND LAW (Peter Fitzpatrick & Ben Golder eds., forthcoming 2010).

Law Without Law, or Is “Chinese Law” an Oxymoron?, 11 WILLIAM &MARY BILL OF RIGHTS JOURNAL 655 (2003).

Conceptualizing Corporations and Kinship: Comparative Law and Development Theory in a Chinese Perspective, 52 STANFORD LAW REVIEW 1599 (2000).

The Legal Construction of the Fantasy That Gay and Lesbian Youth Do Not Exist, 8 YALE JOURNAL OF LAW AND FEMINISM 269 (1996).

Law, Sexual Morality, and Gender Equality in Qing and Communist China, 103 YALE LAW JOURNAL 2531 (1994).

Moral Choice in the Confucian Analects: A Way Without a Crossroads?, 19 JOURNAL OF CHINESE PHILOSOPHY 285 (1992).


China, For Example: China in the Making of Modern International Law. A book-length study of the introduction of Western international law into China, and its implications for the theory and politics of international law.

Book Reviews         

Book review of Harold M. Tanner, Strike Hard! Anti-Crime Campaigns and Chinese Criminal Justice, 1979-1985, 59 Journal of Asian Studies 188 (2001).

Book review of Matthew Sommer, Sex, Law, and Society in Late Imperial China, 44 American Journal of Legal History 519 (2000).

Op-Ed Articles (on Chinese and U.S. politics, in Finnish)

Taiwan tahtoo itsenäiseksi tasavallaksi, Aamulehti, Apr. 28, 1993

Kalifornian paratiisissa on käärme, Aamulehti, Nov. 11, 1992

Tuleeko Kiinasta Hongkongin siirtomaa?, Aamulehti, Aug. 17, 1992     

Moni nuori on jättämässä maansa, Turun Sanomat, Apr. 24, 1992

Kiina lähestyy Taiwania taloudellisesti, Aamulehti,  Oct. 21, 1991

Taiwanin parlamentin “vanhat rosvot,” Turun Sanomat, Aug. 14, 1991

Hongkong on poliittinen ilmapuntari, Aamulehti, may 20, 1991

Vallanvaihto vauraassa Singaporessa, Turun Sanomat, March 14, 1991

Los Angeles on kaksi askelta muiden edellä, Aamulehti, Jun. 1990

Rotujen tasa-arvo on vielä toteutumatta, Turun Sanomat, Apr. 26, 1990

Monirotuinen Singapore etsii itseään, Aamulehti, Feb. 12, 1990

Taiwan—40 vuotta “toisena Kiinana, Aamulehti, Aug. 25, 1989

Kalifornia suhtautuu ristiriitaisesti aasialaisiin, Helsingin Sanomat, Aug. 14, 1989

Kiinan opiskelijoiden ääni kantaa kauas, Aamulehti, May, 1989

Vastalause vallassaolijoille, Turun Sanomat, May, 1989

Konfutselaisuus pyörittää kapitalismia Singaporessa, Helsingin Sanomat, Apr. 3, 1989

Dalai Lama—bodhisattva ja poliitikko, Kaleva, Sep. 29, 1988

Aasialaiset rynnivät USA:n yliopistoihin,  Helsingin Sanomat, Sep. 11, 1988     

Ulkokiinalaisilla on oma imperiuminsa, Helsingin Sanomat, Jan. 15, 1988

Aasialaisväestö USA:n “mallivähemmistönä,” Helsingin Sanomat, Sep. 4, 1987



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