Ralph H. Folsom

Professor of Law

  • LLM, 1973, London University, LSE
  • JD, 1972, Yale University
  • AB, 1968, Princeton University

Areas of Expertise

Professor Folsom teaches and writes in the areas of antitrust, NAFTA, European Union law, Chinese law, international trade and international business transactions.

Professional Experience

Folsom spent two years as attorney-in-residence with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and two years as lecturer-in-law at the University of Warwick in England. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1975.

Honors and Affiliations

Folsom has been a senior Fulbright resident scholar in Singapore and a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong, University of Aix-Marseille, University of Brest, University of Paris, University of Toulouse, University of Puerto Rico, Monash University in Australia and Tecnológico de Monterrey in México.

Key Works

Folsom's publications include Foreign Investment Law (West Academic Publishing, 2016); International Business Transactions Practitioner's Treatise, 12th Ed. (West Academic Publishing, 2016); International Business Transactions: A Problem-Oriented Coursebook, 12th Ed. (with Gordon, Van Alstine, and Ramsey) (West Academic Publishing, 2015); Principles of International Litigation and Arbitration (2015); State Antitrust Laws (Mathew Bender, 2015); NAFTA, Free Trade and Foreign Investment in the Americas, 5th Ed. (West Academic Publishing, 2014); Principles of European Union Law, 4th Ed. (West Academic Publishing, 2014); and Principles of International Trade Law (West Academic Publishing, 2014).

Fall 2017 Classes

Spring 2018 Classes

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Contact Information

Warren Hall 304-C
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-2325

Online Resources

Curriculum Vita
Publications on SSRN


Perla Bleisch
(619) 260-4019

Open Office Hours

Day of Week Time
Mon 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wed 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.