Michael D. Ramsey

Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation Professor of Law
Director, International & Comparative Law Programs

  • JD 1989, Stanford University
  • AB 1986, Dartmouth College

Areas of Expertise

Professor Ramsey teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, foreign relations law and international business law.

Professional Experience

Ramsey clerked for the Honorable J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for the Honorable Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court. He practiced international business law with the firm of Latham & Watkins. Ramsey taught as a visiting professor at the University of California, San Diego department of political science and at the University of Paris-Sorbonne department of comparative law. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1995.

Honors and Affiliations

Ramsey served as senior articles editor of the Stanford Journal of International Law. He received USD’s Thorsnes Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 1998, and the Thorsnes Prizes for Outstanding Scholarship in 2002 and 2007. He was awarded the law school's University Professorship for the 2012-13 academic year.

Key Works

Ramsey's publications include International Law in the U.S. Supreme Court (Sloss, Ramsey, and Dodge, eds.) (Cambridge University Press, 2011); The Constitution's Text in Foreign Affairs (Harvard University Press, 2007); “Textualism and War Powers” in 69 Chicago Law Review (2002); and “The Executive Power Over Foreign Affairs” in 111 Yale Law Journal 231 (with Prakash) (2001).

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Contact Information

5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-4145

Online Resources

Publications on SSRN


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