USD School of Law Professor Michael Ramsey Recently Quoted on Insular Cases and U.S. Overseas Territories in The St. John Source

Professor Michael Ramsey Recently Quoted on Insular Cases and U.S. Overseas Territories in The St. John Source

Professor Michael Ramsey

SAN DIEGO (June 3, 2021) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Professor Michael Ramsey was recently quoted in the article “Racist Supreme Court Rulings on U.S. Territories Receive Congressional Hearing,” published by The St. John Source. The article discusses the constitutional status of United States overseas territories due to a recent House resolution that proposes to reject the 1901 Supreme Court Insular Cases. The resolution states that the Insular Cases put U.S. territory residents on “separate and unequal” footing.

Professor Ramsey called the Insular Cases “an abomination,” and noted that there is no basis in the Constitution distinguishing between different types of territories.

Click here to read the article by Patricia Borns in The St. John Source.

About Professor Michael Ramsey

Professor Michael Ramsey teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, foreign relations law and international business law. He is the author of The Constitution’s Text in Foreign Affairs (Harvard University Press), co-editor of International Law in the U.S. Supreme Court: Continuity and Change (Cambridge University Press), and co-author of two casebooks, Transnational Law and Practice (Wolters Kluwer 2d ed. 2020) and International Business Transactions: A Problem-Oriented Coursebook (13th ed., West 2019). His scholarly articles have appeared in publications such as the Yale Law Journal, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal and the American Journal of International Law. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Dartmouth College and his J.D. summa cum laude from Stanford Law School. Prior to teaching, he served as a judicial clerk 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, and practiced international business law with the firm of Latham & Watkins. Professor 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.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world.  The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.  The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 22nd nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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