Richard Stith, now a research professor after forty-one years as a member of the
teaching faculty at Valparaiso University Law School, received both his law degree and a
doctorate in ethics from Yale University. From Harvard and from the University of
California, Berkeley, he holds degrees in political theory. 

Professor Stith has served as director of the Program in Biomedical Ethics at St. Louis
University School of Medicine. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the
National Lawyers Association and on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of
Comparative Law. He is also a member of the Academic Council of the doctoral program in
law at the Universidad de Los Andes in Chile, the advisory board of the Chilean Revista
de Ciencias Sociales, and the editorial council of the Revista de Derechos Humanos in
Peru. 

Recipient of six Fulbright fellowships, Professor Stith has taught and published on
comparative law and legal philosophy in Spain, Germany, India, China, Ukraine, Chile and
Mexico. In 2001, he became the first U.S. professor to be designated by the European
Commission as teacher of a “Jean Monnet Module” on the law of the European Union. He was
named the first Swygert Research Fellow in recognition of his scholarship. 

Professor Stith is a member of the national boards of University Faculty for Life, the
pro-life National Lawyers Association, and of Consistent Life (a group opposed to war and
the death penalty as well as to abortion and euthanasia). He has been a speaker at state,
national, and international right-to-life gatherings and has presented pro-life testimony
by invitation before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution and to state and
foreign legislative committees. He has written extensively concerning tensions within
abortion law in the USA, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Spain, and Germany. 

For a fuller list of Prof. Stith’s significant works, click any link labeled “view more”
in the bibliography below. 

Comparative, Foreign, and International Law

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Los Grandes Rechazos de la Sentencia Roe v. Wade, Revista de Derechos Humanos (2010)

Quizás mayormente a causa del poder económico de los Estados Unidos, su alta jurisprudencia constitucional...

 

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México: ¿nuevamente una colonia europea?, Jean Monnet/Robert Schuman Paper Series (2003)
 

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Can Treaty Law Be Supreme, Directly Effective, and Autonomous--All at the Same Time? (with J.H.H. Weiler), New York University Journal of International Law and Politics (2002)
 

Jurisprudence

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Construction vs. Development: Polarizing Models of Human Gestation, Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal (2014)
 

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Her Choice, Her Problem: How Having a Choice Diminishes Family Solidarity, Valparaiso University Law School Legal Studies Research Paper Series (2011)

This Article explores a little-noticed dimension of abortion and assisted suicide (or voluntary euthanasia): how...

 

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La Prioridad del Respeto: Cómo Nuestra Humanidad Común Puede Fundamentar Nuestra Dignidad Individual, Persona y Derecho (2010)

Revision of 2004 English version found below.

En este ensayo consideramos que la prioridad de...

 

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Los Grandes Rechazos de la Sentencia Roe v. Wade, Revista de Derechos Humanos (2010)

Quizás mayormente a causa del poder económico de los Estados Unidos, su alta jurisprudencia constitucional...

 

Law and Society

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Construction vs. Development: Polarizing Models of Human Gestation, Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal (2014)
 

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Her Choice, Her Problem: How Having a Choice Diminishes Family Solidarity, Valparaiso University Law School Legal Studies Research Paper Series (2011)

This Article explores a little-noticed dimension of abortion and assisted suicide (or voluntary euthanasia): how...

 

Miscellaneous Topics

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For Jack, Passionate and Compassionate Mover of the Moon, Valparaiso University Law Review (2010)
 

Philosophy

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Construction vs. Development: Polarizing Models of Human Gestation, Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal (2014)
 

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Living Without Rights-- In Manners, Religion, and Law, Law and the Ordering of Our Life Together (1989)
 

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A Theory of Respect, Law Faculty Publications (1973)

To understand and to describe the feeling we call "respect" is the purpose of this...

 

Religion and the Law

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Excluding Religion Excludes More than Religion, Matters of Life and Death: Religion and Law at the Crossroads (2008)

This Article contends that excluding apparently religious perspectives from public debate may inadvertently exclude non-religious...

 

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Images, Spirituality, and Law, Journal of Law & Religion (1993)
 

Sexuality and the Law

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Construction vs. Development: Polarizing Models of Human Gestation, Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal (2014)
 

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On the Legal Validation of Sexual Relationships, The Jurisprudence of Marriage and Other Intimate Relationships (2010)
 

Women and the Law

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Construction vs. Development: Polarizing Models of Human Gestation, Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal (2014)
 

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Her Choice, Her Problem: How Having a Choice Diminishes Family Solidarity, Valparaiso University Law School Legal Studies Research Paper Series (2011)

This Article explores a little-noticed dimension of abortion and assisted suicide (or voluntary euthanasia): how...

 

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Los Grandes Rechazos de la Sentencia Roe v. Wade, Revista de Derechos Humanos (2010)

Quizás mayormente a causa del poder económico de los Estados Unidos, su alta jurisprudencia constitucional...

 

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Location and Life: How Stenberg v. Carhart Undercut Roe v. Wade, William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law (2003)
 

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New Constitutional and Penal Theory in Spanish Abortion Law, The American Journal of Comparative Law (1987)