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About Ruth Gordon

Professor Gordon’s scholarly interests focus on international law. She is the author of several articles on the various roles the United Nations plays in developing countries, including: Saving Failed States: Sometimes a Neocolonialist Notion, 12 Am. U. J. Int’l & Pol'y 903 (1997); Intervention by the United Nations: Iraq, Somalia, and Haiti, 31 Tex. Int'l L.J. 43 (1996); Some Legal Problems with Trusteeship, 28 Cornell Int’l L.J. 301, 306 (1995); United Nations Intervention in Internal Conflicts: Iraq, Somalia, and Beyond, 15 Mich. J. Int'l L. 519 (1994). Her latest article, Growing Constitutions, was published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.
Professor Gordon has represented the island nation of Vanuatu at the United Nations and served as the legal adviser to the island's Permanent Mission to the United Nations. She also co-authored the United Nations Council for Namibia's study addressing Namibia's violations of U.N. decrees and resolutions.
Professor Gordon received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, and her LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. She was a Riesenfeld Fellow in Public International Law at the University of California at Berkeley. She was also a Revson Fellowship Scholar at The City College of the City University of New York Center for Legal Education & Urban Policy, where she developed and taught a two-semester course on international economic law from the perspective of developing countries.
Professor Gordon was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of International Law and the American Bar Association International Law and Practice Section. She is also a member of the American Bar Association Committee on World Order Under Law.


Present Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law



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