Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty
Aya Gruber

Professor of Law
Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure: Investigation, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication, Seminar: Criminal Law in Context

401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0401
Office: 467
Phone: (303) 492-8441
E-mail: aya.gruber@colorado.edu

Curriculum Vitae:  View (PDF format)

Educational Background:
J.D.   Harvard Law School   1997   (magna cum laude)
B.A.   University of California at Berkeley   1992   (summa cum laude with honors)

Professor Gruber joined the University of Colorado Law School faculty as a professor of law in 2010 and was honored by the students with the Outstanding New Faculty Member award in 2012. Prior to her appointment at Colorado, she was a professor of law at the University of Iowa College of Law and a founding faculty member at Florida International University College of Law, South Florida's first public law school. Professor Gruber teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure (Investigation), Criminal Procedure (Adjudication), and other courses related to criminal law and critical theory. Professor Gruber earned her undergraduate degree in Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley, graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with departmental honors. She then attended Harvard Law School, from which she graduated magna cum laude, and served as an editor on the Women's Law Journal and International Law Journal. After law school, Professor Gruber clerked on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and then served as a felony trial attorney with the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C. and Federal Public Defender in Miami. Professor Gruber's main research areas are substantive criminal law (emphasizing victim's rights, race, and gender); criminal procedure, feminist legal theory, and national security and foreign relations law. She is an author and the primary editor of a book on comparative criminal procedure and has published extensively in prominent law reviews. A frequent public speaker on criminal justice, Professor Gruber has appeared on Fox News, ABC, and PBS, and is quoted in various news outlets, including the Denver Post, Slate, and Wired Magazine.

Published Books

COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: UNITED STATES, ARGENTINA, AND NETHERLANDS (with Vicente de-Palacios and Piet Hein Van Kempen) (Carolina Academic Press 2012) (author and primary editor).


Murder, Minority Victims, and Mercy, ___ COLORADO L. REV. ___ (forthcoming 2013).
Neofeminism, 50 HOUSTON L. REV. 1325 (2013).
A Distributive Theory of Criminal Law, 52 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1 (2010).
Rape, Feminism, and the War on Crime, 84 WASH. L. REV. 581 (2009).
Garbage Pails and Puppy Dog Tails: Is that what Katz is Made of?, 41 UC DAVIS L. REV. 781 (2008).
The Feminist War on Crime, 92 IOWA L. REV. 741 (2007).
Who's Afraid of Geneva Law?, 39 ARIZ. ST. L.J. 1017 (2007).
Raising the Red Flag: The Continued Relevance of the Japanese Internment in the Post-Hamdi World, 54 U. KANSAS L. REV. 307 (2006).
Navigating Diverse Identities: Building Coalitions through Redistribution of Academic Capital, an Exercise in Praxis,, 35 SETON HALL L. REV 1201 (2005).
Righting Victim Wrongs: Responding to Philosophical Criticisms of the Nonspecific Victim Liability Defense, 52 BUFFALO L. REV 433 (2004).
Victim Wrongs: The Case for a Criminal Defense Based on Wrongful Victim Behavior in an Era of Victim's Rights, 76 TEMP. L. REV. 645 (2003).
Pink Elephants in the Rape Trial: The Problem of Tort-type Defenses in the Criminal Law of Rape, 4 WM. & MARY J. WOMEN & L. 203 (1998).
Public Housing in Singapore: The Use of Ends-based Reasoning in the Quest for a Workable System, 38 HARV. INT'L L. J. 236 (1997).

Symposia, Invited Essays, and Short Articles

Miscarriages of Race and Gender Justice, 76 ALBANY L. REV. 1571 (2012-13).
A "Neo-Feminist" Assessment of Rape and Domestic Violence Law Reform, 15 J. GENDER RACE & JUST. 583 (2012).
Duncan Kennedy's Third Globalization, Criminal Law and the Spectacle, 3 COMP. L. REV. 3.4 (2012).
An Unintended Casualty of the War on Terror, 27 GA. ST. U. L. REV. 299 (2010).
Sending the Self-Execution Doctrine to the Executioner, 3 FIU L. REV. 54 (2007).

Book Chapters

One More Casualty of the "War on Terror", in COURTS AND TERRORISM: NINE NATIONS BALANCE RIGHTS AND SECURITY 33 (Cambridge University Press 2011).
From Neoliberalism to Libertarianism: Why Neither Criminalization nor Privacy is the Answer for Battered Women, in CRIMINAL LAW CONVERSATIONS (Oxford U. Press 2009).
Hope with a Sprinkling of Concern, in OBAMA REFLECTIONS (Ohio State Kirwan Institute 2009).

Online Essays

Rethinking Domestic Violence, Rethinking Violence, (reviewing LEIGH GOODMARK, A TROUBLED MARRIAGE (2012)), JOURNAL OF THINGS WE LIKE LOTS (JOTWELL.COM) (forthcoming August 2013).
Why We Need a Progressive Account of Violence (reviewingJames Forman, Jr., Racial Critiques of Mass Incarceration: Beyond the New Jim Crow (2012)), Jotwell (Aug 6, 2012).
The False Promise of Retributive Propotionality (reviewingAlice Ristroph, How (not) to Think Like a Punisher (2009)), Jotwell (July 12, 2010).

Selected Press, Media & Publicity

SCOTUS Hears Arguments On Execution Drugs | Law Week Online | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
A Colorado Jury Will Need to Decide if the 'Dark Knight' Shooter is Insane or Simply Evil | Vice.com | Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Gruber on Provocation | CrimProf Blog | Friday, April 24, 2015
Guest Commentary: Colorado fetal homicide law goes too far | The Denver Post | Sunday, April 19, 2015
Teaching Rape Law In The Age Of The Trigger Warning | BuzzFeed News | Friday, April 3, 2015
Colorado Says No to Personhood for the Third Time | Slate's XXfactor blog | Tuesday, November 4, 2014
A Tale of Two 'Personhood' Amendments | U.S. News.com | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Colorado to Vote on Personhood, Again | Politico.com | Friday, October 10, 2014
Few and tricky options for defense attorneys in Observatory Park case | Denver Post | Friday, September 5, 2014


Spring 2016 Criminal Law LAWS 5503-802
Spring 2016 Criminal Procedure: Investigative Phase LAWS 6045-001
Spring 2015 Criminal Law LAWS 5503-803
Spring 2015 Criminal Procedure: Investigative Phase LAWS 6045-001
Fall 2014 Criminal Law in Context:Legal and Social Images of Victims and Perpetrators LAWS 8533-001
Spring 2014 Criminal Law LAWS 5503-802
Fall 2013 Criminal Procedure: Investigative Phase LAWS 6045-001
Fall 2013 Criminal Law in Context:Legal and Social Images of Victims and Perpetrators LAWS 8533-001
Spring 2013 Criminal Law LAWS 5503-801
Spring 2013 Seminar: Critical Theory Cllqm LAWS 8728-001