Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty
Justin Desautels-Stein

Associate Professor of Law

403 Wolf Law Building
University of Colorado
401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309
Phone: (303) 492-5058
E-mail: jjdstein@colorado.edu

Justin Desautels-Stein joined the University of Colorado Law School faculty in 2009. He teaches international law and legal theory, post-colonial, feminist, and economic approaches to the international legal system, and the history of American Legal Thought. His scholarship concentrates on the jurisprudential intersections of legal pragmatism and liberal legalism, with a focus on political economy, race, and global law. Prior to joining CU, Professor Desautels-Stein practiced for three years in the Antitrust and Competition Group at Latham & Watkins in Washington, DC, served in the Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, and worked as a consultant to the Afghanistan Constitutional Commission. During his graduate education, Professor Desautels-Stein was awarded a fellowship with a South African development organization, and taught a course on the U.S. Civil Rights Movement at Changzhou College in China. Professor Desautels-Stein holds graduate degrees from Harvard Law School, The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Book Chapters

Three Studies of Liberal Law, in Political Economy And Law: A Handbook Of Research, Theory, and Practice (Ugo Mattei & John Haskell, eds., Edward Elger Press, forthcoming 2014).


The Tragedy of Legal Structuralism, 77 Law & Contemp. Probs. __ (forthcoming 2014) (peer-reviewed journal).
The Judge and the Drone, 56 Arizona L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2014).
Chiastic Moments: Kierkegaard, Koskenniemi, and the Frontier of Critical Formalism, 1 London Rev. Int'l L. __ (forthcoming 2014) (peer-reviewed journal).
Back in Style, 25 Law & Critique __ (forthcoming 2014) (peer-reviewed journal).
A Structuralist Approach to the Two State Action Doctrines, 7 N.Y.U. J. L. & Lib. 254 (2013).
Experimental Pragmatism in the Third Globalization, 9 Contemp. Pragmatism 181 (2012) (peer-reviewed journal). (An extended version of the essay was reprinted as Economic Development and the Problem with the Problem-Solving Approach, 5 Wash. U. Juris. Rev. 1 (2012)).
The Market as a Legal Concept, 60 Buff. L. Rev. 387(2012).
Race as a Legal Concept, 2 Colum. J. Race & L. 1(2012).
Extraterritoriality, Antitrust, and the Pragmatist Style, 22 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 499(2008).
At War with the Eclectics: Mapping Pragmatism in Contemporary Legal Analysis, 2007 Mich. St. L. Rev. 565 (2007).
National Identity and Liberalism in International Law: Three Models, 31 N. C. J. Int'l L. & Com. Reg. 463 (2006).
Rites and Rights in Afghanistan: The Hazara and the 2004 Constitution, 29 Fletch. F. World Aff. 157 (2005).
Taking the Deliberative Turn: International Law, Minority Rights, and the Case of Xinjiang, 14 Princeton J. Pub. Int'l Aff. 144 (2003).
Democratic Deficits and the Phantom Politics of Global Governance, Carolina Papers in Democracy and Human Rights, No. 5 (Fall 2003) (peer-reviewed journal).


Fall 2014 International Legal Theory: Structure and Critique (1500-1945) LAWS 6008-001
Spring 2014 International Law LAWS 6400-001
Fall 2013 International Legal Theory: Structure and Critique (1500-1945) LAWS 6008-001
Fall 2013 Conflict of Laws LAWS 8650-001
Spring 2013 Philosophy of Law LAWS 6508-001
Fall 2012 International Legal Theory: Structure and Critique (1500-1945) LAWS 6008-001