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School of Law

Mortimer Sellers

University System of Maryland Mortimer s
Regents Professor of Law
Director, Center for International & Comparative Law
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 527

Administrative Assistant: Laurie Schnitzer
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 1112


A.B., summa cum laude, J.D., cum laude Harvard University, 1980, 1988
B.C.L., D.Phil., Oxford University, 1986, 1988

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Comparative Law
Constitutional Law
International Law
Legal History
Philosophy of Law
Professional Ethics
Roman Law

Mortimer Sellers is Regents Professor of the University System of Maryland and director of the University of Baltimore Center for International and Comparative Law. Sellers has written numerous books and articles on international law, constitutional law, legal history, comparative law, and jurisprudence. He is the co-editor of the Cambridge University Press book series ASIL Studies in International Legal Theory and co-editor with James Maxeiner of the Springer Verlag book series Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice.

Prior to joining the faculty in 1989, Sellers practiced law in Philadelphia and Washington, served as clerk to the Hon. James Hunter III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and studied as a Rhodes Scholar and Frank Knox Fellow at University College, Oxford. He has been a visitor at Cambridge University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Academy of International Law in The Hague, and Georgetown University Law Center.

Sellers is an associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, of Phi Beta Kappa, and of the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the United States Supreme Court bars.

Selected Publications

Books and Book Chapters

The Constitutional Thought of Alexander Hamilton, in The Constitution and the Classics (Denis Galligan ed., forthcoming 2014).

The Roman Republic and the French and American Revolutions, in The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Republic. (Harriet I. Flower, ed., 2d ed. 2014).

The Philosophical Aspects of Republicanism, in International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (James D. Wright, ed., 2d ed. forthcoming 2014).

What is the Rule of Law and Why Is It So Important?, in The Legal Doctrines of the Rule of Law and the Legal State (James R. Silkenat, James E. Hickey, and Peter D. Barenboim, eds., 2014).

Republican Principles in International Law: The Fundamental Requirements of a Just World Order (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

Republican Legal Theory: The History, Constitution and Purposes of Law in a Free State (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)

The Sacred Fire of Liberty: Republicanism, Liberalism and the Law (Macmillan, 1998) (Extract)

American Republicanism: Roman Ideology in the United States Constitution (Macmillan, 1994)

Books Edited

Parochialism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Foundations of International Law (editor, Cambridge, 2011)

The Rule of Law in Comparative Perspective (editor, Springer, with Tadeusz Tomaszewski, 2010)

The Internationalization of Law and Legal Education (editor, Springer, with Jan Klabbers, 2008)

Autonomy in the Law (editor, Springer 2007)

Universal Human Rights: Moral Order in a Divided World (editor, Rowman & Littlefield with David Reidy, 2005)

The New World Order: Sovereignty, Human Rights, and the Self Determination of People (editor, Berg 1996)

An Ethical Education: Community and Morality in the Multicultural University (editor, Berg 1994)

Articles and Essays

What Useful Role (if any) Could Legal Positivism Play in the Study or Advancement of International Law, 106 Proceedings Ann. Meeting (Am. Soc’y. Int’l. L) 373 (2012 published in 2013).

Liberty, Equality, and the Rule of Law, Jotwell: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots) (March 3, 2014) (reviewing T.R.S. Allan, Freedom, Equality, Legality, in The Legal Doctrines of the Rule of Law and the Legal State (James R. Silkenat, James E. Hickey, and Peter D. Barenboim, eds., 2014)).

Articles on Social Science Research Network