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Regents Professor of the
University System of Maryland Mortimer s
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

Philosophy of Law
Constitutional Law
International Law
Comparative Law
Legal History
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, the philosophy of law, comparative law, and legal history. He is the co-editor (with Mark Agrast) of the Cambridge University Press book series ASIL Studies in International Legal Theory and co-editor (with David Gerber) of the Cambridge series ASCL Studies in Comparative Law.  He is co-editor (with Stephan Kirste) of the IVR Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law.

In addition to his academic work, Sellers has 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 the President of IVR, the International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy and an associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law.  He is a member of the Middle Temple and is admitted to practice before the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the United States Supreme Court bars.

Selected Publications

Books by M.N.S Sellers

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

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

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

Autonomy in the Law (2007)

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

Universal Human Rights: Moral Order in a Divided World (with David Reidy) (2005)

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

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

The New World Order: Sovereignty, Human Rights, and the Self-Determination of Peoples (1996)

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

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