LAW : FACULTY

faculty bio
Eric C. Christiansen
Title:

Professor of Law

Faculty Chair

School:
Law
Campus:
San Francisco
  • 415-369-5338

COURSES TAUGHT

Comparative Constitutional Design

Constitutional Issues Seminar

Constitutional Law I & II

Property I & II

RESEARCH INTERESTS AND AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Foreign and Comparative Constitutional law

US Constitutional law, esp. fundamental rights (substantive due process and equality)

Social welfare rights (education, health care, housing)

South Africa

EDUCATION

JD, New York University

MA, University of Chicago, The Divinity School

BA, University of Notre Dame

PROFESSIONAL AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Former associate, Latham & Watkins (London and San Francisco); practice emphasized cross-border corporate finance and capital markets.

Former foreign/international law clerk to Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson, Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Africa.

Former editor-in-chief of NYU Journal of International Law & Politics and NYU JILP International Citation Manual.

Prior to law school Professor Christiansen worked in the field of non-profit management and HIV/AIDS education and services.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

SSRN Scholarship Social Science Research Network scholarly papers by Prof. Christiansen.

Empowerment, Fairness, Integration: South African Answers to the Question of Constitutional Environmental Rights, 32 Stanford Envt'l L. J.215 (2013).

All or No One: Assessing Popular Involvement in Constitution Making (forthcoming).

Transformative Constitutionalism in South Africa: Creative Uses of Constitutional Court Authority to Advance Substantive Justice, 13 J. of Gender, Race and Justice 575 (2010).

Survey of Socio-economic Rights in National Constitutions: Healthcare, Education, Social Security, Housing, Food and Water, (currently being updated).

Using Constitutional Adjudication to Remedy Socio-Economic Injustice: Comparative Lessons from South Africa, 13 UCLA J. of Int'l. Law and Foreign Affairs 369 (2008).

Exporting South Africa's Social Rights Jurisprudence, 5 Loyola Univ. Chicago Int'l. L. Rev. 29 (2007).

Security Freeze Laws, Free Speech and Tenant Screening Procedures: Recent Legal Developments in the Fight Against Identity Theft, 30 CEB Real Property Law Reporter 5 (Jan. 2007).

Adjudicating Non-Justiciable Rights: Socio-economic Rights and the South African Constitutional Court, 38 Columbia Human Rights L. Rev. 321 (2007).

Ending the Apartheid of the Closet: Sexual Orientation in the South African Constitutional Process, 32 NYU J. of Int'l. Law & Politics 997 (2000).

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Currently a member of the Board of Directors of two organization providing financial assistance to local people struggling with poverty in connection with illness, the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund and the AIDS Emergency Fund

Member, California State Bar

HONORS AND AWARDS

Fellow, U.S. Department of Defense Foreign Language and Areas Studies, 2000-2001