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)
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.
SSRN Scholarship Social Science Research Network scholarly papers by Prof. Christiansen.
South Africa's Use of Constitutional Rights Adjudication to Remedy Persistent Economic Inequality, forthcoming.
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).
- 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.
- Fellow, Center for Transitional Justice, 1999-2000.