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David Ritchie

Professor David Ritchie

Director of International Initiatives, Professor of  Law & Philosophy



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  • Brazilian Law & Politics
  • Comparative Constitutionalism
  • Comparative Law
  • Constitutions of Foreign Countries
  • Family Law
  • International Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Latin American Law & Politics
  • Law of Armed Conflict
  • Legal Research & Writing

In addition to his law degrees (J.D. & LL.M.), Professor Ritchie has a Ph.D in philosophy. He is currently a Global Ethics Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York. He has previously been a Research Associate at the Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict at Oxford University, a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Buenos Aires, a Visiting Scholar at New York University, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Macau University of Science and Technology. Professor Ritchie has also been a visiting or consulting faculty member at several universities and institutes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a founding member and currently serves as Senior Scholar at the Brazil Institute at Mercer (BRIM).

As Director of International Initiatives at the law school Professor Ritchie is tasked with coordinating the various projects and initiatives that are currently being undertaken by faculty and staff.  These projects include the various study abroad programs that Mercer co-sponsors, as well as the Mercer Law Jessup International Moot Court team.  He is also working closely with students and faculty to develop new international programs.

Professor Ritchie has taught, lectured, and published extensively around the world (Argentina, Brazil, China, England, Germany, India, Macau, and Serbia).  He is currently a jury member for Peace Projects, an initiative of the Journalists and Writers Foundation (in association with the United Nations Economic and Social Council) which is designed to support innovative conflict resolution and peacebuilding projects focused on preventing, managing and resolving violent conflict and promoting post-conflict peacebuilding. In 2012 Professor Ritchie was on the international jury of PLURAL+, a joint initiative between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration, a youth-produced video festival that encourages young people to explore migration, diversity and social inclusion. He has organized or hosted conferences, symposia, and colloquia at Mercer, in Brazil, and in China

Professor Ritchie’s scholarship focuses on issues of comparative law, constitutional drafting, film theory (in the context of law and society), legal discourse and rhetoric, and peace studies/nonviolent action. He has published two books and more than two dozen articles in books, law reviews and other academic journals, and he serves on the editorial board of four peer reviewed academic journals. Additionally, Professor Ritchie has previously served as Chair of both the Section on Law & Humanities and the Section on Law & Interpretation of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

Before joining the faculty at the Mercer University School of Law, Professor Ritchie taught law at three other American Bar Association (ABA) approved law schools. He is also a member of the Mercer University philosophy department, and has taught philosophy at a number of other colleges and universities. Prior to entering academia, Professor Ritchie practiced law in Oregon for three years.

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