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 Elizabeth K. Spahn

Elizabeth K. Spahn

Professor Emerita

A.B. Yale University
J.D. Temple University School of Law

Professor Emerita Spahn taught Constitutional Law, Employment Law, First Amendment Law, International Business: Combating Bribery and Money Laundering, and International Women’s Issues.  As a Fulbright professor, she taught at Peking University Law School in China in 1999–2000.  She attended the United Nations Population Conference in Cairo, Egypt, in 1994; represented the Feminist Majority Foundation at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995; and served as a public expert for the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention Working Group. She is a specialist in international anti-corruption scholarship.

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 Selected Publications

Nobody Gets Hurt?, 41 Geo. J. Int'l L. 861 (2010)

The FCPA Blog (News And Views About The United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) (2010) Blog postings; available here.

Discovering Secrets: Act of State Defenses to Bribery Cases, 38 Hofstra L. Rev. 163 (2009)

International Bribery: the Moral Imperialism Critiques, 18 Minn. J. Int'l L. 155 (2009)

Judicial Supervision, in Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, Teaching Materials for Fulbright in China (Nagle, J., ed. 2009)

As Soft as Tofu: Consumer Product Defamation on the Chinese Internet, 39 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 865 (2006)

Shattered Jade, Broken Shoe: Foreign Economic Development and the Sexual Exploitation of Women in China, 50 Me. L. Rev. 255 (1998)

Difficult Straits: Economic Interdependence and Women's Labor in Taiwan, 32 New Eng. L. Rev. 779 (1998)

Mis-Conceptions: The Moment of Conception in Religion, Science, and Law, 32 U.S.F.L. Rev. 261 (1998) with B. Andrade.

Feeling Grounded: A Gendered View of Population Control, 27 Envtl. L. 1295 (1997)

Waiting for Credentials: Feminist Theories of Enforcing International Human Rights, 44 Am. U. L. Rev. 1053 (1995)

In Memoriam: Timothy J. Cronin, Jr., 28 New Eng. L. Rev. VI-XV (1993)

Abortion, Speech and the European Community, 1 J. Soc. Wel. & Fam. 17 (1992)

On Sex and Violence, 20 New Eng. L. Rev. 629 (1986)

Resurrecting the Spurious Class: Opting in to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act through the Fair Labor Standards Act, 71 Geo. L.J. 119 (1982)