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 Elizabeth K. Spahn

Elizabeth K. Spahn

Professor of Law


(617) 422-7312

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

Professor Spahn teaches Constitutional Law, Employment Law, First Amendment Law, International Business: Combating Bribery and Money Laundering, and International Women’s Issues. A member of the New England Law faculty since 1978, she has taught at the University of Connecticut School of Law and visited at American University Washington College of Law. She spent eighteen months as a Fulbright professor, lecturing on American constitutional law and employment law at Peking University Law School and the Beijing Foreign Studies University in China during 1999–2000. In 2005, she received a Fulbright senior specialist grant to lecture in Chongqing, China. She has written articles on international bribery, corruption, and money laundering, and on international women’s issues and on the development of Chinese law. She attended the United Nations Population Conference in Cairo, Egypt, in 1994 and represented the Feminist Majority Foundation at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995.

 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)