Tracy Higgins

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Professor of Law

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Office: Room 7-129

Faculty Assistant: Larry Bridgett, [email protected]

Area of Expertise: Human Rights

    • Professor of Law since 2002; Associate Professor of Law, 1992-2002;
    • Co-Director, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice;
    • Law Clerk to Judge Levin Campbell, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1990-91;
    • Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow, Georgetown University Law Center, 1991-92;
    • Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, Spring 1992;
    • Principal subjects: Feminist Jurisprudence, International Human Rights, Constitutional Law.


    • Harvard, JD, 1990, magna cum laude
    • Princeton, AB, 1986, magna cum laude
  • Selected Publications

    • Constitutional Chicken Soup, 75 Fordham Law Review 709 (2006)
    • A Reflection on the Uses and Limits of Western Feminism in a Global Context,, 28 Thomas Jefferson Law Review 423 (2006)
    • Review of Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues, by Catherine A. MacKinnon, 18 Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 523-44 (2006)
    • No Recourse: Multinational Corporations and the Protection of Social, Economic, and Cultural Rights in Bolivia, Fordham International Law Journal (Spring 2004) (with Maria McFarland).
    • Gender, Sexuality, and Power: Is Feminist Theory Enough? Columbia Journal of Gender and Law (2003) (with Brenda Cossman, Dan Danielson, and Janet Halley).
    • Job Segregation, Gender Blindness, and Employee Agency, Maine Law Review (Spring 2003).
    • Promise Unfulfilled: Law, Culture, and Women’s Inheritance Rights in Ghana (with Jeanmarie Fenrich) [Spring 2002, Fordham International Law Journal].
    • Agency, Equality, and Antidiscrimination Law, Cornell Law Review (Spring 2000) (with Laura Rosenbury).
    • Reviving the Public/Private Distinction in Feminist Theorizing, in Symposium: Unfinished Feminist Business, Chicago-Kent Law Review (Spring 2000).
    • “One Country, Two Systems?”: Rule of Law, Democracy, and Rights in Hong Kong Two Years After Reversion to Chinese Sovereignty, Fordham International Law Journal ( Winter 1999).
    • Justice on Trial: State Security Courts, Police Impunity, and the Intimidation of Defense Lawyers in Turkey, Fordham International Law Journal ( Summer 1999).
    • Democracy and Feminism, reprinted in International Library of Essays in Law and Legal Theory: Family, State, and Law (Michael D. Freeman ed., 1999).
    • Regarding Rights: An Essay in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Columbia Human Rights Law Review (forthcoming 1999).
    • Democracy and Feminism, 110 Harvard Law Review 1657 (1997).
    • Straying from The Path, 110 Harvard Law Review (1997) (solicited essay commemorating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Oliver Wendell Holmes’ The Path of the Law).
    • Limiting Respondeat Superior Liability: A Modest Proposal, Fordham Urban L. J. (Stein Symposium on the Human Rights Commission, February 1997).
    • Anti-Essentialism, Relativism, and Human Rights, 19 Harvard Women’s Law Journal 89 (Spring 1996).
    • “By Reason of Their Sex”: Feminism, Postmodernism, and Justice, 81 Cornell Law Review 101 (1995).
    • Law, Cultural Media[tion], and Desire in the Lives of Adolescent Girls, in Feminism, Law, and the Media (with Deborah Tolman) (Martha Fineman and Martha McCluskey eds., Oxford University Press, 1997).
    • How Being Good Can be Bad for Girls, in Good Girls/Bad Girls: Women, Sex, and Power in the 90's (Nan Bower Maglin and Donna Perry eds., Rutgers University Press, 1996).
    • Foreword, Special Issue on Women and the Law, 63 Fordham L. Rev. 1 (1994).
    • Human Rights in the New Afghan War: A Collective Responsibility. Research conducted January 1994. Report presented to United Nations Human Rights Commission, Geneva, February 1994. Published by the International League for Human Rights.
    • Essay, Giving Women the Benefit of Equality: A Response to Wirenius, 20 Fordham Urban L. J. 77 (1993).
    • Book Review, Derrick Bell’s Radical Realism, 61 Fordham L. Rev. 683 (1992).
    • Racial Reflections, Dialogues in the Direction of Liberation, University of California L. Rev. (August 1990) (with Derrick Bell and Sung-hee Suh).
    • Book Review, Catharine A. MacKinnon, Toward a Feminist Theory of the State, Harvard Women’s L. J. (Spring 1990).
    • Rethinking (M)otherhood: Feminist Theory and State Regulation of Pregnancy, 103 Harvard L. Rev. 1325 (1990).
    • Title VII — Burden of Proof in a Mixed Motive Case: Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, 103 Harvard L. Rev. 137 (1989).
    • Torres v. Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services, 7th Cir. 1988, 102 Harvard L. Rev. 2048 (1989).