Brad Roth

Job title: 
CSLS Visiting Scholar

Brad R. Roth is a Professor of Political Science and Law at Wayne State University. He holds a J.D. from Harvard University (1987), an LL.M. in international and foreign law from Columbia University (1992) and a Ph.D. in jurisprudence and social policy from the University of California at Berkeley (1996).  He is the author of Governmental Illegitimacy in International Law (Oxford University Press, 1999), Sovereign Equality and Moral Disagreement (Oxford University Press, 2011), and a wide range of book chapters, journal articles and commentaries dealing with questions of sovereignty, self-determination, democracy, human rights, and international criminal justice.  He has also co-edited two Cambridge University Press scholarly volumes –  Democratic Governance and International Law (with Gregory H. Fox, 2000); and Supreme Law of the Land? Debating the Contemporary Effects of Treaties within the United States Legal System (with Gregory H. Fox and Paul R. Dubinsky, 2017) – and an Edward Elgar Press compendium on Democracy and International Law (with Gregory H. Fox, 2020).  Professor Roth’s work applies legal and political theory to problems in international and comparative public law.  He served as one of three American Branch representatives to the International Law Association’s Committee on Recognition/Non-Recognition of States and Governments from 2010 to 2018, and currently serves on the ILA’s Committee on Military Intervention by Invitation.  His current major project addresses tensions in the international legal order between perceived anti-impunity imperatives and the constraints on the transboundary exercise of power that are indispensable to a framework of accommodation among bearers of conflicting interests and values.