Duane Rudolph

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

“Why do we sue?  What do we want from a lawsuit?  How has the law addressed these questions over time?  How does and should the law address them now?  These concerns go to the heart of my research, to my approach to teaching, and they have also informed my legal career.  Human dignity is key to addressing these concerns.  Our difficulty in defining human dignity should not make us overlook the core demands it makes of us as litigants and as a legal system in the United States.” 

  • Duane Rudolph is primarily a scholar of United States remedies law as applied in the areas of United States workers rights, water rights, and private law.  His work explores both the continuing power of the branch of United States remedies law known as “equity” and its importance for vulnerable and disenfranchised communities.  Currently, he is working on projects exploring the meanings of “outrage,” “conscience,” and “dignity” at equity.

    Professor Rudolph received his J.D. from Harvard Law School where he was an inaugural winner of the Student Paper Prize in Political Economy.  He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Romance Studies from Cornell University where he was the inaugural winner of the Award for Outstanding Service as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.  He received B.A. First Class Honours from the University of Zimbabwe where he received full travel scholarships from the French and Portuguese governments.

    Before coming to STL as a Visiting Assistant Professor, Professor Rudolph was the Reginald F. Lewis Fellow for Law Teaching at Harvard Law School where he co-founded the Harvard Law School Water Law Study Group.  He has worked in private practice at a major international law firm as a complex commercial litigation associate and at a mid-size law firm as a labor and employment associate, both in New York City.  He has taught at Harvard Law School (United States water law), the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (literature and language), Cornell University (literature and language), and the Université Paris XII, Val-de-Marne (language).  He is admitted to the New York bar.


    • J.D., Harvard Law School
    • B.A., University of Zimbabwe
    • Ph.D. and M.A., Cornell University

    Email: duanerudo@gmail.com

    • Torts I, II (Two sections)


    • Rereading Rabelais’ Sacred Noise, 29 Renaissance et Réforme/ Renaissance and Reformation 23 (2005).


    • Book Review, 31 Biography 2 (2008) (reviewing Franz Posset, Renaissance Monks: Monastic Humanism in Six Biographical Sketches (2004)).
    • Book Review, 28 Biography 2 (2005) (reviewing Andrea Frisch, The Invention of the Eyewitness: Witnessing and Testimony in Early Modern France (2005)).


    • Denis Crouzet, A Law of Difference in the History of Difference: The First Edict of Tolerance, in Religious Differences in France: Past and Present (Kathleen Perry Long ed., 2006).
    • Christian Jouhaud, Religion and Politics in France during the Period of the Edict of Nantes (1598-1695)in Religious Differences in France: Past and Present (Kathleen Perry Long ed., 2006).

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