Ursula Doyle

Ursula Doyle
Professor of Law
859.572.5844
doyleu1@nku.edu

Professor of Law

PROFILE

Ursula Tracy Doyle is a Professor of Law at Salmon P. Chase College of Law (Chase), Northern Kentucky University. She teaches public international law, international criminal law, professional responsibility and torts.  

Ursula researches the use of international law in U. S. domestic courts; business and human rights; the institutional capacities of the United Nations; the human rights demands of restorative justice; and the life of the diplomat, academic and politician Patricia Roberts Harris. Ursula has presented her work domestically and internationally.

Before joining Chase, she taught legal research and writing at Howard University School of Law, in Washington, D.C. and practiced law in the areas of mass torts and complex litigation.  She was a law clerk to the Honorable Theodore A. McKee, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Philadelphia, PA, and the student commencement speaker at the graduation ceremony of Indiana University-Bloomington School of Law, in May 1997.  Ursula has prior teaching experience in literature and composition from Morehouse College, in Atlanta, GA, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and Samford University, in Birmingham, AL.

Ursula is a graduate of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (A.B., English), Columbia University, New York, NY (M.A., English) and Indiana University-Bloomington School of Law (J.D.).  She has also studied in Colombia, France and Italy. 

Contact

  • Office: NH519
  • Email: doyleu1@nku.edu
  • Phone: 859.572.5844
  • Fax: 859.572.5342

Education

  • AB English, Cornell University
  • MA English, Columbia University
  • JD, Indiana University Bloomington School of Law

Courses Taught

  • International Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Mass Torts/Complex Litigation
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Torts I
  • Torts II

SCHOLARSHIP

Razing the Dead:  International Human Rights Law and the Treatment of “Slave” Burial Grounds (work in progress)

Patricia Roberts Harris:  An American Icon (biography) (work in progres)

The Whole Wide World:  Recognizing Jus Cogens Violations Under the Alien Tort Statute, 24 Buff. Hum. Rts. L. Rev.__ (forthcoming 2018)

Strange Fruit at the United Nations, 61 How. L.J. 187 (2018) (lead article) SSRN  HeinOnline

The Cost Of Territoriality:  Jus Cogens Claims Against Corporations, 50 Case W. Res. J. Int’l L. 225 (2018) (invited symposium submission) 

The Evidence of Things Not Seen:  Divining Balancing Factors from Kiobel’s “Touch and Concern” Test, 66 Hastings L. J. 443 (2015) PDF

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SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND RECOGNITIONS

Razing the Dead:  International Human Rights Law and the Treatment of “Slave” Burial Grounds, Transitional Justice Conference, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Drexel University (October 2018)

Razing the Dead:  International Human Rights Law and the Treatment of “Slave” Burial Grounds, SEALS Annual Conference Works-in-Progress Panel, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (August 2018)

Razing the Dead:  International Human Rights Law and the Treatment of “Slave” Burial Grounds, Indiana University Europe Gateway, 3rd Global Meeting:  Slavery Past, Present and Future, Berlin, Germany (July 2018)

Razing the Dead:  International Human Rights Law and the Treatment of “Slave” Burial Grounds, LatCrit, South-North Exchange Conference, Antigua, Guatemala (May 2018)

The Whole Wide World:  Recognizing Jus Cogens Violations Under the Alien Tort Statute, Faculty Workshop, NKU Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, KY (April 2018)

The United Nations, the “Negro” and the Dream Deferred, Faculty Workshop, NKU Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, KY (November 2017)

The United Nations, the “Negro” and the Dream Deferred, Faculty Exchange Program, St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, MO (November 2017)

The United Nations, the “Negro” and the Dream Deferred, LatCrit XXI, Annual Conference, Orlando, FL (September 2017)

The Cost of Territoriality: Jus Cogens Claims Against Corporations, Corporations on Trial Conference, Case Western University School of Law, Cleveland, OH (September 2017)

The United Nations, the “Negro” and the Dream Deferred, Ohio Legal Scholarship Workshop, University of Toledo College of Law, Toledo, OH (June 2017)

The United Nations, the “Negro” and the Dream Deferred, Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities, Annual Conference, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, CA, (April 2017)

A Woman First:  Examining the Legacy of the Diplomat, Lawyer and Academic Patricia Roberts Harris, Feminism and International Law Interest Group, European Society of International Law Annual Conference, University of Vienna School of Law, Vienna, Austria (September 2014)

Killing Them with Kindness:  Why U.S. Courts Should Solicit Input from the Most Interested Country before Denying Jurisdiction over Corporate Human Rights Abuse Cases on the Basis of International Comity, Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law Annual Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (July 2014)

Killing Them with Kindness:  Why U.S. Courts Should Solicit Input from the Most Interested Country before Denying Jurisdiction over Corporate Human Rights Abuse Cases on the Basis of International Comity, International Law Association British Branch Spring Conference, King’s College, The Dickson Poon School of Law, London, England (May 2014)

The Evidence of Things Not Seen:  Divining Balancing Factors from Kiobel's 'Touch and Concern' Test, Faculty Workshop, NKU Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY (April 2014)

“Material Support” Under the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1991:  Do Extortion Payments Qualify? Faculty Exchange Program, Capital University School of Law, Columbus, OH, (November 2011)

Phelps Stokes (in conjunction with Howard University School of Law and sponsored by USAID-Colombia), Seminar to Strengthen Legal Clinics that Serve the Afro Colombian Community, Presenter, African American History and the Development of Civil Rights Jurisprudence in the United States, Cali and Cartagena, Colombia (March 2011) and Bogota and Quibdo, Colombia (November 2010)

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AWARDS AND HONORS

NKU Excellence in International Education Award, NKU Chase College of Law Nominee (Spring 2018)