Susan Deller Ross


Director, International Women's Human Rights Clinic, Professor of Law

B.A., Knox; J.D., New York University

Areas of Expertise:

Civil Rights and Discrimination, Clinical Education, Comparative and Foreign Law, Family Law, Gender and Sexuality and the Law, Human Rights Law, International Law, Labor and Employment Law

Professor Ross is Director of the Law Center's International Women's Human Rights Clinic. Before joining the Law Center faculty in 1983, she was Special Litigation Counsel...

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Professor Ross is Director of the Law Center's International Women's Human Rights Clinic. Before joining the Law Center faculty in 1983, she was Special Litigation Counsel to the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, and before that the Clinical Director of the ACLU's Women's Rights Project and an attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She also practiced privately with the firm of Bellamy, Blank, Goodman, Kelly, Ross and Stanley and has taught as an adjunct professor at the law schools of Columbia University, Rutgers, New York University, and George Washington University, and also as a visiting professor at George Washington. She has served on the Screening and Advisory Committees of the Women's Legal Defense Fund and has been General Counsel and a member of the Board of Directors of the Women's Equity Action League's Educational and Legal Defense Fund. Her recent writings include two books on civil rights law, Sex Discrimination and the Law (co-author, 1st ed. 1975; 2nd ed. 1996) and The Rights of Women(1st ed. 1973; co-author, 2nd ed. 1983; 3rd ed. 1984). Before receiving her J.D. she served for two years in the Peace Corps in West Africa (Ivory Coast).

Recent Scholarship

Books

  • Susan Deller Ross, Women's Human Rights: The International and Comparative Law Casebook (Phila., Pa.: University of Pennsylvania Press 2008).    [BOOK]
  • Supreme Court Decisions and Women's Rights: Milestones to Equality (Claire Cushman ed., Susan Deller Ross, Jeffrey Rosen & Wendy Webster Williams editorial advisors, Wash., D.C.: CQ Press 2001).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • The International Women's Human Rights Clinic at Georgetown Law & the Federation of Women Lawyers: Kenya, Empowering Women With Rights to Inheritance – A Report on Amendments to the Law of Succession Act Necessary to Ensure Women’s Human Rights: A Human Rights Report and Proposed Legislation, 40 Geo. J. Int'l L. (The Summit) 65-225 (2009) (Susan Deller Ross, Ginger T. Faulk & Dan Gatti eds.).    [WWW]
  • Susan Deller Ross & Tamar Ezer, Fact-Finding as a Lawmaking Tool for Advancing Women's Human Rights, 7 Geo. J. Gender & L. 331-342 (2006).    [HEIN]
  • Susan Deller Ross, Polygyny as a Violation of Women's Right to Equality in Marriage: An Historical, Comparative and International Human Rights Overview, 24 Delhi L. Rev. 22-40 (2002).   
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All Scholarship 1987 - Present

Books

  • Susan Deller Ross, Women's Human Rights: The International and Comparative Law Casebook (Phila., Pa.: University of Pennsylvania Press 2008).    [BOOK]
  • Supreme Court Decisions and Women's Rights: Milestones to Equality (Claire Cushman ed., Susan Deller Ross, Jeffrey Rosen & Wendy Webster Williams editorial advisors, Wash., D.C.: CQ Press 2001).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • The International Women's Human Rights Clinic at Georgetown Law & the Federation of Women Lawyers: Kenya, Empowering Women With Rights to Inheritance – A Report on Amendments to the Law of Succession Act Necessary to Ensure Women’s Human Rights: A Human Rights Report and Proposed Legislation, 40 Geo. J. Int'l L. (The Summit) 65-225 (2009) (Susan Deller Ross, Ginger T. Faulk & Dan Gatti eds.).    [WWW]
  • Susan Deller Ross & Tamar Ezer, Fact-Finding as a Lawmaking Tool for Advancing Women's Human Rights, 7 Geo. J. Gender & L. 331-342 (2006).    [HEIN]
  • Susan Deller Ross, Polygyny as a Violation of Women's Right to Equality in Marriage: An Historical, Comparative and International Human Rights Overview, 24 Delhi L. Rev. 22-40 (2002).   

Congressional Testimony

  • Hearings on H.R. 1, the Civil Rights Act of 1991: Hearing on H.R. 1 Before the H. Comm. on Educ. & Labor, 102d Cong., Feb. 27, 1991 (Statement of Susan Deller Ross) (CIS-No.: 91-H341-26).   
  • Parental and Medical Leave Act of 1987, Part 2: Hearing on S. 249 Before the S. Subcomm. on Children, Family, Drugs & Alcoholism of the S. Comm. on Labor & Human Res., 100th Cong., Oct. 29, 1987 (Statement of Susan Deller Ross) (CIS-No.: 88-S541-41).   

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Uniform Act on Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking, with Prefatory Note and Comments (Susan Deller Ross, Reporter, Chicago, Ill.: National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws 2013).    [WWW]
  • Susan Deller Ross, Should Polygamy Be Permitted in the United States?, Hum. Rts., Spring 2011, at 20-21.    [W]
Recent scholarship

In the News

"Biden's 'Anita' problem," Politico, September 21, 2015, quoting Professor Susan Deller Ross.

"Ask Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Is SCOTUS Out of Tune With America?," coverage in Politics Cheat Sheet, October 26, 2014, quoting Professor Susan Deller Ross. She was originally quoted in The New Yorker.

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"Biden's 'Anita' problem," Politico, September 21, 2015, quoting Professor Susan Deller Ross.

"Ask Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Is SCOTUS Out of Tune With America?," coverage in Politics Cheat Sheet, October 26, 2014, quoting Professor Susan Deller Ross. She was originally quoted in The New Yorker.

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