Brad R. Roth

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Brad R. Roth
Fields Political Theory, International Law
Institutions Wayne State University (Professor of Law, 1997–present)
University of California, Berkeley (Visiting Professor of Law, 1996–1997)
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley (PhD, jurisprudence and social policy, 1996)
Columbia Law School (LLM, 1992)
Harvard Law School (JD, 1987)
Swarthmore College (BA, political science, Ivy Award, 1984)
Doctoral advisor Martin Shapiro, Jeremy Waldron
Influences Karl Marx, John Rawls
Notable awards Certificate of Merit, American Society of International Law, 1999

Brad R. Roth is a professor of political science and law at Wayne State University, Detroit.


His research has focused on international law, political theory, and human rights. He received a B.A. from Swarthmore College, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.[1] He has been describes as a neoconservative realist.[2]


Brad R. Roth's books include Governmental Illegitimacy in International Law (Oxford University Press), Democratic Governance and International Law (edited with Greg Fox, Cambridge University Press), and a forthcoming book on sovereignty. In recent years, Brad Roth has advised the government of Taiwan, including President Chen Shui-bian, on issues of sovereignty and independence from China under international law.


Roth has been a strong critic of U.S. foreign policy in Nicaragua during the 70s and 80s, and supporter of Palestinian rights and a two-state solution. In recent years, he has also emerged as a strong critic of torture policies advocated by people such as John Yoo.



  1. ^ "Profile". Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Gathii, James Thuo (1 May 2000). "Governmental Illegitmacy in International Law.(Review)". Michigan Law Review. Retrieved 8 August 2010.