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James Gordley

W.R. Irby Chair in Law
BA, 1967, MBA, 1968, University of Chicago; JD, 1970, Harvard University 

E-mail:  jgordley@tulane.edu
Telephone:  504.865.5971

Office:  Weinmann Hall, Room 255-B


James Gordley specializes in comparative and contract law. He came to Tulane Law School in 2007 from the University of California, Berkeley, where he had been a law faculty member since 1978. He was a fellow at the Institute of Comparative Law at the University of Florence, an associate with the Boston firm of Foley Hoag & Eliot and an Ezra Ripley Thayer Fellow at Harvard before beginning his teaching career.

Gordley has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow, a Senior NATO Fellow and a fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. He has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Fribourg, Regensburg, Munich, Milan and Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi; a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Law in Hamburg, the European University Institute in Fiesole and the University of Cologne; and the Jean Monnet Distinguished Professor in Comparative Law at the University of Trent. He received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award in 1984 and the Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction in 2001. Tulane Law School’s graduating class of 2010 selected him for the Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teaching Award.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the European Law Institute, a titulary member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of several books, including The Jurists: A Critical HistoryFoundations of Private Law, An Introduction to the Comparative Study of Private Law (with Arthur von Mehren); The Enforceability of Promises in European Contract Law; and The Philosophical Origins of Modern Contract Doctrine.

Professor Gordley's CV

Fall 2016 - Contracts
Spring 2017 - Comparative Private Law

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Foundations of Private Law (Oxford University Press, 2006), Chinese translation forthcoming, Zhang Jinyang & Xia Hangfei, trans., (The Law Press, Beijing, China).
An Introduction to the Comparative Study of Private Law:  Readings, Cases, Materials (with Arthur von Mehren) (Cambridge University Press, 2006).
The Enforceability of Promises in European Contract Law (Cambridge University Press, 2001).
Gratian, The Treatise on Law with the Ordinary Gloss (translation) (with Augustine Thompson) published as volume 2 of Medieval and Early Modern Canon Law (K. Pennington, ed., Catholic University Press, 1993).
The Philosophical Origins of Modern Contract Doctrine (Clarendon Law Series, Oxford University Press, 1991), Chinese translation, Zhang Jinyang, trans. (The Law Press, Beijing, 2006), Italian translation forthcoming, Paola Liberanome, trans., (Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, Turino, Italy); Chinese translation forthcoming, Zhang Jinyang, trans., (The Law Press, Beijing, China).
Toward Equal Justice: A Comparative Study of Legal Aid in Modern Societies (with Mauro Cappelletti and Earl Johnson, Jr.) (Giuffrè, Milano; Oceana, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., 1975; reprinted 1981).
The Civil Law System: An Introduction to the Comparative Study of Law (with Arthur von Mehren) (Little, Brown & Co., Boston, 1977).

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