Robert St. Martin Westley

LOCHEF Professor of Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Office Address
Weinmann Hall, Room 259-G
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Education & Affiliations

BA, with honors distinction, 1984, Northwestern University
JD, 1992, University of California at Berkeley
MA, 1986, MPhil, 1987, PhD, 1993, Yale University


Professor Westley joined the Tulane faculty in 1995 after completing his PhD in philosophy. His dissertation topic was "Fourteenth Amendment Jurisprudence: Race and the Rights of Groups."  While at Yale, Professor Westley was a recipient of a Mellon Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities.  After receiving his PhD, he served as President's Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Diego.  His research and teaching interests are in the fields of critical race theory, constitutional law, philosophy of law, and the legal profession.  In 1997, he chaired the Ninth Annual Critical Race Theory Workshop, a working meeting of young legal scholars addressing issues concerning communities of color; the workshop was held at Tulane.  He is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers.


Selected Publications

Restitution Claims for Wrongful Enslavement and the Doctrine of the Master’s Good Faith, in The Social and Legal Construction of Whiteness: An Interdisciplinary Analysis (University of Mississippi Press, 2016).

Restitution Claims for Wrongful Enslavement and the Doctrine of the Master’s Good Faith, 3 Br. J. Am. Leg. Studies, (2014)

Constitutional Formalism Denies Aid to Legal Immigrants, JURIST - Forum, March 17, 2012, Can Affirmative Action and Reparations Co-Exist? Univ. of Miami Black L. Rev. (2009).

Sexual Orientation, 4 Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States 389 (2008).

What Would Make Atticus Finch Flinch? 1 FAMU L. Rev. 91 (2006).

The Accursed Share: Genealogy, Temporality, and the Problem of Value in Black Reparations Discourse, 92 Representations 81 (Fall 2005).

Foreword: Bridging the Public/Private Law Divide in African-American Reparations Discourse, 55 Rutgers L. Rev. 2 (Winter 2003).

Reparations and Symbiosis: Reclaiming the Remedial Focus, 71 UMKC L. Rev. 419 (Winter 2002).

Critical Race Coalitions: Key Movements that Performed the Theory, 33 UC Davis L. Rev. 1377 (2000) (co-authored with Sumi Cho).

First-Time Encounters: “Passing” Revisited and Demystification as a Critical Practice, 18 Yale Journal of Law and Social Policy 297 (2000).

LatCrit Theory and the Problematics of Internal/External Oppression: A Comparison of Forms of Oppression and InterGroup/IntraGroup Solidarity, 53 Univ. of Miami L. Rev. 761 (July 1999).

Many Billions Gone: Is it Time to Reconsider The Case for Black Reparations, XL Boston College Law Review 429 (1998).

Historicizing Critical Race Theory’s Cutting Edge: Key Movements that Performed the Theory in CRITICAL RACE THEORY: HISTORIES, CROSSROADS, DIRECTIONS, Temple University Press (2000).

Introduction to Panel Two: Races, Nationalities, Ethnicities: Mapping LatCrit (Dis)Continuities, 2 Harvard Latino Law Review 243 (1997).

White Normativity and the Racial Rhetoric of Equal Protection, in EXISTENCE IN BLACK: AN ANTHOLOGY OF BLACK EXISTENTIAL PHILOSOPHY edited by Lewis R. Gordon (New York and London: Routledge, 1996).