Douglas Donoho

Douglas L. Donoho

Professor of Law


B.A., Kalamazoo College, 1977
J.D., cum laude Rutgers University (Camden), 1981
LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1989

I have been a Professor at the NSU Law Center since 1989. I was granted tenure in 1994. Over the years, I have taught a wide variety of courses including constitutional law, international human rights, public international law, international business transactions, international practice clinic, and torts. I also created and now teach an "on-line" course that is offered to University of Barcelona law students entitled "Introduction to American Law." Every spring, I teach a section of Criminal Procedure in the AAMPLE conditional admission program. I have also frequently taught in NSU's foreign programs, dragging my wife and three children to Venezuela, Costa Rica and, most recently, Barcelona, Spain. Prior to joining the Law Center faculty, I taught at the University of Oregon, clerked in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced law with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in New York City. My scholarship focuses almost exclusively on international human rights and includes articles published in the Stanford, Michigan, Cornell, Emory, Wisconsin, Georgia, University of Barcelona and ILSA International Law Journals. My most recent publication is an electronic course book in International Business Transactions (Carolina Academic Press, 2013). I have worked on refugee issues in Southeast Asia for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, represented asylum claimants before the INS and litigated on behalf of Chilean human rights victims in U.S. federal court. I have also represented, in conjunction with NSU's Inter-American Center on Human Rights, Venezuela's 2 million member labor union confederation, CTV, and two prominent political figures in actions brought before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against the Government of Venezuela. I am a faculty advisor for the ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law and the International Law Society at Nova. I am presently working with alumni and current students to establish a death penalty resource center for Florida lawyers engaged in capital cases. Although I teach and don't practice law, I am a member of the New York and California bars. More than anything, I am the husband of Melissa Minsk Donoho, an NSU graduate who is Chief Assistant and Managing Attorney for the Florida Regional Conflicts Counsel Office, and the father of Madison (18), Quinn (16) and Ailish (11).

Areas of Interest

  • Constitutional law
  • Federalism
  • Human Rights
  • Inter-American System of Human Rights
  • International and Transitional law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Torts

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