Brian Edward Ray

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Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker & Hostetler Professor of Law

Office: LB 162

p. 216-687-2528




B.A., Program of Liberal Studies and Japanese Studies, University of Notre Dame, 1993
M.A., East Asian Languages and Culture, University of Pennsylvania, 1998
J.D., The Ohio State University, 2001


Professor Brian Ray's research focuses on comparative and international law with an emphasis on comparative constitutional law and social rights. His book, Engaging with Social Rights: Participation, Procedure and Democracy in South Africa’s Second-Wave (forthcoming Cambridge 2016) is the first comprehensive account of the South African Constitutional Court’s social rights decisions that argues the Court’s procedural enforcement approach has had significant, underappreciated effects in spite of its substantive limits and could make state institutions more responsive to the needs of poor communities. He spent the spring and summer terms of 2013 as a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa conducting research for the book at the University of Stellenbosch and the University of the Western Cape. His work has appeared in the Stanford Journal of International Law, the Utah Law Review, and the South Africa Journal of Human Rights, among others.

Professor Ray also serves as a representative on the Northern District of Ohio Advisory Committee and is the co-founder of the Cleveland eDiscovery Roundtable, an informal group of lawyers, judges and academics that meets monthly to discuss issues surrounding electronic discovery.

Professor Ray is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and spent one year at Kyoto University as a Fulbright Fellow. He graduated first in his class from the Ohio State University College of Law where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Articles Editor of The Ohio State Law Journal. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Alan E. Norris of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and for Justice Richard J. Goldstone, of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He joined the Cleveland-Marshall faculty in 2005 after several years as a litigation associate at Jones Day in Cleveland, Ohio.



Civil Procedure, Comparative Constitutional Law, Conflict of Laws, International Law, Legislation and Regulation, Externship Program

Research Areas:

Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, Civil Procedure



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