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Fall- Immigration Law & Policy and Administrative Law
Spring- International Business Transactions and a seminar.

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Matthew Lister


Ph.D. (Philosophy) University of Pennsylvania, 2009
JD, University of Pennsylvania 2006
MA (Philosophy) SUNY Albany, 1999
BA (Philosophy) Boise State University, 1997

Matt Lister comes to DU from Villanova University in Pennsylvania, where he was a visiting assistant professor. Lister has also held a Sharswood Fellowship in Law and Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and clerked for (now) Chief Judge Donald C. Pogue on the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York City. Lister earned both his law degree and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, where he wrote a dissertation on justice in immigration. Before attending law and graduate school, Lister was a Peace Corps volunteer in Russia from 1999-2001.

Major Publications

Who are Refugees? __ LAW & PHILOSOPHY ___ (forthcoming) (peer reviewed)

There is No Human Right to Democracy. But May We Promote it Anyway? 48.2 STANFORD JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 257 (2012)

The Legitimating Role of Consent in International Law, 11 CHICAGO JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 663 (2011).

Immigration, Association, and the Family, 29 LAW & PHILOSOPHY 717 (2010) (peer reviewed). (Reprinted in Thom Brooks, ed., Rawls and the Law, 2012).

Citizenship, in the Immigration Context, 70 MARYLAND LAW REVIEW 175 (2010).

Gang-Related Asylum Claims: an Overview and Prescription, 38 UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS LAW REVIEW 827 (2008) (symposium issue).

A Rawlsian Argument for Extending Family-Based Immigration Benefits to Same-Sex Couples, 37 UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS LAW REVIEW 749 (2007).

Well-Ordered Science: The Case of GM Crops, in Ethics and the Life Sciences, Special issue of the JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHICAL RESEARCH (2007).