Rashmi Goel

(303) 871-6528

Comparative Law
Criminal Law
Multiculturalism, Race and the Law

Associate Professor
Comparative Law
Criminal Law

B.A. Hons., 1992, University of Saskatchewan
LL.B., 1992, University of Saskatchewan
J.S.M., 1996, Stanford University School of Law
J.S.D., Present, Stanford University School of Law

Born and raised in Canada, Rashmi Goel brings to bear her experience on both sides of the border in her Criminal Law class and in her upper-level seminars, Multiculturalism, Race and the Law and Comparative Law. These courses reflect her interest in culturally specific adjudication – the use of a litigant’s cultural background to formulate a particular adjudicative process or outcome. In conjunction with her ongoing research and scholarship in this area, she has also developed expertise in international criminal law and restorative justice. Outside the law school, Goel puts her knowledge in these areas to work in Colorado and California, helping to establish dispute-resolution mechanisms for high school students.

Publications and Works in Progress


Reasonable Rape: a comparative analysis of the mistaken belief in consent defense in the UK, Canada and the United States – in progress.

Delinquent or Distracted?: Attention Deficit Disorder and the Construction of the Juvenile Offender, Vol 27:1, Journal of Law and Inequality 1 (Winter 2009). (lead article)

At Crossroads or Cross purposes?: Aboriginal Women and Political Pursuit in Canadian Sentencing Circles, in Domestic Violence and Restorative Justice, Oxford University Press (James Ptacek, ed.) 2009.

From Tainted to Sainted: the Interracial Marriage as Cultural Evangelism, 2 Wisconsin L. Rev. 489, (2007).

Sita’s Trousseau: Domestic Violence and Restorative Justice in South Asian Communities, Vol. 11:5 Violence Against Women, 639 (2005).

Can I Call Kimura Crazy?: Ethical Tensions in the Cultural Defense, Vol 3:1, Seattle J. Social Justice 443 (2004).

No Women at the Center: The Use of the Canadian Sentencing Circle in Domestic Violence Cases, 15 Wisc. Women’s L. J. 293 (2000).

Indigenous Women’s Rights, in Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women: Global Women’s Issues and Knowledge (Chris Kramarae et al eds., 2000).

Culture and the Courts, Law and Power in the Margins: Voices From Beyond the Centers Conference Papers, UBC (1997).


“Juhu”, GRAIN, Vol. XVII, n.2, p.50.

“Grandfather”, “Wanna Make Ya’”, untitled, WINDSCRIPT, Vol. V, n.2, p.21.

Featured Publications

Comparative Perspectives on Gender Violence: Lessons from Efforts Worldwide, co-authored with Leigh Goodmark, Oxford University Press (2015).

Women Who Kill Women, William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law, Forthcoming.

Delinquent or Distracted? Attention Deficit Disorder and The Construction of the Juvenile Offender, 27 Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice 1 (2009).

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