Russell Christopher JD

Professor of Law College of Law
Curriculum Vitae [PDF]


Professor Christopher's research is in the area of criminal law and criminal procedure. His recent work includes articles on rape, statutory rape, rape by fraud, blackmail, victim's rights, the theory of punishment, attempts, and criminal defenses. His work has appeared in a wide variety of journals including Northwestern University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Fordham Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, and Philosophy & Public Affairs. He has also published two books in Oxford University Press.

Christopher joined the TU College of Law faculty in 2002 after serving as a visiting assistant professor of law at Florida State University School of Law, as an adjunct professor of law at Fordham University School of Law, a research scholar in the faculty of law at Columbia University School of Law, and a judicial clerk in the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

J.D., University of Michigan School of Law
A.B., Hamilton College

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

Law Reviews

Appointed Counsel and Jury Trial: The Rights That Undermine the Other Rights, Washington and Lee Law Review (2018).

Exculpation as Inculpation, 49 Ariz. St. L. J. 1141 (2017).

Inconsistent Rationales for Capital Punishment Plus, 2017 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1363 (2017).

Absurdity and Excessively Delayed Executions, 49 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 843 (2016).

The Irrelevance of Prisoner Fault for Excessively Delayed Executions, 72 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1 (2015).

Penalizing and Chilling an Indigent's Exercise of the Right to Appointed Counsel for Misdemeanors, 99 Iowa L. Rev. 1905 (2014).

Death Delayed Is Retribution Denied, 99 Minn. L. Rev. 421 (2014).

The Contrived Defense and Deterrent Threat Doctrines, 7 Criminal Law and Philosophy (Symposium, Actio Libera in Causa) 629 (2013).

The Paradox of Statutory Rape, (with Kathryn Christopher) 87 Ind. L.J. 505 (2012).

A Political Theory of Blackmail: A Reply to Professor Dripps, 3 Criminal Law and Philosophy (Symposium, The Evolution of Criminal Law Theory) 261 (2009).

Should Being a Victim of a Crime Be a Defense to the Same or a Different Crime?, 28 Pace L. Rev. (Symposium, Victims and the Criminal Justice System) 783 (2008).

Adult Impersonation: Rape by Fraud as a Defense to Statutory Rape, (with Kathryn Christopher) 101 Nw. U. L. Rev. 75 (2007).

Tripartite Structures of Criminal Law in Germany and Other Civil Law Jurisdictions, 28 Cardozo L. Rev. (Symposium, George P. Fletcher's The Grammar of Criminal Law: American, Comparative, International) 2675 (2007).

Meta-Blackmail, 94 Geo. L.J. 739 (2006).

The Trilemma of Meta-Blackmail: Is Conditionally Threatening Blackmail Worse, the Same, or Better than Blackmail Itself?, (Surreply, 2006) 94 Geo. L.J. 813 (2006).

Time and Punishment, 66 Ohio St. L.J. 269 (2005).

Does Attempted Murder Deserve Greater Punishment than Murder? Moral Luck and the Duty to Prevent Harm, 18 Notre Dame J.L. Ethics & Pub. Pol'y (Symposium on Criminal Punishment) 419 (2004).

Symposium Foreword, 39 Tulsa L. Rev. (Symposium, Twenty-five Years of George Fletcher's Rethinking Criminal Law) 737 (2004).

The Prosecutor’s Dilemma: Bargains and Punishments, 72 Fordham L. Rev. 93 (2003).

Deterring Retributivism: The Injustice of ‘Just’ Punishment, 96 Nw. U. L. Rev. 843 (2002).

Self-Defense and Defense of Others, 27 Philosophy & Public Affairs 123 (1998).

Self-Defense and Objectivity: A Reply to Judith Jarvis Thomson, 1 Buff. Crim. L. Rev. (Symposium, New Voices in Criminal Theory) 537 (1998).

Unknowing Justification and the Logical Necessity of the Dadson Principle in Private Defence, 15 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 229 (1995).

Control and Desert: A Comment on Moore's View of Attempts, 5 J. Contemp. Legal Issues (Symposium, Harm v. Culpability: Which Should Be the Organizing Principle of Criminal Law?) 111 (1994).

Mistake of Fact in the Objective Theory of Justification: Do Two Rights Make Two Wrongs Make Two Rights...?, 85 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 295 (1994).


Russell Christopher, Fletcher's Essays on Criminal Law (Oxford Univ. Press, 2012).

Russell Christopher & Kathryn Christopher, Criminal Law: Model Problems and Outstanding Answers (Oxford Univ. Press, 2011).

Book Chapters

Introduction to Fletcher's Essays on Criminal Law (R. Christopher ed., Oxford Univ. Press 2012).

Imminence in Justified Targeted Killing, in Targeted Killings: Law and Morality in an Asymmetrical World 253–284


Ulster County, in Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (Paul Finkelman ed., 2006).

Martin v. Ohio, in Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (Paul Finkelman ed., 2006).

Patterson v. New York, in Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (Paul Finkelman ed., 2006).

New York v. Allen, in Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (Paul Finkelman ed., 2006).

Self-Defense, in Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (Paul Finkelman ed., 2006).

Justification: Self-Defense, in The Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice (Joshua Dressler ed., 2d ed. 2001).

Self-Defense and Security, in The Encyclopedia of Violence in the United States (Ronald Gottesman ed., 2000).

Self-Defense, in The Philosophy of Law: An Encyclopedia (Christopher B. Gray ed., 1999).

Mistake and Ignorance, in The Philosophy of Law: An Encyclopedia (Christopher B. Gray ed., 1999).