Office: College of Law, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0040
Home: 3465 Principio Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208-4242
Office E-Mail: gordon.christenson@uc.edu
Home E-Mail: christga@msn.com


Dean Emeritus, University Professor Emeritus of Law, College of Law, University of Law, University of Cincinnati, and Fellow of the Graduate School (from 1982).

Previous Academic Appointments

University Professor of Law, College of Law, University of Cincinnati, 1985-98.

Wallace S. Fujiyama Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Fall Term, 1997.

Visiting Research Scholar, University of Maine School of Law, Portland, Maine, Spring Term, 1997.

Nippert Professor of Law, College of Law, University of Cincinnati, 1979-85 (on leave 1985-86; Visiting Scholar, Yale Law School).

Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Law, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, 1977-79.

Professor of Law, Washington College of Law, The American University, Washington, D.C. 1971-79 (on leave 1977-79; Visiting Scholar, Harvard Law School, 1977-78.

Associate Professor of Law, College of Law, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla., 1967-70.

Associate Professorial Lecturer in International Affairs, The George Washington University, 1961-67.

Summer Teaching:

  • Visiting Professor, College of Law, University of Utah, 1986.
  • Visiting Professor, Canadian Institute of Human Rights, Prince Edward Island University (course on the American Bill of Rights) 1989.

Academic Administration

Dean, College of Law, University of Cincinnati, 1979-85

Dean, Washington College of Law, The American University, Washington, D.C. 1971-77.

University Dean for Educational Development, Central Administration, State University of New York, 1970-71.

Executive Assistant to the President, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, 1968-70.

Government Positions and Professional Experience

Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1967.

Assistant General Counsel for Science and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C., 1962-67.

Attorney and Acting Assistant Legal Advisor, Office of the Legal Advisor, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C., 1958-62.

Attorney, National Guard Bureau, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C., 1957-58.

Private law practice, Salt Lake City, 1956-58.

Law Clerk to the late Chief Justice Roger I. McDonough of the Utah Supreme Court, 1956-57.


B.S.L., 1955, J.D., 1956, University of Utah.

S.J.D. 1961, The George Washington University.


Consultant to and Trustee of, Glenn Weaver Foundation for Law and Psychiatry and Glenn Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati College of Law (2002-present).

Member, Foreign Fractures Panel, a panel of six experts appointed by Federal District Court to establish standards of compensation for members of class in all countries except the United States under class-action settlement in Bowling v. Pfizer (1994).

Of Counsel to Solicitor, City of Cincinnati in Cincinnati v. Discovery Network, before the U.S. Supreme Court (1992-93).

Special Counsel, Senate of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (with Ramirez and Ramirez, San Juan), 1990 to 1992.

Consultant and participant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/National Academy of Sciences, Conference on Social Science Research Agenda for Subseabed Disposal of High Level Nuclear Waste and Spent Fuel, Woods Hole, Mass., August, 1980.

Associate and Consultant, Center for Policy Alternatives, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972-82.

Reporter and faculty member, Seminars for Seasoned Federal District Judges, Federal Judicial Center, Washington, D.C., 1972-75.

Consultant to the U.S. Department of Commerce on Telecommunications Policy, 1968.

Special Assignments

Counsel to Commerce Technical Advisory Board, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1962-67.

Counsel to Panel on Engineering and Commodity Standards, Commerce Technical Advisory Board, 1963-65.

Member, Task Force to Reorganize Environmental Science Aspects of Department of Commerce, 1963-65 and Principal Drafter, President's Reorganization Plan of 1995.

Chair, Department of Commerce Task Force on Telecommunications Mission and Organization, 1967.

Representative of Department of Commerce on Interagency Committee on the United States Policy on the International Use of the Sea, 1967.

Member, Intergovernmental Committee on International Policy on Weather Modification.


Admitted to practice in Utah, the District of Columbia(resigned 1998) and before the United States Supreme Court.

American Society of International Law (1957 - present). Served on the Society's Panels on Science and International Law, and presently on State Responsibility.

Trustee, Procedural Aspects of International Law Institute, New York, New York.

Member, Board of Advisers, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, College of Law, University of Cincinnati.

Member, Editorial Review Board, Human Rights Quarterly (interdisciplinary journal published by Johns Hopkins University Press).

Association of American Law Schools/American Bar Association, Accreditation Inspector: Case Western Reserve, Hamline, Southern Illinois, Kansas, Bridgeport, Washburn.

Association of American Law Schools, Standing Committee on Courts, 1981-84 (Chair 1984).

Cincinnati Bar Association; Utah Bar Association.

Honors and Awards

Goldman Prize for Teaching Excellence, University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1988, 1992 and 1994.

University of Cincinnati College of Law Alumni Association:

  • Special Award of Merit for Distinguished Service to the College of Law, 1985.
  • Sesquicentennial Award, 1983.

Elected Fellow of the Graduate School, University of Cincinnati (lifetime honor), 1982.

Listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, among others.

Recipient of U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to public law in areas concerning science and technology, 1967.

College and University Service

The University of Cincinnati:

  • Member, Council of Deans, 1979-85.
  • Chair, Committee to Review Administration of Senior Vice-President and Director of the Medical Center, 1980-81.
  • Member, President's Review Committee on the Medical Center Organization, 1981-82
  • Member, President's Provost Search Advisory Committee, 1982.
  • Member, Academic Affairs Committee, Faculty Senate 1987-90; member State of the University Committee.
  • College of Law Committees:
  • Elected Committees:
  • Dean Search Committee (1989-90);
  • Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure (1986-94; chair, 1995-6);
  • Committee on Committees (1986-93);
  • Decanal Review Committee (1994)
  • Appointed Committees:
  • Faculty Self-Study Committee, chair 1989-90, member 1995-96;
  • Appointments;
  • Library (Chair);
  • Curriculum and Academic Policy (Chair 1992-94),
  • Faculty Research and Development.

The American University:

  • Member, University Senate, 1971-76.
  • Member, Council of Deans, Provost Advisory Council, Administrative Committee of the University, 1971-77.
  • Chair, University Senate Committee on Internal Governance, 1976-77.

State University of New York (Central Administration)

  • Member, Task Force to plan, develop and establish the new Empire State College, 1970-71.

The University of Oklahoma

  • Director, Executive Planning Committee 1967- 68, leading to the publication of The Future of the University and three volumes of reports on 22 panels and committees for planning for the future of the University of of Oklahoma.
  • President's Representative on Law Center Commission.
  • Principal drafter, University Drafting Committee for a University Constitution,1969-70.

Public Service

Moderator: Sixth Circuit Jurisprudence: A Discussion of Important and Changing Areas of the Law Including Freedom of Speech and Religion, Conference on Sixth Circuit Practice, October 18, 1995 (Other Panelists: Chief Judge Gilbert Merritt, Judge Nathaniel Jones, Judge Danny Boggs, Mr. Michael Cioffi).

Member Cincinnati Bar Association, Committees on Continuing Legal Education and International Law.

American Participant Program sponsored by USIA: Nigeria lecture tour on American Constitution and Bill of Rights, December 1988.

Advisor, William Howard Taft Historic Site, National Park Service.

Life Member, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference (member, Planning & Program Committee, 1983-84).

Merit Screening Committee, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, for Bankruptcy Judges, 1982.

Leadership Cincinnati, participant, 1980-81.

Host, Public Service Television Series, NBC Channel 4, Washington, D.C. Ten talk shows involving panelists discussing various aspects of law and the humanities, (e.g., Law and Literature, Law and History, Law and Language, and Law and Art), on tape at American University Law Library.


Active duty, USAF, Japan, 1951-52.

Air National Guard, 1952-59-Intelligence Officer.

Air Force Reserve Officer - International Affairs Division, Judge Advocate General, HQ USAF, 1959-67.

Subject Areas for Teaching and Research

Constitutional Law

International Law and Transactions

Introduction to Law

Seminars: U.S. Supreme Court, Jurisprudence, Advanced Problems in International Law

Revised March 2010

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