Roxana Banu

Roxana Banu

Academic Degrees:

SJD (University of Toronto), LL.M. (Fordham Law School)

Roxana Banu is currently on leave. 

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Roxana Banu joined Western Law as an Assistant Professor in 2018. Prior to joining Western, Roxana Banu was a visiting research fellow at Fordham Law School and a visiting doctoral researcher at NYU Law School. She taught Conflict of Laws as an Adjunct Faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School and Fordham Law School.

Roxana completed her doctorate in law (SJD) at the University of Toronto, where she was awarded the 2016 Alan Marks Medal for the best graduate thesis and the Strauss Fellowship in International Law. She also completed an LL.M. degree in international business and trade law, magna cum laudae, at Fordham Law School, where she was awarded the Edward J. and Elizabeth V. Hawk Award.

Roxana Banu has a law degree from the Freie Universität Berlin, where she was awarded the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) award for outstanding results.

In 2016 Roxana Banu was awarded the American Society of International Law Private International Law Prize for her paper “A Relational Feminist Approach to Conflict of Laws”.

Her book, Nineteenth Century Perspectives on Private International Law, was published in 2018 by Oxford University Press.

Roxana Banu is a member of the New York Bar.

Research Highlights


Nineteenth Century Perspectives on Private International Law (OUP, 2018).


"From the Law of Nations to the Private Law of Mankind" (2018) 51 Cornell J Int'l L Online 101 (invited contribution to the symposium on Hanoch Dagan & Avihay Dorfman, "Interpersonal Human Rights").

“A Relational Feminist Approach to Conflict of Laws” (2017) 24 Mich J Gender & L 1.

“Assuming Regulatory Authority for Transnational Torts: An Interstate Affair? A Historical Perspective on the Canadian Private International Law Tort Rules” (2013) 31 Windsor YB Access Just 197 (peer-reviewed, invited).

Works in Progress

A History of Gender and Methodological Reshuffling in Conflict of Laws.

Conflicting Justice in Conflict of Laws.

A Moral Contractualist Perspective on the Conflicts Justice/Material Justice Distinction.