Stanley K. Laughlin Jr.

Professor Emeritus of Law; Adjunct Professor of Anthropology
Stanley K. Laughlin Jr.
Contact Information:

(614) 292-2448 Drinko 280F


Curriculum Vitae Bibliography

  • B.A., Miami University
  • J.D., The Ohio State University
Areas of Expertise:
  • International Law

Professor Laughlin graduated first in his class from the College of Law and, while a student, served as Editor-in-Chief of the Ohio State Law Journal and became a member of the Order of the Coif. Following law school, he practiced with Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher in Los Angeles, Calif.

Professor Laughlin was a teaching fellow at the University of Michigan and taught at the University of Florida before joining the Ohio State law faculty. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii and CLEO Professor at Indiana, Kentucky, and Notre Dame. He has done empirical legal research in American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia., the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Samoa.

In addition to numerous articles on the law of these areas, in 1995 he published the “The Law of United States Territories and Affiliated Jurisdictions“. A greatly revised and updated version of the book will be published by the University of Hawaii Press in 2010. His most recent article on the subject is “Cultural Preservation in Pacific Islands: Still a Good Idea – and Constitutional”, 27 U. of Hawai’i Law Review 331 (2005). His article, “Our Island Friends, Do We Still Care? The Compacts of Free Association with the Marshall Islands and Micronesia” is available on the SSRN web site.

During the Winter Semester of 2004 and the Summer of 2005 he held appointments as Visiting Scholar at the University of Hawaii’s Richardson School of Law.

Professor Laughlin has taught in or directed the OSU-University of Oxford Summer Law or Pre-Law programs a total six times, most recently in 2008. He also helped design, directed and taught in a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program at Oxford.

Since the 1990’s, he has attended international conferences at Genoa, Italy, Amsterdam, and Brighton, UK, among other places.

Professor Laughlin currently teaches Constitutional Law, Foreign Relations Law, Anthropology and Law, Ethical Issues of the Professions, and Law and Religion. He has taught and maintains an interest in Economic Regulation and the Constitution, Law and Society, Evidence, and Criminal Law.

He holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Anthropology and is a member of the graduate school faculty.