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Marissa Jackson Sow

Assistant Professor of Law

Curriculum Vitae

  • Profile
    Professor Jackson Sow joins Richmond Law from St. John’s University School of Law where she served as an assistant professor. She teaches and writes in the areas of contracts, constitutional law, international law, human rights, and legal theory/jurisprudence. Her most recent work, Protect and Serve, was published in the California Law Review. Professor Jackson Sow earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School, her Master of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and her B.A. from Northwestern University. Immediately prior to returning to academia, Professor Jackson served as a Leadership in Government Fellow for the Open Society Foundations and a 2020 Fellow for the Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent hosted by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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    • Presentations

      "Crossing the Bridge: African Americans and the Necessity of a 21st Century Human Rights Movement," Derrick Bell Symposium, University of Pittsburgh Law School ( 2014)


      "Crossing the Bridge: African Americans and the Necessity of a 21st Century Human Rights Movement," Association for the Study of African American Life & History Conference, ( 2013)

    • Bar Admissions

      New York

    • Professional Experience

      Assistant Professor of Law (2022 - present)
      University of Richmond School of Law


      Assistant Professor of Law (2021 - 2022)
      St. John's University School of Law


      Deputy Commissioner for Community Relations (2017 - 2019)
      NYC Commission on Human Rights


      General Counsel (2015 - 2017)
      NYC Mayor's Office for International Affairs


      Acting Assistant Professor of Law (2014 - 2015)
      New York University School of Law

  • Publications
    Journal Articles

    Ukraine, Race, and International Law, Race, Racism, and International Law

    Fighting for Whiteness in Ukraine, CREIGHTON L. REV.

    (Re)Builing the Master's House: Dismantling America’s Colonial Politics of Extraction and Exclusion, MICH. L. REV. ONLINE

    Protect and Serve, 110 CAL. L. REV. 743 (2022).

    Whiteness as Contract, 78 Washington and Lee Law Review 1803 (2022).

    Ukrainian Refugees, Race, and International Law's Choice Between Order and Justice, 116 American Journal of International Law 698

    Whiteness as Guilt , 69 UCLA Law Review 20 (2022).

    The Disregarded Canary: On the Plight of Black Women Voters, Northwestern University Law Review (with Carliss Chatman) (2020).

    Crossing the Bridge: African Americans and the Necessity of a 21st Century Human Rights Movement, 56 Human Rights and Globalization Law Review 56 (2020).

    Closing the Gap: Toward a Rights-Based Approach to Refugee Law, IV Northwestern Interdisciplinary Law Review 147 (2011).

    Neo-Colonialism, Same Old Racism: A Critical Analysis of the United States' Shift toward Colorblindness as a Tool for the Protection of the American Colonial Empire and White Supremacy, XI The Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy 156 (2009).