Susan H. Bitensky

Susan H. Bitensky

Professor of Law

Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 447
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

Upon graduation from law school, Professor Bitensky served as assistant general counsel to the United Steelworkers of America for three years in Pittsburgh, followed by four years of private practice with a union-side labor law firm in Manhattan. Before joining the Law College faculty in 1988, she was associate counsel to the New York City Board of Education for six years, dealing mainly with commercial and education law matters.

Professor Bitensky has published a 425-page book Corporal Punishment of Children: A Human Rights Violation (published by Brill/Nijhoff); a chapter on children’s right to education in the U.S., as part of an American Bar Association volume; a piece in an encyclopedia on childhood rights, issued by The University of Chicago Press; as well as 22 law review articles, including in leading journals such as Northwestern University Law Review and Notre Dame Law Review. She has also presented papers at numerous American and international symposia.

Her early scholarship focuses on children’s rights under the federal Constitution and international human rights law; lately, she has published law review articles on a range of other topics such as articles advocating for a peoples’ right under international law to armed U. N. intervention against mass atrocities; urging the U. S. Supreme Court to recognize a fundamental right to vote per se under the Constitution and providing the doctrinal bases for doing so; and demonstrating that possession of nuclear weapons negates the rule of law.

Professor Bitensky also was the founding director of the Law College’s Lori E. Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children and ran the Center for six years.

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J.D. University of Chicago Law School
B.A. Case Western Reserve University