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Brian Anderson

Assistant Director, LL.M.
Tilton Hall of Law #137A
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Brian Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Law and the Assistant Director of the LL.M. Program in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law at ONU Law.  In addition to administration of the LL.M. Program, he teaches one of the LL.M. Program's core courses - Competitiveness & Corruption - a three-credit course that explores the causes and consequences of corruption, analyzes laws and case studies of attempts to combat corruption, and explores economic market reforms to reduce opportunities for corruption.  Anderson has delivered lectures around the world in corruption reform, good governance, and rule of law most recently in 2015 in Malawi and Ukraine, and in 2016 in Macedonia and Bulgaria.  In addition to anti-corruption reform, Professor Anderson researches and writes in the areas of legal information management in developing democracies and rule of law reform generally.  In the past, Prof. Anderson has taught the course Legal Problem Solving & Analysis in the first-year curriculum, and courses in legal research at the law college.

In 2016, working with the Center for Democratic Governance and Rule of Law at ONU, Professor Anderson helped create a new certificate program at ONU Law - the Certificate in Legal Pedagogy and Instruction. The Program, created with experiences promoting legal education reform abroad, is designed to enhance ways to teach critical thinking skills in legal education through a variety of methods of instruction. In its first year, the program has 7 students--all law professors and academic staff in their home countries--completing their LL.M. degree along with specialized study in legal pedagogy. 

Immediately prior to his academic career Professor Anderson served as a law clerk and legal advisor to Aloysie Cyanzayire, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rwanda, from 2010 to 2011.  In that capacity he also assisted with the USAID MCC Rwanda Justice Strengthening Project on legal education reform in Rwanda, and overall justice sector support.  He has taught courses in international relations in the Department of History, Politics and Justice at Ohio Northern University, and was a law librarian prior to his current appointment. 

Anderson studied law at Ohio Northern University, graduating with high distinction.  He later earned his LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law from Ohio Northern and his Masters in Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His B.A. is in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.


LL.M., Ohio Northern University
J.D., with high distinction, Ohio Northern University
MS, University of Illinois
B.A., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee 

Bar Admissions: 
  • Ohio
Teaching Interests: 
  • Anti-Corruption (Competitiveness & Corruption)
  • International Law
  • Legal Pedogogy
  • Legal Analysis
Faculty Activities
  • A Survey of Law Libraries in Rwanda, 107 L. Lib. J. 225 (2015). (Link)

  • Internet Enhancement of the Role of Civil Society in Promoting the Rule of Law in Transitional States (with Howard N. Fenton), J. Open Access to Law, Vol. 1, no. 1  (2013). (Link)

  • Judicial Independence in Post-Conflict Iraq: Establishing the Rule of Law in an Islamic Constitutional Democracy (with David Pimentel), 46 Geo. Wash. Int’l L. Rev. 29 (2013). (Link)

  • Comment, Roper v. Simmons: How the Supreme Court has Established the Framework for Judicial Abolition of the Death Penalty in the United States, 37 Ohio N.U.L. Rev. 221 (2011).

  • Case Note, Mendenhall v. City of Akron, 35 Ohio N.U.L. Rev. 1096 (2009).

  • “Tort Reform and the Collateral Source Rule – A Year in Review” ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Products, General Liability and Consumer Law Committee Newsletter, Winter 2009.

  • Legal Information Systems and International Development: A Critical Component to the Rule of Law in Rwanda and Other Developing States, VOXPOPULII Blog, Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute, Oct. 4, 2013. (Link)

  • “Compiling Online Legal Information in Transitional States: Challenges and Opportunities,” Plenary Session, 2013 Law Via the Internet Conference (Sept. 26, 2013) (listen online - audio only)

  • “Internet Enhancement of the Role of Civil Society in Promoting the Rule of Law in Transitional States.” Breakout Session: Online legal information - starting from scratch, 2013 Law Via the Internet Conference (Sept. 26, 2013) (watch online)

  • Neutrality: The Law Library as Switzerland, an analysis of academic law library management and neutral but equal service delivery in the context of the law college, Poster Session, 2013 AALL annual meeting (With Andrea Alexander).

  • “Foundations: Legal & Market Institutions in Development,” University of Chicago, Harris School for Public Policy (Apr. 29, 2011).