William & Mary
Evan J. Criddle

Evan J. Criddle

Ernest W. Goodrich Professor of Law
Degrees: J.D., Yale Law School; B.A., Brigham Young University
Email: [[ejcriddle]]
Office phone: (757) 221-3808
Office location: Room 204
Full resume: here (.pdf in new window)
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements

Evan Criddle teaches and writes on international law, immigration and refugee law, international human rights, administrative law, fiduciary law, and civil procedure.

Professor Criddle’s publications have appeared in leading journals, such as the American Journal of International Law, Cornell Law Review, European Journal of International Law, Georgetown Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, Texas Law Review, and Yale Journal of International Law. His books include Fiduciaries of Humanity: How International Law Constitutes Authority (Oxford University Press) (with Evan Fox-Decent), Human Rights in Emergencies (Cambridge University Press), and the Oxford Handbook of Fiduciary Law (Oxford University Press) (with Robert H. Sitkoff & Paul B. Miller). His scholarship has been cited by the supreme courts of Canada and the United States.

Professor Criddle received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as Essays Editor of the Yale Law Journal and Articles Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then spent several years at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York representing foreign sovereigns, multinational corporations, and political refugees. Prior to joining William & Mary, Professor Criddle taught at the Syracuse University College of Law. He recently completed a three-year term as chair of the International Legal Theory Interest Group of the American Society of International Law.

Professor Criddle has presented his research in a variety of venues, including the inaugural Junior Faculty Forum for International Law and the annual meetings of the American Society of International Law, the Canadian Political Science Association, and the European Society of International Law. His research has been supported by generous grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. In 2015, he received the Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence from the College of William & Mary.

Scholarly Publications
  • The Oxford Handbook of Fiduciary Law (Evan J. Criddle, et al. eds., Oxford Univ. Press, 2019). Online.
  • Fiduciary Government (Evan J. Criddle et al. eds., Cambridge Univ. Press, 2018). Online.
  • Fiduciaries of Humanity: How International Law Constitutes Authority (Oxford Univ. Press 2016) (with Evan Fox-Decent). SSRN.
  • Human Rights in Emergencies (Cambridge Univ. Press 2016) (editor and author of Introduction and on chapter). Online.
  • The Authority of International Refugee Law, 62 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2021) (with Evan Fox-Decent) (symposium). SSRN.
  • The Case Against Prosecuting Refugees, 115 Nw. U. L. Rev. 717 (2020). SSRN.
  • Mandatory Multilateralism, 113 Am. J. Int'l L. 272 (2019) (with Evan Fox-Decent). SSRN.
  • The Internal Morality of International Law, 63 McGill L.J. 765 (2018) (with Evan Fox-Decent) (symposium).
  • Liberty in Loyalty: A Republican Theory of Fiduciary Law, 95 Tex. L. Rev. 993 (2017). SSRN.
  • Customary Constraints on the Use of Force: Article 51 with an American Accent, 29 Leiden J. Int'l L. 67 (2016) (with William Banks). SSRN.
  • Keeping the Promise of Public Fiduciary Theory: A Reply to Leib and Galoob, 126 Yale L.J. F. 192 (2016) (with Evan Fox-Decent). SSRN.
  • The Constitution of Agency Statutory Interpretation, 69 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 325 (2016) (solicited). SSRN.
  • Protecting Human Rights During Emergencies: Delegation, Derogation, and Deference, 45 Neth. Y.B. Int'l L. 197 (2015).
  • Standing for Human Rights Abroad, 100 Cornell L. Rev. 269 (2015). SSRN.
  • Three Grotian Theories of Humanitarian Intervention, Theoretical Inquiries in L. 473 (2015). SSRN.
  • Against Methodological Stare Decisis, 102 Geo. L.J. 1573 (2014) (with Glen Staszewski) (essay). SSRN.
  • Humanitarian Financial Intervention, 24 Eur. J. Int'l L. 583 (2013). SSRN.
  • Human Rights, Emergencies, and the Rule of Law, 34 Human Rts. Q. 39 (2012) (with Evan Fox-Decent). SSRN.
  • Interest Balancing vs. Fiduciary Duty: Two Models for National Security Law, 13 German L.J. 542 (2012) (with Evan Fox-Decent) (solicited). SSRN.
  • Proportionality in Counterinsurgency: A Relational Theory, 87 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1073 (2012). SSRN.
  • When Delegation Begets Domination: Due Process of Administrative Lawmaking, 46 Ga. L. Rev. 117 (2011). SSRN.
  • Fiduciary Administration: Rethinking Popular Representation in Agency Rulemaking, 88 Tex. L. Rev. 441 (2010). SSRN.
  • Mending Holes in the Rule of (Administrative) Law, 104 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1271 (2010) (essay). SSRN.
  • A Fiduciary Theory of Jus Cogens, 34 Yale J. Int'l L. 331 (2009) (with Evan Fox-Decent). SSRN.
  • Deriving Peremptory Norms from Sovereignty, 103 ASIL Proc. 71 (2009) (with Evan Fox-Decent). SSRN.
  • The Fiduciary Constitution of Human Rights, 15 Legal Theory 301 (2009) (with Evan Fox-Decent). SSRN.
  • Chevron's Consensus, 88 B.U. L. Rev. 1271 (2008). SSRN.
  • Fiduciary Foundations of Administrative Law, 54 UCLA L. Rev. 117 (2006). SSRN.
  • The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties in U.S. Treaty Interpretation, 44 Va. J. Int'l L. 431 (2004). SSRN.
  • Chevron Deference and Treaty Interpretation, 112 Yale L.J. 1927 (2003) (comment). SSRN.
  • 26 Yale J. Int'l L. 272 (2001) (reviewing Susan Marks, The Riddle of All Constitutions: International Law, Democracy, and the Critique of Ideology) (book review).
Book Chapters
  • Stakeholder Fiduciaries, in Fiduciaries and Trust: Ethics, Politics, Economics, and Law (Matthew Harding & Paul B. Miller eds., Cambridge U. Press, 2020). SSRN.
  • Fiduciary Principles in International Law, in The Oxford Handbook of Fiduciary Law (Evan J. Criddle, Paul B. Miller, Robert H. Sitkoff eds., Oxford U. Press, 2019). SSRN.
  • Introduction, in The Oxford Handbook of Fiduciary Law (Evan J. Criddle, Paul B. Miller & Robert H. Sitkoff eds., Oxford U. Press, 2019) (co-authored with co-editors). SSRN.
  • Introduction: Fiduciary Government: Promise, Provenance, and Pitfalls, in Fiduciary Government (Evan J. Criddle et al. eds., Cambridge U. Press, 2018) (co-authored with co-editors). SSRN.
  • Guardians of Legal Order: The Dual Commissions of Public Fiduciaries, in Fiduciary Government (Evan J. Criddle et al. eds., Cambridge U. Press, 2018) (with Evan Fox-Decent). SSRN.
  • Fiduciary Law's Mixed Messages, in Research Handbook on Fiduciary Law (Gold & Smith eds. 2017). SSRN.
  • Introduction: Testing Human Rights Theory During Emergencies, in Human Rights in Emergencies (Evan J. Criddle ed., Cambridge U. Press, 2016).
  • A Sacred Trust of Civilization: Fiduciary Foundations of International Law, in Philosophical Foundations of Fiduciary Law (Andrew Gold & Paul Miller eds., Oxford U. Press 2014). SSRN.
  • Proportionality in Counterinsurgency: Reconciling Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, in Counterinsurgency Law: New Directions in Asymmetric Warfare (William C. Banks ed., Oxford U. Press, 2013).

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