In addition to his law degrees (J.D. & LL.M.) Professor Ritchie has a Ph.D in philosophy. He is currently a Global Ethics Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York, and a Research Associate at the Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict at Oxford University. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Buenos Aires, and a visiting scholar at New York University. Professor Ritchie has taught and lectured extensively in Argentina, Brazil, and Macau. He is also currently on the international jury of PLURAL+, a joint initiative between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration which is a youth-produced video festival that encourages young people to explore migration, diversity and social inclusion, and to share their creative vision with the world.
Professor Ritchie’s scholarship focuses on issues of comparative law, constitutional drafting, film theory (in the context of law and society), legal discourse and rhetoric, and peace studies/nonviolent action. He has published two books and more than two dozen articles in books, law reviews and other academic journals, and he serves on the editorial board of three peer reviewed academic journals. Additionally, Professor Ritchie has previously served as Chair of both the Section on Law & Humanities and the Section on Law & Interpretation of the Association of American Law Schools.
Before joining the faculty at the Mercer University School of Law, Professor Ritchie taught law at three other ABA approved law schools. He is also a member of the Mercer University philosophy department, and has taught philosophy at a number of other colleges and universities. Prior to entering academia, Professor Ritchie practiced law in Oregon for three years.