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Contact Information

Collins Legal Center 457
245 Winter Street SE
Salem  Oregon  97301

Professor Davidson joined the Willamette law faculty in the fall of 2008.  Before joining Willamette, she worked as a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague and the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo. She also worked in criminal defense as an assistant federal public defender in Portland, Oregon, and civil litigation as an associate at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin (now Arnold & Porter) in San Francisco. Davidson served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Davidson graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was an executive editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. During law school, she interned at Human Rights Watch in Brazil. Prior to law school, Davidson worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied history and romance languages at Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Davidson teaches and writes on criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, international criminal law, and international human rights. She speaks Spanish and French fluently and is proficient (albeit rusty) in Portuguese, German, and Italian. She is admitted to the state bar of Oregon (active) and California (inactive status).


  • JD, Harvard Law School, cum laude
  • BA, Princeton University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Selected Publications

Service Activities

Davidson serves on the International Criminal Justice Standards Advisory Group of the American Bar Association and the Board of the Oregon Lawyer’s Chapter of the American Constitutional Society. She has served as a Women in International Law Mentor for the American Society of International Law, a judge of the International Humanitarian Law Annual Student Writing Competition, co-sponsored by the American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Center and the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict, and a peer reviewer for numerous journals, including the Anuario Colombiano de Derecho Internacional, the [Oxford] International Journal of Transitional Justice, the [University of Toronto] Journal of International Law and International Relations, and the Law & Society Review.

Willamette University

Faculty Support

College of Law
245 Winter Street SE
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
(503) 370-6405

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