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Timothy K. Kuhner

Associate Professor of Law

LL.M., magna cum laude, Duke University School of Law
J.D., magna cum laude, Duke University School of Law
A.B., magna cum laude, Bowdoin College


Comparative law
Campaign finance
International law
Human rights
Alternative dispute resolution


Timothy K. Kuhner, associate professor of law, is currently a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Barcelona (Spain). He teaches courses on comparative law, foreign affairs, international law, human rights, campaign finance reform, and alternative dispute resolution. Kuhner’s scholarship focuses on campaign finance, corruption, and democratic theory.

Kuhner has spoken about these topics at venues throughout Europe and the United States, including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Transparency International UK, Common Cause, the Center for Responsive Politics, the Anti-Fraud Office of Catalonia (Barcelona), King’s College (London), the International center for Democratic Transition (Budapest), the Harvard Coop, Columbia University Bookstore, the NYU Bookstore, and Amnesty International Czech Republic. He has been interviewed on NPR, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Public Radio Exchange, the Daily Report, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Northeast Public Radio, the Majority Report, and a variety of other media.

Kuhner is the author of Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution (Stanford University Press 2014), a constitutional exposé on how Supreme Court case law has led to political and economic corruption. In articles published by law journals at Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Virginia, and Indiana University, he has addressed campaign finance reform from the standpoints of constitutional law, democratic and economic theory, comparative law, and international law. Kuhner has also written articles on the topics of globalization, human rights treaties, the war on terrorism, international criminal law and court-connected mediation.

Kuhner’s scholarship has been cited in the Yale Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, Duke Law Journal, NYU Law Review and the American Journal of Comparative Law. His work has also been cited in a variety of international law journals, including those based at Stanford University, Harvard University, Emory University and the University of Michigan.

Since joining Georgia State Law in 2012, Kuhner has received the Patricia T. Morgan Award and the Provost’s Faculty Fellowship Award. Before moving to Atlanta, he worked for three years as associate professor of Anglo-American Law at la Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.

Kuhner also served as a visiting assistant professor at Duke University School of Law and a visiting lecturer at the Catholic University of Portugal. Kuhner’s professional background includes clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, conducting field research on conflict resolution in Argentina, Ecuador and Costa Rica as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, working in an international negotiation firm and most recently, being approved as a court-connected mediator and mediation trainer by the Supreme Court of Georgia’s Commission on Dispute Resolution.

Kuhner received his J.D. and LL.M., magna cum laude, from Duke University School of Law in 2004. He graduated in the top 10 percent of his class and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Bowdoin College where he was awarded highest honors in sociology and the Romance Languages Prize.

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