Patrick Borchers

Patrick J. Borchers
Professor of Law

Patrick Borchers served from 1999-2007 as the eighth Dean of Creighton School of Law and then as Creighton’s Vice-President for Academic Affairs from 2007-2013. Professor Borchers is an internationally recognized scholar in private international law, federal courts law and international arbitration. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the International Academy of Comparative Law. Professor Borchers was the Principal Investigator on a study funded by the United States Agency for International Development to study resolution of claims of United States citizens against the Cuban government.

  • Education: B.S. (1983), University of Notre Dame
  • J.D. (1986), University of California, Davis
  • Conflict of Laws: The Choice-of-Law Process
  • Federal Court
  • Personal Jurisdiction over Foreign Companies, 3 INT’L J. PROC. L. 5, (2013)
  • Conflict of Law, West, 5th edition, with Peter Hay and Symeon C. Symeonides (2010)
  • Comparative Conflict of Laws: Conventions, Regulations, and Codes, Foundation Press, with Peter Hay and Russell J. Weintraub (2009)
  • Report on the Resolution of Outstanding Property Claims Between Cuba and the United States, Creighton University Press, with Michael J. Kelly, Richard C. Witmer, Erika Moreno, Arthur B. Pearlstein, & James S. Wunsch (2007)
  • Conflicts in a Nutshell, Thomas/West, 3rd edition, with David D. Siegel (2005)


  • Conflict-of-Laws Considerations in State Court Human Rights Actions, 3 University of California, Irvine School of Law, Law Review 45 (2013)
  • J. McIntyre Machinery, Goodyear, and the Incoherence of the Minimum Contacts Test, 44 Creighton Law Review 1245 (2011)
  • The Real Risk of Forum Shopping: A Dissent from Shady Grove, 44 Creighton Law Review 29 (2010)
  • Punitive Damages, Forum Shopping, and the Conflict of Laws, Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College. Law School, 70 Louisiana Law Review 529 (2010)
  • Executive Summary: Report on the Resolution of Outstanding Property Claims Between Cuba & the United States, 41 Creighton Law Review 207, with Michael J. Kelly, Erika Moreno, Richard C. Witmer, James S. Wunsch, & Arthur Pearlstein (2008)
  • The Conflict of Laws and Boumediene v. Bush, 42 Creighton Law Review 1 (2008)
  • Categorical Exceptions to Party Autonomy in Private International Law, Tulane Law School, 82 Tulane Law Review 1645 (2008)
  • The Coming Collision: Romer and State Defense of Marriage Acts, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University Law Review 1635 (2008)
  • A Proposed Property Claims Settlement Mechanism for the United States and Cuba, with Richard C. Witmer, Erika Moreno & Michael J. Kelly, 2 CUBAN AFF. 1
  • Jones v. Flowers: An Essay on a Unified Theory of Procedural Due Process, 40 Creighton Law Review 343 (2007)
  • The Essential Irrelevance of the Full Faith and Credit Clause to the Same-Sex Marriage Debate, 38 Creighton Law Review 353 (2005)
  • Nebraska Choice of Law: A Synthesis, 39 Creighton Law Review 1 (2005)
  • Internationally recognized expert in private international law and arbitration

  • Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the Order of the Coif and American Law Institute

  • Elected to the Order of the Coif
  • Elected to the American Law Institute
  • Winner, ABA Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy’s Award for Scholarship (1995)
  • Managing Editor, U.C. Davis Law Review (1985-86)

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Creighton University (2007-2013)
Dean of the Creighton University School of Law (1999-2007)
Professor (1990-99) and Associate Dean (1993-99), Albany Law School
Private law practice (1987-1990)
Clerk for the Hon. Anthony M. Kennedy, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit (1986-87), who has served as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court since 1988