Boris Mamlyuk

Associate Professor of Law

(901) 678-2202
(901) 678-0753
Law School, Office 362

About Professor Mamlyuk

Boris Mamlyuk joined the Memphis law faculty in 2011. He teaches first year Contracts, Public International Law, International Business Transactions, and leads the Comparative Law seminar. Professor Mamlyuk earned his J.D. from the University of California (Hastings) in 2005. After admission to the bar, Professor Mamlyuk practiced in the Irvine, CA office of Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, representing clients in complex commercial litigation. In 2007, Mamlyuk returned to academia to pursue doctoral work at the CLEI Centre, a research center founded by Cornell Law School and the University of Turin, Faculty of Law. During the course of his doctoral studies, Mamlyuk held a number of joint appointments, including as visiting scholar at Columbia University's Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies, and as a visiting scholar at Cornell Law School. In 2008-09, Prof. Mamlyuk served as a Fulbright Fellow, studying Russian law and transition at the Institute of State and Law in Moscow. While in Russia, Mamlyuk taught courses on Civil Society and Russian Law and Politics at Moscow's Higher School of Economics.


Ph.D., University of Torino, Faculty of Law, 2011; J.D., University of California (Hastings), 2005; B.A., California State University (Fullerton), 2002.




2011-present, Assistant Professor of Law; 2010-2011, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Ohio Northern University; 2009-2010, Visiting Scholar, Cornell Law School; 2005-2007, Associate, Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP.

Teaching Interests

Contracts, Commercial Law, International and Comparative Law


Mamlyuk's research interests include international legal theory, law and development, and issues of legal transition and Rule of Law reforms in developing and post-socialist states. His current research project focuses on Russia's attempts to harmonize domestic legal structures in light of WTO accession. Mamlyuk has delivered numerous conference presentations on these topics in more than five countries. His work has been selected for presentation at the Yale Comparative Law Works-in-Progress Workshop and he has served as a participant at the annual Institute for Global Law and Policy workshop, hosted by Harvard Law School. Since 2013, Prof. Mamlyuk also serves on the advisory board of CleanApp, a global open-source, wiki-based civic complaint reporting application.

Representative Publications:

  • Russian International Law and Indeterminacy: Cold War and Post-Soviet Dynamics, in The Legal Dimension in Cold War Interactions: Some Notes from the Field (William Simons, Tatiana Borisova, eds., M. Nijhoff 2012).
  • Comparative International Law, 36 Brooklyn J. Int'l L. 385 (2011) (with Ugo Mattei).
  • Russia & Legal Harmonization: an Historical Inquiry into IP Reform as Global Convergence and Resistance, 10 Wash. U. Global Stud. L. Rev. 535 (2011).
  • "Capitalism, Communism ... And Colonialism? A Critical Colonial Reading of 'Transitology' in the Former Soviet Union", 9(1) Global Jurist (2009), with John D. Haskell (SOAS) (reproduced at <http://www.bepress.com/gj/vol9/iss2/art7/>)