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Andrea Armstrong Armstrong

Law Visiting Committee Distinguished Professor of Law


J.D., Yale Law School, 2007

M.P.A., Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, 2001

B.A., New York University, 1996


  • College of Law
  • Law


  • Civil Rights
  • Criminal Justice
  • Incarceration


Professor Armstrong joined the Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law faculty in 2010.  Her research focuses on the constitutional dimensions of prisons and jails, specifically prison labor practices, the intersection of race and conditions of incarceration, and public oversight of detention  facilities.  She teaches in the related fields of constitutional law, criminal law, race and the law, and constitutional criminal procedure. Andrea Armstrong also serves on the board of the Capital Appeals Project and is a founding board member of the Promise of Justice Initiative, a new non-profit dedicated to abolishing the death penalty and advocating for prisoners' rights.  Professor Armstrong is a graduate of Yale Law School, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where she completed her M.P.A. in International Relations, and New York University.

Prior to law school, Professor Armstrong’s research focused on international human rights and regional conflict dynamics.  She has worked with the Center on International Cooperation at NYU, the International Center for Transitional Justice, as well as the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and the U.N. Commission on Human Security.  She also taught policy modules on democratization at the Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University.

After graduating from law school, Professor Armstrong served as a clerk for the Honorable Helen G. Berrigan of the United States Eastern District of Louisiana. She also litigated prisoners’ rights issues, among others, as a Thomas Emerson fellow with David Rosen and Associates in New Haven, CT. She is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York and Louisiana state courts, as well as the U.S. District Court of Connecticut and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Prison Conditions, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Oxford University Press (forthcoming September 2017)(peer-reviewed and solicited chapter).

Death Row Conditions Through an Environmental Justice Lens, U. OF ARK. (forthcoming Summer 2017).

The Racial Origins of Doctrines Limiting Prisoner Protest, 60 HOWARD L. J. 221 (2016).

Race, Prison Discipline, and the Law, 5 U. OF CA. IRVINE L. REV. 101 (2015).

No Prisoner Left Behind? Enhancing Public Transparency of Penal Institutions, 25 STAN. L. & POL'Y REV. 435 (2014).

Slavery Revisited in Penal Plantation Labor, 35 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 835 (2012).

Claims to Pre-emptive Use of Force: Some Trends and Projections, 100 AM. J. INT’L L. 525 (2006)(with Michael W. Reisman)(peer-reviewed).

The Devil is in the Details: Transitional Justice and African Peace Agreements, 6 AFR. HUM. RTS. L. J. 1 (2006)(with Gloria Ntegeye)(peer-reviewed).

German Reparations to the Jews after World War Two: A Turning Point in the History of Reparations, in THE HANDBOOK ON REPARATIONS 390 (Pablo de Greiff ed., 2006)(with Ariel Colonomos).

Reparations and Microfinance Schemes, in THE HANDBOOK ON REPARATIONS 676 (Pablo de Greiff ed., 2006)(with Hans Dieter Seibel).

The Role of Civil Society Actors in Reparations Legislation, in REDRESSING INJUSTICES THROUGH MASS CLAIMS PROCESSES (Permanent Court of Arbitration ed., 2006).

Bad Neighborhoods: The Great Lakes of Africa and South Central Asia, in MAKING STATES WORK 79 (Simon Chesterman et al. eds., 2005) (with Barnett R. Rubin). Regional Issues in the Reconstruction of Afghanistan, XX WORLD POL’Y J. 31 (2003) (with Barnett R. Rubin).

Being Recognized as Citizens: A Human Security Dilemma in Central Asia and the Caucasus, (December 2002) (paper commissioned by the Commission on Human Security) at: