Lua Kamál Yuille

Lua Kamal Yuille
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar


Lua Kamál Yuille is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work connects property theory, economics, business law, critical pedagogy and group identity. Her recent projects include studies of the economics and pedagogy of street gang identity and control mechanisms, corporate personality and the communicative impact of citizenship law and policy. Yuille’s career as a lawyer and an educator has taken her all over the world, from prisons in the Bahamas to boardrooms in Argentina, homelands in South Africa to immigrant enclaves in Italy, and more. She formed part of the legal teams for some of the most important legal events in the last decade, her scholarship has broken ground across many areas, and she maintains a robust pro bono practice consulting on immigration matters and advocating for survivors of domestic violence. In 2017, she received the Junior Faculty Teaching Award from the Society of American Law Teachers.

Yuille has accepted a faculty position at Northeastern Law School in Boston beginning with the 2021-2022 academic year. She will reside at KU Law during the fall 2021 semester and serve as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar. Yuille joined the KU Law faculty in 2013 and is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Latin America and Caribbean Studies. She was promoted from Associate Professor of Law to Professor of Law in 2019. Prior to her arrival at KU, Yuille was a William H. Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin School of Law and acted as visiting professor at the University of Oregon School of Law. Before entering academia, Yuille enjoyed a diverse professional career. She served as a law clerk for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and an extern for Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck of the Southern District of New York. She was a socio-economic development lawyer in Latin America and spent nearly a decade at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York, where she developed a diverse generalist practice that emphasized Latin American corporate matters and domestic mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and securities transactions. She also maintained a robust pro bono immigration litigation practice.

Yuille received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she not only was one of two undergraduate students in the nation chosen to begin law school in the Advanced Interdisciplinary Legal Education (A.I.L.E.) Program but was one of two Columbia Law students selected for doctoral level research at the prestigious European University Institute near Florence, Italy. She earned an undergraduate degree, with honors, from The Johns Hopkins University and a graduate diploma in international studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Bologna Center. 


J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 2004
B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2003


  • The intersection of property theory and business law
  • Group identity


New York (3rd Judicial Department); U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Career History

Summer Associate, Associate, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York, NY, 2003, 2005-2013; Research Assistant, Professor George Bermann, Columbia Law School, New York, NY, 2004; Volunteer, Fundacion Mahatma Gandhi, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic, 2007-2008; Associate Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, KS, 2013-present.


Asylum, Business Associations, Corporate Governance, Immigration, Property

Selected Publications

Book chapter

  • "Regionalism, Identity, & the Europe Union: Embracing Democracy or Co-Opting Dissident Voices," in Tipping Points In International Law, Jean D’Aspremont & John Haskell, eds. (Cambridge University Press, publication expected 2020).


  • "Love as Justice," The Langston Hughes Review (forthcoming).
  • "Manufacturing Resilience on the Margins: Understanding Street Gangs Using Property & Vulnerability Theories," 123Penn State L. Rev. 463 (2019).
  • "Dignity Takings in Gangland’s Suburban Frontier," 92 Chicago-Kent L. Rev. 793 (2018).
  • "From Corpo Economicus to Corpo Sapiens," 55 U. U. Louisville L. Rev. 163 (2017).
  • "Creating a Babel Fish for Rights & Religion: Defining ‘Rights’ Through Sacred Texts," 26 Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems 309 (2016).
  • "Blood In, Buy Out: A Property & Economic Approach to Street Gangs," Wisconsin Law Review 1049 (2015)
  • "Liberating Sexual Harassment Law," 22 Michigan Journal of Gender & Law 345 (2015)
  • "Toward A Heterodox Property Law & Economics," 2 Texas A&M Law Review 489 (2015) [invited]
  • "Individuals, Corporations and the Pedagogy of Citizenship," 63 University of Kansas Law Review 903 (2015) [invited]
  • "Sex and the Sexy Workplace," 9 Northwestern Journal of Law & Public Policy 88 (2013)
  • "‘Nobody Gives a Damn About the Gypsies’: The Limits of Westphalian Models for Change," 9 Oregon Review of International Law 389 (2007)
  • "Nobody’s Perfect (Not Even Close): Reevaluating Access to Justice in the United States and Western Europe," 42 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 863 (2004)

Selected Presentations

  • “Identity Property and the Limits of the Sharing Economy,” Property Works-in-Progress, Northeastern University School of Law, September 20 - 21, 2019.
  • “Race, Gender, & the Idea of Property,” Faculty Colloquium, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, November 9, 2018.
  • “The Political Economy of Vulnerability,” Manchester International Law Centre (MILC), University of Manchester School of Law, September 19, 2018.
  • “If Property Were a Black Woman,” Lutie A. Lytle Black Female Law Faculty Workshop, Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, July 11-18, 2018.
  • “Property as Resilience,” Inaugural Professor Margaret E. Montoya Scholarship Retreat, LatCrit Living Justice Institute at Campo Sano, May 24-26, 2018.
  • “The Myth of Autonomy,” Faculty Workshop, University of Arkansas School of Law, March 13, 2018.
  • “Inequity as a Legal Principle,” University of Kansas Law Review Symposium, October 20, 2017.
  • “Identity Property and the Limits of the Sharing Economy,” Property Implications of the Sharing Economy Workshop, Penn State Law, October 6, 2017.
  • “If Property Were a Black Woman,” Property Works-in-Progress, Northeastern University School of Law, September 15, 2017.
  • “Property as Resilience,” Faculty Colloquium, University of New Mexico School of Law, April 19, 2017.
  • “Property as Resilience: Liberating the ‘Hood(s),” Property Works-in-Progress, Boston College School of Law, September 23, 2016.
  • “Identity Property in the Corporation: Agency Cost or Vulnerability,” University of Nebraska School of Law, Faculty Workshop, February 19, 2016.
  • “Corporations, Property, & Personhood: From Corpo Economicus to Corpo Sapiens,” Faculty Colloquium, University of Missouri School of Law, December 2, 2015.
  • “Corporations, Property, & Personhood: From Corpo Economicus to Corpo Sapiens, Culp Colloquium,” Duke University School of Law, May 21, 2015.
  • “The Hobby Lobby Paradox: Corporations, Property, & Personhood,” University of Oregon School of Law, Faculty Speaker Series, April 6, 2015.
  • “Individuals, Corporations, and the Properties of Citizenship, Statelessness & Belonging: Perspectives on Human Migration,” University of Kansas Law Review Symposium, October 24, 2014.
  • “A Property & Economic Approach to Street Gangs,” Michigan State University College of Law, Junior Faculty Workshop, September 26, 2014.
  • "The MisEducation of the Corporation," Annual Federal Bar Association Conference, September 5, 2014.
  • "Corporations, Property, & Personhood," Association for Law, Property, and Society (ALPS), 5th Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., May 1-3, 2014.
  • "The Liberation of Civil Rights Law," Inaugural University of Kansas Libraries Lecture Series, April 3, 2014.
  • "Economic Approaches to Street Gangs," Workshop for New Law Professors and Entry-Level Candidates, Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC, May 11-12, 2012.
  • “Sex & the Sexy Workplace,” The Midwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, 22nd Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, April 12-15, 2012.
  • “A Pedagogical Approach to the Problem of the Criminal Street Gang,” Association for Law, Property, and Society (ALPS), 3rd Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., March 2-3, 2012.
  • "Gangs, Pedagogy & Takings,” University of Wisconsin, Institute for Legal Studies, “Law and …” Workshop, Madison, WI, February 28, 2012.
  • “Pedagogical Approaches to Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment Law,” University of Wisconsin Law School, Junior Faculty Workshop, Madison, WI, January 26, 2012.
  • “A Property Analysis of Gang Injunctions,” Association for Law, Property, and Society (ALPS), 2nd Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., March 4-5, 2011.
  • “Minority Rights and Religious Claims: Challenges and Potentials of Intersectionality,” Annual Meeting of the Law & Society Association, Berlin, Germany, July 25-28, 2007.
  • “Regional Participation in the EU: Embracing Multilevel Governance or Co-Opting Dissidence?” panelist, Oregon Review of International Law Symposium, Eugene, OR, March 16, 2007.


Association for Law, Property, and Society; The Law and Society Association; International Law Association (American Branch); American Law and Economics Association