Eric L. Muller

Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law in Jurisprudence and Ethics

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(919) 962-7067
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5107 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall
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Areas of Expertise

  • Civil Rights and Discrimination
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Leadership
  • Legal Biography
  • Legal Education
  • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Legal History
  • Legal Profession
  • Military, War, and Peace
  • National Security Law
  • Race and the Law
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Biography

Eric Muller joined the Carolina Law faculty in 1998 and serves as the Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor in Jurisprudence and Ethics. He is one of the leading scholars of the removal and imprisonment of Japanese Americans in World War II and has published extensively in the field for more than two decades. He has also published in the areas of constitutional criminal procedure, the law of slavery, and the Nazi legal system. He has published two monographs, “Free to Die for their Country: The Story of the Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II” (U. of Chicago Press 2001) and “American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II” (UNC Press 2007), and an edited volume, “Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II” (UNC Press 2012), which the Western History Association awarded its Joan Kerr Patterson Prize. His articles have appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review, and the University of Chicago Law Review, among others.

Muller attended Yale Law School, where he was Current Topics Editor for the Yale Law & Policy Review, and then clerked for Judge H. Lee Sarokin of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He worked briefly for a litigation firm in New York City and then served as an Assistant US Attorney in the District of New Jersey before entering academia as an assistant professor at the University of Wyoming College of Law. At UNC, Muller served as the law school’s Associate Dean for Faculty Development and as director of the Center for Faculty Excellence, the faculty development center serving the entire university.

Education

  • J.D., Yale University (1987)
  • A.B., Brown University (1984)

Selected Publications

Of Coercion and Accommodation: Looking at Japanese American Imprisonment through a Law Office Window, 35 LAW & HIST. REV. 277 (2017).
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COLORS OF CONFINEMENT: RARE KODACHROME PHOTOGRAPHS OF JAPANESE AMERICAN INCARCERATION IN WORLD WAR II (with photographs by Bill Manbo) (UNC Press, 2012)
D769.8.A6 M327 2012

Hirabayashi and the Invasion Evasion, 88 N.C. L. REV. 1333 (2010).
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Judging Thomas Ruffin and the Hindsight Defense, 87 N.C. L. REV. 757 (2009).
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AMERICAN INQUISITION: THE HUNT FOR JAPANESE AMERICAN DISLOYALTY IN WORLD WAR II (University of North Carolina Press, 2007).
D769.8.A6 M85 2007

Betrayal on Trial: Japanese-American "Treason" in World War II, 82 N.C. L. REV. 1759 (2004).
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FREE TO DIE FOR THEIR COUNTRY: THE STORY OF THE JAPANESE AMERICAN DRAFT RESISTERS IN WORLD WAR II (University of Chicago Press, 2001, paperback 2003).
D810.C82 M85 2001

The Hobgoblin of Little Minds? Our Foolish Law of Inconsistent Verdicts, 111 HARV. L. REV. 771 (1998).
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Solving the Batson Paradox: Harmless Error, Jury Representation, and the Sixth Amendment, 106 YALE L.J. 93 (1996).
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