Jacqueline E. Ross

Prentice H. Marshall Professor of Law


A respected scholar in the fields of evidence and criminal law and procedure, Jacqueline Ross is the co-editor (with Stephen Thaman) of Comparative Criminal Procedure (Elgar Press, 2016) and co-editor (with Thierry Delpeuch) of Comparing the Democratic Governance of Police Intelligence: New Models of Participation and Expertise in the United States and Europe (Elgar Press, 2016) as well as co-author, with Thierry Delpeuch, of the Manuel d’Intelligence de Securite Publique Pour la Police Nationale (Ecole Normale Superieure de Police, 2015), which is the required textbook teaching police intelligence to French police commissioners at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Police. She is currently under contract with Cambridge University Press to write Undercover Under Scrutiny: A Comparative Look at Covert Policing in the United States, Germany, Italy, and France. This book will offer the first sustained look at how the United States, Germany, Italy, and France conceptualize and regulate covert operations.  Contrasting legal actors’ assumptions, ambitions, fears, and habitual ways of doing business highlights what is distinctive about the systems they inhabit and illuminates the promises and challenges of transnational cooperation. This work rests on over 250 interviews conducted in the United States and Europe with covert agents, liaison officials, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges. Ross has also received a Fulbright Research Fellowship and a grant from France’s Agence Nationale de Recherche to fund a new research project comparing how French and American police use local security partnerships as sources of intelligence.

Professor Ross has published on undercover policing and local security partnerships in both American and European journals, including the University of Chicago Law Review, the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the Annual Review of Law and the Social Sciences, and the Italian journalsDiritto e Giustizia (Law and Justice) and Giurisprudenza di Merito (Jurisprudence of Note.) Her article, “Impediments to Transnational Cooperation in Undercover Operations: A Comparative Study of the United States and Italy,” 52 American Journal of Comparative Law 569 (2004), won the Edward Wise Senior Scholar Prize from the American Society of Comparative Law for best article in comparative criminal procedure. Her article, “The Place of Covert Policing in Democratic Societies: A Comparative Study of the United States and Germany,” 55 American Journal of Comparative Law 493 (2007), was also awarded the Ed Wise Senior Scholar Prize as well as the University of Illinois College of Law’s Carroll P. Hurd Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship (2008).  In the fall of 2008, Professor Ross was the Harry S. Carpentier Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School, and during the 2009-2010 academic year, she was a visiting professor at New York University School of Law.

Ross is the co-director (with Jacques DeLisle and Kim Lane Scheppele) of the Pennsylvania-Illinois-Princeton Comparative Law Work in Progress Workshop. She is also the co-organizer with Thierry Delpeuch (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique) of a transatlantic seminar series on intelligence-led policing and local security partnerships.  These alternate between the the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique and the University of Illinois College of Law.

Professor Ross received her bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Chicago. She was an articles editor for the University of Chicago Law Review and graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School.

Ross served as law clerk to the Honorable Douglas H. Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She then spent nine years as an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago and Boston, where she acquired extensive federal trial experience and argued appeals before the 1st and 7th Circuits. She is fluent in German, French, Italian, and Spanish.


BA, JD University of Chicago

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
International and Comparative Law


Comparative Criminal Procedure
Criminal Law
Thesis Research

Selected Publications

“Undercover Populism,” in Contemporary organized crime: developments, challenges and responses (Dina Siegel and Hans Nelen, eds., forthcoming 2017)

Comparing the Democratic Governance of Police Intelligence New Models of Participation and Expertise in the United States and Europe (Thierry Delpeuch and Jacqueline Ross, eds. Elgar Press, 2016)

Comparative Criminal Procedure (Elgar Press, co-edited with Stephen Thaman, St. Louis University School of Law, 2016)

Manuel d’Intelligence de Securite Publique Pour la Police Nationale (Thierry Delpeuch and Jacqueline Ross, Lyon: 2015)

“Anti-Terror Stings and Human Subjects Research: The Implications of the Analogy for Notions of Entrapment and for the Pursuit of Strategic Deterrence,” 47 N.Y.U. J. Int’l L. & Pol. 379-407 (May, 2015)


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