Patrick Borchers, JD
Patrick Borchers, JD

Patrick Borchers, JD

Endowed Professorship, Lillis Family Professorship in Law
School of Law

Academic Appointments


  • Law


  • Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Procedure I and II
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Federal Courts
  • International Arbitration


Patrick Borchers served from 1999-2007 as the eighth Dean of Creighton School of Law and then as Creighton’s Vice-President for Academic Affairs from 2007-2013. Professor Borchers is an internationally recognized scholar in private international law, federal courts law and international arbitration. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the International Academy of Comparative Law. Professor Borchers was the Principal Investigator on a study funded by the United States Agency for International Development to study resolution of claims of United States citizens against the Cuban government.

Patrick Borchers on claims of property of Cuba

Publications and Presentations


  • Peter Hay, Patrick J. Borchers & Symeon C. Symeonides, Christopher A. Whytock, Conflict of Laws (6th ed. 2018), 2018
  • Peter Hay, Russell J. Weintraub & Patrick J. Borchers, CONFLICT OF LAWS: CASES AND MATERIALS, Foundation Press, 14th Edition, 2013
  • Patrick J. Borchers, The Emergence of Quasi Rules in U.S. Conflicts Law, in 12 Yearbook of Private International Law 93 (Andrea Bonomi & Gian Paolo eds., 2010)., 2010
  • Borchers, Patrick J. The choice-of-law revolution: An empirical study, Economics of conflict of laws, 84-111, 2007


  • Patrick J. Borchers, Extending Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(k)(2): A Way to (Partially) Clean Up the Personal Jurisdiction Mess, 67 AM. U. L. REV. 431 (2017)., 2017
  • Patrick J. Borchers, Is the Supreme Court Really Going to Regulate Choice of Law Involving States?, 50 Creighton L. Rev. 7 (2016)., 2016
  • Borchers, Patrick J. One Step Forward and Two Back: Missed Opportunities in Refining the United States Minimum Contacts Test and the European Union Brussels I Regulation, Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, 31, 1-20, 2014
  • Borchers, Patrick J. The Twilight of the Minimum Contacts Test, Seton Hall Circuit Review, 11, 1-39, 2014
  • Borchers, Patrick J. Personal jurisdiction over foreign companies, International Journal of Procedural Law, 3, 5-21, 2013
  • Borchers, Patrick, J. Conflict-of-laws considerations in state court human rights actions, UC Irvine Law Review, 3, 45-61, 2013
  • Borchers,Patrick J. J. McIntyre Machinery, Goodyear, and the incoherence of the minimum contacts test, Creighton Law Review, 44, 1245-1276, 2011
  • Borchers, Patrick J. Foreword to the Shady Grove Opinions, Creighton Law Review, 44, 1-5, 2010
  • Borchers, Patrick J. The Real Risk of Forum Shopping: a Dissent from Shady Grove, Creighton Law Review, 44, 29-41, 2010
  • Borchers, Patrick J. Punitive damages, forum shopping, and the conflict of laws, Louisiana Law Review, 70, 529, 2010
  • Borchers, Patrick J., Kelly, Michael J., Moreno, Erika, Witmer, Richard C., Wunsch, James S., Pearlstein, Arthur Executive summary: Report on the resolution of outstanding property claims between Cuba & the United States, Creighton Law Review, 41, 207-218, 2008
  • Borchers, Patrick J. Categorical exceptions to party autonomy, Tulane Law Review, 82, 1645-1661, 2008
  • Witmer, Richard C., Moreno, Erika, Borchers, Patrick J., Kelly, Michael J. A proposed property claims settlement mechanism for the United States and Cuba, Cuban Affairs, 2, 11-Jan, 2007
  • Borchers, Patrick J. Jones v. Flowers: An Essay on a Unified Theory of Procedural Due Process, Creighton Law Review, 40, 343-352, 2007
  • Borchers, Patrick J. [Review of A. T. Von Mehren, Theory and practice of adjudicatory authority in private internal law: A comparative study of the doctrine, policies, and practices of common- and civil-law stystems], Creighton Law Review, 38, 995-998, 2005
  • Borchers, P. J. Nebraska choice of law: A synthesis, Creighton Law Review, 39, 1-28, 2005
  • Borchers, P. J. Internet libel: The consequences of a non-rule approach to personal jurisdiction, Northwestern University Law Review, 98, 473-492, 2004
  • Borchers, PJ Louisiana's conflicts codification: Some empirical observations regarding decisional predictability, Louisiana Law Review, 60, 1061-1070, 2000
  • Borchers, PJ Empiricism and theory in conflicts law, Indiana Law Journal, 75, 509-510, 2000

Editing and Reviews



  • Patrick J. Borchers, How “International” Should a Third Conflicts Restatement Be in Tort and Contract?, 27 DUKE J. COMP. & INT’L L. 461 (2017)., 2017
  • Peter Hay, Patrick J. Borchers & Richard D. Freer, CONFLICT OF LAWS: CASES AND MATERIALS (15th ed. 2017)., 2017

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Conflict of Laws (Private International Law)

Current Research Projects

  • Hay, Borchers & Symeonides, Conflict of Laws (treatise); Hay, Weintraub & Borchers (casebook); various law review articles in progress.

Awards and Honors

  • Elected to the Order of the Coif and American Law Institute, Phi Beta Kappa, 2016
  • Elected, Order of the Coif, 2016
  • Elected, American Law Institute, 2016
  • Winner, ABA Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy’s Award for Scholarship, 1995
  • Managing Editor, U.C. Davis Law Review , 1985