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Bruce Ottley

  • Professor of Law
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  • Full-time
  • (312) 362-8145
  • ​1055 O'Malley

Bruce L. Ottley is a professor of law at DePaul University, where he has taught since 1978. He also directs the DePaul University/University College Dublin Cooperative Program, and serves as a co-director of the International Aviation Law Institute. Professor Ottley served as associate dean of the College of Law for nine years, acting dean in 2006 and interim dean during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Professor Ottley's areas of teaching include torts, civil procedure, remedies and products liability. He is the co-author of Illinois Tort Law (4th ed., LexisNexis 2011), Product Liability Law in Illinois (4th ed., Law Bulletin Publishing 2009), Understanding Products Liability Law (2d ed., LexisNexis 2013), and Arson Law and Prosecution (Carolina Academic Press 2009). He also worked with the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts for 20 years conducting seminars on tort law for Illinois judges.

Prior to joining DePaul, Professor Ottley was a member of the University of Papua New Guinea Faculty of Law from 1972 to 1977. While in Papua New Guinea, he also practiced law and was a judge of the National Capitol District Court from 1976 to 1977.


BA, University of Missouri-Kansas City; JD and MA, University of Iowa; LLM, Columbia University

Areas of Expertise

Torts, Civil Procedure, Remedies, Products Liability

Courses Taught

  • Civil Procedure
  • Remedies and Products Liability
  • Torts


  • Articles
  • Books
  • Book Chapters
  • Miscellaneous


2014 With John B. Lewis, New York Times v. Sullivan at 50: Despite Criticism, the Actual Malice Standard Still Provides "Breathing Space" for Communications in the Public Interest, 63 DePaul L. Rev. 1 (forthcoming, 2014). string;#
2014 Airline Immunity for Reporting Suspicious Activities Under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act: Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp v. Hoeper, 13 Issues in Aviation L. & Pol'y 215 (2014). string;#
2011 With T. Kleinhaus , Confronting the Past: The Elusive Search for Post-Conflict Justice, 46 Irish Jurist 107 (2011) string;#
2010 Beyond the Crime Laboratory: The Admissibility of Unconfirmed Forensic Evidence in Arson Cases, 36 New Eng. J. on Crim. & Civ. Confinement 263 (2010). string;#Click Here
2002 Reconciling Modernity and Tradition: Papua New Guinea’s Underlying Law Act, 80 Reform 22 (2002). string;#Click Here
1992 With Marguerite Nye Conboy, A Reasonable Probability of Substantial Harm? Health Care Workers, AIDS and the Duty to Disclose, 25 J. of Health and Hosp. L. 65 (1992). string;#
1991 With Katherine Schweit, Free Speech: The Need for a Consistent Standard, 18 Hum. Rts. 2 (1991). string;#Click Here
1989 With John B. Lewis and Gregory V. Mersol, Defamation and the Workplace: A Survey of the Law and Proposals for Reform, 54 Mo. L. Rev. 797 (1989). string;#Click Here
1988 Comparing Comparative Negligence: Is There a Difference Between The "Pure" and "Modified" Forms?, 22 J. Marshall L. Rev. 243 (1988). string;#Click Here
1988 With Younghee Jin, Liability for Defective Products in the Soviet Union: Socialist Law Versus Soviet Reality, 8 Nw. J. Int`l L. & Bus. 640 (1988). string;#Click Here
1988 With John B. Lewis and Gregory V. Mersol, Defamation Actions in the Workplace: How to Protect the Employer, 5 Compleat Law. 44 (1988). string;#
1985 With John B. Lewis and Younghee Jin Ottley, New York Times v. Sullivan: Its Continuing Impact on Libel Law, 21 Trial 59 (1985). string;#
1984 With John B. Lewis and Younghee Jin Ottley, New York Times v. Sullivan: A Retrospective Examination, 33 DePaul L. Rev. 741 (1984). string;#Click Here
1984 With John B. Lewis and Younghee Jin Ottley, Product Liability Law In Japan: An Introduction to a Developing Area of Law, 14 Ga. J. Int'l. & Comp. L. 29 (1984). string;#Click Here
1983 With J. Zorn, Criminal Law in Papua New Guinea: Code, Custom and the Courts in Conflict, 31 Am. J. Comp. L. 251 (1983). string;#Click Here
1983 With Charles Valauskas, China's Developing Environmental Law: Policies, Practices and Legislation, 6 B.C. Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 81 (1983). string;#Click Here
1983 With John B. Lewis, Title VII and Friendship, Commerce, and Navigation Treaties: Prognostications Based Upon Sumitomo Shoji, 44 Ohio St. L.J. 45 (1983). string;#Click Here
1982 With John B. Lewis, China's Developing Labor Law, 59 Wash. U. L.Q. 1165 (1982). string;#Click Here
1982 Criminal Liability for Defective Products: New Problems in Corporate Responsibility and Sanctioning, 53 Rev. Internationale de Droit Penal 145 (1982). string;#
1981 Developing Legal Education in a Developing Country: A Case Study of Papua New Guinea, 31 J. Legal Educ. 183 (1981). string;#Click Here
1981 With Charles Valauskas, Recent Developments in Environmental Protection and Law in the People's Republic of China, 7 Rev. of Socialist L. 35 (1981). string;#Click Here


2013 With Rogelio A. Lasso, Understanding Products Liability Law, (2d ed., LexisNexis, 2013). string;#
2011 With R. Lasso , Illinois Tort Law (4th ed., Lexis Publishing 2011) string;#
2009 With C. Chapman and T. Hoffman, Product Liability Law in Illinois (rev. 4th ed., Law Bulletin Publishing, 2009). string;#
2009 With John Decker, Arson Law and Prosecution (Carolina Academic Press, 2009). string;#
2006 With Terrence F. Kiely, Understanding Products Liability Law (LexisNexis, 2006). string;#
2004 With John Decker, Investigation and Prosecution of Arson (Lexis Law Pub., 1999; Supplements 1999-2000, 2000-2002 and 2004). string;#
2003 With C. Chapman and T. Hoffman, Product Liability Law in Illinois (rev. 3d ed., Law Bulletin Publishing, 2003). string;#
2000 With Michael J. Polelle, Illinois Tort Law (3d ed., Lexis Pub. 2000; Supplements 2003-2008). string;#
1993 With Michael J. Polelle, Illinois Tort Law (2nd ed., Butterworth, 1993; Supplements 1994-2000). string;#
1985 With Michael J. Polelle, Illinois Tort Law (Butterworth, 1985; Supplement 1991). string;#
1981 With Heather McRae, Cases and Materials on Criminal Law in Papua New Guinea (U. Papua New Guinea, 1981). string;#

Book Chapters

2007 The Republic of Palau in Encyclopedia of World Constitutions (Facts On File, 2007). string;#
2000 The Expert Witness: A Contemporary Challenge for Criminal Procedure, in The Principles of Criminal Procedure and the Contemporary Challenge (A. Waitlowski and A. Zoll eds., 2000). string;#
1995 Looking Back to the Future: The Colonial Origins of Current Attitudes Toward Customary Law, in Custom at the Crossroads (Jonathan Aleck & Jackson Rannells eds., 1995). string;#
1993 Republic of Palau, in South Pacific Islands Legal Systems (Michael A. Ntumy, ed., U. of Hawaii Press, 1993). string;#
1993 Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, iin South Pacific Islands Legal Systems (Michael A. Ntumy, ed., U. of Hawaii Press, 1993). string;#
1992 Custom and Introduced Criminal Justice, in Legal Issues in a Developing Society: 1990 Law Conference on "The Supreme Court in the Eighties" : commemorating Sir Buri Kidu's 10 years in office (U. of Papua New Guinea, 1992). string;#


1988 Defamation and Employment: Suggestion for Reform, DePaul L. Mag., Spring 1988, at 5. string;#
1987 Privileges Arising in the Workplace, 133 Chi. Daily L. Bull., November 18, 1987 at 2, col. 4. string;#
1987 Workplace Growing Source of Suits, 133 Chi. Daily L. Bull., November 11, 1987 at 2, col. 4. string;#
1983 Labor Law in the SEZ's: Moving Toward Western Norms, 5 E. Asian Executive Rep. 11 (Feb. 15, 1983). string;#
1981 With John B. Lewis, Recent Developments in China's Labor Law and Policy, 3 E. Asian Executive Rep. 3 (March 1981). string;#
1980 The Revolutionary Courts of Iran: Islamic Law or Revolutionary Justice, 4 Newsletter of Int'l L. 1 (1980). string;#