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Martin Flaherty
Leitner Family Professor
Co-Director, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice

Email: mflaherty17@yahoo.com
Phone: + 1 212-636-6857
Cell: +1 917-880-7918
Twitter ID: MFlaherty17


COLUMBIA, J.D., 1988
YALE, M. Phil., 1987; M.A., with distinction, 1982
PRINCETON, B.A., summa cum laude, 1981
TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, ITT/Fulbright Fellow, 1981-82

  • Visiting Professor, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, Princeton University (2004-present)
  • Visiting Professor, Columbia Law School, Columbia University (Spring 2011)
  • Chair, Committee on International Human Rights, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (2003-06)
  • Visiting Fellow, Program in Law and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, Princeton University (2003-04)
  • Visiting Professor, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing (Spring 1999)
  • Visiting Professor, National Judges College, Beijing (Spring 1999)
  • Consultant, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (1992-present)
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Byron R. White, Supreme Court of the United States (October Term 1990)
  • Law Clerk to Hon. John J. Gibbons, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1988-89)
  • Book Review & Articles Editor, Columbia Law Review (1987-88)



  • Restoring Separation of Powers in Foreign Affairs, 2 St. John’s Journal of International and Comparative Law 1 (2012)
  • Judicial Foreign Relations Authority After 9/11, 56 New York Law School Law Review 121 (2012) [symposium on the tenth anniversary of 9/11]
  • Global Power in and Age of Rights, in The U.S. Supreme Court and International Law: Continuity or change?, (William Dodge, Michael Ramsey, David Sloss, eds; Cambridge 2011).
  • Constitutional Resolve in a World Changed Utterly, in The U.S. Supreme Court and International Law: Continuity or Change?, (William Dodge, Michael Ramsey, David Sloss, eds; Cambridge 2011).
  • Separation of Powers, the Rule of Law, and Executive ‘Creativity’ in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, in Separation of Powers: The U.S. Perspective (D. Sujatha ed. 2009)
  • Surrendering the Rule of Law in Foreign Relations, 32 Fordham Int’l L.J. 1154 (2009).
  • Organs Misused and Used, 53 St. Louis University L.J. 137 (2008).
  • ‘The Story of the Neutrality Controversy: Struggling Over Presidential Power Outside the Courts’ in Presidential Power Stories (Curtis A. Bradley and Christopher H. Schroeder, eds.) (2008)
  • More Real Than Apparent: Separation of Powers, The Rule of Law, and Comparative Executive ‘Creativity’ in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, CATO SUPREME COURT REVIEW 2005-2006 (2006) [exchange with John Yoo].
  • The Most Dangerous Branch Abroad, 30 HARVARD JOURNAL OF LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY 1 (2006) [exchange with Michael Ramsey].
  • Executive Power Essentialism and Foreign Affairs, 102 MICHIGAN LAW REVIEW 545 (2004) [with Curtis A. Bradley]
  • The Future and Past of U.S. Foreign Relations Law, 67 LAW AND CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS (2004)
  • Aim Globally: The Place of Foreign Affairs Law in the U.S. Constitutional Canon 17 CONSTITUTIONAL COMMENTARY 205 (2000)
  • History Right?: Historical Scholarship, Original Understanding, and Treaties as ‘Supreme Law of the Land,’ 99 COLUMBIA LAW REVIEW 2095 (1999)
  • The Most Dangerous Branch, 105 YALE LAW JOURNAL 1725 (1996)


  • One Country, Which Direction?: Hong Kong 15 Years After the Handover, 51 COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF TRANSNATIONAL LAW 275 (2013)
  • Keynote: ‘But for Wuhan?: Do Foreign Law Schools That Operate in Authoritarian Regimes Have Human Rights Obligations?,” 5 DREXEL LAW REVIEW (2013)
  • Human Rights Law, American Justice, and the “War on Terror,” 25 OAH MAGAZINE OF HISTORY 35 (2011).
  • Judicial Globalization in the Service of Self-Government, 20 ETHICS & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS 477 (2006).
  • Separation of Powers in a Global Context, in JUDGES, TRANSITION, AND HUMAN RIGHTS (John Morrison et al. eds., 2006)
  • Rawls, Rights, and Reality, in UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND BULWARKS OF LOCALISM (Christopher Eisgruber and Andras Sajo eds., 2005)
  • Exporting Despair: U.S. Aid Policy and the Right to Health in Kenya, 28 FORDHAM INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 1 (2005) [with Tracy Higgins and Mehlika Hoodbhoy].
  • Unjust Order: Malaysia’s Internal Security Act (2003) [with Nicole Fritz]
  • Presumed Guilty? Criminal Justice and Human Rights in Mexico (Crowley Program & Centrode Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez, 2001)
  • One Country, Two Legal Systems?: A Report on the Rule of Law in Hong Kong Two Years After the Resumption of Chinese Sovereignty, 55 RECORD OF THE ASSOCIATION OF THE BAR OF THE CITY OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK 325 (2000) [Co-author and editor]
  • Obstacles to Reform: Exceptional Courts, Police Impunity and Persecution of Rights Defenders in Turkey (1999) [Co-author and editor]
  • Justice on Trial: State Security Courts, Police Impunity, and the Intimidation of Human Rights Defenders in Turkey, 22 FORDHAM INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 2129 (1999) [Co-author and editor]
  • At the Crossroads: Human Rights and the Northern Ireland Peace Process, (Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, 1996) [Co-author and editor]

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