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George P. Fletcher, J.D.

Cardozo Professor of Jurisprudence

(212) 854-2467

616 Jerome Greene

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George P. Fletcher is regarded as one of the leading scholars in the United States in the fields of torts and criminal law, in particular, comparative and international criminal law. He had two books published in 2009. His first novel, The Bond, appeared in the fall. One insightful critic described it as a cross between Sophie's World and The Human Stain. The second book, which discusses tort liability in international cases, was published under the title Tort Liability for Human Rights Abuses. Hart Publishing in the U.K. did the honors for both.

In 2007 and 2008, Fletcher concentrated his books in the field of international criminal law. Defending Humanity: When Force is Justified and Why (Oxford 2008, with Jens Ohlin) explores the analogies between self-defense in domestic and international law. The Grammar of Criminal Law: American, Comparative, and International (Oxford 2007) probes the basic structure and language of diverse systems in criminal punishment. In addition, he has published ten other books and over 150 law review articles.

Fletcher's work is widely read and discussed all over Europe, Latin America, and Israel. He has received foundation awards in the U.S. (Guggenheim, Ford, ACLS, Rockefeller). He was the first foreign scholar to receive the prestigious Wissenschaftspreis [Prize for Scholarship] from the German Humboldt Foundation in 1995. In 2004, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Fletcher has lectured and done media spots in Russian, French, German, Hebrew, Spanish, Hungarian and Italian. He has published dozens of op-ed pieces and longer articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and The New York Review of Books.


Fletcher's research interests include criminal law, comparative law, torts, jurisprudence, international criminal law, jurisprudence of war, and biblical jurisprudence


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