Prof. Martin Flaherty

Leitner Family Professor, Fordham University School of Law

Martin S. Flaherty is Leitner Family Professor of Law and Co-Founding Director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he was Fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs and a Visiting Professor at the New School in New York.. Professor Flaherty has taught at China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, and has recently founded the Rule of Law in Asia Program at the Leitner Center as well as co-founded the Committee to Support Chinese Lawyers. He has also taught at Sungkyunkwan Univeristy in Seoul, Queen’s University Belfast, Cardozo School of Law, and the New School. Previously Professor Flaherty served as a law clerk for Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court and Chief Judge John Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Flaherty holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Princeton, an M.A. and M.Phil. from Yale (in history) and a J.D. from the Columbia Law School, where he was Book Reviews and Articles Editor of the Columbia Law Review. Formerly chair of the New York City Bar Association’s International Human Rights Committee, he has led or participated in human rights missions to Northern Ireland, Turkey, Hong Kong, Mexico, Malaysia, Kenya, and Romania. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Flaherty's publications focus upon constitutional law and history, foreign affairs, and international human rights and appear in such journals as the Columbia Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, and the University of Chicago Law Review. His publications include: “Executive Power Essentialism and Foreign Affairs” [with Curtis Bradley], Michigan Law Review; “The Most Dangerous Branch,” Yale Law Journal; and “History ‘Lite’ in Modern American Constitutionalism,” Columbia Law Review. He has appeared or been quoted in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Daily News, Newsday, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox.

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Publications and Multimedia
Drones and Presidential Authority - Event Audio/Video
2014 Annual Student Symposium
March 25, 2014
Taming Globalization - Faculty Book Podcast
Faculty Division Podcast 06-06-12 featuring Julian Ku and Martin Flaherty
June 06, 2012
Meet the New Boss: Continuity in Presidential War Powers - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 10, 2011
Will Trying Suspected Terrorists in Federal Court Advance the Interests of Justice and National Security? - Event Audio/Video
Fordham Student Chapter, New York Lawyers Chapter, and the International & National Security Law Practice Group
January 27, 2010
The Pay Czar & the Appointments Clause – a Forum
Online Debate
November 19, 2009
PCAOB Debate
Online Debate
October 27, 2009
Customary International Law, the War on Terror, and the Constitution - Event Audio
International & National Security Law Practice Group
May 03, 2006