Prof. Peter J. Spiro

Charles R. Weiner Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Peter J. Spiro joined the Temple Law School faculty in Fall 2006 as the inaugural holder of Charles R. Weiner Professorship in international law. Before coming to Temple, Professor Spiro was the Rusk Professor of Law at the University of Georgia Law School, where he also served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development. A former law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court, Spiro specializes in international law, the constitutional aspects of U.S. foreign relations, and immigration and nationality law. Spiro is the author ofBeyond Citizenship: American Identity After Globalization (Oxford University Press 2008).

In a 2007 survey, Professor Spiro was ranked in the top 15 nationally among international law scholars on the basis of academic citation frequency. He has contributed commentary to such publications as FOREIGN AFFAIRS, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, and THE NEW REPUBLIC. He also writes for the leading international law blog, Opinio Juris His recent scholarship can be accessed through his publications page.

In 1993-94, he served as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, during which he studied the growing role of NGOs in international decision-making. Spiro was awarded an Open Society Institute/Soros Foundation fellowship to study the law of American citizenship in 1997-98. He served as a visiting professor at the University of Texas Law School in the spring of 2001, and was a professor of law and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Hofstra University Law School, 1994-2004. Spiro is a frequent speaker in academic and policy forums on dual citizenship, the interaction of federal states with the international system and the role of non-governmental organizations in international institutions. He is a member of the U.S. Department of State's Historical Advisory Committee.

In addition to his 1990-91 Supreme Court clerkship, Spiro served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He has also served as director for democracy on the staff of the National Security Council, as an attorney-adviser in the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Legal Adviser and as a resident associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Spiro holds a B.A. from Harvard College and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.A., Harvard University

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Publications and Multimedia
The President's Authority in Libya - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
April 07, 2011