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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Two Humanitarianisms

Wednesday, September 17
3:30 p.m.
East Wing 120, Boston College Law School

with John Witt,
Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law at Yale Law School

Constitution Day Lecture co-sponsored by the BC Legal History Roundtable.

about the speaker


Professor John Witt, Yale Law School

John Witt is the Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where he teaches courses in American Legal History, Torts, and History of the Laws of War.

After receiving his B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. in History—all from Yale University—Professor Witt served as a law clerk to Judge Pierre N. Leval on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Subsequently, he became a professor of law at Columbia University before returning to Yale in his current position. In 2010 he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship to continue his project on the laws of war in American history.

Professor Witt’s most recent book, Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History, was awarded the 2013 Bancroft Prize, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, was selected for the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book for 2012. His previous works include Patriots and Cosmopolitans: Hidden Histories of American Law and The Accidental Republic: Crippled Workingmen, Destitute Widows, and the Remaking of American Law—which was awarded the 2002 Thomas J. Wilson Prize for its examination of the development of American tort law at the turn of the 20th century.