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Arthur L. Berney

professor emeritus


Arthur Berney

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Professor Berney retired from active teaching duties in the Spring of 2001. He has taught courses in constitutional, communications and national security law. He is coauthor of National Security Law and Legal Problems of the Poor. He has served on the Steering Committee of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. 


B.A., LL.B., University of Virginia.


Work in Progress: A teacher’s manual for National Security Law.

Activities: Involved in the writing of an amicus brief to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts in the same-sex marriage case before that court, for religious groups that support same-sex marriage. Recently quoted by the Boston Herald regarding a class-action lawsuit against Texaco for pollution in Ecuador. Presented a paper on human rights violations in connection with the international effort to control the illicit drug trade, at the conference and workshop, "Global Organized Crime and International Security: Balancing Societal Needs and Human Rights," at the Onati Institute for the Sociology of Law in Spain.

Other: Consulted in a First Amendment case involving a BC Law alumni, and in a Virginia civil suit where a murder conviction was set aside on a writ of habeas corpus.


Fall 2016: No courses taught
Spring 2017: No courses taught

  • With Stephen Dycus, William C. Ganks and Peter Raven-Hansen. National Security Law. 4th ed. New York: Aspen Publishers/Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2007.
  • With Stephen Dycus, William C. Banks and Peter Raven-Hansen. National Security Law. 3rd ed. New York: Aspen Law & Business, 2002.(Accompanied by 2004-2005 Supplement. New York: Aspen Publisher, 2004.)
  • "Repeal Drug Prohibition and End the Financing of International Crime." In Global Organized Crime and International Security, edited by Emilio C. Viano, 173-183. Aldershot; Brookfield, U.S.A.: Ashgate, 1999.
  • With Stephen Dycus, William C. Banks and Peter Raven-Hansen. National Security Law. 2nd ed. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1997.
  • "Cocaine Prohibition: Drug-Induced Madness in the Western Hemisphere." Boston College Third World Law Journal. 15 (Winter 1995): 19-76.
  • With Stephen Dycus, William C. Banks and Peter Raven-Hansen, National Security Law. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1990.
  • With Gerald Tishler, Irwin Cotler, Alan M. Dershowitz, Nancy Ackerman and Ruti Teitel. "Freedom of Speech and Holocaust Denial." Cardozo Law Review 8 (February 1987): 559-594. [Edited version appears as "When Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech Confront Holocaust Denial and Group Libel: Comparative Perspectives." Boston College Third World Law Journal 8 (Winter 1988): 65-90.]
  • "The Justiciability of the FAS Proposal." In First Use of Nuclear Weapons: Under the Constitution, Who Decides? edited by Peter Raven-Hansen, 195-210. New York: Greenwood Press, 1987.
  • Introduction to Massmedia, Freedom of Speech, and Advertising, by Daniel Morgan Rohrer, xv-xvi. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 1979.
  • With Stephen J. Buchbinder. "Constitutional Law." Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law 22 (1975): 257-311.
  • With Harry A. Pierce. "An Evaluative Framework of Legal Aid Models." Washington University Law Quarterly, 1975, no. 1: 5-43.
  • With Joseph Goldberg, John A. Dooley, III, and David W. Carroll. Legal Problems of the Poor: Cases and Materials. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1975.
  • "Legal Aid: A Constitutional Imperative." In Law and Poverty: Cases and Materials, edited by L. M. Singhvi, 331-336. Bombay, India: N.M. Tripathi, 1973.
  • With Russell B. Sunshine. "Basic Legal Education in India: An Empirical Study of the Student Perspective at Three Law Colleges." Journal of the Indian Law Institute 12 (January-March 1970): 39-118.
  • "The Lawyer, Developing Nations and Legal Aid: A Proposal." All India Reporter, 1970, 53-61.
  • "Libel and the First Amendment - A New Constitutional Privilege." Virginia Law Review 51 (January 1965): 1-58.
  • "Criminal Law, Procedure and Administration." Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law 11 (1964): 137-153.