Peter J. Spiro holds the Charles Weiner Chair in international law. Before joining Temple’s faculty in 2006, Professor Spiro was 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, immigration, and constitutional law. Spiro is the author of Beyond 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 The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic, and is frequently quoted in the media on international and immigration law issues. He also writes for the leading international law blog, Opinio Juris. His second book, Dual Citizenship in America and the World, is under contract to New York University Press.
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 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 July 2011, he testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the application of the War Powers Act to U.S. participation in NATO operations in Libya.
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 a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
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Selected PublicationsPublications and Media Appearances
- Chair, AALS Section on Immigration Law (2006-07)
- Advisory Board Member, SSRN/Legal Scholarship Network: Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Law Abstracts
- Open Society Institute Individual Project Fellowship ($75,000), Project: The Law of United States Citizenship, 1998-99
- Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship ($50,000), Project: The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in International Decisionmaking, 1993-94