Peter J. Spiro

Peter J. Spiro

Temple University, US


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) and At Home in Two Countries: The Past and Future of Dual Citizenship (NYU Press forthcoming spring 2016). 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. 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. Spiro holds a B.A. from Harvard College and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Paper at the Strategizens Conference:

The Equality Puzzles of Plural Citizenship

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