U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Returns to Teach in International Law Program

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Continued High Court participation offers New England Law | Boston students extraordinary study abroad opportunity

Justice Antonin G. Scalia will teach in New England Law | Boston’s study abroad program in Galway, Ireland, in 2014. This marks the second appearance in recent years by Justice Scalia, and the fourth overall by a U.S. Supreme Court justice, in the annual Summer Program on International and Comparative Human Rights Law.

“Once again, Justice Scalia’s presence will provide New England Law students with an extraordinary opportunity to learn from one of our nation’s leading jurists,” said Dean John F. O’Brien. “It is a great honor for New England Law, and I am very grateful that he accepted the invitation I extended for him to return to Galway. Students who studied with him on his previous visit were effusive in their praise and enthusiasm.”

The six-week Galway summer program provides students with an opportunity to study law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway. Taught by experts in the field from Ireland, the United States, and other nations, the program focuses on courses related to international and comparative human rights law and accountability for human rights violations.

U.S. Supreme Court justices regularly bring their points of view to New England Law’s classrooms and international programs. In 2011, Justice Anthony Kennedy visited the Galway program as a guest-lecturer, and Justice Antonin Scalia taught there previously in 2008.

Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., taught a course concerning the history of the Supreme Court as part of the 2009 summer program in Galway. In addition, he taught in summer programs sponsored by New England Law at the University of Malta’s Foundation for International Studies (2012) and in Prague, Czech Republic (2013).

Justices Harry Blackmun, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy, and Clarence Thomas have also addressed faculty and students on the law school’s Boston campus.

Other distinguished recent Galway faculty members include Jeffrey P. Minear, counselor to the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (2012), and Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court Ruth V. McGregor (retired) (2010).

Justice Scalia is the longest serving current High Court justice. He received his A.B. from Georgetown University and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School and was a Sheldon Fellow of Harvard University (1960-1961). He was in private practice in Cleveland (1961-1967), a professor of law at the University of Virginia (1967-1971), a professor of law at the University of Chicago (1977-1982), and a visiting professor of law at Georgetown University and Stanford University. He was chairman of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law (1981-1982) and its Conference of Section Chairmen (1982-1983).

He served the federal government as general counsel of the Office of Telecommunications Policy (1971-1972), chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States (1972-1974), and assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel (1974-1977). He was appointed judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1982. He took his seat on the Supreme Court in 1986 following nomination by President Reagan.

The Galway summer abroad program is among several international legal study options available to New England Law students via the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education (CILE). New England Law is a founding member of CILE, along with California Western School of Law, South Texas College of Law/Houston, and William Mitchell College of Law.

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