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David J. Luban

University Professor

B.A., University of Chicago; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale

Areas of Expertise:

International Law, Jurisprudence and Philosophy, Legal Profession and Professional Ethics, National Security, Military, War and Peace

David Luban is a University Professor and Professor of Law and Philosophy. In 2012-13 he co-directed the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London. Luban...

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David Luban is a University Professor and Professor of Law and Philosophy. In 2012-13 he co-directed the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London. Luban has also directed Georgetown's Center on National Security and Law. His research interests center on moral and legal responsibility in organizational settings, including law firms, government, and the military. In addition to legal ethics, he also writes on just war theory, national security, and international criminal law.


Luban is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center; and has received prizes for distinguished scholarship from the American Bar Foundation and the New York State Bar Association. In 2011 he was a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University.

Luban's books include Lawyers and Justice: An Ethical Study (Princeton University Press, 1988), Legal Modernism (University of Michigan Press, 1994), and Legal Ethics and Human Dignity (Cambridge University Press, 2007). His most recent book, Torture, Power, and Law (Cambridge University Press, 2014), won the American Publishers Association PROSE Award for professional and scholarly excellence in philosophy. Other books include edited anthologies on legal ethics and textbooks on international criminal law and legal ethics. He has published more than 180 articles. Luban has testified before both houses of the U.S. Congress.

Luban joined the Georgetown faculty from the University of Maryland. He has held visiting chairs at the Fordham, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale Law Schools; and has been a visiting professor at the Interdisciplinary Center (Israel), Dartmouth College, and the University of Melbourne. From 2013-15 he was Distinguished Visitor in Ethics at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, U.S. Naval Academy. A frequent speaker in the United States, Luban has also lectured in fifteen other countries.

Luban is on the editorial boards of Ethics & International Affairs and Legal Ethics, and is a Founding Editor of the weblog Just Security. He has served on the D.C. Bar's ethics committee, chaired the AALS Sections on Professional Responsibility and Law and Interpretation, as well as the Committee on Law and Philosophy of the American Philosophical Association.

Recent Scholarship

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • David Luban, Knowing When Not to Fight, in Oxford Handbook of the Ethics of War (Helen Frowe & Seth Lazar eds., forthcoming).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Books

  • David Luban, Deborah L. Rhode, Scott L. Cummings & Nora Freeman Engstrom, Legal Ethics (New York: Foundation Press 7th ed. 2016).   

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • David Luban & W. Bradley Wendel, Philosophical Legal Ethics: An Affectionate History, 30 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 337-364 (2017).    [W] [SSRN]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • David Luban, A Different Nightmare and a Different Dream, in Lawyers' Ethics 469-499 (Monroe H. Freedman, Abbe Smith & Alice Woolley eds., Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge 2017).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Human Rights Thinking and the Laws of War, in Theoretical Boundaries of Armed Conflicts and Human Rights 45-77 (Jens David Ohlin ed., New York: Cambridge University Press 2016).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [BOOK]
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All Scholarship 1980 - Present

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • David Luban, Knowing When Not to Fight, in Oxford Handbook of the Ethics of War (Helen Frowe & Seth Lazar eds., forthcoming).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Books

  • David Luban, Deborah L. Rhode, Scott L. Cummings & Nora Freeman Engstrom, Legal Ethics (New York: Foundation Press 7th ed. 2016).   
  • David Luban, Julie Rose O'Sullivan & David P. Stewart, International and Transnational Criminal Law (New York: Aspen Publishers 2d ed. 2014).   
  • David Luban, Torture, Power, and Law (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press 2014).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Deborah L. Rhode & Scott L. Cummings, Legal Ethics (New York: Foundation Press 6th ed. 2013).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Una Teoría de los Crímenes Contra la Humanidad [A Theory of Crimes Against Humanity], (Ezequiel Malarino y Marisa Vázquez trans., Monografías Jurídicas 16, Bogotá, Colom.: Editorial Temis 2011).   
  • David Luban, Julie Rose O'Sullivan & David P. Stewart, International and Transnational Criminal Law (New York: Aspen Publishers 2010).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban & Deborah L. Rhode, Legal Ethics (New York: Foundation Press 5th ed. 2009).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Legal Ethics and Human Dignity (New York: Cambridge University Press 2007).    [BOOK]
  • Legal Ethics Stories (David Luban & Deborah L. Rhode eds., New York: Foundation Press 2006).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Fa lü xian dai zhu yi [Legal Modernism] (Yigong Su trans., Beijing: Zhongguo zheng fa da xue chu ban she 2005).   
  • David Luban & Deborah L. Rhode, Legal Ethics (New York: Foundation Press 4th ed. 2004).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Horitsuka Rinri to Yoki Handanryoku [Good Judgement in Legal Ethics] (Hiroshi Sumiyoshi trans., Hanoi, Vietnam: Chuo University Press 2002).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban & Deborah L. Rhode, Legal Ethics (New York: Foundation Press 3d ed. 2001).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • David Luban & W. Bradley Wendel, Philosophical Legal Ethics: An Affectionate History, 30 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 337-364 (2017).    [W] [SSRN]
  • David Luban, Optimism, Skepticism, and Access to Justice, 3 Tex. A&M L. Rev. 495-513 (2016).    [HEIN] [W]
  • David Luban, Demystifying Political Violence: Some Bequests of ICTY and ICTR, 110 Am. J. Int'l L. (Unbound) 251-257 (2016).   
  • David Luban, Arendt on the Crime of Crimes, 28 Ratio Juris 307-325 (2015).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • David Luban, Time-Mindedness and Jurisprudence, 101 Va. L. Rev. 903-917 (2015).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • David Luban & Gabriella Blum, Unsatisfying Wars: Degrees of Risk and the Jus ex Bello, 125 Ethics 751-780 (2015).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • David Luban & Naomi Mezey, Introduction: Law After Babel, 25 King's L.J. 223-230 (2014).   
  • David Luban, After the Honeymoon: Reflections on the Current State of International Criminal Justice, 11 J. Int'l Crim. Just. 505-515 (2013).   
  • David Luban, Military Necessity and the Cultures of Military Law, 26 Leiden J. Int'l L. 315-349 (2013).    [W]
  • David Luban, That the Laws Be Faithfully Executed: The Perils of the Government Legal Advisor, 38 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 1043-1055 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • David Luban & Henry Shue, Mental Torture: A Critique of Erasures in U.S. Law, 100 Geo. L.J. 823-863 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • David Luban, Misplaced Fidelity, 90 Tex. L. Rev. 673-690 (2012) (reviewing W. Bradley Wendel, Lawyers and Fidelity to Law (2010)).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • David Luban, The Moral Complexity of Cause Lawyers Within the State, 81 Fordham L. Rev. 705-714 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • David Luban, Fred Zacharias’s Skeptical Moralism, 48 San Diego L. Rev. 303-319 (2011).    [HEIN] [W]
  • David Luban, Hannah Arendt as a Theorist of International Criminal Law, 11 Int'l Crim. L. Rev. 621-641 (2011).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • David Luban, 120 Ethics 864-869 (2010) (reviewing Daniel Markovits, A Modern Legal Ethics: Adversary Advocacy in a Democratic Age (2008)).   
  • David Luban, Carl Schmitt and the Critique of Lawfare, 43 Case W. Res. J. Int'l L. 457-471 (2010).    [W] [WWW]
  • David Luban, How Must a Lawyer Be? A Response to Woolley and Wendel, 23 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 1101-1117 (2010).    [W]
  • David Luban, The Conscience of a Prosecutor, 45 Val. U. L. Rev. 1-31 (2010).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • David Luban, Opting Out of the Law of War: Comments on Withdrawing from International Custom, 120 Yale L.J. Online 151-167 (2010).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • David Luban, The Rule of Law and Human Dignity: Re-examining Fuller’s Canons, 2 Hague J. on Rule L. 29-47 (2010).   
  • David Luban, Human Dignity, Humiliation and Torture, 19 Kennedy Inst. Ethics J. 211-230 (2009).    [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • David Luban, Lawfare and Legal Ethics in Guantánamo, 60 Stan. L. Rev. 1981-2026 (2008).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • David Luban, The Inevitability of Conscience: A Response to My Critics, 93 Cornell L. Rev. 1437-1466 (2008).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • David Luban, On the Commander in Chief Power, 81 S. Cal. L. Rev. 477-571 (2008).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • David Luban, Calling Genocide by Its Rightful Name: Lemkin's Word, Darfur, and the UN Report, 7 Chi. J. Int'l L. 303-320 (2006).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • David Luban, Lawyers as Upholders of Human Dignity (When They Aren't Busy Assaulting It), 2005 U. Ill. L. Rev. 815-845.    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • David Luban, Liberalism, Torture and the Ticking Bomb, 91 Va. L. Rev. 1425-1461 (2005).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • David Luban, A Theory of Crimes Against Humanity, 29 Yale J. Int'l L. 85-167 (2004).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • David Luban, Folktales of International Justice, 98 Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. 182-185 (2004).    [HEIN] [W]
  • David Luban, The Coiled Serpent of Argument: Reason, Authority, and Law in a Talmudic Tale, 79 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 1253-1288 (2004).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • David Luban, Integrity: Its Causes and Cures, 72 Fordham L. Rev. 279-310 (2003).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • David Luban, Taking Out the Adversary: The Assault on Progressive Public Interest Lawyers, 91 Cal. L. Rev. 209-246 (2003).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • David Luban, A Midrash on Rabbi Shaffer and Rabbi Trollope, 77 Notre Dame L. Rev. 889-923 (2002).    [HEIN] [W]
  • David Luban, The Publicity of Law and the Regulatory State, 10 J. Pol. Phil. 296-316 (2002).    [SSRN]
  • David Luban, The War on Terrorism and the End of Human Rights, 22 Phil. & Pub. Pol'y Q. 9-14 (2002).    [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • David Luban, A Man Lost in the Gray Zone - Comment on Forum: Judging Evil. New Departures in Israeli Legal History, Part Two, 19 Law & Hist. Rev. 161-176 (2001).    [HEIN] [W]
  • David Luban, Legal Scholarship as a Vocation, 51 J. Leg. Educ. 167-174 (2001).    [HEIN] [W]
  • David Luban, Natural Law as Professional Ethics: A Reading of Fuller, 18 Soc. Phil. & Pol’y 176-205 (2001).    [Gtown Law]
  • David Luban, The Bad Man and the Good Lawyer: A Centennial Essay on Holmes’ "The Path of the Law", 72 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1547-1583 (1997).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • David Luban, 116 Ethics 409-412 (2006) (reviewing Jon Elster, Closing the Books: Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective (2004)).    [W]
  • David Luban, 54 Int'l & Comp. L.Q. 804-806 (2005) (reviewing Luc Reydams, Universal Jurisdiciton: International and Municipal Legal Perspectives (2003)).    [HEIN] [W]
  • David Luban, 113 Ethics 724-730 (2003) (reviewing The Cambridge Companion to Hanna Arendt (Dana Villa ed., 2000)).    [W]
  • David Luban, 111 Phil. Rev. 620-624 (2002) (reviewing War Crimes and Collective Wrongdoing: A Reader (Aleksander Jokic ed., 2001)).   
  • David Luban, 112 Ethics 156-157 (2001) (reviewing Stuart Hampshire, Justice is Conflict (2001)).    [W]
  • David Luban, The Art of Honesty, 101 Colum. L. Rev. 1763-1774 (2001) (reviewing Lawrence Joseph, Lawyerland: What Lawyers Talk About When They Talk About Law (1997)).    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • David Luban, A Different Nightmare and a Different Dream, in Lawyers' Ethics 469-499 (Monroe H. Freedman, Abbe Smith & Alice Woolley eds., Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge 2017).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Human Rights Thinking and the Laws of War, in Theoretical Boundaries of Armed Conflicts and Human Rights 45-77 (Jens David Ohlin ed., New York: Cambridge University Press 2016).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Human Rights Pragmatism and Human Dignity, in Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights 263-278 (Rowan Cruft, S. Matthew Liao & Massimo Renzo eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2015).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Übernahme von Risiken und Schutz für die Truppe, in Den Gegner Schützen?: Zu einer Aktuellen Kontroverse in der Ethik des Bewaffneten Konflikts 75-124 (Bernhard Koch ed., Baden-Baden, Ger.: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft 2014).   
  • David Luban, Risk Taking and Force Protection, in Reading Walzer 277-301 (Yitzhak Benbaji & Naomi Sussman eds., Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge 2014).    [SSRN]
  • David Luban, Treatment of Prisoners and Torture, in The Cambridge Handbook of Human Dignity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives 446-453 (Marcus Düwell, Jens Braarvig, Roger Brownsword & Dietmar Mieth eds., Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press 2014).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, ¿Existe el Derecho Humano a un Abogado? [Is There a Human Right to a Lawyer?], in El buen jurista. Deontología del Derecho [The Good Lawyer. Ethics of Law] 217-232 (Cristina García Pascual ed., Valencia, Spain: Tirant lo Blanch 2013).   
  • David Luban, Just Cause (in War), Entry, in 5 The International Encyclopedia of Ethics 2851-2860 (Hugh LaFollette ed., Malden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell 2013).   
  • David Luban & Daniel Luban, Cheating in Baseball, in The Cambridge Companion to Baseball 185-196 (Leonard Cassuto & Stephen Partridge eds., New York: Cambridge University Press 2011).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, State Criminality and the Ambition of International Criminal Law, in Accountability for Collective Wrongdoing 61-91 (Tracy Lynn Isaacs & Richard Vernon eds., New York: Cambridge University Press 2011).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Fairness to Rightness: Jurisdiction, Legality, and the Legitimacy of International Criminal Law, in The Philosophy of International Law 569-588 (Samantha Besson & John Tasioulas eds., New York: Oxford University Press 2010).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Liberalism, Torture and the Ticking Bomb, in The Right Thing to Do: Basic Readings in Moral Philosophy (James Rachels & Stuart Rachels eds., New York: McGraw-Hill 5-6th ed. 2010-2012).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Tales of Terror: Lessons for Lawyers from the 'War on Terrorism', in Reaffirming Legal Ethics 56-72 (Kieran Tranter, Francesca Bartlett, Lillian Corbin, Michael Robertson & Reid Mortensen eds., New York: Routledge 2010).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, The War on Terrorism and the End of Human Rights, in The Right Thing to Do: Basic Readings in Moral Philosophy 181-188 (James Rachels & Stuart Rachels eds., New York: McGraw-Hill 5th ed. 2010).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Liberalism, Torture and the Ticking Bomb, in Arguing About Political Philosophy 647-663 (Matt Zwolinski ed., New York: Routledge 2009).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Liberalism, Torture and the Ticking Bomb, in Contemporary Moral Problems: War, Terrorism, and Torture 78-85 (James E. White ed., Belmont, Cal.: Thomson/Wadsworth 3d ed. 2009).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Selling Indulgences, in Ethics and the Legal Profession 409-413 (Elliot D. Cohen & Michael Davis with Frederick A. Elliston eds., Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books 2009).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Unthinking the Ticking Bomb, in Global Basic Rights 181-206 (Charles R. Beitz & Robert E. Goodin eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2009).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, The War on Terrorism and the End of Human Rights, in Contemporary Moral Problems: War, Terrorism, and Torture 49-56 (James E. White ed., Belmont, Cal.: Thomson/Wadsworth 3d ed. 2009).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, 542 U.S. 507 (2004), in 2 Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States 385-388 (David S. Tanenhaus ed., Detroit, Mich.: Gale Cengage Learning 2008).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, War Crimes: The Law of Hell, in War: Essays in Political Philosophy 266-288 (Larry May with Emily Crookston eds., New York: Cambridge University Press 2008).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, The Adversary System Excuse, in Professions in Ethical Focus: An Anthology 337-368 (Fritz Allhoff & Anand J. Vaidya eds., Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview Press 2008).   
  • David Luban, Just War and Human Rights, in Global Ethics: Seminal Essays 29-50 (Thomas Pogge & Keith Horton eds., St. Paul, Minn.: Paragon House 2008).   
  • David Luban, Just War and Human Rights, in Military Ethics 33-54 (C.A.J. Coady & Igor Primoratz eds., Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate 2008).   
  • David Luban, The Legacies of Nuremberg, in Perspectives on the Nuremberg Trial 638-672 (Guénaël Mettraux ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2008).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Preventive War and Human Rights, in Preemption: Military Action and Moral Justification (Henry Shue & David Rodin eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2007).   
  • David Luban, Liberalism, Torture and the Ticking Bomb, in Intervention, Terrorism, and Torture: Challenges to Just War Theory in the 21st Century 249-262 (Steven Lee ed., Dordrecht, Neth.: Springer 2007).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Torture and the Ticking Bomb, in Applying Ethics: A Text with Readings (Jeffrey Olen, Julie C. Van Camp & Vincent Barry eds., Detroit, Mich.: Cengage Learning 9th ed. 2007).   
  • David Luban, Liberalism, Torture and the Ticking Bomb, in The Torture Debate in America 35-83 (Karen L. Greenberg ed., New York: Cambridge University Press 2006).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Making Sense of Moral Meltdowns, in Moral Leadership: The Theory and Practice of Power, Judgment, and Policy 57-75 (Deborah L. Rhode ed., Palo Alto, Cal.: Stanford University Press 2006).   
  • David Luban, The War on Terrorism and the End of Human Rights, in Analyzing Moral Issues (Judith A. Boss ed., New York: McGraw-Hill 3d ed. 2006).   
  • David Luban, Calling Genocide by Its Rightful Name: Lemkin's Word, Darfur, and the U.N. Report, in Human Rights at the Center: Les Droits de l'Homme au Centre 191-208 (Franz Werro, Samantha Besson & Michel Hottelier eds., Zurich, Switz.: Schulthess 2006).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Introduction, in Legal Ethics Stories 1-15 (David Luban & Deborah L. Rhode eds., New York: Foundation Press 2006).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Just War and Human Rights, in The Morality of War: Classical and Contemporary Readings 272-280 (Larry May, Eric Rovie & Steve Viner eds., Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice-Hall 2005) (excerpting 9 Phil. & Public Aff. 160-181 (1980)).   
  • David Luban, The Romance of the Nation-State, in The Morality of War: Classical and Contemporary Readings 343-346 (Larry May, Eric Rovie & Steve Viner eds., Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice-Hall 2005).   
  • David Luban, The War on Terrorism and the End of Human Rights, in The Morality of War: Classical and Contemporary Readings 412-423 (Larry May, Eric Rovie & Steve Viner eds., Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice-Hall 2005).   
  • David Luban, Eight Fallacies About Liberty and Security, in Human Rights in the "War on Terror" 242-257 (Richard Ashby Wilson ed., New York: Cambridge University Press 2005).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Making Sense of Moral Meltdowns, in Lawyers' Ethics and the Pursuit of Social Justice: A Critical Reader 355-370 (Susan D. Carle ed., New York: New York University Press 2005).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, The War on Terrorism and the End of Human Rights, in The Constitution in Wartime: Beyond Alarmism and Complacency 219-231 (Mark V. Tushnet ed., Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press 2005).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Settlements and the Erosion of the Public Realm, in What's Fair: Ethics for Negotiators 486-506 (Carrie Menkel-Meadow & Michael Wheeler eds., San Francisco: Jossey-Bass 2004).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Taking Out the Adversary: The Assault on Progressive Public Interest Lawyers, in Foundations of the Law and Ethics of Lawyering 384-401 (George M. Cohen & Susan P. Koniak eds., New York: Foundation Press 2004).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, The War on Terrorism and the End of Human Rights, in Philosophy: Paradox and Discovery 393-400 (Thomas Shipka ed., Boston: McGraw-Hill 5th ed. 2004).   
  • David Luban, Professional Ethics, in A Companion to Applied Ethics 583-596 (R.G. Frey & Christopher Heath Wellman eds., Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishing 2003).   
  • David Luban, The War on Terrorism and the End of Human Rights, in War After September 11 (Verna V. Gehring ed., Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield 2003).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Counsel: Role of Counsel, Entry, in 1 Encyclopedia of Crime & Justice 278-284 (Joshua Dressler ed., New York: MacMillan Reference 2d ed. 2002).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Intervention and Civilization: Some Unhappy Lessons of the Kosovo War, in Global Justice and Transnational Politics: Essays on the Moral and Political Challenges of Globalization 79-115 (Ciaran Cronin & Pablo de Greiff, eds., Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press 2002).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Justice and Law, in 12 International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences 8042-8048 (Neil J. Smelser & Paul B. Baltes eds., New York: Elsevier Sciences Ltd. 2001).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Law’s Blindfold, in Conflict of Interest in the Professions 23-48 (Michael Davis & Andrew Stark eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2001).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Natural Law As Professional Ethics: A Reading of Fuller, in Natural Law and Modern Moral Philosophy 176-205 (Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred Dycus Miller & Jeffrey Paul eds., New York: Cambridge University Press 2001).    [Gtown Law]
  • David Luban, The Bad Man and the Good Lawyer: A Centennial Essay on Holmes’ "The Path of the Law", in "The Path of the Law" and its Influence: The Legacy of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. 33-49 (Steven Burton ed., Cambridge, Mass.: Cambridge University Press 2000).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, Difference Made Legal: The Court and Dr. King, in Philosophy of Law 227-253 (Joel Feinberg & Jules L. Coleman eds., Belmont, Cal.: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning 6th ed. 2000).    [BOOK]
  • David Luban, The Ethics of Wrongful Obedience, in Ethics in Practice: Lawyers' Roles, Responsibilities, and Regulation 94-120 (Deborah L. Rhode ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2000).    [BOOK]

Congressional Testimony

  • What Went Wrong: Torture and the Office of Legal Counsel in the Bush Administration: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Admin. Oversight & the Courts of the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 111th Cong., May 13, 2009 (Statement of David Luban) (CIS-No.: 2010-S521-37).    [Gtown Law]
  • Department of Justice to Guantánamo Bay: Administration Lawyers and Administration Interrogation Rules, Part I: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on the Constitution, Civil Rights & Civil Liberties of the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 110th Cong., May 6, 2008 (Statement of David Luban) (CIS-No.: 2008-H521-47).    [Gtown Law]

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • David Luban, War As Punishment, 39 Phil. & Pub. Aff. 299-330 (2011).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • David Luban, David Luban Responds, ABA Nat'l Security L. Rep., Jan./Feb. 2009, at 15-16.    [WWW]
  • David Luban, Was the Gaza Campaign Legal?, ABA Nat'l Security L. Rep., Jan./Feb. 2009, at 2-7.    [WWW]
  • David Luban, Torture and the Professions, Crim. Just. Ethics, Summer/Fall 2007, at 2, 58-66.    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • David Luban, The Defense of Torture, N.Y. Rev. Books, Mar. 15, 2007 (reviewing John Yoo, War by Other Means: An Insider's Account of the War on Terror (2006)).    [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • David Luban, Beyond Moral Minimalism, 20 Ethics & Int'l Aff. 353-360 (2006) (reviewing Larry May, Crimes Against Humanity: A Normative Account (2005)).    [W]
  • David Luban, Liberalismus und die Verführung zur Folter [Liberalism, Torture, and the Ticking Bomb], 163 Die Zeit Kursbuch 52-71 (2006).   
  • David Luban, Preventive War, 32 Phil. & Pub. Aff. 207-248 (2004).    [SSRN]
  • David Luban, The Owl of Minerva Goes to Law School: Philosophy, Legal Ethics Teaching, and Skepticism, 2 Am. Phil. Assoc. Newsl. 157-162 (2003).    [WWW]
  • David Luban, Silence! Four Ways the Law Keeps Poor People From Getting Heard in Court, Legal Aff., May/June 2002, at 54-58.    [W]
  • David Luban, Just War and Human Rights, 9 Phil. & Public Aff. 160-181 (1980), excerpted in The Morality of War: Classical and Contemporary Readings 272-280 (Larry May, Eric Rovie & Steve Viner eds., Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Peason Prentice-Hall 2005).   
  • David Luban, The Romance of the Nation-State, 9 Phil. & Public Aff. 392-397 (1980).   
Recent scholarship

In the News

"DOJ's stance on Illegal immigrant abortion case is clear jab at ACLU," an opinion piece by Professor David Luban in The Hill, November 9, 2017.

"Bad Boies," coverage in Slate, November 7, 2017, featuring Professor David Luban.

"Trump Atty's Nasty Emails Unlikely To Draw Sanction," coverage by Law 360, July 14, 2017, quoting Professor David Luban.

"Why OLC is Unlikely to Criminalize Online Gambling," a Competitive Enterprise Institute blog, June 23, 2017, quoting from Professor David Luban's book Legal Ethics and Human Diginity.

"Why OLC is Unlikely to Criminalize Online Gambling," coverage in Competitive Enterprise Institute, June 23, 2017, featyuring Professor David Luban.

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All News

"DOJ's stance on Illegal immigrant abortion case is clear jab at ACLU," an opinion piece by Professor David Luban in The Hill, November 9, 2017.

"Bad Boies," coverage in Slate, November 7, 2017, featuring Professor David Luban.

"Trump Atty's Nasty Emails Unlikely To Draw Sanction," coverage by Law 360, July 14, 2017, quoting Professor David Luban.

"Why OLC is Unlikely to Criminalize Online Gambling," a Competitive Enterprise Institute blog, June 23, 2017, quoting from Professor David Luban's book Legal Ethics and Human Diginity.

"Why OLC is Unlikely to Criminalize Online Gambling," coverage in Competitive Enterprise Institute, June 23, 2017, featyuring Professor David Luban.

"Rod Rosenstein Is a Cautionary Tale," coverage by Slate, May 11, 2017, quoting Professor David Luban.

"The Chess Clock Debates: Is There a Duty to Serve In Trump’s America?," coverage in Lawfare, November 21, 2016, quoting Professor David Luban.

"‘Stay Away’: A ‘Never Trumper’ on Serving in the Trump Administration," coverage by The Atlantic, November 15, 2016, quoting Professor David Luban.

"Experts Blast Trump, Cruz On Legalizing Torture: It Would ‘Humiliate’ America," coverage by Blue Nation Review, March 7, 2016, quoting Professor David Luban.

"Military historian to deliver the 2015 Tanner Lectures at Stanford," coverage in Stanford News, October 2, 2015, featuring Professor David Luban.

"David Margolis’s 50 years of quips and controversies at Justice Department," Washington Post, July 15, 2015, quoting Professor David Luban.

"How The CIA Twisted The Legacy Of A Vietnam War Protest To Justify Torture," coverage in The Huffington Post, December 16, 2014, featuring Professor David Luban.

"They Said ‘No’ to Torture: The Real Heroes of the Bush Years," coverage in The Nation, December 15, 2014, featuring Professor David Luban.

"Torture is a culture. Releasing the Senate Report is a way of fighting it," coverage in Vox, December 11, 2014, quoting Professor David Luban. Further coverage is in Discovery News.

"Celebrate the Ones Who Stood Up for What Was Right," an opinion piece in The New York Times, by Professor David Luban.

"Judges Find Their Blogs Come With A Short Leash," Law360, December 8, 2014, quoting Professor David Luban.

"Penn State Students Explore Sandusky Abuse Scandal," a New York Times article that references Professor David Luban's theory of contrived ignorance, October 25, 2012.

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