Professor David J. Luban Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 23, 2014 —

Professor David J. Luban Professor David J. Luban

Georgetown University Law Center Professor David J. Luban has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies.

Luban is one of 204 new members elected to the Academy this year. Other new members include Booker Prize winner A. S. Byatt, Pulitzer Prize winners Jules Feiffer and Annie Proulx, actor and director Al Pacino, bluegrass great Ralph Stanley, Nobel Prize winner Dan Shechtman, U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestine Negotiations Martin S. Indyk, and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.

Established in 1780 by our nation’s founders, the Academy is a leading center for independent policy research. Its current membership of more than 4,600 includes leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts, as well as more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

This year’s class will be inducted during a ceremony on October 11, 2014 at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Georgetown Law Professor T. Alexander Aleinikoff, who has been serving as United Nations deputy high commissioner for refugees since 2010, was elected to the Academy last year. Professor Louis Michael Seidman was elected in 2011, and Dean Emeritus Robert Pitofsky was elected in 2000.

Luban, University Professor of law and philosophy, is a leader in the fields of legal ethics, just war theory, and international criminal law. His books include Lawyers and Justice: An Ethical Study; Legal Modernism; Legal Ethics and Human Dignity; and the forthcoming Torture, Power, and Law. He has testified before both houses of the U.S. Congress on the torture debate, and previously served as co-director of Georgetown Law's Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London, and its Center on National Security and Law. 

Currently, Luban serves as Distinguished Visitor in Ethics at the United States Naval Academy's Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership. He has been a Guggenheim fellow, as well as a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center. He received the American Bar Foundation’s Keck Award and the New York Bar Association’s Levy Award, both for distinguished scholarship. In 2011 he was a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University. Luban earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.

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