Martin S. Flaherty
Martin S. Flaherty (@MFlaherty17) (A.B., Princeton; M.A., M.Phil., Yale; ITT/Fulbright Scholar, Trinity College Dublin; J.D., Columbia) is Leitner Family Professor of Law and Founding Co-Director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School, as well as a longtime Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton. His is also a Adjunct Lecturer in the human rights program at Barnard College.
Professor Flaherty has taught at China University of Political Science and Law and the National
Judges College in Beijing, and Queens University Belfast. Prior to teaching he served as a law
clerk to the Hon. Byron R. White on the U.S. Supreme Court and to the Hon. John J. Gibbons of
the Third Circuit. Since then Professor Flaherty co-founded the Asia Law and Justice Program at
the Leitner Center, the Committee to Support Chinese Lawyers, and the Task Force on the
Independence of Lawyers and Judges at the New York City Bar Association, where he was also
Chair of the Council on International Affairs and the Committee on International Human Rights.
Professor Flaherty in addition serves as a legal consultant at the Sixth Committee of the UN
General Assembly, and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously he has
led or participated on human rights missions to China, Hong Kong, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico,
Northern Ireland, Turkey, and Romania. His publications focus upon constitutional law and history, foreign affairs, and international human rights, including his recent book, Restoring the Global Judiciary: Why the Supreme Court Should Rule in Foreign Affairs (Princeton University Press, 2019).