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Michael J. Perry

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Michael J. Perry
  • Role: Senior Fellow
  • Education: JD, Columbia
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Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, Emory University

Michael J. Perry is an expert on American constitutional law; law, morality, and religion; and human rights theory.

MICHAEL J. PERRY specializes in two areas:  (1) Human Rights and (2) Constitutional Law.  He is the author of 12 books and over 75 articles and essays. His most recent titles include: Human Rights in the Constitutional Law of the United States (Cambridge, 2013); Toward a Theory of Human Rights: Religion, Law, Courts (Cambridge, 2007); Constitutional Rights, Moral Controversy, and the Supreme Court (Cambridge, 2009); and The Political Morality of Liberal Democracy (Cambridge, 2010). 

 Since 2003, Perry has held a Robert W. Woodruff University Chair at Emory University, where he teaches in the law school.  A Woodruff Chair is the highest honor Emory University bestows on a member of its faculty.

Perry did his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University, majoring in philosophy and minoring in theology (A.B., 1968).  Perry studied law at Columbia University (J.D., 1973), and then served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein (1973-74) and, a year later, to U.S. Circuit Judge Shirley M. Hufstedler (1974-75). 

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  • Invited Lecture
    "Capital Punishment and the Morality of Human Rights"
    St. John's University School of Law
    New York City
    October 2004

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