Anthony J. Colangelo

Anthony J Colagelo

Full-time faculty

Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow and Professor of Law

Biography

Professor Colangelo’s scholarly and teaching interests are in the fields of Conflict of Laws, Civil Procedure, U.S. Foreign Relations Law, and Private and Public International Law and Theory.

Professor Colangelo’s articles have been cited and quoted at the U.S. Court of Appeals and U.S. District Court levels, as well as in U.S. Military Commissions, regarding, among other things, the extraterritorial application of U.S. law implementing the U.N. Torture Convention to Chuckie Taylor (son of former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor), the proper exercise of universal jurisdiction in relation to Alien Tort Statute claims by South African plaintiffs against corporations alleged to have been complicit in apartheid-era abuses by the South African government, Salim Hamdan’s (Osama bin Laden’s driver) challenges to U.S. Military Commission jurisdiction, claims against international financial institutions for financing terrorism in the Middle East, piracy off the coast of Somalia, U.S. jurisdiction over drug trafficking on the high seas, and choice of law regarding U.S. military contractors in Iraq. His scholarship has appeared in top general and specialty law journals and has been selected multiple times for presentation at the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum.

Prior to coming to SMU, Professor Colangelo held an Associate-in-Law research and teaching fellowship at Columbia Law School. Before Columbia, he worked as a litigation associate at the law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP in the New York and Rome offices.

Professor Colangelo clerked for the Honorable Ralph K. Winter, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Professor Colangelo received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Middlebury College and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Northwestern University, where he was Notes Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. He holds an LL.M. and J.S.D. from Columbia Law School. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif.
 

Areas of Expertise

  • Conflict of Laws
  • Civil Procedure
  • Public International Law
  • Private International Law
  • U.S. Foreign Relations Law

Education

B.A., summa cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa) Middlebury College
J.D., magna cum laude (Order of the Coif) Northwestern University
LL.M., Columbia University
J.S.D., Columbia University

Courses

Civil Procedure
Conflict of Laws
 

Articles

A Systems Theory of Fragmentation and Harmonization, 49 NYU Journal of International Law & Politics (forthcoming)

The Frankenstein's Monster of Extraterritoriality Law, 110 American Journal of International Law, Agora: Reflections on RJR Nabisco v. European Community 51 (2016) (Invited contribution)

Absolute Conflicts of Law, 91 Indiana Law Journal 718 (2016)

What is Extraterritorial Jurisdiction?, 99 Cornell Law Review 1303 (2014)

International Law in U.S. State Courts: Extraterritoriality and 'False Conflicts' of LawAmerican Journal of International Law Proceedings 436 (2014) (invited contribution), reprinted in 48 The International Lawyer

A Brief Primer on the Rule of Law in Multistate Systems, 67 SMU Law Review 835 (2014) (invited contribution)

Post-Kiobel Procedure: Subject Matter Jurisdiction or Prescriptive Jurisdiction?, __ UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs __ (forthcoming) (with Christopher Knight) (invited contribution)

Jurisdiction, Immunity, Legality and Jus Cogens, Chicago Journal of International Law (2013) (invited contribution)

The Alien Tort Statute and Prescriptive versus Adjudicative Jurisdiction, 28 Maryland Journal of International Law 65 (2013) (invited symposium contribution)

Kiobel:  Muddling the Distinction Between Prescriptive Adjudicative Jurisdiction, 44 Georgetown Journal of International Law 1329 (2013) (invited contribution)

Spatial Legality, Due Process, and Choice of Law under U.S. State Law, 3 UC Irvine Law Review (2013) (with Kristina Kiik) (invited symposium contribution)

Spatial Legality, Northwestern University Law Review (2012)

A Unified Approach to Extraterritoriality, 97 Virginia Law Review 1019 (2011)

     selected for presentation at 2011 Stanford/Yale Junior
          Faculty Forum

The Foreign Commerce Clause, 96 Virginia Law Review 949 (2010)

     selected for presentation at 2010 Stanford/Yale Junior
          Faculty Forum

Double Jeopardy and Multiple Sovereigns: A Jurisdictional Theory, 86 Washington University Law Review (2009)

     selected for presentation at 2008 Stanford/Yale Junior
          Faculty Forum

"De Facto Sovereignty": Boumediene and Beyond, 77 George Washington Law Review 2009)

     Cited in Risinger v. SOC LLC, Case No. 2:12-cv-00063-
          MMD-PAL, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45645 (D. Nev.
          March 2013)

Universal Jurisdiction as an International "False Conflict" of Laws, Michigan Journal of International Law (2009) (invited symposium contribution)

     Reprinted in INTERNATIONAL LAW: CONTEMPORARY
          ISSUES AND FUTURE PROBLEMS
          (S. Silverburg. ed., Westview Press 2011)

The Supreme Court's Role After 9/11: Continuing the Legal Conversation in the War on Terror, 62 SMU Law Review (2009) (invited contribution)

Constitutional Limits on Extraterritorial Jurisdiction: Terrorism and the Intersection of National and International Law, 48 Harvard International Law Journal 121 (2007)

     Cited and quoted parenthetically in United States v.
          Hamdan
, Ruling on Motion to Dismiss
          (Ex Post Facto) 5-6 (July 14, 2008)
     Cited in United States v. Emmanuel (a.k.a. Chuckie
          Taylor)
, No. 06-20758-CR, 2007 WL 2002452
          (S.D. Fla. July 5, 2007)
     Cited and quoted parenthetically in Goldberg v. UBS, Ltd.,
          No. CV-08-375 (DGT), 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19754,
          at *50 (E.D.N.Y. March 5, 2010)
     Cited in United States v. Hasan, No. 2:10cr56, 2010 U.S.
          Dist. LEXIS 115746, at *89 (E.D. Va. Oct. 29, 2010)
     Cited in United States v. Ali, Criminal No. 11-0106, 2012
          U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96889 (D.D.C. 2012)

The Legal Limits of Universal Jurisdiction, 47 Virginia Journal of International Law 1 (2006)

     Cited and quoted parenthetically in In re S. Afr. Apartheid
          Litig
., No. 02 MDL 1499, 2009 WL 960078 (S.D.N.Y.
          Apr. 8, 2009)
     Cited and quoted parenthetically in United States v.
          Hasan
, No. 2:10cr56, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS
          115746, at *89 (E.D. Va. Oct. 29, 2010)
     Cited and quoted parenthetically in United States v. Ali,
          Criminal No. 11-0106, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96889
          (D.D.C. 2012)
     Cited and quoted parenthetically in United States v.
          Bellaizac-Hurtado
, 700 F.3d 1245 (11th Cir. 2012)
          (Barkett, J., concurring)
     Reprinted in GLOBALIZATION AND COMMON
          RESPONSIBILITIES OF STATES IN
          INTERNATIONAL LAW (K. De Feyter, ed.)
          (Ashgate)

The New Universal Jurisdiction: In Absentia Signaling Over Clearly Defined Crimes, Georgetown Journal of International Law (2005)

The Unitary Executive in the Modern Era, 1945-2004, 90 Iowa Law Review 601 (2005) (with Christopher S. Yoo & Steven G. Calabresi)

     Cited and quoted parenthetically in Judicial Watch, Inc. v.
          Dep’t of Energy
, 412 F.3d 125 (D.C. Cir. 2005)

Comment, Manipulating International Criminal Procedure: The Decision of the ICTY Office of the Independent Prosecutor not to Investigate NATO Bombing in the Former Yugoslavia, Northwestern University Law Review (2003)

Book Chapters

Chapter: Universal Jurisdiction as an International “False Conflict” of Laws, in INTERNATIONAL LAW: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND FUTURE PROBLEMS (S. Silverburg. ed., Westview Press 2011)

Chapter: The Legal Limits of Universal Jurisdiction, in GLOBALIZATION AND COMMON RESPONSIBILITIES OF STATES IN INTERNATIONAL LAW (K. De Feyter, ed.) (Ashgate)

Presentations

Absolute Conflicts of Law
Notre Dame Law School
(November 2014)

Absolute Conflicts of Law
Boston College Law School 
(November 2014)

Extraterritorial Financial Regulation
Panel Presenter and Moderator
American Bar Association Annual Meeting
Boston, MA (August 2014)

State Courts and International Law
American Society of International Law Annual Meeting
Washington, D.C. (April 2014)

What is Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting
New York City (January 2014)

Conversation and Coffee with Judge Thomas B. Griffith, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
George W. Bush Presidential Center
Dallas, TX (November 2013)

Conflict of Laws and Public International Law: Evaluating Jurisdictional Competences
American Society of Comparative Law Annual Meeting
Little Rock, AR (October 2013)

The Alien Tort Statute and Adjudicative versus Prescriptive Jurisdiction
University of Maryland Law School
Maryland Journal of International Law Symposium
Baltimore, MD (November 2012)

Immunity, Jurisdiction, Legality
International Law Association Weekend
New York City (October 2012)

Spatial Legality, Due Process, and Choice of Law under U.S. State Law
UC Irvine Law School, UC Irvine Law Review
Symposium: Human Rights Litigation in U.S. State Courts and under State Law
Irvine, CA (March 2012)

Spatial Legality
Vanderbilt Law School
Law and Government Workshop
Nashville, TN (January 2012)

International Law as Expander and Reducer of Domestic Rights and Powers
International Law Association Weekend
New York City (October 2011)

Constitutional Law and the War on Terrorism
Roundtable Reflections on September 11, 2001: Ten Years Later
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft. Worth and University of North Texas
Dallas, TX (September 2011)

A Unified Approach to Extraterritoriality
Stanford Law School
Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum
Stanford, CA (June 2011)

Universal Jurisdiction over Nuclear Arms Smuggling
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Workshop: Legal Cooperation to Control Non-State Nuclear Proliferation: Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction and UN Resolutions 1540 and 1373 (April 2011)

U.S. Jurisdiction on the Seas
Presentation to Vietnam NOIP Officials
SMU Dedman School of Law (February 2011)

A Unified Approach to Extraterritoriality
Association of American Law Schools Annual Conference
"Hot Topics" Panel (January 2011)

A Unified Approach to Extraterritoriality
Appellate Judges Education Institute
Annual Conference (November 2011) 

A Unified Approach to Extraterritoriality
Symposium on Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
Southwestern Law School (November 2011)

The Foreign Commerce Clause
Yale Law School
Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum
New Haven, CT (June 2010)

The Foreign Commerce Clause
Brown University, Law, Culture and the Humanities Conference
Providence, RI (March 2010)

The Foreign Commerce Clause
Hastings Law School
JILSA Annual Conference
San Francisco, CA (February 2010)

Introductory Remarks and Discussion Leader following screening of The Reckoning
Dallas Holocaust Museum
Dallas, TX (January 2010)

The Foreign Commerce Clause
Columbia Law School, Workshop
New York, NY (October 2009)

The Foreign Commerce Clause
International Law Association Weekend
New York City (October 2009)

The Foreign Commerce Clause
Central American States Law Conference
Capital Law School Columbus, Ohio (October, 2009)

Universal Jurisdiction as an International 'False Conflict' of Laws
SMU Faculty Forum
SMU Dedman School of Law (April 2009)

International Human Rights and Universality
2009 State Bar of Texas International Law Section
21st Annual Institute (March 2009)

Universal Jurisdiction as an International ‘False Conflict' of Laws
Michigan Law School, Symposium
Michigan Journal of International Law, "Territory without Borders"
Ann Arbor, MI (February 2009)

Universal Jurisdiction and Double Jeopardy
Global Law Forum
Conference: Ending Impunity or Decreasing Accountability?
London, England (November 2008)

The Supreme Court's Role After 9/11: Continuing the Legal Conversation in the War on Terror
SMU Dedman School of Law (November 2008)
(remarks following talk by Erwin Chemerinsky to Dallas and SMU Law chapters of American Constitution Society)

'De Facto Sovereignty': Boumediene and Beyond
Law and Citizenship Colloquium
SMU Dedman School of Law (November 2008)

International Law, Extraterritoriality, and U.S. Courts
International Law Association Weekend
New York City (October 2008)

Double Jeopardy and Multiple Sovereigns: A Jurisdictional Theory
Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum
Yale Law School
New Haven, CT (June 2008)

Double Jeopardy and Multiple Sovereigns: A Jurisdictional Theory
Law, Culture and the Humanities
Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA (March 2008)

Double Jeopardy and Multiple Sovereigns: A Jurisdictional Theory
SMU Faculty Forum
SMU Dedman School of Law (March 2008)

Double Jeopardy and Multiple Sovereigns: A Jurisdictional Theory
Marquette Faculty Forum
Marquette Law School
Milwalukee, WI (February 2008)

Constitutional Limits on Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
International Law Section of the Dallas Bar
Belo Mansion
Dallas, Texas (January 2008)

Extraterritorial Jurisdiction in International Law
Chinese Rule of Law Forum
SMU Dedman School of Law (November 2007)

Overview of U.S. Civil Procedure
Vietnam NOIP Officials
SMU Dedman School of Law (October 2007)

Constitutional Limits on Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
Associates Workshop
Columbia Law School
New York, NY (September 2007)

Double Jeopardy and Multiple Sovereigns: A Jurisdictional Theory
Texas Junior Scholars Conference
Texas Wesleyan Law School
Fort Worth, TX (August 2007)

The Legal Limits of Universal Jurisdiction
Law and Society Conference
Berlin, Germany (July 2007)

Constitutional Limits on Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
HILJ Author Series
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA (November 2006)