Area of Expertise
American, comparative, and international laws and legal systems; laws of war; supervision of prohibited weapons and military activities; protests and riots; terrorism; international crimes; genocide, war crimes, trafficking; corruption; bribes; piracy
Nicholas N. Kittrie has served as consultant to several governments on issues of international criminal law and human rights. He represented defendants in cases dealing with sedition, bribery, religious freedom, extradition, and terrorism before the highest courts and agencies in the United States and abroad. He took part in two cases before the United States Supreme Court and has served as counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and the vice-president’s commission on terrorism. His scope of experience is multidisciplinary and multicultural and includes private practice of law, governmental service, and positions in several academic institutions. He has served as president of the American Society of Criminology, as chair of the International Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and chair of the United Nations Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. He is founder and current chair of the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Justice and Peace, founding Chair of the Interest Group on the Status of National Minorities of the American Society of International Law, and former dean of the Washington College of Law of American University. Kittrie is the author and editor of more than 15 books and numerous articles. He frequently appears in the mass media to deal with topics such as the war on terrorism, political offenders, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, war crimes, drugs and alcohol, extradition, penology, and criminal sentencing. Kittrie was educated at the London School of Economics; the University of Cairo (Egypt); University of Jerusalem (Palestine); and the universities of Kansas, Chicago, and Georgetown (United States). Fluent in several languages, Kittrie has traveled extensively and has lectured at universities and congresses in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Among Kittrie’s books are: The Law of War: Humanitarian Law of Armed Conflicts; The Law of Peace (forthcoming); Rebels with a Cause: The Minds and Morality of Political Offenders; The Tree of Liberty: A Documentary History of Rebellion and Political Crime in America; The War against Authority: From the Crisis of Legitimacy to a New Social Contract; The Right to Be Different: Deviance and Enforced Therapy; Crimes and Punishments: International Criminal Law and Procedure; and The Future of Peace in the Twenty-First Century.