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Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow and Associate Professor of Law


Email: colangelo@smu.edu

Phone: 214-768-2372

Education:

B.A., 2000, summa cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa) Middlebury College
J.D., 2003, magna cum laude (Order of the Coif) Northwestern University
LL.M., 2006, Columbia University
J.S.D., 2009, Columbia University

Professor Colangelo is the recipient of the 2014 Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship.  His 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.

Professor Colangelo's articles have been cited 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, and U.S. jurisdiction over drug trafficking on the high seas, and choice of law regarding U.S. military contractors in Iraq. His scholarship has also 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.

Primary Articles

What is Extraterritorial Jurisdiction?, CORNELL LAW REVIEW (forthcoming 2014)

State Courts and International Law, AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW PROCEEDINGS (forthcoming 2014)

Jurisdiction, Immunity, Legality and Jus Cogens, CHICAGO JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (2013) (invited contribution)

The Alien Tort Statute and Prescriptive versus Adjudicative Jurisdiction, MARYLAND JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (2013) (invited symposium contribution)

The Alien Tort Statute and the Law of Nations in Kiobel and Beyond, GEORGETOWN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (2013) (invited contribution)

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

Spatial Legality, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW (2012)

A Unified Approach to Extraterritoriality, 97 VIRGINIA LAW REVIEW (2011)

The Foreign Commerce Clause, 96 VIRGINIA LAW REVIEW (2010)

Double Jeopardy and Multiple Sovereigns: A Jurisdictional Theory, WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW (2009)

"De Facto Sovereignty": Boumediene and Beyond, 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, SMU LAW REVIEW (2009) (invited contribution)

Constitutional Limits on Extraterritorial Jurisdiction: Terrorism and the Intersection of National and International Law, HARVARD INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL (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, VIRGINIA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (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, IOWA LAW REVIEW (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)


Books

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)
 


Speeches/Presentations

“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, Arkansas (October 2013)

“The Alien Tort Statute and Adjudicative versus Prescriptive Jurisdiction,” University of Maryland Law School, Maryland Journal of International Law, Symposium (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 (March 2012)

“Spatial Legality,” Vanderbilt Law School, Law and Government Workshop (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 (September 2011)
 
“A Unified Approach to Extraterritoriality,” Stanford Law School, Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum (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)

“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 (June 2010)

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

"The Foreign Commerce Clause" Hastings Law School, JILSA Annual Conference (February 2010)

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

"The Foreign Commerce Clause," Columbia Law School, Workshop (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 Law School (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" (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 Law School (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 Law School (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 (June 2008)

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

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

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

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

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

"Constitutional Limits on Extraterritorial Jurisdiction," Associates Workshop, Columbia Law School (September 2007)

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

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

Other

“U.S. Jurisdiction on the Seas,” Presentation to Vietnam NOIP Officials, SMU Law School (February 2011)

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

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