• Full-Time Faculty
  • Anthony J. Colangelo

  • Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow and Professor of Law

  • fulltime Faculty
  • Anthony J. Colangelo

  • Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow and Professor of Law

Anthony J. Colangelo

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
       
  • 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)