Anthony J. Colangelo
Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow and Professor of Law
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.