George Fletcher

Cardozo Professor of Jurisprudence

George Fletcher

Cardozo Professor of Jurisprudence

George P. Fletcher is the Cardozo Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia Law School. Fletcher is regarded as one of the leading scholars in the United States in the fields of torts and criminal law, and, in particular, comparative and international criminal law. Fletcher is the only scholar, writing in English, to be cited by the International Criminal Court.

In 2015, Fletcher received the Silvia Sandano Prize in Human Rights. The international prize was presented at a ceremony in the Rome Senate.

In 2009, Fletcher published two books, The Bond and also Tort Liability for Human Rights Abuses, which discusses tort liability in international cases. Another book he wrote, Defending Humanity: When Force is Justified and Why, explores the analogies between self-defense in domestic and international law. The Grammar of Criminal Law: American, Comparative, and International probes the basic structure and language of diverse systems in criminal punishment. In addition, he has published 10 other books and more than 150 law review articles.

Fletcher's most famous law review article is “Fairness and Utility in Tort Theory,” which has been widely cited. In 2006, he wrote a brief in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which was adopted by Justice John Paul Stevens and the four-vote plurality. In 2004, Fletcher was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Fletcher has lectured and conducted media spots in Russian, French, German, Hebrew, Spanish, Hungarian, and Italian. Fletcher has published dozens of op-ed pieces and longer articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and The New York Review of Books.

Advanced Criminal Law: Comparative and Theoretical Perspectives
Introduction to American Law
Jurisprudence of War
S. Biblical Jurisprudence
S. Victims' Rights
The Jurisprudence of Crime: Interdisciplinary Perspectives