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John Parry

Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law

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John Parry’s scholarly work focuses broadly on legal structures that restrain or permit the exercise of state power on individuals, with a particular emphasis on criminal law, civil rights law, and foreign relations law. Before coming to Lewis & Clark, Parry was assistant and associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. He also practiced law for several years with Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. He is a former law clerk to the Hon. James R. Browning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and a former chair of the Supreme Court Office of the Harvard Law Review. Parry is the author of “Understanding Torture” (Michigan 2010).  He has also co-authored a casebook on criminal law and edited three collections of essays.  His articles have appeared in a number of law reviews and edited collections.  Parry is a member of the American Law Institute. In 2013 Parry was named a Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar in recognition of his exemplary teaching and scholarship.

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Academic Credentials

  • AB, summa cum laude, Princeton University
  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School


Separately Published Works

  • Summary Judgment – Federal Law and Practice 2014, (Thomson Reuters, 2014) (co-authored with Edward Brunet and Martin H. Redish)
  • Understanding Torture: Law, Culture, and State Violence (University of Michigan Press, 2010)
  • Rights, Citizenship, and Torture: Perspectives on Evil, Law and the State, (Inter-Disciplinary Press, forthcoming 2009) (editor with Welat Zeydanhoǧlu)
  • Evil, Law and the State: Perspectives on State Power and Violence (Rodopi Press, 2006) (editor)
  • Criminal Law: Cases, Statutes, and Lawyering Strategies, LexisNexis (1st Edition 2005; 2nd Edition 2010) (with David Crump, Neil P. Cohen, Laurie L. Levenson, and Penelope Pether)

Works Published As Part of a Collection

For a complete list of publications, see Professor Parry’s CV.

  • International Law in State Courts: Sovereignty, Resistance, Contagion, and Inevitability, 20 Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution 57 (2012)
  • Oklahoma’s Save Our State Amendment and the Conflict of Laws, 65 Oklahoma Law Review 1 (2012)
  • Due Process, Borders, and the Qualities of Sovereignty — Some Thoughts on J. McIntyre Machinery v. Nicastro, 16 Lewis and Clark Law Review 827 (2012)
  • Oklahoma’s Save Our State Amendment: Two Issues for the Appeal, 64 Oklahoma Law Review. 1 (2011)
  • Rewriting the Roberts Courts’ Law of Treaties
  • International Extradition, the Rule of Non-Inquiry, and the Problem of Sovereignty, 90 Boston University Law Review 1973 (2010)
  • Torture Nation, Torture Law, 97 Georgetown Law Journal 1001 (2009)
  • Congress, the Supremacy Clause, and the Implementation of Treaties, 32 Fordham International Law Journal 1209 (2009)
  • A Primer on Treaties and § 1983 After Medellin v. Texas, 12 Lewis & Clark Law Review 35 (2008) (symposium on Medellin v. Texas)
  • Rights and Discretion in Criminal Procedure’s “War on Terror”, 6 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 323 (2008) (refereed)
  • Light at the End of the Pipeline?: Choosing a Forum for Suspected Terrorists, 156 University Pennsylvania Law Review PENNUMBRA 356 (2008) (with Amos Guiora)
  • Torture Warrants and the Rule of Law, 71 Albany Law Review 885 (2008) (symposium on the life and work of Alan Dershowitz)
  • Finding a Right to be Tortured, 19 Law and Literature 207-227 (2007) (refereed) (symposium on law and literature after 9/11)
  • Terrorism and the New Criminal Process, 15 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 765-835 (2007)
  • Sanchez-Llamas in Context, 11 Lewis & Clark Law Review 1-15 (2007) (introduction to symposium on Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon
  • Law, Seduction, and the Sentimental Heroine: The Case of Amelia Norman, 78 American Literature 325-355 (June 2006) (with Andrea L. Hibbard) (refereed)
  • Pain, Interrogation, and the Body: State Violence and the Law of Torture, in Evil, Law and the State: Perspectives on State Power and Violence 1-16 (John T. Parry ed., Rodopi Press 2006)
  • “Society Must Be [Regulated]”: Biopolitics and the Commerce Clause in Gonzales v. Raich, 9 Lewis & Clark Law Review 853-877 (2005) (symposium on Gonzales v. Raich)
  • The Shape of Modern Torture: Extraordinary Rendition and Ghost Detainees, 6 Melbourne Journal of International Law 516-533 (2005) (solicited and refereed)
  • “Just for Fun”: Understanding Torture and Understanding Abu Ghraib, 1 Journal of National Security Law & Policy 253-284 (2005) (symposium on torture)
  • Progress and Justification in American Criminal Law, 40 Tulsa Law Review 639-670 (2005) (symposium in honor of Lawrence M. Friedman)
  • Constitutional Interpretation, Coercive Interrogation, and Civil Rights Litigation after Chavez v. Martinez, 39 Georgia Law Review 733-838 (2005)
  • Escalation and Necessity: Defining Torture at Home and Abroad, in Torture: A Collection 145-164 (Sanford Levinson ed., Oxford Univ. Press 2004, expanded paperback edition 2006)
  • No Appeal: The U.S.-U.K. Supplementary Extradition Treaty’s Attempt to Create Federal Jurisdiction, 25 Loyola of L.A. International and Comparative Law Review 543-579 (2003) (symposium on international extradition)
  • What is Torture, Are We Doing It, and What if We Are?, 64 Univ. of Pittsburgh Law Review 237-262 (2003)
  • Collective and Individual Responsibility for Acts of Terrorism, in Understanding Evil: An Interdisciplinary Approach 107-126 (Margaret S. Breen ed., Rodopi Press 2003)
  • The Lost History of International Extradition Litigation, 43 Virginia Journal of International Law 93-171 (2002)
  • Interrogating Suspected Terrorists: Should Torture be an Option?, 63 Univ. of Pittsburgh Law Review 743-766 (2002) (with Welsh S. White) (symposium on terrorism); reprinted in Civil Liberties vs. National Security in a Post-9/11 World(Katherine B. Darmer et al. eds., Prometheus Books 2004)
  • Judicial Restraints on Illegal State Violence: Israel and the United States, 35 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 73-149 (2002)
  • The Virtue of Necessity: Reshaping Culpability and the Rule of Law, 36 Houston Law Review 397-469 (1999)
  • Culpability, Mistake, and Official Interpretations of Law, 25 American Journal of Criminal Law 1-78 (1997)

Other Writings

  • Remembering Welsh White, 4 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 11-13 (2006)
  • Set Them Free?, Newsday, 19 February 2006
  • A Persisting Challenge: Civil Rights Act Continues to Transform United States, Pitt Chronicle, 25 August 2004
  • Counterfeiting, in Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice (Joshua Dressler ed., 2d ed. 2002)
  • Should we Torture Terrorists?, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 18 November 2001 (with Welsh S. White)
  • Bush Pardons Clinton!, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 20 December 2000
  • The Misrule of Law, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11 October 1998
  • The Supreme Court, 1989 Term – Leading Cases: Grady v. Corbin, 104 Harvard Law Review 149-158 (1990)
  • Recent Case, Loss of Enjoyment of Life Damages: McDougald v. Garber, 103 Harvard Law Review 811-817 (1990)
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