Charie Martel

Charlie Martel

Assistant Professor of Lawyering

Wood Hall 215
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Charlie Martel is Assistant Professor of Lawyering. Charlie’s most recent scholarly article addresses the right to vote for president under the Constitution. The article was featured in the New York Times.

Charlie’s scholarship addresses constitutional issues, human rights, civil rights, the law of armed conflict, and humanitarian response. In addition to academic writing, Charlie has written essays on law and policy for Slate, the International Committee for the Red Cross, Lawfare, Just Security and other publications. He has presented at international and U.S. conferences on his academic work and rights advocacy.

Charlie served as investigative counsel with the United States Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, where he led an investigation on the response to Hurricane Katrina and served on the investigative team for a domestic extremism/counter-terror investigation. He has volunteered to represent immigrants and refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. and internationally, and his essay on his asylum work in Greece was published by the Harvard Human Rights Journal. He has participated in voting rights teams since 2001, and led the Obama campaign’s Virginia legal headquarters.

Before joining Lewis and Clark, Charlie taught at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law, and the American University Washington College of Law.

Specialty Areas and Course Descriptions

Academic Credentials

  • LLM, London School of Economics (international human rights law), 2005
  • JD, Washington & Lee University School of Law
  • AB, Georgetown University, 1982


SSRN Page:

Power for the People: Recognizing the Constitutional Right to Vote for President (forthcoming, Cardozo Law Review, Summer/Fall 2024)

I Was a Stranger, and You Welcomed Me, Harvard Human Rights Journal Online (essay on work with refugees in Greece) (2022)

Racism and Bigotry as Grounds for Impeachment, New York University Review of Law and Social Change, 45 NYU Rev. L. & Soc. Change 101 (2021)

Give Peace a Chance: How Considering Peace Process Obligations Would Have Improved the Rulings of the International Court of Justice and the Israeli Supreme Court on the Israeli Security Barrier, 17 Duke Journal of Comparative & amp; International Law 305 (Spring 2007)

Are Americans Good Samaritans? How Martin Luther King’s Example Can Empower America’s Humanitarian Majority, 9 Scholar 213 (Winter 2007)

Bring It on Home: A Gulf Coast Marshall Plan Based on International Humanitarian Standards, 32 Vermont Law Review 57 (Fall 2007)