Charie Martel

Charlie Martel

Assistant Professor of Lawyering

Wood Hall 215
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Charlie Martel is Associate Professor, Lawyering. Prior to joining Lewis and Clark, he taught legal writing and lawyering skills at various law schools.

Charlie served as investigative counsel where he led an investigation on the response to Hurricane Katrina and served on the investigative team for a 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. Charlie started his career in private practice.

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.

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


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)