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Alan Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz

Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Alan M. Dershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights.” He is a graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale Law School and joined the Harvard Law Faculty at age 25 after clerking for Judge David Bazelon and Justice Arthur Goldberg. He has published more than 1,000 articles in magazines, newspapers, journals and blogs such as The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Law Review, The Yale Law Journal and Huffington Post. Dershowitz is the author of numerous bestselling books, and his autobiography, Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law, was recently published by Crown.


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When a former president of the United States weighs in on an ongoing criminal investigation, there is considerable risk that his comments could make it impossible for justice to be fair and objective.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Alan Dershowitz, who is advising Julian Assange’s legal team, spoke with Spiegel about what the First Amendment has to say about WikiLeaks and the legal implications of social media’s role in the Arab uprisings.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dershowitz’s review of Gabriel Schoenfeld’s book, Necessary Secrets, which he describes as “subtle” and “instructive.”

Friday, May 28, 2010

Media should be allowed to publish material from Israeli whistleblower Anat Kamm, even if it was wrongfully obtained.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Divestment actions, boycotts, and blacklists aimed at chilling the exercise of a constitutional right can create a dangerous precedent.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

If the Newtown killings don’t oblige legislators and courts to show courage against the gun lobby and its junk politics and to end the easy availability of weapons that are efficient killing machines, what ever will?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ours is the only Constitution that explicitly protects “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” But the Second Amendment is anything but clear about what those Delphic words were intended to mean at the time they were enacted.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Famed criminal defense lawyer, retired Harvard Law School professor and cable news gadfly Alan Dershowitz will be at the National Constitution Center tomorrow to debate the legality and ethics of drone strikes on American citizens. In advance of tomorrow’s debate, we got Mr. Dershowitz on the horn.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

If a combatant is appropriately subject to military attack, as the military leader of Hamas certainly was, then targeted assassination may be the preferred legal and moral course.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The virtue of a ‘torture warrant,’ like that of a ‘killing warrant,’ is that it requires articulation of standards, visibility of actions and ultimate approval by democratic institutions.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010