Gerald Neuman

Gerald Neuman

Director, Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School
J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law
Gerald Neuman

Gerald L. Neuman is Co-Director of the Human Rights Program, and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School. He teaches courses in international human rights law, immigration and nationality law, and U.S. constitutional law. Since 2011, he has served as a Member of the UN Human Rights Committee, the international body of independent experts that monitors compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, one of the principal human rights instruments that form the “International Bill of Rights.” Neuman is currently the rapporteur for the Committee on its draft general comment on the right to liberty and security of person, which includes safeguards against arbitrary detention.

Neuman has published widely on issues of human rights law, immigration and nationality law, and U.S. and comparative constitutional law. The cooperation and competition among global, national, and regional mechanisms for the protection of individual rights are a major focus of his current research. He has also written numerous amicus curiae briefs concerning the U.S. constitutional rights of foreign nationals, extraterritorial application of constitutional rights, and habeas corpus as a remedy for executive detention.

Prior to joining HLS, Neuman was the Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence at Columbia Law School. He began his teaching career at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and has also been a visiting professor at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitaet, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, and has taught in programs at the universities of Leiden, Freiburg, and Tokyo. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an A.B. from Harvard College.

Related Work


International Human Rights
Human Rights in the UN Treaty Bodies
Immigration Law


Human Rights
(Foundation Press, 1999) Co-authors: Louis Henkin, Diane Orentlicher, and David Leebron
((Second Edition 2009) Co-authors: Sarah Cleveland and Lawrence Helfer; Documentary Supplement (Foundation Press, 2000)))

Strangers to the Constitution: Immigrants, Borders, and Fundamental Law
(Princeton University Press, 1996)

Articles and Chapters

“Bi-Level Remedies for Human Rights Violations”
Harvard International Law Journal (Volume 55, Number 2, Summer 2014)

“The Brakes that Failed: Constitutional Restriction of International Agreements in France”
45 Cornell International Law Journal 257 (2012)

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