Jack Goldsmith

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Jack Goldsmith

Jack Landman Goldsmith is a Harvard Law School professor. He was appointed constitutional adviser to the Bush administration after he and his friend and fellow law professor John Yoo advocated that human rights should not apply to defendants before U.S. courts.[1]


  • Washington & Lee University B.A. Summa Cum Laude 1984
  • Oxford University B.A. 1986
  • Yale Law School J.D. 1989
  • Oxford University M.A. First Class Honors 1991
  • Hague Academy of International Law Diploma in Private International Law 1992[2]


  • Professor, Harvard Law School, 2004-present
  • Assistant attorney general, Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice, 2003-2004
  • Associate professor, 1994-1997; professor, 2003-2004, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Special counsel to the general counsel, Department of Defense, 2002-2003
  • Professor, University of Chicago Law School, 1997-2003
  • Associate, Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C., 1992-1994
  • Legal assistant to Judge George Aldrich, Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, The Netherlands, 1991-1992
  • Law clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, U.S. Supreme Court, 1990-1991
  • Law clerk to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1989-1990[3]



Jeffrey Rosen, Conscience of a Conservative, New York Times, 9 September 2007


  1. Jeffrey Rosen, Conscience of a Conservative, New York Times, 9 September 2007
  2. Harvard Law School, Jack Landman Goldsmith, (accessed 12 June 2008)
  3. American Enterprise Institute for Public Education, Jack Landman Goldsmith, Former Visiting Scholar, (accessed 12 June 2008)