David J. Luban

  • Professor of Law and Philosophy, Georgetown University Law Center
David Luban is University Professor and professor of law and philosophy at Georgetown University. Since 2013, he has also served as Class of 1965 Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy’s Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership. His research interests center on moral and legal responsibility in organizational settings, including law firms, government and the military. In addition to legal ethics, he writes on international criminal law, national security, human rights and just war theory. His current project is a book on the moral and legal philosophy of Hannah Arendt.
Luban is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center, and has received prizes for distinguished scholarship from the American Bar Foundation and the New York State Bar Association. In 2011 he was a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University.
Luban’s books include “Torture, Power, and Law” (Cambridge University Press, 2014), which won the American Publishers Association PROSE Award for professional and scholarly excellence in philosophy. He has also written many scholarly articles and edited anthologies and casebooks on international criminal law and legal ethics.
Luban joined the Georgetown faculty from the University of Maryland. He has held visiting chairs at the Fordham, Harvard, Stanford and Yale Law Schools; and has been a visiting professor at the Interdisciplinary Center (Israel), Dartmouth College, and the University of Melbourne. A frequent speaker in the United States, Luban has also lectured in 18 other countries.
Luban is on the editorial boards of Ethics & International Affairs, Legal Ethics, and the Just Security blog. He has served on the D.C. Bar’s ethics committee, and chaired the AALS Sections on Professional Responsibility and on Law and Interpretation, as well as the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Law and Philosophy. He has testified before both houses of Congress.


  • Ph.D.
    Yale University
  • M.Phil.
    Yale University
  • M.A.
    Yale University
  • B.A.
    University of Chicago

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