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Peter S. Margulies

Peter S. Margulies
Professor of Law

J.D., Columbia University
B.A., Colgate Unviersity


As an expert in National Security Law, Professor Peter Margulies focuses on the delicate balance between liberty, equality, and security in issues involving law and terrorism.  Professor Margulies has written almost a dozen articles discussing the War on Terror.  He currently works with RWU Law Professor Jared Goldstein, along with litigators from the law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, in representing two Afghan detainees.  Professor Margulies led a national conference entitled “Legal Dilemmas in A Dangerous World: Law, Terrorism and National Security” held at RWU. 

Professor Margulies also has an extensive background in immigration law and has represented Haitian refugees and conducted outreach to community legal service providers. 

Peter Marguiles teaches Immigration Law, National Security Law and Professional Responsibility.  He has filed amicus briefs in high-visibility cases with the U.S. Supreme Court and has been frequently cited in the New York Times, the National Law Journal and other media outlets.

Selected Publications


Law’s Detour: Justice Displaced in the Bush Administration (New York: NYU Press, 2010)


Reforming Lawyers into Irrelevance?: Reconciling Crisis and Constraint at the Office of Legal Counsel, 39 Pepperdine Law Review 809 (2012)

The Ivory Tower at Ground Zero: Conflict and Convergence in Legal Education’s Responses to Terrorism, 60 Journal of Legal Education 373 (2011)

Judging Myopia in Hindsight: Bivens Actions, National Security Decisions, and the Rule of Law, 96 Iowa Law Review 195 (2010) 

The Detainees’ Dilemma: The Virtues and Vices of Advocacy Strategies in the War on Terror, 57 Buffalo Law Review 347 (2009)

True Believers at Law: National Security Agenda, the Regulation of Lawyers, and the Separation of Powers, 68 Maryland Law Review 1 (2008)

When to Push the Envelope: Legal Ethics, the Rule of Law, and National Security Strategy, 30 Fordham International Law Journal 642 (2007)

Lawyers’ Independence and Collective Illegality in Government and Corporate Misconduct, Terrorism, and Organized Crime, 58 Rutgers Law Review 939 (2006)

Beyond Absolutism: Legal Institutions in the War on Terror, 60 University of Miami Law Review 309 (2006)

Judging Terror in the "Zone of Twilight": Exigency, Institutional Equity, and Procedure After September 11, 84 Boston University Law Review 383 (2004)

Uncertain Arrivals: Immigration, Terror, and Democracy After September 11, 2002 Utah Law Review 481

Democratic Transitions and the Future of Asylum Law, 71 University of Colorado Law Review 3 (1999)

Progressive Lawyering and Lost Traditions, 73 Texas Law Review 1139 (1995)

Representation of Domestic Violence Survivors as a New Paradigm of Poverty Law: In Search of Access, Connection, and Voice, 63 George Washington Law Review 1071 (1995)