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Peter Halewood

Peter Halewood

DepartmentLaw and Business program, Ted Rogers School of Management
Areas of ExpertiseLegal theory, international economic law, human rights law, food insecurity, property law, law and inequality, academic freedom, campus activism

Peter Halewood comes to Ryerson University from Albany Law School where he held the Gov. George E. Pataki Distinguished Professorship in International Commercial Law and was professor of law since 2001.

His research addresses international trade and commercial law, voting rights, race and law, property law and commodification, food insecurity and human rights law. He has been a fellow at the Law and Society Trust in Colombo, Sri Lanka, working on constitutional reform projects; has worked in litigation with law firms in Toronto, and at the Ontario Ministry of Health Legal Services Division; and was a law clerk to the justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Halewood has been a visiting professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and at the University of Paris X, and was a visiting scholar at University of Rome Tre Faculty of Law. He co-directed and taught in the Tulane-Albany summer program at McGill Faculty of Law for 10 years. He has consulted with the International Development Law Organization in Rome, Italy, on distance learning in international trade law with audiences in Kenya, Uganda, and Mozambique, and with State University of New York Research Foundation on a USAID grant implementing legal training of foreign professionals on the intersection of international trade and economic law with economic, social, and cultural rights. He was an affiliated faculty and advisory board member at the University at Albany's Global Institute for Health and Human Rights. In 2019, he was chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on International Human Rights. He is admitted to law practice in New York State.


Peter, Halewood, “Race and Free Speech on College Campuses,” The Oxford Handbook of Race and Law in the United States (Devon Carbado, Khiara Bridges, and Emily Houh eds.) (with Donna Young, forthcoming 2020).

Peter Halewood, “Debating Equality: Neoliberalism, Normativity, and Campus Rhetoric,” Student Activism in the Academy: Its Struggles and Promise (Joseph DeVitis and Pietro Sasso, eds.), (Myers Education Press, , 2019).

Peter Halewood, “Whiteness,” Oxford Encyclopedia of African-American History (P. Finkelman, ed.),  (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Selected Publications

“Rule of Law, Activism, and Equality: Growing Anti-subordination Norms Within the Neoliberal University” (2017) 50 John Marshall Law Review, 249 (with Donna Young).

“Trade Law, IP, and Food Security, training manual and online course for audiences in the Middle East” (2016-2018), funded by US AID grants, with UAlbany Global Institute for Health and Human Rights and the SUNY Research Foundation.

“Legal Studies: Teaching Law in the Age of Globalization, 2 Global Synergies” (2016) 14 Campus Activism and Competing Racial Narratives, 102 Academe: Magazine of the American Association of University Professors, 8.

“Any Is Too Much: Shelby County v. Holder and Diminished Citizenship” (2015), 17 Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy, 66 (simultaneously published in Journal of Race, Gender & Ethnicity).

“Sameness/Difference, International Human Rights Law, and the Political Meaning of Torture” (2012-2013) 22 Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, 257.

“Citizenship as Accumulated Racial Capital” (2012) 1 Columbia Journal of Race and Law, 313.

“Trade Liberalization and Obstacles to Food Security: Toward a Sustainable Food Sovereignty” (2011) 43 University of Miami Inter-American Law Review, 115.

“Laying Down the Law: Post-Racialism and the De-Racination Project” (2009) 72 Albany Law Review, 1047.

“On Commodification and Self-Ownership” (2008) 20 Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, 131.

Professional Contributions

The Children’s Rights Convention at 30 and New Voices in Human Rights and International Law, American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 3-6, 2020 (co-organizer and section chair).

Trade Law and the Panopticon, Class Crits conference, Western New England Law School, November 15-16, 2019 (panelist).

Human Rights Indicators and Commercial Supply Chains and Human Rights, 2019 American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, January 2-6, 2019 (co-organizer).

International Economic Law, Foreign Policy, and the Color Line, Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Albany Law School, May 31-June 1, 2018 (panelist).

Immigrant Rights Under the Trump Administration, American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, January 4, 2018 (chair and co-organizer).

Trade Law, IP, and Food Security, live and online course for audiences in the Middle East, funded by US AID grant, with UAlbany Global Institute for Health and Human Rights and SUNY Research Foundation, 2016-2018 (instructor and co-organizer).

Rule of Law and the Corporatized University, The Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty & The Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Law, Intersectionality, and the Next Wave of Social Movements in the Trump Era, Brooklyn Law School, June 2-3, 2017 (panelist).

State Courts and International Law, Advocacy and Activism Today conference, Albany Law School, Albany NY, February 25, 2017 (organizer and moderator).

The Trouble with ‘Resiliency’ and ‘Grit’ in Reshaping Legal Education: Race, Class and Gender Considerations, Society for American Law Teachers annual conference at John Marshall Law School, Chicago IL, September 30, 2016 (panelist).

Neoliberalism in the Academy: Faculty Governance, Downsizing & Diversity , NEPOC 2016: Confronting the Violence of Our Times on May 21, 2016 (panelist).

The New Lochnerism, LatCrit Annual Meeting and conference on Critical Constitutionalism, Los Angeles, CA, October 2, 2015 (panelist).

Austerity, Academic Freedom and Diversity, American Association of University Professors Annual Meeting, Washington DC, June 10, 2015 (panelist).

African Nations and Laws, New York African Studies Association Annual Meeting, April 4, 2015 (chair and conference co-organizer).

Gov. George E. Pataki Distinguished Professorship in International Commercial Law, Albany Law School, 2018-2019

Degree Institution Year
LLM (Master of Laws) Columbia University 1993
LLB (Bachelor of Laws) University of British Columbia 1990
MA (Master of Arts) McGill University 1987
BA (Bachelor of Arts) University of Toronto 1985