Eric Andrew Posner (born December 5, 1965) is Kirkland and Ellis Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. An editor of The Journal of Legal Studies, he has also published numerous articles and books on issues in international law. He is well known as the co-author of Terror in the Balance and The Executive Unbound.
He is the son of the federal appellate judge Richard Posner.
Posner attended Yale University (B.A., M.A. in philosophy, summa cum laude) and received his law degree from Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude) in 1991. He clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the D.C. Circuit.
A professor at the University of Chicago Law School, Posner is an editor of The Journal of Legal Studies. He has published numerous articles on subjects including international law, cost-benefit analysis, and constitutional law.
He has taught courses in international law, foreign relations law, and game theory and the law. His current research focuses on international law, foreign relations law, and international tribunals.
He has written about the trial of the deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
In June 2013 Posner and Jameel Jaffer, fellow at the Open Society Foundations, participated in the New York Times’s Room for Debate series. Posner responded to concerns about expanded National Security Agency programs that vacuum information about the private lives of American citizens. Since c. 2005 the N.S.A. has served major telecommunications companies with metadata[notes 1] For example Verizon Business Network Services, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, was required to provide “records of millions of US customers” to the NSA.[notes 2] He claimed that Americans obtain the services they want by disclosing private information to strangers such as “the market services of doctors, insurance companies, Internet service providers, employers, therapists and the rest, or the nonmarket services of the government like welfare and security.” He argued that, since 2001 there has not been an incident in which the United States government used information “obtained for security purposes with “war-on-terror-related surveillance” technologies to “target a political opponent, dissenter or critic.”
Economic Foundations of International Law (Harvard 2013) (with Alan Sykes) ISBN 0674066995
Contract Law and Theory (Aspen 2011) ISBN 1-4548-1071-8
The Executive Unbound: After the Madisonian Republic (Oxford University Press 2011) ISBN 0-19-976533-2,
Climate Change Justice (Princeton University Press, 2010) (with David Weisbach) ISBN 0-691-13775-7
Law and Happiness (University of Chicago Press, 2010) ISBN 0-226-67600-5
Perils of Global Legalism (University of Chicago Press, 2009) ISBN 0-226-67574-2
Terror in the Balance: Security, Liberty, and the Courts (Oxford University Press, 2007) (with Adrian Vermeule). ISBN 0-19-531025-X
The Limits of International Law (Oxford University Press, 2005) (with Jack Goldsmith). ISBN 0-19-516839-9
Law and Social Norms (Harvard University Press, 2000). ISBN 0-674-00814-6
“Is the International Court of Justice Biased?,” J. Legal Stud. (forthcoming) (with Miguel de Figueiredo).
“An Economic Analysis of State and Individual Responsibility Under International Law”, Amer. L. & Econ. Rev. (forthcoming; with Alan Sykes)
“International Law: A Welfarist Approach”, 73 U. Chi. L. Rev. 487 (2006)
“International Law and the Rise of China”, 7 Chi. J. Int’l L. 1 (2006; with John Yoo)
“International Law and the Disaggregated State”, 32 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 797 (2005)
“Terrorism and the Laws of War”, 5 Chi. J. Int’l L. 423 (2005)
“Optimal War and Jus ad Bellum”, 93 Georgetown L.J. 993 (2005) (with Alan Sykes)
“Judicial Independence in International Tribunals”, 93 Calif. L. Rev. 1 (2005; with John Yoo)
“Transnational Legal Process and the Supreme Court’s 2003–2004 Term: Some Skeptical Observations”, 12 Tulsa Journal of Comparative and International Law 23 (2004)
“A Theory of the Laws of War”, 70 U. Chi. L. Rev. 297 (2003)
“Do States Have a Moral Obligation to Comply with International Law?”, 55 Stan. L. Rev. 1901 (2003)
“Moral and Legal Rhetoric in International Relations: A Rational Choice Perspective”, 31 J. Legal Stud. S115 (2002; with Jack Goldsmith)
“Understanding the Resemblance Between Modern and Traditional Customary International Law”, 40 Va. J. Int’l Law 639 (2000; with Jack L. Goldsmith)
“A Threat That Belongs Behind Bars,” The New York Times, June 25, 2006
“Apply the Golden Rule to al Qaeda?”, The Wall Street Journal, July 15, 2006, p. A9
HSBC bank has told three Muslim organisations that they are to have their accounts closed. One of the organisations believes its stance on Gaza may have triggered the move. Another, the Finsbury Park Mosque in North London, says that the move is “islamophobic”. HSBC has not given any specific reason for its actions but says that the organisations fall “outside their risk appetite”. The BBCs’ Dominic Laurie reports.
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David Cameron orders review of Muslim Brotherhood (BBC, Apr 1, 2014)
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Islamic law is adopted by British legal chiefs (telegraph, March 22, 2014)
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Islamic Bank to Open at Oxford (abna, Feb 9, 2014)
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London aims to ‘stand alongside Dubai’ as Islamic finance hub (al-arabiya, Oct 29, 2013)
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‘Havoc’ as HSBC prepares to close diplomatic accounts (BBC, Aug 4, 2013)
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