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Robert Delahunty

Laurence and Jean LeJeune Distinguished Chair and Professor
Degree
J.D., Harvard Law School
B.Phil., Oxford University
B.A., Columbia University
B.A., M.A. Oxford University
Office
MSL 427
Phone
(651) 962-4997
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-4997
Mail
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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Robert Delahunty grew up in New York City. He was educated by the Jesuit order at Regis High School in Manhattan and graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University in 1968. He was awarded a Kellett Fellowship to study at Oxford University, from which he obtained a B.A. with First Class honors in Classics in 1970 and a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1972. He then studied or taught philosophy in England, Scotland, and Canada until 1980, holding research and teaching positions at Oriel College, Oxford University, and a tenured teaching position at the University of Durham in the north of England. During that time he wrote his book Spinoza, which was published in 1985.

Delahunty returned to the United States in 1980 to study law at Harvard Law School, from which he graduated cum laude in 1983. He began legal practice at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City, where he was an Associate in the Litigating Section from 1983 to 1986, working primarily on a major probate proceeding. He joined the Appellate Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in 1986, and began working for the Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department in 1989. He was Special Assistant to the Solicitor of Labor in 1991/1992, a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in 1999/2000, and Deputy General Counsel at the White House Office of Homeland Security in 2002/2003.

He spent most of his legal career before joining the UST faculty, however, at the Office of Legal Counsel, where he was made Special Counsel and a member of the Senior Executive Service in 1992. His work and writing at the Office of Legal Counsel focused on the constitutional law of foreign relations, Presidential war powers, public international law, treaties, and immigration law. His usual clients included the Office of the Counsel to the President, the Office of the Legal Adviser to the National Security Council, the Office of Management & Budget, the Office of the Attorney General, and the Office of the Legal Adviser to the State Department. He was selected, on Attorney General Janet Reno’s nomination, as an Atlantic Fellow in 1995/1996, enabling him to study and write on British and European asylum law at the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University.

Robert Delahunty Curriculum Vitae

 

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 635 - 01 Torts M - W - F - - 1030 - 1155 MSL 235
CRN: 43288 Instructor: Robert J. Delahunty This course will examine the legal principles that determine whether civil liability will attach to conduct that results in injuries to persons or property. Students will explore in depth, the issues and principles related to the law of neg- ligence and its elements of duty, breach, causation and damages. The course will also address principles of liability for intentional torts. Throughout the course, students will explore the social and economic policies underlying tort law principles.

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LAWS 837 - 01 International Law M - W - - - - 1500 - 1625 MSL 458
CRN: 43158 Instructor: Robert J. Delahunty This course will introduce students to the sources, history, institutions, and nature of public international law. Topics will include international law jurisdiction, international institutions, sovereign and diplomatic immunity, limits on the use of force, the law of treaties, international organizations, protection of individuals, protection of the environment and law of the sea.

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LAWS 950 - 05 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43221 Instructor: Robert J. Delahunty Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

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Spring 2018 Courses

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