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Julian Davis Mortenson




Julian Davis Mortenson joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 2009.




Professor Julian Davis Mortenson teaches international law, constitutional law, and national security law. His research focuses on issues of structure and process in the developing network of international tribunals and on the application of civil liberties norms in the national security context. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Chicago Law Review, the Harvard International Law Journal, the Iowa Law Review, and, among other publications.

Prof. Mortenson was one of the principal drafters of the merits briefs in the landmark case of Boumediene v. Bush, in which the Supreme Court recognized the right of Guantanamo detainees to petition for a writ of habeas corpus. He also represented a group of discharged military service members in Cook v. Gates, the first post-Lawrence challenge to the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" law. Prior to entering the academy, he worked as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court, as a law clerk to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in the office of President Theodor Meron at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and at the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

Prof. Mortenson received his J.D., Order of the Coif, from Stanford Law School, where he was salutatorian and co-president of the law school student body. He received an A.B. in modern European history, summa cum laude, from Harvard College.

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