Geoffrey R. Watson
Geoffrey R. Watson was born in Toronto, Canada, but he grew up in the northeast United States. He attended college at Yale, from which he received a B.A. cum laude in history in 1982. He then enrolled at Harvard Law School, where he was a notes editor of the Harvard Law Review. He received his J.D. cum laude in 1986. After graduating from law school, Professor Watson served as a law clerk to the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Harrison L. Winter, in Baltimore.
From 1987-1991, Professor Watson served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. While at the State Department, Professor Watson specialized in international criminal law and in legal aspects of U.S. policy in the Middle East. In 1991 he became an assistant professor of law at the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now the Seattle University School of Law) in Tacoma, Washington. He came to CUA as a visiting associate professor in 1995, and he joined the full-time faculty in 1998. Professor Watson is the author of numerous articles on public international law. In addition, he has published a book on the Oslo Accords and co-authored a book on American contract law. He has taught contracts, criminal law, constitutional law, public international law, international human rights law, comparative law, comparative constitutional law, legal issues of the Middle East peace process, and the history of American law.
The Capability Problem in Contract Law (2nd edition) (with Richard Danzig). New York: Foundation Press, 2004. The Oslo Accords: International Law and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Agreements. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
"The Persecution of Tom Riddle: A Study in Human Rights Law," in The Law & Harry Potter, ed. Jeffrey E. Thomas & Franklyn G. Snyder. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2010. "EU Accession to the European Convention on Human Rights: An American Perspective," in European Union Issues from a Portuguese Perspective, ed. Marshall J. Breger and Markus G. Puder. Washington, DC: Columbus School of Law Studies in Comparative Law, Columbus School of Law, 2007. "Jerusalem and the U.S. Congress," in Jerusalem: Essays Toward Peacekeeping. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2002. "The Law of State Succession." In Contemporary Practice in Public International Law. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana, 1997.
Victor Kattan, "From Coexistence to Conquest: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1891-1948", 105 American Journal of International Law 625 (2011). Gabriella Blum, "Islands of Agreement: Managing Enduring Armed Rivalries", 103 American Journal of International Law 803 (2009). "Review Essay: Study-Aids and Treatises for American Students of International Law," American Journal of International Law 99 (Oct. 2005): 932.
"Overview and Remarks: Religious and Social Ethical Perspectives on International Law: The Middle East Peace Process", Proceedings of the 95th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law 95 (2001): 87.