Faculty Information

  • Biography

    B.A., University of Toronto
    M.A., McGill University
    LL.B., University of British Columbia
    LL.M., Columbia University (Associate Editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law)

    Professor Halewood has taught at Albany Law School since 1994. Prior to coming to Albany Law School, he worked in the health law department of the Ontario Attorney General’s office and as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in Toronto, Canada. After law school, he was awarded an Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt human rights fellowship and worked both in the litigation department of the firm and later at the Law and Society Trust in Colombo, Sri Lanka on constitutional reform projects. During his post-graduate study at Columbia Law School, he was the Julius Silver Fellow in Law, Science, & Technology, researching biotechnology and property in the human body, and was also an Associate Editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. Professor Halewood has been a visiting professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and at the University of Paris X, and a visiting scholar at University of Rome III Faculty of Law. Professor Halewood 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 on a USAID grant implementing legal training on economic, social and cultural rights abroad. His research, which he has presented at conferences around the United States and abroad, addresses voting rights, race and law, property law and commodification, food insecurity, and international trade and human rights law. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law Schools Section on International Human Rights, and is an Affiliated Faculty member at the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights at the University at Albany. He is admitted to practice in New York.



  • Legal Studies: Teaching Law in the Age of Globalization, 2 Global Synergies 14 (2016)

  • Any Is Too Much: Shelby County v. Holder and Diminished Citizenship, 17 BERKELEY J. AFR.-AM. L. & POL'Y 66 (2015) (simultaneously published in Journal of Race, Gender & Ethnicity)

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

  • Sameness/Difference, Human Rights Law, and the Political Meaning of Torture, 22 Berkeley La Raza Law Journal 257 (2012).

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

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

  • Whiteness, OXFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY (Paul Finkelman, ed.) (Oxford University Press, 2009)

  • On Commodification and Self-Ownership, 20 Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 131 (2008)papers.cfm

  • Commitments Realized in the Flesh: Liberalism and the Tortured Body in International Law, 93 Proceedings of the American Society of International Law 352 (2000)

  • Violence and the International Word, 60 Albany Law Review 565 (1997)papers.cfm

  • Law's Bodies: Disembodiment and the Structure of Liberal Property Rights, 81 Iowa Law Review 1331 (1996)papers.cfm

  • White Men Can't Jump: Critical Epistemologies, Embodiment and the Praxis of Legal Scholarship, 7 Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 1 (1995), reprinted in CRITICAL WHITE STUDIES: LOOKING BEHIND THE MIRROR (Delgado and Stephancic, eds.) (Temple University Press, 1997) papers.cfm

  • Trends in American Critical Legal Thought, 25 University of British Columbia Law Review 105 (1991)papers.cfm

  • Performance and Pragmatism in Constitutional Interpretation, 3 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 91 (1990)papers.cfm

  • Canadian Constitutional Crisis and the Meech Lake Accord, 3 The Thatched Patio (International Centre for Ethnic Studies) 35 (1990) (with Donna E. Young)

  • Dialectics of Disenchantment: Weber & Adorno on Science, 1985 McGill Journal of Political Science 48 (1985)

Forthcoming Publications

  • Campus Activism and Competing Racial Narratives, 102 Academe (forthcoming, 2016)

  • Precarity, Power and Purpose in Higher Education, 50 John Marshall Law Review (forthcoming, 2017) (with Donna Young)

Selected Achievements

  • Professor Peter Halewood participated on the panel “The Trouble with ‘Resiliency’ and ‘Grit’ in Reshaping Legal Education: Race, Class and Gender Considerations” at the Society for American Law Teachers' annual conference at John Marshall Law School in Chicago on September 30, 2016.

  • ​Professor Peter Halewood participated on the panel "Neoliberalism in the Academy: Faculty Governance, Downsizing & Diversity" at the conference NEPOC 2016 Confronting the Violence of Our Times on May 21, 2016.

  • Professor Peter Halewood was a primary organizer on a Collaborative Venture Fund grant to fund a joint conference with the UAlbany Liberal Studies program, "The Politics of Difference and the Threshold of Law: A Collaborative Conference in Law and the Humanities," to be held at the law school April 8-9, and is on the conference program committee. He also helped organize the Venture Fund grant to assist in obtaining funding for international human rights research collaborations between UAlbany and the law school.

  • ​Professor Peter Halewood was voted Treasurer of the Association of American Law Schools Section on International Human Rights at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York on January 8, 2016.

  • Professor Peter Halewood was appointed to the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law Schools Section on International Human Rights. He is also a member of the program committee which selected papers for the Section’s upcoming annual panel, “Human Rights and Families," to be presented at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York in January 2016.

  • Professor Peter Halewood was the lead at Albany Law School on the $1.6 million USAID grant obtained by the UAlbany Global Institute of Health and Human Rights, announced Oct. 19, 2015, to provide human rights training in the Middle East.

  • Professor Peter Halewood participated in a panel on "The New Lochnerism" at the 2015 LatCrit Conference on "Critical Constitutionalism" in Anaheim, CA on October 2, 2015.

  • ​Professor Peter Halewood participated as a panelist on the topic "Austerity, Academic Freedom and Diversity" at the American Association of University Professors Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., on June 10, 2015.

  • Professor Peter Halewood​ co-organized the 40th Annual Meeting of the New York African Studies Association, "Africa, Its Diaspora, and Laws," April 3-4, 2015, Union College and Albany Law School. The event drew 100 participants from the U.S., Africa, and Europe.

  • Professor Peter Halewood chaired "African Nations and Laws" at the New York African Studies Association Annual Meeting on April 4, 2015.

  • Professor Peter Halewood was appointed to Affiliated Faculty, UAlbany Global Institute for Health and Human Rights, January 2015.

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