Craig Jackson

Craig_Jackson1Craig Jackson is Professor of Law at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas.  He studied at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Law, and the Johns Hopkins University, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C. Professor Jackson has taught International Law, U.S. Foreign Policy and the Constitution, and Constitutional Law.  He served as a Co-Director of the Thurgood Marshall Institute for International and Immigration Law which hosted a constitutional and international law symposium observing the tenth anniversary of the attacks on 9-11.

In 1998 Professor Jackson was a visiting fellow at Wolfson College and a visiting fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Center for International Law, both of Cambridge University, England.  His teaching and scholarship interests have been in the areas of international law and constitutional law, with particular emphasis on the intersection of the two legal systems and the affect each has on the other.  Among his activities in this area are a series of articles, op-ed pieces, and testimony before the Texas Legislature addressing the impact of federalism on United States obligations under international law with regard to the prosecution of capital crimes against foreign nationals arrested without consular notification.

He is the author of numerous articles on international law, civil rights, and constitutional law, and has been published in Yale Law and Policy Law Review, the University of Iowa’s Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems, North Carolina Journal and International Law and Commercial Regulation, Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business, Capital University Law Review.  More recently he has published The Limiting Principle Strategy and the New Deal Commerce Clause, in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law (2012); Shelby County v. Holder and Texas v. Holder and the Voting Rights Act of 1965: Basic Changes or Continuation, CLE Coursebook for the 7th Annual Bill of Rights Course: Bill of Rights: Litigating the Constitution (State Bar of Texas (2013); The Texas Redistricting Cases in the age of Shelby County v. Holder, CLE Course book for the 9th Annual Bill of Rights Course: Cutting-Edge Controversies in Constitutional Law (State Bar of Texas (2015).

In addition he is the author, along with Martin Levy of Constitutional Law, Cases and Materials, Aspen Select Series, Wolters Kluwer (2013) and the upcoming second edition, and he publishes a blog, A Progressive’s View of Constitutional Matters, available at


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