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Matthew H. Charity

Professor of Law
A.B., Princeton University
J.D., Columbia Law School
Office: L 305

Professor Charity has been teaching at Western New England since 2007.  He teaches public international law courses (International Law, International Criminal Law), and researches in areas of atrocity crimes, governmental responsibility, and human rights.  Professor Charity has served on the executive committees of the Association of American Law Schools Sections on Africa (Chair, 2013-14), Law and South Asian Studies, and International Law (Chair 2015-16).  Professor Charity also teaches Federal Criminal Law, Contracts, Sales, and Human Rights.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Charity spent seven years at the New York law firms of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson, and Baker Hostetler LLP, where he worked in commercial litigation, antitrust, and business crimes and corporate investigations. His pro bono work included refugee asylum and prisoners' rights litigation.

While at Columbia Law School, Professor Charity was a member of the Human Rights Law Review, and worked with Human Rights Watch in Ethiopia, and at the Office of the Secretariat of the United Nations.  He also served as a vice-president of the Public Interest Law Foundation.

Professor Charity has served a number of years on the drafting committee of the International Criminal Court Committee for the American Branch of the International Law Association.  He also serves as Chair of the Human Rights Commission of the Town of Amherst, and on the Executive Committee of the Society of American Law Teachers.  Professor Charity shares in the coaching responsibilities of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, and is the Concentration Advisor to the International and Comparative Law Concentration.

Other References to Matthew Charity and his work



Federal Criminal Law

Human Rights

International Criminal Law

International Law



Book Chapters

Matthew H. Charity, Human Rights' Anti-Globalization in a Multi-National Corporatized State, in PRIVATIZATION AND GLOBALIZATION: CHANGING LEGAL PARADIGM 246 (Sairam Bhat ed., National Law School of India University 2017). SSRN

Journal Articles

Sudha Setty & Matthew H. Charity, Symposium: Introduction: Constitutional Conflict and Development: Perspectives from South Asia and Africa, 28 TEMPLE INT'L & COMP. L.J. 179 (2015) (invited introduction for symposium issue). SSRN Digital Commons

Matthew H. Charity, Symposium: Unmistakably Clear: Human Rights, The Right To Representation, And Remedial Voting Rights Of People Of Color, 17 BERKELEY J. AFR.-AM. L. & POL'Y 200, & 7 J. OF RACE, GENDER, AND ETHNICITY 200 (2015) (invited symposium submission). SSRN Digital Commons

Matthew H. Charity, Symposium: Building the Arc of Justice: The Life and Legal Thought of Derrick Bell: Foreword, 36 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 101 (2014) (invited foreword for symposium issue). SSRN Digital Commons

Matthew H. Charity, Defying Gravity: The Development of Standards in the International Prosecution of International Atrocity Crimes, 23 IND. INT'L & COMP. L. REV. 429 (2013). SSRN Digital Commons Cited by

Matthew H. Charity, The Criminalized State: The International Criminal Court, The Responsibility to Protect, and Darfur, Republic of Sudan, 37 OHIO N.U. L. REV. 67 (2011). SSRN Digital Commons Cited by

Shorter Writings

Matthew Charity, State Legislatures Will Decide Who Counts in Our Communities, AF-AM POINT OF VIEW, Oct. 1, 2020, at 23.

Matthew H. Charity, The Second Coming: Discrimination in and as a Pandemic, AF-AM POINT OF VIEW, June 1, 2020, at 23.

Matthew H. Charity, How the Census Bureau’s New Citizenship Question Undermines Our Democracy, AF-AM POINT OF VIEW, May 1, 2018, at 23.