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John Parry

  • Robert M Reynolds

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John Parry teaches courses on civil litigation. He is one of the country’s leading scholars of international extradition and the law surrounding torture. More broadly, his scholarly work assesses the legal structures that restrain or permit the exercise of state power on individuals, with a particular emphasis on civil rights law, foreign relations and international law, and criminal justice.


Before coming to Lewis & Clark, Parry was assistant and associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. He also practiced law for several years with Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. He is a former law clerk to the Hon. James R. Browning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and a former chair of the Supreme Court Office of the Harvard Law Review.


Parry is the author of “Understanding Torture: Law, Violence, and Political Identity” (Michigan 2010).  He has written a casebook on civil rights litigation, co-authored the leading treatise on federal summary judgment, and co-authored a casebook on criminal law. He has also edited three collections of scholarly essays. His articles have appeared in a number of law reviews and edited collections.


Parry was elected to the American Law Institute in 2010. He also serves as the law school’s representative to the Oregon Law Commission. In 2013, Parry was named a Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar in recognition of his exemplary teaching and scholarship. In 2016, he was named the Edward Brunet Professor of Law.

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John Parry’s office is located in room 324 of Legal Research Center.


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John Parry Edward Brunet Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Faculty

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