Craig Green

Charles Klein Professor of Law and Government

Professor Craig Green has taught and written in the fields of Administrative Law, American Legal History, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Federal Courts; he has also taught in the field of Reproductive Rights. Other teaching interests include Conflicts of Law, Remedies, Civil Procedure II, Complex Civil Litigation, Civil and Political Rights, First Amendment, Separation of Powers, Legislation, Federalism, Constitutional History, History of American Judging, and Sentencing.  In 2009 and 2015, Green received Temple Law School’s George P. Williams Award as “Outstanding Professor of the Year,” and in 2010 he received Temple University’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Green’s research has addressed the role of federal courts in overseeing the executive branch, and the significance of iconic cases like Erie v. Tompkins in legal discourse. He has published articles concerning wartime detention, federal common law, judicial activism, precedential interpretation, equal protection, the federal sentencing guidelines, constitutional history, the economic recession of 2008, and customary international law. He has been invited to present research to the Sentencing Commission’s legal staff, as a keynote speaker at the Japanese-American Society for Legal Studies Annual Meeting in Kyoto, as a participant in the Turkish Institute for Justice’s conference “The Balance Between Freedom and Security in Fighting against Terrorism,” and as an organizing panelist for the British Association of Nineteenth-Century Americanists at the University of Warwick.  In 2012, Green received Temple Law School’s Friel-Scanlan Award for Outstanding Scholarship.

In 2018, Green received a Ph.D from Princeton University’s History Department for completing his dissertation, “Creating American Land: A Territorial History from the Albany Plan to the U.S. Constitution.”  The dissertation seeks to explain (1) how the United States’ imperial legal structure emerged from Revolution’s anti-imperial moment, (2) how American states and statehood emerged from the legal destruction of British colonies, (3) how Native American ideas about territory influenced and were affected by the law of Britain and the United States, and (4) what “law” meant in a context where institutional enforcement was most often impossible.

Green has an active interest in appellate litigation, and has served on moot courts for Supreme Court advocates at the University of Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court Institute, the Georgetown Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute, the National Association of Attorneys General, and law firms in Washington D.C.


Ph.D., Princeton University
M.A., Princeton University
J.D., Yale Law School
B.S., Wake Forest University

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Awards and Recognition

  • George P. Williams, III, Memorial Award for the Outstanding Professor of the Year (2009)
  • Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (2010)
  • Friel-Scanlan Award for Outstanding Scholarship (2012)