James Friedman

Professor James Friedman joined the Maine Law faculty in 1980, and assumed professor emeritus status in 2014. He taught courses in constitutional law, philosophy, labor law, and terrorism. He also served as a visiting professor and visiting scholar in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East.

Professor Friedman has pursued a long-term interest in the legal and ethical issues posed by counterterrorism as a visiting professor at the Faculty of Law, University College Galway, Ireland; as a visiting scholar at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and as a visiting professor at The United States Military Academy at West Point, for which he received the US Army’s Commander’s Medal for Public Service. He has had the opportunity to examine British, Israeli, and American responses to terrorist attacks. During one of many visits to Israel and the West Bank, Professor Friedman published a paper in the Israel Law Review on Hannah Arendt, the Eichmann Trial and Justice Jackson at Nuremberg. This article is now in the permanent collection of the Peace Palace Library at the Hague, as well as in the American Institute for International Law’s Library on War Crimes. Another of his articles, “On the Dangers of Moral Certainty and Sacred Trusts”, defended the free speech rights of women’s health clinics in Dublin, and was published by the Dublin University Law Journal, Trinity College Dublin.

Professor Friedman maintains strong interests in American history, Israeli history, military history, and philosophy of science. He loves Socratic teaching. Prior to coming to the Law School he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Research Associate at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and then served as The Distinguished Preceptor in Law and Liberal Studies at Brown University, an honors program.

Selected Publications

The Anti-Boycott Law and Free Speech in Israel, JURIST (July 31, 2011). [JURIST]

Nuremberg and the Torture Memos: An American Dilemma, JURIST (Aug. 13, 2009). [JURIST]

Secrecy, Interrogation and the Rule of Law, JURIST (Nov. 13, 2006). [JURIST]

Arendt in Jerusalem, Jackson at Nuremberg: Presuppositions of the Nazi War Crimes Trials, 28 ISR. L. REV. 601 (1994). [HeinOnline]

On the Dangers of Moral Certainty and Sacred Trusts, 10 DUBLIN UNIV. L.J. 71 (1988).

Additional Publications

Some Other Things Happened Too – In Response to a Partial History of Zionism, ME. SCHOLAR (Autumn 1998).

Keeping Big Issues Off the Table: The Supreme Court on Entrepreneurial Discretion and the Duty to Bargain, 27 ME. L. REV. 223 (1985). [PDF]

Rights Theories in the American Constitutional Tradition, 13 ANGLO-AM. L. REV. 3:17 (1984).

The Scientist as Expert Witness: Why Lawyers and Scientists Can’t Talk to Each Other, 13 JURIMETRICS J. 99 (1977).

Atlantic Offshore Oil: The Need for Planning and Regulation, 19 OCEANUS 22 (1975).