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Craig  Jackson

Craig Jackson

Craig 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 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, the University of Pennsylvania's Journal of Constitutional Law. 

His list of articles includes: 

Jackson, The Limiting Principle Strategy and Challenges to the New Deal Commerce Clause, 15 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 11 (2012). 

Jackson, The Second Amendment and the Myth of Neutrality: McDonald v. City of Chicago and Judicial Craftsmanship ExpressO Available at: (2010).

Jackson, United States Supreme Court's 2006-2007 Term, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and a New Direction, 36 Capital L. Rev. 511 (2008).

Jackson, The Anti-Commandeering Doctrine and Foreign Policy Federalism as seen from Medellin v. Texas 31 Suffolk Transnat'l L. Rev. 335 (2008).

Jackson, et al, Avena and the World Court's Death Penalty Jurisdiction in Texas:  Addressing the Odd Notion of Texas's Independence from the World, 23 Yale Law & Pol'y L. Rev 455 (2005). 

Jackson, Constitutional Structure and Governance Strategies for Economic Integration in Africa and Europe, 13 Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems 139 (2004).

Jackson, Conflict Resolution—The Pre-Resolution Strategy of North-South Integration and South-South Integration, 42 South Texas Law Review 1227 (2001).

Jackson, Traditional Contract Theory: Old and New Attacks and Old and New Defenses, 33 New England Law Review 365 (1999).

Jackson, Hebert High School and the Brown aftermath – Good Intentions and Troubled Policy, 21 Thurgood Marshall Law Review, 45 (1996).

Jackson, Social Policy Harmonization and Worker Rights in the European Union: A Model for North America?  21 North Carolina Journal and International Law and Commercial Regulation 1 (1995).

The President's Report to Congress on the Likely Effects of NAFTA on U.S. Labor – An Examination, 1 Currents (International Trade Law Journal of South Texas College of Law) 47 (Winter 1991 – 92).

Jackson, Giesse, Powell: Current Administration of U.S. Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duty Laws: Implications for Prospective U.S. – Mexico Free Trade Talks.  11 Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business 177 (Fall 1990).

Jackson, Final Orders and Stays of Publication – Avoiding the Badger – Powhatan Catch 22, 3 Fla. Intl. L J 207 (1988).

In addition he is the author, along with Martin Levy of Constitutional Law, Cases and Materials, Aspen Select Series, Wolters Kluwer second edition (2015) and he publishes a blog, A Progressive's View of Constitutional Matters, available at