Peter H. Meyers

Peter H. Meyers
Professor of Law Emeritus
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Peter H. Meyers joined the law faculty in 1994. He served as Director of the law school’s Federal and Appellate Clinic and Vaccine Injury Litigation Clinic.

Professor Meyers has published articles on the constitutionality of pretrial drug testing and reform of the flaws in the Federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. He also served as a Designated Reviewer of nine publications issued by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine.

Professor Meyers has argued cases before many appellate courts around the country, including a landmark standing case before the US Supreme Court that established the right of people to sue the government for injuries to the environment. He has obtained reversals of murder convictions in several cases because of Confrontation Clause violations. He also served as Director of the Center for the Study of Drug Policy, and as Chairman of the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines Workgroup of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

After taking emeritus status, he continues to teach a class on Drugs and the Law at the law school, as well as teach in the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Programs at Saint Elizabeths Hospital and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


BA, Marietta College; JD, George Washington University

In the News

"Yes, States Can Legally Mandate a Vaccine, and Fine or Jail You for Refusing It, but Context Is Needed"

September 10, 2020

Peter H. Meyers is quoted by WUSA9 about a viral post claiming that states can mandate a vaccine under a 1905 legal precedent.

"COVID-19 Era Highlights US 'Black Hole' Compensation Fund for Pandemic Vaccine Injuries"

August 21, 2020

Peter H. Meyers and Renée Gentry are quoted by Reuters about the US approach to handling potential harm from a COVID-19 vaccine.

"The Opioid Litigation Wars"

January 13, 2020

Peter H. Meyers is quoted by the Washington Lawyer on how pharmaceutical companies are following litigation techniques of tobacco companies.

"Settlement In Opioid Lawsuit Could Be Guide For Similar Suits"

October 21, 2019
Peter H. Meyers is quoted by Nexstar Media Group on how a recent opioid settlement is only the first step in establishing liability for other lawsuits.

“Allegheny County Man Files Suit Saying He Was Denied Job For Medical Marijuana Use"

October 16, 2019

Peter H. Meyers is quoted by WESA-FM (Pittsburgh) on how confusion will continue for employers until the federal government changes marijuana's classification.