Peter Raven-Hansen

Peter Raven-Hansen
Glen Earl Weston Research Professor of Law Emeritus
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Peter Raven-Hansen teaches national security law, counterterrorism law, and civil procedure and evidence. He is a co-author of the casebooks, National Security Law, Counterterrorism Law, and the widely adopted Civil Procedure: A Coursebook. He is also the co-author of the student hornbook Understanding Civil Procedure, as well as the monographs National Security Law and the Power of the Purse and First Use of Nuclear Weapons.

Before joining The George Washington University Law School faculty in 1980, Professor Raven-Hansen was in private practice with the firm of Hogan & Hartson in Washington, DC, and worked as a senior economic analyst with Abt Associates, Inc., in Cambridge, MA. He currently assists in civil litigation under the Antiterrorism Act and has appeared in a variety of U.S. and international forums as an expert witness on national security and related civil procedure issues.



BA, JD, Harvard University

In the News

"House Set for Historic Vote on DC Statehood"

June 26, 2020

Peter Raven-Hansen is quoted in The Hill about how the mechanisms for creating states have historically been political.

“Victims Look to Punish Iran for Attacks Against US Troops in Iraq’’

December 02, 2018

Peter Raven-Hansen is quoted by the Military Times about Iran’s role in the systematic killing and maiming of U.S. troops.

"Trump Would Break the Law Bombing Bashar Assad, Some Scholars Say"

April 12, 2018

Peter Raven-Hansen is quoted in the Washington Examiner about the Trump administration looking to authorize a punitive strike on Assad.