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Douglas W. Kmiec, J.D.
Professor of Constitutional Law and Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law
Ambassador of the United States (Ret.)

Office: School of Law (SOL)

  • J.D., University of Southern California, 1976
  • B.A., Northwestern University, 1973, with honors

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An American legal scholar, diplomat, and author, former Ambassador Douglas W. Kmiec holds the Caruso Family Chair. He has focused the chair toward constitutional and human rights law. The Ambassador's work has won much acclaim, including prestigious fellowship and honorary degree. Ambassador Kmiec is a popular speaker at commencements and other university wide conclaves.

Ambassador Kmiec came to this position after serving several years as dean and St. Thomas More Professor of Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and for nearly two decades, on the law faculty at the University of Notre Dame. As dean at Catholic University, Professor Kmiec did what many said would be impossible; he greatly increased academic quality and student selectivity at the same time he deepened the school's religious commitment. During his tenure, the law school moved into the top one hundred law schools in the U.S. News ranking from tier three. At Notre Dame, he was director of Notre Dame's Center on Law and Government, and the founder of its Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy. Beyond the university setting, Kmiec served Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush during 1985-89 as constitutional legal counsel (Assistant and Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice). He was nominated for foreign service by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the Senate.


Academic Interests
  • Constitutional Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law and Morality


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  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Speaker, Address on Interfaith Diplomacy and Understanding of Abrahamic Tradition, American Jewish University (Feb. 2013)
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Participated with the outgoing ambassador of the Holy See to speculate on foreign diplomacy, as well as the election of the new pope, at the California Club in February, University of Southern California Institute for Advanced Catholics Studies (Feb. 2013)
  • Douglas W. Kmiec & Barry P. McDonald, Putting Law over Politics on Supreme Court, POLITICO, July 10, 2012
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Secularism Crucified (to be presented as a university-wide lecture at USC, September 13, 2011), 2011
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Successfully completed a $125 million new embassy compound, 2011
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Secured the ratification of the double taxation agreement, 2011
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Entered into a comprehensive agreement allowing for the better inspection of cargo at the Freeport reducing the risk of the transfer of weapons-grade uranium, 2011
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Established a framework for the better detection of human trafficking, 2011
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Obtained state-of-the art screening equipment and training to upgrade airport security, 2011
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Brought American film actor Martin Sheen to Malta for the first film premier in over three decades as part of an inspired and highly successful fundraiser for the John XXIII Peace Lab, 2011
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Innovatively engaged a ferry service to rescue several hundred evacuees, including virtually all of the U.S. embassy personnel in Embassy-Tripoli, as well as citizens of a wide range of third countries: such as Malta, Canada, and Australia, 2011
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Speaker, International Meeting in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace, 2010
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Campus FM Interview with Ambassador Douglas Kmiec, 2010
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Alan C. Bonnici, Stars and Stripes Malta, interviews Ambassador Kmiec, 2010
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Interview with the Malta Independent: "Faith as a Necessary Part of International Diplomacy", 2009
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Campus FM Interview with Ambassador Douglas Kmiec, 2009
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, Radio Malta Interview with Ambassador Kmiec, 2009
  • Douglas W. Kmiec, "Interfaith and the Educational Curriculum," presentation to the American Association of School Administrators, 2009

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