A directory of my HuffingtonPost blogs is here. I also blog regularly on executive power issues here. I twitter @petermshane.
A link appears below to my May 13, 2009 written testimony
to the Administrative Oversight and the Courts Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, concerning
the OLC Torture opinions. My September 16, 2008, written testimony to the Constitution Subcommittee of the U.S.
Senate Committee on the Judiciary, on "Restoring the Rule of Law" is here.
Peter M. Shane is the Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law at the Ohio State University’s
Moritz College of Law, where he also directs the Project on Law and Democratic Development. During 2008, he is serving as
Executive Director to the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, organized and staffed
by the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Peter is also Distinguished
Service Professor (Adjunct) of Law and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III School of Public
Policy and Management, where he was the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Information Technology and Society
An internationally recognized authority on constitutional and administrative law,
Peter has been dubbed by one blogger as "a major figure in the e-democracy movement" because of his work on the
use of new information technologies to expand opportunities for the general public to participate meaningfully in the formulation
of public policy. With Professor Stephen Coleman of the University of Leeds, he co-chairs the NSF-supported International
Working Group on Online Consultation and Public Policy Making (IWG). The IWG has launched the "(R)E-connecting Democracy"
Project, analyzing the policy and other social impacts of online citizen consultation initiatives aimed at influencing actual
government decision making (www.reconnectingdemocracy.org).
Peter is a familiar public commentator on constitutional and legal
affairs. He has been interviewed on both The Jim Lehrer News Hour and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal,
and his op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune,
Newsday, and other major newspapers.
A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Professor
Shane clerked for the Hon. Alvin B. Rubin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He served as an attorney- adviser
in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel and as an assistant general counsel in the Office of Management
and Budget, before entering full-time teaching in 1981 at the University of Iowa. He has visited at Duke, Boston College,
and Villanova Law Schools, and was the inaugural "Visiting Foreign Chair" for the University of Ghent Program in
Foreign and Comparative Law in Ghent, Belgium, in 2001. Peter was dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law from
1994 to 1998, when, following a national survey, he was cited by Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, published
by the American Association for Higher Education, as one of 40 "Young Leaders of the Academy" – the only law
dean on the list. From 2003-2007, he directed the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies at Ohio State University.
Recent books include Peter M. Shane, ed., Democracy Online: The Prospects for Political Renewal
through the Internet (Routledge, 2004), and Peter M. Shane, John Podesta and Richard C. Leone, eds., A Little Knowledge: Privacy,
Security and Public Information After September 11 (Century Foundation Press, 2004). His critique of the modern theory and
practice of "presidentialism" in American government is being published by the University of Chicago Press in February,
2009. Peter chairs the Board of Editors of I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, and is a
board member of both the Journal of Information Technology and Politics and the Journal of Public Deliberation.
Contact: petermshane "at" gmail "dot"