B.S. Georgetown University (International Affairs)
Ph.D. New School for Social Research
J.D. Washington University
Larry May is the W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Law, and Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, where he has taught since 2009.
He also is an affiliated faculty member, and member of the board, of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania.
He has published 30 books including a four-volume work: Crimes Against Humanity (Cambridge UP 2005), War Crimes and Just War (CUP 2007), Aggression and Crimes against Peace (CUP 2008), and Genocide (Cambridge UP 2010).
In a review of these books, a distinguished political theorist from LSE said:
"In combination, these works amount to an enormous achievement. The breadth of scholarship is impressive in itself…[and] He set out to supply, and succeeded in producing an account of the moral foundations of international criminal law."
And he has written on other topics in Just War theory and international law:
Global Justice and Due Process (Cambridge UP 2011);
After War Ends: A Philosophical Perspective (Cambridge UP 2012)
Proportionality in International Law, with Michael Newton, (Oxford UP, 2014)
"Contingent Pacifism," under review at Cambridge University Press
At present he is working on two new book projects:
"International Criminal Tribunals: A Normative Defense" with Shannon Fyfe, and "Humanity, Humaneness, and Humanitarian Aid"
In addition he has published two volumes on 17th Century philosophers:
Limiting Leviathan: Hobbes on Law and International Affairs, (Oxford UP 2013), and Grotius and Law, co-edited with Emily McGill, (Ashgate 2014).
With various graduate students he has also edited several other volumes since 2009:
Philosophy of Law: Classic and Contemporary Readings, with Jeff Brown, (Blackwell 2010); International Criminal Law and Philosophy, with Zachary Hoskins (CUP 2010); Procedural Justice, with Paul Morrow, (Ashgate 2012); Morality, Jus Post Bellum, and International Law, co-edited with Andrew Forcehimes (CU P 2012); and Jus Post Bellum and Transitional Justice, co-edited with Elizabeth Edenberg, (CU P 2013)
Four conferences in Europe have recently addressed May's work:
Philosophy Department, Leiden University, 2009 on his work in philosophy of law
Peace Palace at The Hague, 2012 on his work in international law
School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews, 2013 on his work in international relations theory Philosophy Department, University of Belgrade, 2014 on his work on the Just War
He has recently given invited lectures at Harvard, Berkeley, NYU, Penn, Stanford, and many other US universities. In addition he has spoken at universities in Belfast, Oxford, Oslo, Copenhagen, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Geneva, and Sapporo.
He has advised the US State Department, the CIA, the NIH, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. And he has been quoted in international court decisions.