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John Fabian Witt is Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law at Yale Law School, and the author of Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History,[1] which won the 2013 Bancroft Prize in history of the Americas.[2]


Witt received bachelor's degree, his law degree, and his Ph.D, which was awarded the John Addison Porter Prize, all from Yale. Before returning to teach at Yale, he was the George Welwood Murray Professor of Legal History at Columbia University. In 2007, he criticized the historical basis of John Yoo's theories.[3] In April 2017, Witt was named the head of Davenport College, one of Yale's 14 residential colleges.


  1. ^ Witt, John F. Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History. New York: Free Press, 2012 ISBN 9781416569831 WorldCat item record
  2. ^ Columbia University Library,2013 Bancroft Winners Announced. [1] accessed 27 June 2013
  3. ^ Witt, John Fabian (2007). "Anglo-American Empire and the Crisis of the Legal Frame (Will the Real British Empire Please Stand Up?)" (PDF). Harvard Law Review. 120: 754. Retrieved 30 October 2017.

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