John Cary Sims

John Cary Sims

On-Site Director, Summer Program in Salzburg
Professor of Law
Sr. Editor, Journal of National Security & Policy
A.B., Georgetown University
J.D., Harvard University


Phone: 916.739.7017
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Professor John Sims joined the McGeorge faculty in 1986. He teaches Constitutional Law, International Protection of Human Rights, and National Security Law. He is a founding co-editor-in-chief, and currently a senior editor, of the peer-reviewed Journal of National Security Law & Policy. In addition to extensive academic publications on constitutional law, national security, and human rights issues, Professor Sims has broad experience litigating those issues in federal and state courts due to his 11 years as an attorney with the Public Citizen Litigation Group, the public-interest law office founded by Ralph Nader. As a litigator, he worked on such precedent-setting cases as Chadha v. INS (legislative veto) and Snepp v. United States (publication by a former CIA officer). Professor Sims received his A.B. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Professor Sims served as the on-site director in Salzburg in 2012, and will return in that role in 2013. He will also teach Foreign Relations Law. Professor Sims was the co-instructor in Fundamental Rights in Europe and the United States in 2012, and in 2013 he will participate in the course and assist with the grading. In earlier years, Professor Sims has taught both in the McGeorge Summer Program in Salzburg (2008, 2003) and in the summer program in St. Petersburg, Russia (2011, 2005) in which the school participates.

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Courses: Constitutional Law, National Security Law, International Protection of Human Rights, Professional Responsibility

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