College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Andrew Novak

Andrew Novak

Andrew Novak

Term Assistant Professor

The death penalty, comparative constitutional law, common law in Africa, international criminal law

Andrew Novak teaches Law and Justice Around the World, an undergraduate international and comparative criminal justice course.  He was previously an adjunct professor of law at American University Washington College of Law, where he taught African Law.  A lawyer by training, most of his research has been on the death penalty and comparative constitutional law, especially in common law Africa.  He is licensed to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia, and served as a law clerk to the Chief Administrative Law Judge in the United States Department of Labor.  He has written four books.

Selected Publications

Comparative Executive Clemency: The Constitutional Pardon Power and the Prerogative of Mercy in Global Perspective (Routledge: 2015).

The International Criminal Court: An Introduction (Springer: 2015).

The Global Decline of the Mandatory Death Penalty:  Constitutional Jurisprudence and Legislative Reform in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean (Ashgate Law: 2014).

The Death Penalty in Africa:  Foundations and Future Prospects (Palgrave Macmillan: 2014).


Expanded Publication List

"The Rule of Law, Constitutional Reform, and the Future of the Death Penalty in The Gambia," Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business 12, no. 2 (2013): 217-235.

"Abuse of State Power:  The Mandatory Death Penalty for Political Crimes in Southern Rhodesia, 1963 - 1970," Fundamina:  A Journal of Legal History 19, no.1 (2013): 28-47.

"The Abolition of the Mandatory Death Penalty in Africa:  A Comparative Constitutional Analysis," Indiana International and Comparative Law Review 22 (2012): 267-289.

"Constitutional Reform and the Abolition of the Mandatory Death Penalty in Kenya," Suffolk Law Review 45, no. 2 (2012): 285-356.

"The Globalization of the Student Lawyer:  Toward a Law Student Practice Rule for Indigent Criminal Defense in Sub-Saharan Africa," Human Rights and Globalization Law Review 3 (2010): 33-78.


J.D., Boston University School of Law

M.S. (African Politics), London School of Oriental and African Studies

B.A., International Affairs, George Washington University