The Arlington, Va.-based law school also recruited Damien Geradin, a Covington & Burling partner based in Brussels.
"Both are remarkably accomplished, internationally visible, and experienced scholars and teachers of antitrust law," Daniel Polsby, dean of George Mason University School of Law, said in a prepared statement. "We thus place at our students’ disposal one of the most powerful competition law faculties in any law school in the United States."
First appointed to the D.C. Circuit in 1986, Ginsburg served as chief judge from July 2001 until February 2008. He took senior status in October 2011. Ginsburg previously taught at New York University School of Law.
When a Washington nightclub owner was convicted of conspiring to sell cocaine after the FBI put a GPS device on his vehicle, it was Ginsburg who wrote the opinion for the D.C. Circuit overturning the conviction on the ground that it violated the Fourth Amendment. The case ended up before the Supreme Court, which affirmed Ginsburg's opinion.
In 1987, Ginsburg was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to replace Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell. Ginsburg's nomination followed the failed nomination of Robert Bork. However, Ginsburg's marijuana use at Harvard Law School derailed his chances of joining the high court.
Geradin focuses his practice on EU competition law, intellectual property and antitrust. He was formerly a faculty member at the University of Michigan Law School.
Neither Ginsburg nor Geradin were immediately available for comment.
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