Peter Hammer

Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights; Professor of Law Wayne Law
Phone: 313-577-0830

Areas of expertise

Civil rights


Peter Hammer is an expert in the fields of domestic health law and policy, as well as international public health and economic development. He was instrumental in editing and compiling Judge Damon J. Keith's biography, Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith, and has become a leading voice on the economic and social issues impacting Detroit. His scholarship also has examined the role of global health initiatives in health system development and how international law might further the objectives of global child health. Professor Hammer has spent more than 20 years engaging issues of human rights, law and development in Cambodia. He was a founding board member and past president of Legal Aid of Cambodia, an organization providing free legal services to Cambodia's poor. He is presently a board member of the Life & Hope Association, an organization in Siem Reap, Cambodia, founded and run by Buddhists monks to address the needs of orphans, vulnerable children and at-risk young women. When in Southeast Michigan rather than Southeast Asia, Professor Hammer is equally engaged in the community. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Michigan. He sits on the Population Health Council of the Detroit-Wayne County Health Authority, as well as serving on the Advisory Board of the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee and the Housing Project Partnership of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.

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