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Carter Professor of General Jurisprudsence

Harvard Law School

Born 1942; Washington, D.C.


  • B. A. Economics, Harvard College, 1964
  • LL. B. Yale Law School, 1970
  • Honorary Doctor of Private Law, University of Amsterdam, 2005
  • Honorary Doctor of Law, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 2010
  • Honorary Doctor of Law, Université de Québec à Montréal, 2011
  • Honorary Doctor of Law, Institut d'études politiques de Paris, 2012


Employment History:

  • Clerk to Justice Potter Stewart, U.S. Supreme Court, 1970-1971
  • Assistant Professor, Harvard Law School, 1971-1976
  • Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, 1976-present
  • Visiting Professor of Law, New England School of Law, 1984-1985
  • Instructor, New School for Social Research, Cardozo School of Law Summer Institute on Law and the Critical Tradition, 1986
  • Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence, 1996
  • Visiting Professor of Law, University of Paris I, January 1998
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, Suffolk University School of Law, Spring 2002


Subjects Taught:

  • Contracts, Torts, Property, Trusts, Legal Process, American Legal Thought, Housing Law & Policy, Private Law Theory, Law and Development, The Globalization of Law in Historical Perspective 1850-2000, Israel/Palestine Legal Issues, The Politics of Private Law Theory in Historical and Comparative Perspective


Selected Publications:



  • Tres globalizaciones del derecho y del pensamiento jurídico, 1850-2000 (Colección de estudios, Universidad Externado de Colombia 2015, Jorge González Jacome, translator)

  • Three Globalizations of Law and Legal Thought: 1850-2000, in The New Law and Economic Development. A Critical Appraisal, David Trubek and Alvaro Santos, eds., (Cambridge, 2006)

  • Ντάνκαν Κέννεντυ, Σέξυ ντύσιμο και άλλα, Δοκίμια για την εξουσία και την πολιτική της πολιτιστικής ταυτότητας (Εκδόσεις ΔΡΟΜΕΑΣ, Αθήνα 2000) [translation of Sexy Dressing, Etc.]

  • Libertad y Restricción en la Decisión Judicial. El debate con la Teoría Crítica del Derecho (CLS), Diego Eduardo López, trans., Siglo del Hombre Editores, Bogotá, Colombia, 1999 [translation of Freedom & Constraint in Adjudication: A Critical Phenomenology, 36 J. Leg. Ed. 518 (1986)]

  • Comportamenti Strategici nell’interpretazione del Diritto, in J. Derrida & G. Vattimo, eds., Diritto, giustizia e interpretazione (Laterza, Rome, 1998) [translation of Chapter 8, A Critique of Adjudication {fin de siècle}, HUP, 1997]



(Partially available in the bibliography; full texts available on

  • La enseñanza del derecho como forma de acción política (Siglo veintiuno, Buenos Aires 2012)
  • L’enseignement du droit et la reproduction des hierarchies professionelles (Lux, Montreal 2010)
  • Izquierda y derecho, Ensayos de teoría jurídica crítica (Siglo Veintiuno Editores, Buenos Aires, 2010)
  • Legal Reasoning, Collected Essays (The Davies Book Publishers, Aurora, Colorado, 2008)
  • The Rise and Fall of Classical Legal Thought, unpublished manuscript, 1975; reformatted 1998, published with a new preface by the author, "Thirty Years Later" (Beard Books, Washington D.C.: 2006)
  • Legal Education and the Reproduction of Hierarchy: A Polemic Against the System, A Critical Edition, with contributions from Paul Harrington, Peter Gabel, Angela Harris, Donna Maeda and Janet Halley, and with a new introduction and afterword by the author (NYU Press, Critical America, New York City, 2004)]
  • A Critique of Adjudication [fin de siècle] (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1997)
  • Sexy Dressing, etc. (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1993)