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Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence, Emeritus

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
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2016


Academic Positions:

  • Assistant Professor, Harvard Law School, 1971-1976
  • 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
  • Visiting Professor of Law, University of Paris I, January 1998
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, Suffolk University School of Law, Spring 2002
  • Visiting Professor of Law, Institut d'études politiques de Paris, 2016, 2017, 2018


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:

(Translations of many of these pieces are available in the "Other Languages" page of this site)




(Partially available in the bibliography; full texts available on

  • 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  • The Rise and Fall of Classical Legal Thought, unpublished manuscript, 1975; reformatted 1998, published with a new preface by the author, "Thirty Years Later" (Beard Books, Washington D.C.: 2006)
  • A Critique of Adjudication [fin de siècle] (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1997)
  • Sexy Dressing, etc. (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1993)
  • Legal Education and the Reproduction of Hierarchy: A Polemic Against the System (self-published, 1983); reprinted in 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)]