Patrick E. Weil

Visiting Professor of Law, Oscar M. Ruebhausen Distinguished Senior Fellow,and Senior Research Scholar in Law


Professor Patrick Weil is a Visiting Professor of Law, Oscar M. Ruebhausen Distinguished Senior Fellow, and a Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School, and a senior research fellow at the French National Research Center in the University of Paris1, Pantheon-Sorbonne. Professor Weil's work focuses on comparative immigration, citizenship, and church-state law and policy.

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Contact Information


Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

Education & Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Political Science, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris

M.B.A., ESSEC Business School

B.A., Public Law, University of Paris1, Pantheon-Sorbonne

Courses Taught


  • Comparative Church-State Relations: Laws and Policies
  • Religion and the Constitution(s)
  • Refugee and Immigration Law, Policy and Practice in Crisis

Professor Patrick Weil is a Visiting Professor of Law, Oscar M. Ruebhausen Distinguished Senior Fellow, and a Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School, and a senior research fellow at the French National Research Center in the University of Paris1, Pantheon-Sorbonne. Professor Weil's work focuses on comparative immigration, citizenship, and church-state law and policy. His most recent book is The Sovereign Citizen: Denaturalization and the Origins of the American Republic (Penn Press, 2013). Among his other recent publications are "Citizenship, Passports, and the Legal Identity of Americans: Edward Snowden and Others Have a Case in the Courts," 123 Yale Law Journal Forum, 565 (2014);  "Headscarf versus Burqa: Two French Bans with Different Meanings," in Constitutional Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival, Susanna Mancini and Michel Rosenfeld ed., Oxford University Press,  2014, 196-215; and “From Conditional to Secured and Sovereign: The New Strategic Link Between the Citizen and the Nation-State in a Globalized World,” International Journal of Constitutional Law(2011) 9(3-4): 615-635. 

In France, Professor Weil has participated in a 2003 Presidential Commission on secularism, established by Jacques Chirac. In 1997, he completed a mission and a report on immigration and nationality policy reform for Prime Minister Lionel Jospin which led to the implementation of new immigration and citizenship laws adopted the following year. He also holds an appointment as Professor at the Paris School of Economics.