Scott J. Shapiro

Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy


Scott Shapiro is the Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at Yale Law School. His areas of interest include jurisprudence, international law, constitutional law and theory, criminal law, family law, philosophy of action, and the theory of authority.

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Contact Information


Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

Education & Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Columbia University, 1996

J.D., Yale Law School, 1990

B.A., Columbia University, 1987

Courses Taught


  • Jurisprudence
  • Advanced Topics in Jurisprudence
  • Introduction to Transnational Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law and Administration
  • Family Law
  • Legal Theory Workshop Colloquium
  • Introduction to Legal Philosophy
  • The Law and Technology of Cyber Conflict
  • The Foundations of Legal Scholarship

Scott Shapiro is the Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at Yale Law School. He joined the Yale Law faculty in July 2008 as a professor of law and philosophy. He previously taught law and philosophy at the University of Michigan and before that, was a professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. His areas of interest include jurisprudence, international law, constitutional law and theory, criminal law, family law, philosophy of action, and the theory of authority. He is the author of Legality (2011) and editor (with Jules Coleman) of The Oxford Handbook of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law (2002). He earned B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from Columbia University and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was senior editor of The Yale Law Journal.  He and Oona Hathaway are currently working on THE WORST CRIME OF ALL, a history of international law as it has evolved from the 17th century through the present.

Books

THE WORST CRIME OF ALL: THE PARIS PEACE PACT AND THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF WAR (with Oona Hathaway) (Simon and Schuster, 2016) (German, Italian and Japanese translations, forthcoming)

ETHICAL NORMS, LEGAL NORMS: NEW ESSAYS ON METAETHICS AND JURISPRUDENCE, D. Plunkett, S. Shapiro and K. Toh eds. (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

LEGALITY (Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, 2011)
(Spanish translation, Marcial Pons, forthcoming)
(Chinese translation, China Legal Publishing House, forthcoming)

OXFORD HANDBOOK OF JURISPRUDENCE AND PHILOSOPHY OF LAW, J. Coleman and S. Shapiro eds. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)
(Chinese translation, 2007)

Articles  

“Preface to Spanish translation of LEGALITY,” in LEGALIDAD, translated by D. Papayannis and L. Ramirez (Marcial Pons, 2014)

“Massively Shared Agency,” in M. Vargas and G. Yaffe, eds., RATIONAL AND SOCIAL AGENCY: ESSAYS ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF MICHAEL BRATMAN (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014)

"Precis to LEGALITY" and "Reply to Crocker, Guest and Murphy," 72 Analysis 537-41, 573-87 (2013)

“Outcasting: Enforcement in Domestic and International Law,” 121 Yale L.J. 252 (2011) (with Oona Hathaway)

“Was Inclusive Legal Positivism Founded on a Mistake?” 22 Ratio Juris 326 (2009)

What is the Rule of Recognition (and Does it Exist)?” in M. Adler and K. Himma, eds., THE RULE OF RECOGNITION AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)

“How Rules Affect Practical Reasoning,” in G. van Donsellar and B. Verbeek, eds., RATIONALITY AND INTENTIONS (Ashgate Publishing, 2008) (revised version of “The Difference That Rules Make”)

The ‘Hart-Dworkin’ Debate: A Short Guide for the Perplexed,” RONALD DWORKIN, ed. A. Ripstein (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)

"Five Answers," in M.E.J. Nielson & I. Farrell, eds., LEGAL PHILOSOPHY: 5 QUESTIONS (New York: Automatic/VIP Press, 2007)

What is the Internal Point of View?” 75 Fordham Law Review 1157 (2006)

“The Rationality of Rule-Guided Behavior: A Statement of the Problem,” 42 University of San Diego Law Rev. 55 (2005)

“Law, Plans and Practical Reason,” 8 Legal Theory 387 (2002)

“Ulysses Rebound,”16 Economics and Philosophy 157 (2002)

Authority,” in J. Coleman and S. Shapiro, eds., OXFORD HANDBOOK OF JURISPRUDENCE AND PHILOSOPHY OF LAW, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2002).  Reprinted in J. Feinberg and J. Coleman, eds., THE PHILOSOPHY OF LAW (7th Edition: Wadsworth Press, 2004).

Review of OBJECTIVITY IN LAW AND MORALS, 112 Ethics (2002)

“Judicial Can’t,” 35 Nous 530 (2001).  Reprinted in PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES XI (Oxford: Blackwell Press, 2001). 

“Hart, Herbert Lionel Aldophus,” A COMPANION TO ANALYTICAL PHILOSOPHY (Oxford: Blackwell Press, 2001).

“Law, Morality and the Guidance of Conduct,” 6 Legal Theory 127 (2000).  Reprinted in PHILOSOPHY OF LAW, B. Bix ed. (Ashgate Press, 2005)

"The Bad Man and the Internal Point of View,” THE PATH OF THE LAW AND ITS INFLUENCE: THE LEGACY OF OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, JR., S. Burton ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

"On Hart's Way Out" 4 Legal Theory 454 (1999).  Reprinted in READINGS IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF LAW, J. Coleman ed. (Garland Press, 2000), LAW AND MORALITY, K. Himma and B. Bix, ed. (Ashgate Press, 2005) and, with revisions, HART’S POSTSCRIPT, J. Coleman ed. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2001). 

"The Difference That Rules Make," ANALYZING LAW: NEW ESSAYS IN LEGAL THEORY, B. Bix, ed. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998). 

"Rule-Guided Behavior," THE NEW PALGRAVE DICTIONARY OF ECONOMICS AND THE LAW, P. Newman ed. (with E. McClennan) (1998)

"Law and Economics from a Philosophical Perspective,” THE NEW PALGRAVE DICTIONARY OF ECONOMICS AND THE LAW, P. Newman ed. (with E. McClennan) (1998)

"Fear of Theory," 64 University of Chicago Law Review 389-403 (1997)

"Maps Between Nonmonotonic and Conditional Logic," PRINCIPLES OF KNOWLEDGE REPRESENTATION AND REASONING 505 15 (1992)                  
(with H. Arlo Costa)

"Reviewing the Unreviewable Judge: Federal Prosecution Appeals of Mid trial Evidentiary Rulings," 99 Yale Law Journal 905 24 (1990)

Popular Writing

“On Syria, a U.N. Vote Isn’t Optional,” The New York Times (September 3, 2013) (with Oona Hathaway)

“Attacking Syria without the U.N. Approval Would Be A Mistake,” Washington Post (August 28, 2013) (with Oona Hathaway)