Extensive course offerings and an outstanding law faculty shape Yale Law School’s dynamic intellectual community and facilitate deep engagement with international legal issues. A significant number of the permanent faculty, including a number of full-time endowed faculty chairs, focus on international or comparative law issues. In addition, each year YLS hosts distinguished visiting lecturers and fellows, including senior jurists from international courts and tribunals, who teach or co-teach classes.

Yale Law permanent faculty teaching international or comparative law courses include:

Bruce Ackerman

Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science

Bruce Ackerman is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale, and the author of eighteen books that have had a broad influence in political philosophy, constitutional law, and public policy. His major works include Social Justice in the Liberal State and his multivolume constitutional history, We the People.

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Muneer Ahmad

Clinical Professor of Law
(on leave, fall 2015)

Muneer Ahmad is a Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where he co-teaches in the Transnational Development Clinic and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC). In WIRAC, he and his students represent individuals, groups and organizations in both litigation and non-litigation matters related to immigration, immigrants’ rights, and labor, and intersections among them.

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Jack Balkin

Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment

Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School and the founder and director of Yale's Information Society Project, an interdisciplinary center that studies law and new information technologies, as well as the director of the Knight Law and Media Program and the Abrams Institute for Free Expression at Yale. Professor Balkin received his Ph.D in philosophy from Cambridge University, and his A.B. and J.D. degrees from Harvard University.

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Lea Brilmayer

Howard M. Holtzmann Professor of International Law

Lea Brilmayer is the Howard M. Holtzmann Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. In addition to teaching Contracts to first-year students, she also teaches Conflict of Laws and International Courts and Tribunals, as well as seminars on the laws of war and on African current affairs.

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Amy Chua

John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law

Amy Chua is the John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Chua received both her A.B. and J.D. degrees from Harvard University. While at Harvard Law School, Professor Chua was Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

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Mirjan R. Damaška

Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law

Mirjan Damaška is Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He teaches and writes in the fields of comparative and foreign law, procedural law, evidence, international criminal law, and continental legal history.

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Daniel C. Esty

Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; and Clinical Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Yale Law School

Dan Esty is the Hillhouse Professor at Yale University with appointments in both the Environment and Law Schools. He also serves as the Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and serves on the Board of the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, which he founded in 2006.

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Owen M. Fiss

Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law

Owen Fiss is Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law of Yale University. He was educated at Dartmouth, Oxford, and Harvard. He clerked for Thurgood Marshall (when Marshall was a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit) and later for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. He also served in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

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Paul Gewirtz

Potter Stewart Professor of Constitutional Law and Director, The China Center

Paul Gewirtz is the Potter Stewart Professor of Constitutional Law at Yale Law School and is also the Director of Yale Law School’s China Center. Professor Gewirtz teaches and writes in various legal and policy fields, including constitutional law, federal courts, law and literature, Chinese law, and American foreign policy.

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David Singh Grewal

Associate Professor of Law

David Singh Grewal is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His teaching and research interests include legal and political theory; global economic governance, particularly international trade law; intellectual property law and biotechnology; and law and economics.

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Oona A. Hathaway

Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law

Oona A. Hathaway is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law and director of the Center for Global Legal Challenges at Yale Law School. She earned her B.A. summa cum laude at Harvard University in 1994 and her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal, in 1997.

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Paul W. Kahn

Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities and Director, Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights

Paul W. Kahn is Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities, and Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. Professor Kahn teaches in the areas of constitutional law and theory, international law, cultural theory and philosophy.

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Amy Kapczynski

Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Global Health Justice Partnership

Amy Kapczynski is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and faculty director of the Global Health Justice Partnership. She joined the Yale Law faculty in January 2012.

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Harold Hongju Koh

Sterling Professor of International Law

Harold Hongju Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. He returned to Yale Law School in January 2013 after serving for nearly four years as the 22nd Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State.

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Anthony Kronman

Sterling Professor of Law

Anthony Kronman is Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School. A former Dean of Yale Law School, Professor Kronman teaches in the areas of contracts, bankruptcy, jurisprudence, social theory, and professional responsibility.

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Douglas S. Kysar

Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law

Douglas Kysar is the Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His teaching and research areas include torts, environmental law, and risk regulation.

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John Langbein

Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law and Legal History and Professorial Lecturer in Law

John H. Langbein, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law and Legal History and Professorial Lecturer in Law, is an eminent legal historian and a leading American authority on trust, probate, pension, and investment law. He teaches and writes in the fields of Anglo-American and European legal history, modern comparative law, trust and estate law, and pension and employee benefit law (ERISA).

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Daniel Markovits

Guido Calabresi Professor of Law

Daniel Markovits is Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He works in the philosophical foundations of private law, moral and political philosophy, and behavioral economics.

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Robert C. Post

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law

Robert Post is Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Before coming to Yale, he taught at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.

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W. Michael Reisman

Myres S. McDougal Professor of International Law

W. MICHAEL REISMAN is Myres S. McDougal Professor of International Law at the Yale Law School where he has been on the Faculty since 1965. He has been a visiting professor in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Berlin, Basel, Paris and Geneva.

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Judith Resnik

Arthur Liman Professor of Law
(on leave, spring 2016)

Judith Resnik is the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where she teaches about federalism, procedure, courts, prisons, equality, and citizenship.

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Susan Rose-Ackerman

Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence, Law School and Department of Political Science

Susan Rose-Ackerman is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence (Law and Political Science) with joint appointments between Yale Law School and the Yale Department of Political Science. She has taught and written widely on corruption, law and development, administrative law, law and regulatory policy, the nonprofit sector, and federalism.

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Jed Rubenfeld

Robert R. Slaughter Professor of Law

Jed Rubenfeld is the Robert R. Slaughter Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His subjects are constitutional law, privacy, First Amendment, and criminal law.

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Peter Schuck

Simeon E. Baldwin Professor Emeritus of Law

Peter H. Schuck is the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School, where he has held the chair since 1984. He has also served as Deputy Dean. His major fields of teaching and research are tort law; immigration, citizenship, and refugee law; groups, diversity, and law; and administrative law.

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Scott Shapiro

Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy
(on leave, fall 2015)

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.

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James J. Silk

Clinical Professor of Law, Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and Director, Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights

James J. Silk is a Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where he directs the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. He is also director of the Law School’s Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights.

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Alec Stone Sweet

Leitner Professor of International Law, Politics and International Studies
(fall term)

Alec Stone Sweet works in the fields of comparative and international politics, comparative and international law, and European integration.

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James Q. Whitman

Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law

James Q. Whitman is the Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale Law School. His subjects are comparative law, criminal law, and legal history.

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Michael Wishnie

Deputy Dean for Experiential Education; William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law; and Director, Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization
(on leave, spring 2016)

Michael J. Wishnie is the Deputy Dean for Experiential Education, William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law, and Director of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School. Professor Wishnie’s teaching, scholarship, and law practice have focused on immigration, labor and employment, habeas corpus, civil rights, government transparency, and veterans law.

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John Fabian Witt

Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law (on leave, spring 2016)

John Fabian Witt is Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His most recent book, Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History, was awarded the 2013 Bancroft Prize, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, was selected for the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book for 2012. 

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