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Martha Minow, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, has taught at Harvard Law School since 1981, where her courses have included civil procedure, constitutional law, family law, international criminal justice, jurisprudence, law and education, nonprofit organizations, and the public law workshop. An expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities, she also writes and teaches about privatization, military justice, and ethnic and religious conflict. [Continue reading the Dean’s bio or representative publications.]

“My life was going to have to deal with issues of social injustice.”

Dean Minow: Recent Perspectives and Scholarship

Dean Minow in the HLS News

American law and new global realities: A view from Justice Breyer

American law and new global realities: A view from Justice Breyer

February 4, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer ’64 visited Harvard Law School on Jan. 25 to discuss his new book, “The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities.” Breyer, who taught at HLS from 1967 to 1994, spoke about his analysis of U.S. courts’ role in an increasingly globalized world.

Dean Minow at Michigan Commencement: ‘The world needs more upstanders’

December 22, 2015
Dean Minow at Michigan Commencement: ‘The world needs more upstanders’

During a commencement address at the University of Michigan, Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow urged students to address the serious challenges of our time and take action against injustice by being 'upstanders' instead of bystanders.

Harvard Law School: 2015 in review

December 17, 2015
Harvard Law School: 2015 in review

Supreme Court justices, performance art, student protests and a vice president. A look back at 2015, highlights of the people who visited, events that took place and everyday life at Harvard Law School.

Walter J. Leonard, Pioneer of Affirmative Action in Harvard Admissions, Dies at 86

December 17, 2015

Walter J. Leonard, the chief architect of an admissions process at Harvard that has been emulated across the United States, opening colleges and universities to more women and minorities, died on Dec. 8 in Kensington, Md. He was 86…Martha L. Minow, the Harvard Law School dean, said the plan “had a ripple effect across the […]

Law School Students Continue Activism on Race

December 16, 2015

With the semester coming to a close, some Harvard Law School students are continuing their push for changes they say will improve the school’s treatment of minority students, about a month after a high-profile racially charged incident shook campus…On Friday, more than a dozen students hosted a “teach-in” in the lobby of the office of […]

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