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Fady Khoury
S.J.D. Candidate

Graduate Fellow, Writing Workshop TA
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Constitutional Design in Divided Societies: Consociational Theory and Its Gaps

My dissertation explores constitutional design in divided societies, focusing primarily on power-sharing arrangements, both consociational and federal, deliberately chosen as means of securing peace, stability and democracy in political systems often destabilized by group-related internal conflicts and violence. Methodologically, my research is a comparative study of Lebanon, Northern Ireland and Belgium. My research project aims to fill theoretical gaps in existing literature on divided societies and power-sharing by providing a jurisprudential perspective to a field traditionally dominated by political science.

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Comparative Constitutional Design in Divided Societies with Professor Vicki Jackson, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • Nationalism with Professor Janet Halley, Harvard Law School
  • Liberal Constitutional and Democratic Theory with Professor Frank Michelman, Harvard Law School
  • Legal History of Palestine-Israel with Professor Duncan Kennedy, Harvard Law School

Additional Research Interests

  • Constitutional Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Federalism
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Political Science


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate, 2015-Present
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M. 2014-2015 (requirements fulfilled, degree waived)
  • Haifa University, LL.B. 2011

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, 2019-2020
  • Harvard Law School, 2015-2016, Graduate Program Fellow, LL.M. Advisor

Representative Publications

Additional Information

  • Languages: English (fluent), Arabic (fluent), Hebrew (fluent), French (beginner)

Last Updated: July 24, 2019