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Jurisprudence and Legal Theory

  • Steps to the United State Supreme Court lit up at twilight

    Was Antonin Scalia originally an originalist?

    October 26, 2022

    In remarks made as part of the biennial Vaughan Academic Program, Harvard Law Professor Adrian Vermeule argued that the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia began his judicial career as a champion of the administrative state.

  • Holger Spamann at podium

    The myths and reality of common and civil law

    October 5, 2022

    What are the real differences between common and civil law systems? Probably not the ones lawyers typically think about, said Harvard Law School Professor Holger Spamann S.J.D. ’09 in a lecture commemorating his appointment as Lawrence R. Grove Professor of Law.

  • Catharine MacKinnon

    ‘Dominant power does not control everything’

    September 8, 2022

    Legal scholar, thought leader, and equal rights champion Catharine A. MacKinnon, 2022 recipient of the American Philosophical Society’s Henry M. Phillips Prize in Jurisprudence, discusses her teaching and the changes she has spent her career fighting for.

  • Ketanji Brown Jackson smiling

    ‘One Generation … from Segregation to the Supreme Court’

    July 15, 2022

    Ketanji Brown Jackson ’96 becomes the first Black woman to serve on the Court

  • Illustration of a group of people standing like columns with their hands up supporting the top of the U.S. Supreme Court building

    A Position of Authority

    January 31, 2022

    In his book “The Authority of the Court and the Peril of Politics,” Justice Stephen Breyer explored how the Court can continue to maintain its vital role as a check on the rest of the government.

  • A man of letters: The Antonin Scalia Collection opens at Harvard Law School

    February 11, 2020

    The Harvard Law School Library has announced the public release of the first batch of papers and other items from the Antonin Scalia Collection. His papers were donated by the Scalia family following the influential justice's death in 2016.

  • Illustration of a Larry Lessig in the foreground with pieces of the U.S. constitution behind him and over red, white and blue stripes

    Translating the Constitution with Fidelity

    January 7, 2020

    One new book by Lawrence Lessig explains a core virtue of the Supreme Court; a second explores America’s perilous politics—which put that virtue at serious risk

  • Benjamin Eidelson

    Benjamin Eidelson, constitutional law and legal theory scholar, joins HLS faculty

    July 1, 2019

    Benjamin Eidelson, a scholar of constitutional law and legal theory, has joined the Harvard Law School faculty as an assistant professor, effective July 1. Trained in both law and philosophy, Eidelson specializes in questions at the intersection of the two disciplines.