Political Science and Law Expert to Join Faculty

David Law

David Law of the University of San Diego School of Law and the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, will be joining the Washington University Law faculty this summer as a professor of law, with an additional appointment in the Department of Political Science in Arts & Sciences. His teaching and scholarship focus on law and political science, comparative public law, and constitutional theory.

“Professor Law will be a tremendous asset to our faculty and is a natural fit for our expanding interdisciplinary areas of study,” said Kent D. Syverud, dean and the Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor. “His teaching and scholarship in the fields of law and political science are outstanding, and his empirical studies have natural ties to the work of our Center for Empirical Research in the Law.”

Since 2004, Law has been a member of the University of San Diego law faculty and an adjunct faculty member in the political science department at the University of California, San Diego. He previously was an associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in Los Angeles, clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and served as executive editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Law’s teaching and research interests span public law (including constitutional law, administrative law, federal courts, legislation, and statutory interpretation); law and social science; globalization, comparative law, and transnational law; legal and political theory; constitutional theory and politics; judicial politics, comparative judicial politics, judicial selection, and judicial behavior; positive political theory and the law; game theory; and empirical legal research. In addition to publishing numerous law review articles, he also served as editor of a peer-reviewed volume of the Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues on “Positive Political Theory and the Law.”

Law received his B.A. from Stanford University in 1993, J.D. from Harvard University in 1996, and Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University in 2004. Additionally, he earned a graduate degree in European and comparative law from the University of Oxford in 2003. The recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a Clarendon Fund Scholarship from the University of Oxford, and an International Affairs Fellowship in Japan from the Council on Foreign Relations, Law will be a visiting scholar at Keio University in Tokyo this summer before joining the faculty at Washington University. He is fluent in Mandarin and French and hails originally from Vancouver, Canada.