David Stephen Law


David S. Law

Professor of Law; Professor of Political Science


B.A. 1993, Stanford University;
J.D. 1996, Harvard Law School;
M.A. 2000, Stanford University;
B.C.L. in European and Comparative Law, 2003, University of Oxford;
Ph.D. 2004, Stanford University

Curriculum Vitae







Rachel Mance - (314) 935-6403 

Phone / Email

Preferred Phone: (314) 266-9698
Office Phone: (314) 935-8233
E-mail: davidlaw@wustl.edu
Website: http://www.davidlaw.ca  


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 565

Courses Taught

Constitutional Law I
Federal Courts
Administrative Law
Law & Political Science
Judicial Politics
Comparative Judicial Politics
Comparative Constitutional Law 


Professor David Law’s interests include public law, comparative law, law and social science, judicial politics, and constitutional and political theory. His interdisciplinary and comparative approach combines quantitative data analysis and foreign fieldwork.  His scholarship on global constitutional trends has been featured in a variety of media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Globe and Mail, and the Asahi Shimbun and has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Romanian.  He has served as a UN consultant on legal and political reform in Yemen and provided training sponsored by the State Department to Burmese lawmakers on constitutional reform.  His first book, The Japanese Supreme Court and Judicial Review, was published in Japanese by Gendaijinbunsha. 

Prior to entering academia, Professor Law served as executive editor of the Harvard Law Review, clerked for the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and practiced law with Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in Los Angeles. He then obtained a Ph.D. in political science at Stanford University while concurrently attending the University of Oxford as a Clarendon Scholar, where he received a degree in European and comparative law.  Professor Law held joint appointments in the law school at the University of San Diego and the political science department at the University of California, San Diego before joining the faculty at Washington University.  His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Fulbright Scholar Program.  A native of Canada, he speaks Chinese and French and has been a visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center, National Taiwan University College of Law, Seoul National University School of Law, and Keio University Faculty of Law in Tokyo and a visiting scholar at the NYU School of Law. 

For the 2014-15 academic year, Professor Law will be the Martin and Kathleen Crane Fellow in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University, where he will be working on a book on the globalization of constitutionalism.