LAPA Announces 2013-2014 Fellows

Six fellows chosen from over 150 applicants

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The Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University is pleased to announce its fellows for the 2013-2014 academic year.  They are:

  • Stéphanie Hennette-Vauchez, Professor of Law, Université Paris Ouest 
    Nanterre La Défense
  • R. Daniel Kelemen, Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair,
    Rutgers University
  • Daniel Lachance, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, University of 
    Massachusetts, Amherst
  • David Lieberman, Jefferson E. Peyser Professor of Law, University of 
    California, Berkeley
  • Georg Nolte, Professor of Law, Humboldt University Berlin
  • Bertrall Ross, Assistant Professor of Law, U.C. Berkeley School of Law

Each class of LAPA fellows brings to Princeton expertise in law and legal studies.  The fellows spend the academic year working on their own research projects, participating in law-related seminars, engaging with faculty and students pursuing law-related academic inquiries and often teaching in the curricula of various programs on campus.  The fellows were selected in a competitive process from a large interdisciplinary and international applicant pool.

During the academic year, each fellow will present his or her research at a LAPA Seminar, which provides an opportunity for lively multidisciplinary scholarly discussion about fellows' projects among Princeton faculty and graduate students.  In addition, several of the fellows will teach courses while they are here.

The 2013-2014 Fellows

Stéphanie Hennette-Vauchez will hold the Martin and Kathleen Crane / LAPA Fellowship.  She is Professeur agrégé (full professor) at University Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense.  She teaches Human Rights law and Legal theory, and is the head of the Master's Degree in Human Rights Law.  Hennette-Vauchez's research focuses mostly on Bioethics, Gender, and the theory and sociology of human rights law. She is the scientific coordinator of the REGINE project (Recherches et Etudes sur le Genre et les Inégalités dans les Normes en Europe: funded by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche), that looks at law and gender equality in Europe.  Prior to her present position she taught held appointments at Paris I-Sorbonne and University Paris 12 Créteil.  From 2007 to 2010, she was a Marie Curie Fellow (7th Framework Program of the European Union) at the Robert Schuman Center of the European University Institute in Florence. Hennette-Vauchez is a graduate from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris and holds a law degree (DEA Droit public comparé) and a PhD from Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. She spent a post-doctoral year at Northwestern University in Chicago as a Fulbright Scholar.

R. Daniel Kelemen is Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair at Rutgers University. His research interests include the politics of the European Union, law and politics, comparative political economy, and comparative public policy. He is the author of two books - Eurolegalism: The Transformation of Law and Regulation in the European Union (Harvard University Press, 2011) and The Rules of Federalism: Institutions and Regulatory Politics in the EU and Beyond(Harvard University Press, 2004), as well as over forty journal articles and book chapters. He is also co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2008) and The Power of the European Court of Justice (Routledge 2012). He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of European Public Policy and West European Politics and is a former member of the Executive Committee of the European Union Studies Association. Prior to Rutgers, Kelemen was Fellow in Politics, Lincoln College, University of Oxford. He has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, a Fulbright Fellow in European Union Studies at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels and a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He was educated at Berkeley (A.B. in Sociology) and Stanford (M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science).

Daniel LaChance, the LAPA/Humanities Fellow, is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he has taught courses on law, crime, and society and law and literature. His scholarship has focused, to date, on the sources, meaning, and implications of the "punitive turn" in the United States, the ratcheting up of incarceration and other forms of harsh punishment in the late 20'" century. In 2011, his dissertation, "Condemned to Be Free: The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment in the United States, 1945-Present" won the University of Minnesota's Best Dissertation Award in the Arts and Humanities and was one of two finalists for the Distinguished Dissertation Award given by the National Council of Graduate Schools. The work, currently being revised for publication as a book by the University of Chicago Press, examines the ideas, myths, and forces that underlay the revival of the American death penalty in the last three decades of the twentieth century. At LAPA, LaChance plans to finish the revision of his book manuscript and embark on a new project: a legal, cultural, and intellectual history of the deinstitutionalization of the mentally disabled and the mentally ill in the United States. LaChance earned his B.A. in English from Carleton College and his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

David Lieberman is the Jefferson E. Peyser Professor of Law and a Professor of History at University of California Berkeley.  He teaches in the law school's interdisciplinary doctoral program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy.  Lieberman's teaching and writing focus the history of legal ideas. His chief interests are less with the history of jurisprudence narrowly conceived than with the manner in which law and legal theory influence other bodies of thought, such as the social sciences and political theory. In recent writing he has explored the impact of jurisprudence on the early history of political economy and on constitutional theory at the time of the American and French Revolutions.  In 2007, he published a critical edition of Jean Louis Delolme's 1771 treatise, The Constitution of England; or, An Account of the English Government.  His major current project is a study of the program for democratic statecraft set out in Jeremy Bentham's Constitutional Code and related writings of the period 1815-32.   Lieberman served as Associate Dean of Berkeley Law and as former director of  Berkeley's Kadish Center for Morality Law and Public Affairs; a past president of the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies; and former treasurer and co-founder of the Consortium for Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs.  As a visiting professor, he has taught at Zhengzhou University (Zhengzhou, China); Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea); Tel Aviv University (Israel) and the University of Chicago. He received his undergraduate and graduate training in history at Cambridge University and University College London.

Georg Nolte is a law professor at Humboldt University Berlin. He teaches international law, German and comparative constitutional law, and European law. His research interests focus on general questions of international law at the intersection of political science. As a member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations he combines theory and practice. His recent publications include The Charter of the United Nations: A Commentary (Oxford 2012) (co.-ed. with Bruno Simma, Daniel-Erasmus Khan und Andreas Paulus).  Before going to Berlin Nolte was professor at the Uni­ver­sities of Munich and Göttingen, a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Centre for Advanced Studies, Berlin), as well as Visiting Professor at Université Paris II – Panthéon-Assas). From 2000-2007 he was a member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law of the Council of Europe ('Venice Commission'). At Princeton he will be working on the informal development of treaties and their interpretation through the subsequent practice of their parties.  Nolte earned his doctorate and his "Habilitation" at the University of Heidelberg.  

Bertrall Ross is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.  His research is driven by a normative concern about democratic responsiveness and the political inclusion of marginalized communities.  Methodologically, he seeks to integrate history, political theory and empirical social science in examining the U.S. Constitution, legal doctrine, and the institutional role of courts in democratic design.  In his current scholarship, Ross is exploring how evolving conceptions of politics have influenced the Supreme Court's equal protection jurisprudence.  He is also undertaking an empirical project that seeks to challenge the Supreme Court's assumptions about the political power of the poor.  His past scholarship is in the areas of statutory interpretation, voting rights, and democratic design. As a LAPA Fellow, Ross will work on a book exploring the original meaning of the Fifteenth Amendment's prohibition on the discriminatory denial of the right to vote.  Ross  earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and an MA from the London School of Economics.  He also has a Master's in Public Affairs (MPA 03) from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  Prior to joining Berkeley Law, he was a Kellis Parker Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School.