Visiting Research Scholar
Home Institution, University of California
LAPA Fellow, 2013-2014
409 Robertson Hall
David Lieberman received his undergraduate and graduate training in history at Cambridge University and University College London. Since 1984, he has taught in the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at the School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.
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 from 2000-04. He is the 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.