David S. Law


Visiting Research Scholar
LAPA/Crane Fellow

Home Institution, Washington University in St. Louis

LAPA Fellow, 2014-2015

LAPA Fellow

 413 Robertson Hall



David S. Law is Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis.   His research interests include the transnational and global elements of constitutionalism and the design and operation of courts.  His scholarship is interdisciplinary and employs a combination of qualitative and quantitative empirical research methods ranging from statistical analysis to overseas fieldwork.  He is a native Mandarin speaker and holds a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford, a B.C.L. in European and Comparative Law from the University of Oxford, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  He has served as 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, and as a visiting scholar at the NYU School of Law.  He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan and was awarded an International Affairs Fellowship in Japan (Hitachi Fellowship) by the Council on Foreign Relations.  His recent work on constitutional globalization and the declining influence of the U.S. Constitution has been featured in a variety of media, and his book The Japanese Supreme Court and Judicial Review was published last year in Japanese by Gendajinbunsha.  At Princeton he will be working on a book project on the globalization of constitutionalism.