Kim Lane Scheppele

Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values

LAPA Fellow, 2004-2005

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Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Scheppele's work focuses on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress. After 1989, Scheppele studied the emergence of constitutional law in Hungary and Russia, living in both places for extended periods. After 9/11, she researched the effects of the international "war on terror" on constitutional protections around the world. Since 2010, she has been documenting the rise of autocratic legalism first in Hungary and then in Poland within the European Union, as well as its spread around the world. Her many publications in law reviews, in social science journals and in many languages cover these topics and others. Scheppele is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the International Academy of Comparative Law. In 2014, she received the Law and Society Association’s Kalven Prize for influential scholarship. She held tenure in the in the political science department at the University of Michigan, taught full-time in the law school at the University of Pennsylvania, was the founding director of the gender program at Central European University Budapest, directed the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton for a decade, and has held visiting faculty positions in the law schools at Michigan, Yale, Harvard, Erasmus/Rotterdam, and Humboldt/Berlin. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law, elected as a “global jurist.” From 2017-2019, she was the elected President of the Law and Society Association.


"We Are All Post-9/11 Now." 75 Fordham Law Review 607-629 (2006).


"Guardian of the Constitution: Constitutional Court Presidents and the Struggle for the Rule of Law in Post-Soviet Europe." 154 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1757-1851 (2006).

"The Migration of Anti-Constitutional Ideas: The Post-9/11 Globalization of Public Law and the International State of Emergency." In Sujit Choudhry (ed.), The Migration of Constitutional Ideas (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

"Small Emergencies." 40 Georgia Law Review 835-862 (2006).

"North American Emergencies: The Uses of Emergency Powers in the United States and Canada." 4 I-CON (International Journal of Constitutional Law) 213-243 (2006).

"Hypothetical Torture in the War on Terrorism." 1 Journal of National Security Law and Policy 285-340 (2005).

"'We Forgot About the Ditches:' Russian Constitutional Impatience and the Challenge of Terrorism." 53 Drake Law Review 963-1027 (2005).

"Democracy by Judiciary (Or Why Courts Can Sometimes Be More Democratic than Parliaments)." In Wojciech Sadurski, Martin Krygier and Adam Czarnota (eds.), Rethinking the Rule of Law in Post-Communist Europe: Past Legacies, Institutional Innovations, and Constitutional Discourses (Central European University Press, 2005).

"Constitutional Ethnography: An Introduction." 38(3) Law and Society Review 389-406 (2004).

"A Realpolitik Defense of Social Rights." 82(7) University of Texas Law Review 1921-1961 (2004).

"Other People's PATRIOT Acts: Europe's Response to September 11." 50 Loyola Law Review 89-148 (2004).

"Law in a Time of Emergency: States of Exception and the Temptations of 9/11." 6(5) University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 1001-1083 (2004).

"Cultures of Facts." 1(2) Perspectives on Politics 363-368 (2003).

"Constitutional Negotiations: Political Contexts of Judicial Activism in Post-Soviet Europe." 18(1) International Sociology 219-238 (2003).

"The Agendas of Comparative Constitutionalism." 13(2) Law and Courts 5-22 (2003).

Aspirational and Aversive Constitutionalism: The Case for Studying Cross-Constitutional Influence through Negative Models." 1(2) I-CON (International Journal of Constitutional Law) 296-324 (2003).