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SchauerPROFESSOR FREDERICK SCHAUER recently unearthed and edited a largely unknown book by one of the 20th century's most influential American legal thinkers. Karl N. Llewellyn, one of the fathers of the movement known as Legal Realism, worked on "The Theory of Rules" in the late 1930s while at Columbia University. Schauer has been writing about rules since his own 1991 book "Playing by the Rules: A Philosophical Examination of Rule-Based Decision-Making in Law and in Life," and most recently covered the subject in his 2009 book, "Thinking Like a Lawyer." More

VersteegASSOCIATE LAW PROFESSOR MILA VERSTEEG, who has applied quantitative methods to studying the world's constitutions, says that the influence of the U.S. Constitution has weakened in recent years. "The most likely reason for the declining appeal of the U.S. Constitution lies in the Constitution itself," Versteeg said. "We find that the U.S. Constitution is increasingly out of step with a global constitutional consensus on human rights." More

WhitePROFESSOR G. EDWARD WHITE, a leading constitutional law scholar and Pulitzer Prize finalist, is working on a three-volume series, "Law in American History."

"I'm interested in how law and legal institutions came to occupy so central a place in American culture — how we came to define ourselves as a society grounded in the 'rule of law' and why lawyers, and legal authorities, have played such an important role in shaping American political life," White said. More


Virginia's faculty members have a broad range of expertise in constitutional law and legal history. Many are experts on U.S. Supreme Court decisions and several have argued before the court, including three full-time faculty members since 2010.

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