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Mila Versteeg

Associate Professor of Law
LL.M., Harvard Law School, 2007
D.Phil., Oxford University, 2011
Meester in Rechten, Tilburg University, 2006

Mila Versteeg joined the Law School in 2011. Her research and teaching interest include comparative constitutional law, public international law and empirical legal studies.

Versteeg earned her B.A. in public administration and first law degree from Tilburg University in the Netherlands in 2006. She earned her LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 2007 and a D.Phil. in socio-legal studies in 2011 from Oxford University, where she was a Gregory Kulkes Scholar at Balliol College and recipient of an Arts and the Humanities Research Council Award.

Prior to joining the Law School, Versteeg was an Olin Fellow and lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School, where she taught comparative legal institutions. Versteeg previously worked at the U.N. Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Turin and at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre in Johannesburg. In the spring of 2009, she was a Hauser Global visiting researcher at New York University Law School. In the spring of 2010, she was a visiting scholar at the Center for Empirical Research in the Law at Washington University in St. Louis.

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"The Diffusion of Constitutional Rights," International Review of Law and Economics (forthcoming 2015) (with Benedikt Goderis).

“Law versus Norms: The Impact of International Human Rights Treaties on Constitutional Rights," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (forthcoming 2015).

"The Status of International Law in Domestic Legal Systems: An Empirical Perspective," ASIL Proceedings (forthcoming 2014) (with Pierre Verdier).

"The Politics of Takings Clauses," Nw. U. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2014).

“American Constitutional Exceptionalism Revisited”, U. Chi. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2014) (with Emily Zackin). (Portugese translation in Novos Estudos Jurídicos (Luciene Dal Ri trans. 2014)).

"Why Do Countries Adopt Constitutional Review?" 30 J.L. Econ. & Org. (forthcoming 2015) (with Tom Ginsburg).

"Unpopular Constitutionalism," 89 Ind. L.J. (forthcoming 2014).

"Sham Constitutions" (with David S. Law), 101 Cal. L. Rev. 863 (2013).
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“When to Overthrow Your Government: The Right to Resist in the World’s Constitutions” (with Tom Ginsburg and Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez) 60 UCLA L. Rev. 1184 (2013).
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"The Declining Influence of the U.S. Constitution" (with David S. Law), 87
N.Y.U. L. Rev. 762 (2012).
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- Featured in “‘We the People’ Loses Followers,” New York Times, Feb. 7, 2012, at A1, and “A Constitution That’s Losing Luster,” Int’l Herald Tribune, Feb. 7, 2012, at 1.

“Debating the Influence of the U.S. Constitution: A Response to Professors Choudhry, Jackson and Melkinsburg” (with David S. Law), 87 N.Y.U. L. Rev. Online 41 (2012).

"Human Rights Violations After 9/11 and the Role of Constitutional Constraints" (with Benedikt Goderis), 41 J. Legal Stud. 131 (2012).

"The Evolution and Ideology of Global Constitutionalism" (with David S. Law), 99 Cal. L. Rev. 1163 (2011) (Chinese translation in Tsinghua Rule of Law Forum (Xu Xiaofei trans., 2011)).
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Comparative International Law, editor, edited book volume with Anthea Roberts, Paul Stephan and Pierre Verdier (Oxford University Press 2015).

"The Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions" (editor with Denis Galligan) (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
(Chinese translation forthcoming with Yinlin Press/ Cambridge University Press in 2016).

Book Chapters:

"Comparative International Law: Defining the Field" (with Anthea Roberts, Paul Stephan and Pierre Verdier) in Comparative International Law (Anthea Roberts et al., eds, Oxford University Press 2016).

"Constitutions," (with Kevin L. Cope) in International Encyclopaedia for the Social and Behavioural Sciences (Elsevier, 2015).

"Theoretical Perspectives on the Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions" (with Denis J. Galligan), in
Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions 3 (Denis J. Galligan & Mila Versteeg eds., Cambridge University Press, 2013) (Chinese translation forthcoming with Yinlin Press/ Cambridge University Press in 2016).

“The Constitutional Choices of Authoritarian Regimes” (with David S. Law), in Tom Ginsburg, ed.,
Constitutions in Authoritarian Regimes (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

"Transnational Constitutions: A Conceptual Framework" (with Benedikt Goderis) in Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions 103 (Denis J. Galligan & Mila Versteeg eds., Cambridge University Press, 2013) (Chinese translation forthcoming with Yinlin Press/ Cambridge University Press in 2016).

“Quantitative Methods for Comparative Constitutional Law” (with Anne Meuwese), in Maurice Adams & Jacco Bomhoff, eds., Practice and Theory in Comparative Law 230 (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Working Papers:

"Do Constitutional Rights Make a Difference?" (with Adam Chilton) (invitation to resubmit at American Journal of Political Science).

"The Inefficacy of Constitutional Torture Prohibitions" (with Adam Chilton) (revise and resubmit at Journal of Legal Studies).

"Credible Commitments in International Law" (with Pierre Verdier).

"Beyond the Monist-Dualist Divide" (with Pierre Verdier) (Translated into Portugese and forthcoming in Anais de História e Constituição (Luciene del Ri trans. 2015)).

"Constitutions Un-Entrenched: Towards an Alternative Theory of Constitutional Design" (with Emily Zackin).

"Measuring the Rule of Law: A Comparison of Indicators" (with Tom Ginsburg) (revise and resubmit at Law and Social Inquiry).

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