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versteeg@virginia.edu
(434) 243-8541
Room WB302E

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Donna Green

SUBJECTS
Comparative law

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Mila Versteeg

Associate Professor of Law
Director, Human Rights Program

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 interests include comparative constitutional law, public international law and empirical legal studies. Most of her research deals with the origins, evolution and effectiveness of provisions in the world’s constitutions. Her publications have, amongst others, appeared in the California Law Review, the New York University Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Journal of Legal Studies, the American Journal of International Law, and the Journal of Law, Economics and Organizations. A number of her works have been translated into Chinese and Portuguese.

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. Versteeg previously worked at the U.N. Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Turin and at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre in Johannesburg.

While at UVA, Versteeg has been a visiting associate professor at the University of Chicago Law School (fall 2013) and a visiting professor at Hebrew University and the University of Hamburg (summer 2015). In the spring of 2016, she will be a visiting professor at Columbia Law School.



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Articles:

"The Failure of Constitutional Torture Prohibitions" (with Adam Chilton), J. Legal Stud. (forthcoming 2015).
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"International Law in National Legal Systems: An Empirical Exploration" (with Pierre Verdier), Am. J. Int'l L. (forthcoming 2015).

"Measuring the Rule of Law: A Comparison of Indicators" (with Tom Ginsburg),
Law and Social Inquiry (forthcoming 2015).

"The Politics of Takings Clauses,"
Nw. U. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015).

"The Status of International Law in Domestic Legal Systems: An Empirical Perspective" (with Pierre Verdier),
ASIL Proceedings (forthcoming 2015).

"The Diffusion of Constitutional Rights" (with Benedikt Goderis), 39
International Review of Law and Economics 1 (2015).
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“Law versus Norms: The Impact of International Human Rights Treaties on Constitutional Rights," 171 Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 87 (2015).
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“American Constitutional Exceptionalism Revisited” (with Emily Zackin), 81 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1641 (2014). (Portugese translation in Novos Estudos Jurídicos (Luciene Dal Ri trans. 2014)).
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"Unpopular Constitutionalism," 89 Ind. L.J. 1133 (2014).
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"Why Do Countries Adopt Constitutional Review?" (with Tom Ginsburg), 30
J.L. Econ. & Org. 587 (2014).
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"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). (Chinese translation in Tsinghua Rule of Law Forum (Xu Xiaofei trans., 2014)).
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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).
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"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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Books:

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) (revise and resubmit at American Journal of Political Science).

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

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

Popular Press, Non-Academic Writing:

"The Failure of Constitutional Torture Prohibitions" (with Adam Chilton) in The Washington Post - Monkey Cage (April 25, 2015).

"An Exceptional Constitution," in Insights in Law and Society (forthcoming 2015).

"In Sickness and in Health: The Constitution Should Give Americans the Right to Basic Health Care" (with Kevin L. Cope) in Slate, "The Hive: How Can We Fix the Constitution?" (June 12, 2012).

Analytic Report on the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan. Rome, International Development Law Organization (with Jose Cheibub, Tom Ginsburg, Veronica Eragu, Donald Horowitz, and Christina Murray) (June 2012).


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