Faculty Profiles

Stephen Gardbaum

Stephen Gardbaum

MacArthur Foundation Professor of International Justice and Human Rights
B.A. Oxford, 1980
C.P.E. College of Law, London, 1981
M.Sc. Sociology and Politics, University of London, 1985
Ph.D. Political Theory, Columbia, 1989
J.D. Yale, 1990
UCLA Faculty Since 1998

Stephen Gardbaum is the MacArthur Foundation Professor of International Justice and Human Rights at UCLA School of Law. An internationally recognized constitutional scholar, he was a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2012-13 Straus Fellow at New York University. Gardbaum received a B.A. with First Class Honors from Oxford University, an M.Sc. from London University, a Ph.D. in Political Theory from Columbia, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, and teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, European Union law, international human rights, and comparative law. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, he taught at Northwestern University School of Law and has been a visiting professor at Melbourne Law School, Panthéon-Assas University (Paris II), Aix-Marseille University, and the Radzyner Law School of the IDC Herzliya.

Professor Gardbaum's research focuses on comparative constitutional law and constitutional theory. His widely-reviewed book The New Commonwealth Model of Constitutionalism: Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2013) explores a novel form of human rights protection in Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. He was the keynote speaker at the 2009 Protecting Human Rights conference in Australia, part of the major debate in that country about adopting this new model through a national human rights act. A book-length collection of his articles on the comparative structure of constitutional rights was recently published in Spanish by the European Research Center of Comparative Law. Another article was selected for inclusion in Classics in Comparative Law (T. Ginsburg, P. Montaeri and F. Parisi eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014).

Gardbaum's work on constitutional law has appeared, among other places, in the Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Michigan Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, and the International Journal of Constitutional Law.  Recent and forthcoming publications include: "Political Parties, Voting Systems, and the Separation of Powers," American Journal of Comparative Law (forthcoming, 2017); "The Indian Constitution and Horizontal Effect," in Sujit Choudhry, Pratap Mehta and Madhav Khosla eds., The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2016); "Are Strong Constitutional Courts Always a Good Thing for New Democracies?" Columbia Journal of Transnational Law (2015); "Separation of Powers and the Growth of Judicial Review in Established Democracies," American Journal of Comparative Law (2014); "Proportionality and Democratic Constitutionalism," in Grant Huscroft, Bradley Miller and Gregoire Webber eds., Proportionality and the Rule of Law (Cambridge University Press, 2014).  His scholarship has been cited by the U.S. and Canadian Supreme Courts, and widely translated.