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.  He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2011-12 and a Straus Fellow at New York University in 2012-13.  An internationally recognized constitutional scholar, 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 Supreme Court of England and Wales, and teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, international human rights, European Union law, and comparative law.

Professor Gardbaum’s scholarship focuses on comparative constitutional law, constitutional theory, and federalism.  His book The New Commonwealth Model of Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press, 2013) develops the theory and explores the practice of 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 translated into Spanish and published by the European Research Center of Comparative Law.

Professor Gardbaum’s numerous articles have appeared, among other places, in the Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Michigan Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review and the American Journal of Comparative Law.  His recent articles and book chapters include: "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); "The Place of Constitutional Law in the Legal System," in Michel Rosenfeld and Andras Sajo eds., The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law, Oxford University Press (2012).  His scholarship has been cited by the U.S. and Canadian Supreme Courts, and widely translated.