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MacArthur Foundation Professor of International Justice and Human Rights Stephen Gardbaum Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship


April 7, 2011 – Stephen Gardbaum, MacArthur Foundation Professor of International Justice and Human Rights at UCLA School of Law, has been awarded a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship— one of the highest honors an academic can receive—to pursue his work in constitutional studies. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 180 fellowships this year, out of a group of almost 3,000 applicants, to a diverse group of scholars, artists and scientists.

Professor Gardbaum, who joined the UCLA Law faculty in 1998, will use the fellowship to complete a book, The New Commonwealth Model of Constitutionalism, on a novel form of human rights protection undertaken in recent years by Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia. He identified and coined the term “the new Commonwealth model” for this third form of constitutionalism, which straddles the traditional dichotomy of constitutional and legislative supremacy.  In the book, he will present the general case for the new model and evaluate its success and distinctiveness in practice in each of the four countries.

An internationally recognized constitutional scholar, Professor Gardbaum 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. His scholarship focuses on comparative constitutional law, federalism and the foundations of liberal legal and political theory. 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 scholarship has been cited by the U.S. and Canadian Supreme Courts, and widely translated.

He 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.