Scott Shapiro is named the Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law

Scott Shapiro, the newly designated Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law, studies jurisprudence, international law, constitutional law and theory, and the theory of authority.

Shapiro joined the Yale Law School faculty in July 2008 as a professor of law and philosophy. He also serves as the director of the Yale Center for Law and Philosophy. Shapiro previously taught law and philosophy at the University of Michigan (2005-2008) and was a professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (2001-2005). 

His areas of interest include criminal law, family law, and philosophy of action. The Yale professor is the author of “Legality” (2011) and editor (with Jules Coleman) of “The Oxford Handbook of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law” (2002).

Shapiro earned a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1990, where he was senior editor of The Yale Law Journal. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia in 1996.

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