Frank I. Michelman

Frank I. Michelman

Robert Walmsley University Professor, Emeritus, Harvard Law School
Frank Michelman

Professor Michelman's areas of expertise include Constitutional Law, Legal Theory, and Property Law. Among his publications are "Unenumerated Rights Under Popular Constitutionalism," "The Constitution, Social Rights, and Liberal Political Justification," and Brennan and Democracy (Princeton University Press 1999). He is also the author of the famous law review article, Property, Utility and Fairness, (80 Harv. L. Rev. 1165 (1967)) on the economic reasons for just compensation in the 5th Amendment Takings clause to the United States Constitution.

Since 1995, Professor Michelman has maintained an active interest in South African constitutionalism. He has participated, by invitation, in judges' seminars in that country, and continues to visit for academic gatherings and conferences. He has published in American law reviews on aspects of South African constitutional law, including contributing a chapter to South Africa's leading, multi-authored work on South African constitutional law (Constitutional Law of South Africa). He has also presented papers for several conferences on comparative constitutionalism in Europe and Israel, and the VI World Congress of the International Association of Constitutional Law in Santiago de Chile. He is a member of the Board of Editors of the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I-CON), and of the Board of Directors in the United States Association of Constitutional law (an affiliate of the International Association). For the past few years, he has regularly taught courses on general comparative constitutionalism and also on the South African Bill of Rights in comparison with its American counterpart. Professor Michelman served as Vice-President of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy in 1994-96 and as its President from 1998-2001.

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