Professor Judith Resnik

Yale University

Judith Resnik, the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, teaches and writes about federalism, procedure, courts, prisons, equality, and citizenship. Her work focuses on constitutional norms of equal treatment, the functions and obligations of sovereigns, the effects of globalization, and the pressures of privatization. Her books include Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms (with Dennis Curtis, 2011) and Migrations and Mobilities: Citizenship, Borders, and Gender (co-edited with Seyla Benhabib, 2009). In 2014, Resnik was the co-editor (with Linda Greenhouse) of the Daedalus volume The Invention of Courts. Since 2012, she has chaired Yale Law School’s annual Global Constitutional Seminar, a part of the Gruber Program on Global Justice and Women’s Rights; she is the editor of its six e-volumes, including Reconstituting Constitutional Orders (2017).  

Professor Resnik is the founding director of Yale Law School’s Arthur Liman Program, which began in 1997 and in 2017 became the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law. The Liman Center supports full-year fellowships for law graduates, summer fellowships at several colleges, and teaches seminars on the civil and criminal justice systems. Professor Resnik has been a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, and she also holds a term appointment as an Honorary Professor, Faculty of Laws, UCL. Professor Resnik is a co-founder of Yale University’s Women Faculty Forum and a Managerial Trustee of the International Association of Women Judges. In 2001, she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and, in 2002, a member of the American Philosophical Society. In 2008, Professor Resnik received the Outstanding Scholar of the Year Award from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. In 2010, she was a recipient of the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Prize, awarded to professors in the fields of psychology or law. In 2011, Representing Justice was selected by The Guardian as one of the “best legal reads” of the year; in 2014, the book won the Order of the Coif Award, presented every two years to recognize an outstanding contributions to legal scholarship.