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David Williams

Faculty bibliography for Professor David Williams


David Williams

John S. Hastings Professor of Law; Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Democracy


LIBERIAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: A TREATISE (with Jallah Barbu). Published electronically, 2010.

DESIGNING FEDERALISM IN BURMA (edited with Lian H. Sakhong). Chiang Mai, Thailand: UNLD Press, 2005.

FEDERALISM BY DISSENT. Bloomington, IN: Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, 2005.


THE COURT-MARTIAL OF GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER (edited with Fred H. Cate and Dennis H. Long). Bloomington: Indiana University School of Law, 2001.

THE TRIAL OF RICHARD III: INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW - BLOOMINGTON (with Fred H. Cate). Bloomington: Indiana University School of Law, 1997.


The Fate of Armed Resistance Groups After Peace, 1 INDIANA JOURNAL OF CONSTITUTIONAL DESIGN 1 (2016).

Changing Burma from Without: Political Activism Among the Burmese Diaspora, 19 INDIANA JOURNAL OF GLOBAL LEGAL STUDIES 121 (2012). [HeinOnline]

Cracks in the Firmament of Burma's Military Government: From Unity through Coercion to Buying Support32 THIRD WORLD QUARTERLY 1199 (2011).

Ethnicity, Elections, and Reform in Burma 12 GEORGETOWN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS 99 (Winter/Spring 2011). [HeinOnline]

Constitutionalism Before Constitutions: Burma’s Struggle to Build a New Order, 87 TEXAS LAW REVIEW 1657 (2009). [HeinOnline]

Death to Tyrants: District of Columbia v. Heller and the Uses of Guns, 69 OHIO STATE LAW JOURNAL 641 (2008). [HeinOnline]

The Supreme Court and Indiana's Voter ID Law, 104 INDIANA MAGAZINE OF HISTORY 379 (2008).

American Constitutional Fantasies: Escape from Difference Through Escape from Government, 12 INDIANA JOURNAL OF GLOBAL LEGAL STUDIES 415 (2005). [HeinOnline]

Civic Constitutionalism, the Second Amendment, and the Right of Revolution, 79 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 379 (2004). [HeinOnline]

Constitutional Tales of Violence: Populists, Outgroups, and the Multicultural Landscape of the Second Amendment, 74 TULANE LAW REVIEW 387 (1999). [HeinOnline]

Sense and Sensibility: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Mentoring Style as a Blend of Rigor and Compassion (with Susan H. Williams), 20 UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII LAW REVIEW 589 (1998). [HeinOnline]

The Unitary Second Amendment, 73 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 822 (1998). [HeinOnline]

Civil Society, Metaphysics, and Tolerance, 72 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 489 (1997). [HeinOnline]

The Constitutional Right to “Conservative” Revolution, 32 HARVARD CIVIL RIGHTS-CIVIL LIBERTIES LAW REVIEW 413 (1997). [HeinOnline]

A Feminist Theory of Malebashing (with Susan H. Williams), 4 MICHIGAN JOURNAL OF GENDER AND LAW 35 (1997). [HeinOnline]

The Militia Movement and Second American Revolution: Conjuring With the People, 81 CORNELL LAW REVIEW 879 (1996). [HeinOnline]. Reprinted in 9 JOURNAL OF FIREARMS AND PUBLIC POLICY 77 (1997). [HeinOnline]

European and American Perspectives on Civil Republicanism, 2 INDIANA JOURNAL OF GLOBAL LEGAL STUDIES 71 (1994). [HeinOnline]

Legitimation and Statutory Interpretation: Conquest, Consent, and Community in Federal Indian Law, 80 VIRGINIA LAW REVIEW 403 (1994). [HeinOnline]

Civic Republicanism and the Citizen Militia: The Terrifying Second Amendment, 101 YALE LAW JOURNAL 551 (1991). [HeinOnline]

“Sometimes Suspect”: A Reply to Professor Goldberg-Ambrose, 39 UCLA LAW REVIEW 191 (1991). [HeinOnline]

The Borders of the Equal Protection Clause: Indians as Peoples, 28 UCLA LAW REVIEW 759 (1991). [HeinOnline]

Volitionalism and Religious Liberty (with Susan H. Williams), 76 CORNELL LAW REVIEW 769 (1991). [HeinOnline]

Personal Authority and Individual Power, 30 INQUIRY 5 (Spring 1987).

Comment. Right Against Self-Incrimination—“Public Safety” Exception, 98 HARVARD LAW REVIEW 140 (1984). [HeinOnline]

Note. Toward a Reform of the Six-Year Bar to Discharge in Bankruptcy, 97 HARVARD LAW REVIEW 759 (1984). [HeinOnline]

Book Chapters

A Second Panglong Agreement: Burmese Federalism for the Twenty-First Century, in CONSTITUTIONALISM AND LEGAL CHANGE IN MYANMAR (Andrew Harding, Ed.). Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2017.

Sometimes Guns Are the Answer: The Path to Autonomy in Tibet, Burma, and South Sudan, in REGIONAL AUTONOMY, CULTURAL DIVERSITY, AND DIFFERENTIATED TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENT: THE CASE OF TIBET -- CHINESE AND COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES (R. Toniatti and J. Woelk, Eds.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2017.

Asymmetrical Federalism in Burma in SOCIAL DIFFERENCE AND CONSTITUTIONALISM IN PAN-ASIA (Susan H. Williams, Ed.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

What's So Bad About Burma's 2008 Constitution? A Guide for the Perplexed, in LAW, SOCIETY AND TRANSITION IN MYANMAR (M. Crouch and T. Lindsey, Eds.). Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2014.

Revolutions and Institutions: Political Violence and Sri Lanka's 1972 Constitution, in THE SRI LANKAN REPUBLIC AT 40: REFLECTIONS ON CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY, THEORY AND PRACTICE (Asanga Welikala, Ed.). Colombo: Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2012.

In Praise of Guilt: How the Yearning for Moral Purity Blocks Reparations for Native Americansin REPARATIONS FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES: INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES (F. Lenzerini, Ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

La Situation Juridique Amerindiens des Etats-Unis, in LES COLLECTIVITES FRANCAISES D'AMERIQUE AU CARREFOUR DES INSTITUTIONS (Jean-Yves Faberon, Ed.). Paris: La Documentation Francaise, 2006.

Introduction -- Trying Custer and The Sentence, in THE COURT-MARTIAL OF GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER (edited with Fred H. Cate and Dennis H. Long). Bloomington: Indiana University School of Law, 2001.

Radical Populist Constitutional Interpretation, in THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION, 2nd ed. (Adam Winkler, Ed.) New York: Macmillan Reference, 2000.

The Right of Revolution and Radical Populist Constitutional Interpretation, in THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION, 2nd ed., Supplement II, (L. W. Levy, et al, Eds.). New York: Macmillan Reference, 2000.

Book Reviews

Book Review. Halliday, T. C. et. al. (Eds.) , Fighting for Political Freedom: Comparative Studies of the Legal Complex and Political Liberalism. 8 PERSPECTIVES ON POLITICS 911 (2010).

Book Review. Williams, Robert A., Jr., Like a Loaded Weapon: The Rehnquist Court, Indian Rights, and the Legal History of Racism in America, 4 PERSPECTIVES ON POLITICS 604 (2006). 

Book Review. Clark, B., Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock: Treaty Rights and Indiana Law at the End of the Nineteenth Century, 43 ETHNOHISTORY 535 (1996).

Book Review. Pragmatism and Faith: Selznick's Complex Commonwealth, Selznick, P., The Moral Commonwealth: Social Theory and the Promise of Community, 19 LAW & SOCIAL INQUIRY 775 (1994). [HeinOnline]

Book Review. Sinopoli, R., The Foundations of American Citizenship: Liberalism, the Constitution, and Civic Virtue, 50 WILLIAM AND MARY QUARTERLY 191 (1993).

Booknote. Indian Country, 98 HARVARD LAW REVIEW 1104 (1985). [HeinOnline]

Editorials & Commentaries

Don't Worry, Be Guilty, 31 no.3 CULTURAL SURVIVAL QUARTERLY 32 (2007).

Violence and the American Legal Landscape, BILL OF PARTICULARS 3 (Spring 2002).

Militia Claims Baseless (with Morris Dees), THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL A13 (May 13, 1996).

To Keep and Bear Arms: An Exchange (with Sanford Levinson,, 42 NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS 61 (Nov. 16, 1995).