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Susan Williams

Walter F. Foskett Professor of Law; Director of the Center for Constitutional Democracy

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Susan Williams

Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law; Director, Center for Constitutional Democracy


SOCIAL DIFFERENCE AND CONSTITUTIONALISM IN PAN-ASIA (Ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.




Federalism and Gender Equality46 FEDERAL LAW REVIEW 491 (2018). [HeinOnline]

Women and Judging: A Feminist Approach to Judging and the Issue of Customary Law (Eleventh Annual Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture) 36 THOMAS JEFFERSON LAW REVIEW 25 (2013). [HeinOnline]

Democracy, Freedom of Speech and Feminist Theory: A Response to Post and Weinstein 97 VIRGINIA LAW REVIEW 603 (2011). [HeinOnline]

Democracy, Gender Equality, and Customary Law: Constitutionalizing Internal Cultural Disruption 18 INDIANA JOURNAL OF GLOBAL LEGAL STUDIES 65 (2011). [HeinOnline]

Free Speech and Autonomy: Thinkers, Storytellers, and a Systemic Approach to Speech 27 CONSTITUTIONAL COMMENTARY 399 (2011). [HeinOnline]

Feminist Theory and Freedom of Speech, 84 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 999 (2009). [HeinOnline]

Autonomy and the Public/Private Distinction in Bioethics and Law, 12 INDIANA JOURNAL OF GLOBAL LEGAL STUDIES 483 (2005). [HeinOnline]

Religion, Politics, and Feminist Epistemology: A Comment on the Uses and Abuses of Morality in Public Discourse, 77 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 267 (2002). [HeinOnline]

Truth, Speech, and Ethics, 30 GENDERS (November 1999).

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

A Feminist Reassessment of Civil Society, 72 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 417 (1997). [HeinOnline] Reprinted in FAMILY, STATE, AND LAW (Michael D.A. Freeman, Eds.), Brookfield, VT: Ashgate/Dartmouth, 1999.

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

Globalization, Privatization, and a Feminist “Public”: A Response to Professor Eisenstein, 4 INDIANA JOURNAL OF GLOBAL LEGAL STUDIES 97 (1996). [HeinOnline]

The Adverse Testimony Privilege, Inalienable Entitlements, and the “Internal Stance”: A Response to Professor Regan, 81 VIRGINIA LAW REVIEW 2167 (1995). [HeinOnline]

Bioethics and Epistemology: A Response to Professor Arras, 69 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 1021 (1994). [HeinOnline]

Feminist Jurisprudence and Free Speech Theory, 68 TULANE LAW REVIEW 1563 (1994). [HeinOnline]

Feminist Legal Epistemology, 8 BERKELEY WOMEN’S LAW JOURNAL 63 (1993). [HeinOnline]

Legal Education, Feminist Epistemology, and the Socratic Method, 45 STANFORD LAW REVIEW 1571 (1993). [HeinOnline]

Content Discrimination and the First Amendment, 139 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA LAW REVIEW 615 (1991). [HeinOnline]

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

Feminism’s Search for the Feminine: Essentialism, Utopianism, and Community, 75 CORNELL LAW REVIEW 700 (1990). [HeinOnline]

The Uses of Myth: A Response to Professor Bassett, 4 JOURNAL OF LAW AND RELIGION 153 (1986). [HeinOnline]

Comment. Restrictions on Public Broadcasters’ Rights to Editorialize: FCC v. League of Women Voters, 98 HARVARD LAW REVIEW 205 (1984). [HeinOnline]

Note. Reinterpreting the Religion Clauses: Constitutional Construction and Conceptions of the Self, 97 HARVARD LAW REVIEW 1468 (1984). [HeinOnline]

Book Chapters

Constitutional Reform and Women's Political Participation: Electoral Gender Quotas in Post-Arab Spring Egypt, Tunisia, and Jordan in FROM PARCHMENT TO PRACTICE (Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Huq, eds.). Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Dialogic Democracy, Feminist Theory, and Women's Participation in Constitution-Making, in WOMEN AS CONSTITUTION-MAKERS: CASE STUDIES FROM THE NEW DEMOCRATIC ERA (Ruth Rubio-Marin and Helen Irving, Eds.). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Legal Pluralism, Gender Equality and Parity of Participation: Constitutional Issues Concerning Customary Law in Liberia, in GENDER PARITY AND MULTICULTURAL FEMINISM (Ruth Rubio-Marin and Will Kymlicka, Eds.). New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. 

Religion, Custom, and Legal Pluralism, in CONSTITUTIONS AND GENDER (Helen Irving, Ed.). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017.

Customary Law, Constitutional Law, and Women's Equality, in THE PUBLIC LAW OF GENDER: FROM THE LOCAL TO THE GLOBAL (Kim Rubenstein and Katharine G. Young, Eds.). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Democratic Theory, Feminist Theory, and Constitutionalism: The Challenge of Multiculturalism, in FEMINIST CONSTITUTIONALISM (B. Baines, D. Barak-Erez, & T. Kahana, Eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2012).

A Feminist View of Mercy, Judgment, and the "Exception" in the Context of Transitional Justice, in MERCIFUL JUDGMENTS AND CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY: LEGAL PROBLEMS, LEGAL POSSIBILITIES (Austin Sarat, Ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 

Gender Equality in Constitutional Design: An Overview for Sri Lankan Drafters, in THE SRI LANKAN REPUBLIC AT 40: REFLECTIONS ON CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY, THEORY AND PRACTICE (Asanga Welikala, Ed.). Colombo: Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2012.

Introduction: Comparative Constitutional Law, Gender Equality, and Constitutional Design, in CONSTITUTING EQUALITY: GENDER EQUALITY AND COMPARATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (Susan H. Williams, Editor). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Equality, Representation, and Challenge to Hierarchy: Justifying Electoral Quotas for Women, in CONSTITUTING EQUALITY: GENDER EQUALITY AND COMPARATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (Susan H. Williams, Editor). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Women in the Constitutional Drafting Process in Burma (with Thin Thin Aung), in CONSTITUTING EQUALITY: GENDER EQUALITY AND COMPARATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (Susan H. Williams, Editor). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Theorie Feministe et Liberte d’Expression, in LIBERTÉ D'EXPRESSION AUX ÉTATS-UNIS ET EN EUROPE (Élisabeth Zoller, Ed.) Paris: Dalloz, 2008.

Constitutional Drafting and Individual Rights: The Example of Gender Equality in DESIGNING FEDERALISM IN BURMA (David C. Williams and Lian H. Sakhong, Eds. ). Chiang Mai, Thailand: UNLD Press, 2005.

Constitutional Drafting and Individual Rights: The Example of Religious Freedom in DESIGNING FEDERALISM IN BURMA (David C. Williams and Lian H. Sakhong, Eds. ). Chiang Mai, Thailand: UNLD Press, 2005.

Book Reviews

Book Review. Women, Quotas, and Constitutions, 42 THE GERMAN YEARBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 653 (1999).

Book Review. Frug, M.J., Postmodern Legal Feminism, 104 ETHICS 925 (1994).

Book Review. Utopianism, Epistemology, and Feminist Theory, Cornell, D., Beyond Accommodation: Ethical Feminism, Deconstruction, and the Law, 5 YALE JOURNAL OF LAW AND FEMINISM 289 (1993). [HeinOnline]