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Tom Ginsburg

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Research Professor

Joint appointment

Leo Spitz Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago


Ph.D., Jurisprudence and Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law University of California, Berkeley

Curriculum vitae


Tom Ginsburg is the Leo Spitz Professor of International Law at the University of Chicago, where he also holds an appointment in the Political Science Department. He holds B.A., J.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. He currently co-directs the Comparative Constitutions Project, an NSF-funded data set cataloging the world’s constitutions since 1789. His…

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Research focus

Drafting, design, and implementation of national constitutions; legal reform in Northeast Asia; and comparative notions of judicial independence


Cover of Assessing Constitutional Performance Assessing Constitutional Performance
Cambridge University Press
Libertarian Paternalism, Path Dependence, and Temporary Law
291 University of Chicago Law Review 359
Constitute: The World’s Constitutions to Read, Search and Compare
Web Semantics

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Constitutions as Products
Sep 2013
Commentator, I-Con/European Journal of International Law conference on Van Gend en Loos 50th Anniversary
Jun 2013
Tunisian Presidential Conference on International Court for Constitutional Law
May 2013

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Honorable mention, best book in Political Economy, American Political Science Association, (for 2010, awarded in 2011)
  • Named Leo Spitz Chair of International Law, University of Chicago, July 2011
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Best Dataset Award, Comparative Democratization Section, American Political Science Association (for Comparative Constitutions Project)
  • Member, Editorial Board, American Journal of International Law 

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