Philip Hamburger

Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law

Philip Hamburger

Philip
Hamburger
Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law

Philip Hamburger is the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. He is a leading scholar of constitutional law and its history, who works on many topics, including religious liberty, freedom of speech, academic censorship, judicial review, the office and duty of judges, administrative power, and the early development of liberal thought. His books are Separation of Church and State, Harvard, 2002; Law and Judicial Duty, Harvard, 2008; and Is Administrative Law Unlawful?, Chicago, 2014.

Before coming to the Law School, Hamburger was the John P. Wilson Professor at the University of Chicago Law School, where he was the director of the Bigelow Program and the director of the Legal History Program. Earlier, he was the Oswald Symyster Colclough Research Professor at George Washington University Law School and a professor at the University of Connecticut Law School.

He has been a visiting professor at the University of Virginia Law School and at Northwestern Law School, where he was the Jack N. Pritzker Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law. Earlier, he practiced law in Philadelphia, specializing in business and corporate tax.

Education
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1982
  • B.A., Princeton University, 1979
Areas of Expertise
  • Constitutional law
  • First Amendment
  • Administrative law
  • Legal history
Publications
  • Is Administrative Law Unlawful?, University of Chicago Press, 2014
  • Law and Judicial Duty, Harvard University Press, 2008
  • Separation of Church and State, Harvard University Press, 2002
  • “IRB Licensing” in Who's Afraid of Academic Freedom?, Columbia University Press, 2015
  • “Unconstitutional Conditions: The Irrelevance of Consent,” Virginia Law Review, 2012
  • “Privileges or Immunities,” Northwestern Law Review, 2011
  • “Beyond Protection,” Columbia Law Review, 2009
  • “Getting Permission,” Northwestern Law Review, 2007
  • “Religious Freedom in Philadelphia,” Emory Law Journal, 2005
  • “The New Censorship: Institutional Review Board,” Supreme Court Review, 2004
  • “More is Less,” Virginia Law Review, 2004
  • “Liberality,” 78 Texas Law Review 1215, 2000
  • “Revolution and Judicial Review: Chief Justice Holt’s Opinion in City of London v. Wood,” 94 Columbia Law Review 2091, 1994
  • “Trivial Rights,” 70 Notre Dame Law Review 1, 1994
  • “Natural Rights, Natural Law, and American Constitutions,” 102 Yale Law Journal 907, 1993
Courses
Advanced Constitutional Law: Religious Liberty
Contracts
S. Constitutional Ideas of the Founding Era
S. Constitutional Ideas of the Founding Period
S. Legal Theory Workshop
S. Survey of American Legal History, 1620-1870

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