Jack M. Balkin
Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment
(on leave, spring 2019)
Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School. He is the founder and director of Yale's Information Society Project, an interdisciplinary center that studies law and new information technologies. He also directs the Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression and the Knight Law and Media Program at Yale.FULL BIOGRAPHY
Education & Curriculum Vitae
Ph.D. (Philosophy), University of Cambridge, 1995
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1981
A.B., Harvard University, 1978
- Constitutional Law
- First Amendment
- Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and the Law
- Technology Law
- Media Law
- Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic
- Law and Disruptive Technology
Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School. He is the founder and director of Yale's Information Society Project, an interdisciplinary center that studies law and new information technologies. He also directs the Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression, and the Knight Law and Media Program at Yale.
Professor Balkin is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the author of over a hundred articles in different fields, including constitutional theory, Internet law, freedom of speech, reproductive rights, jurisprudence, and the theory of ideology. He founded and edits the group blog Balkinization, and has written widely on legal issues for such publications as the New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Prospect, the Atlantic Online, Washington Monthly, the New Republic Online, and Slate. His books include Living Originalism; Constitutional Redemption: Political Faith in an Unjust World; The Constitution in 2020 (with Reva Siegel); Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (5th ed. with Brest, Levinson, Amar, and Siegel); Cultural Software: A Theory of Ideology; The Laws of Change: I Ching and the Philosophy of Life; What Brown v. Board of Education Should Have Said; and What Roe v. Wade Should Have Said.
Professor Balkin received his Ph.D in philosophy from Cambridge University, and his A.B. and J.D. degrees from Harvard University. He served as a clerk for Judge Carolyn D. King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and practiced as an attorney at Cravath, Swaine, and Moore in New York City before entering the legal academy. He has been a member of the law faculties at the University of Texas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a visiting professor at Harvard University, New York University, the Buchman Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University, and the University of London.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Democracy and Dysfunction (University of Chicago Press 2019) features a series of exchanges about our current political predicament between two prominent scholars of American constitutional law, Jack M. Balkin of Yale Law School and Sanford Levinson of the University of Texas.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment Jack Balkin is quoted in an article about whether the country is in a constitutional crisis.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment Jack M. Balkin is quoted in an analysis of what rises to the level of a constitutional crisis.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment Jack Balkin’s idea of information fiduciaries is discussed in an editorial.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
An article discusses Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment Jack Balkin’s concept of an information fiduciary and how it was a topic in the testimony of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in the Senate.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
The article cites scholarship by Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment Jack Balkin about Facebook’s use of private information.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
“Access and Accountability: A Conference for Transparency Advocates” will convene at Yale Law School on Friday, October 27, 2017.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment Jack Balkin and J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law Heather Gerken are quoted in an article about whether the U.S. is in a constitutional crisis.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment Jack Balkin is quoted in an article about the possibility of a constitutional crisis.
Friday, January 6, 2017
Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment and director of the Information Society Project Jack Balkin is quoted about whether consumers need laws that address the growing presence of robots in their lives.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School.
Friday, September 16, 2016
The Center for Global Legal Challenges and the Information Society Project will co-host a conference on “Hacking the Election”
Friday, February 19, 2016
At an event titled “What Obergefell v. Hodges Should Have Said,” preeminent law scholars will rewrite the Supreme Court landmark opinion upholding the right of same-sex couples to marry. The conference will take place on April 15, 2016, at 1:15 p.m. in Room 127.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
In a post-Snowden era, while legal scholars and advocates re-examine government transparency and secrecy, the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School is working to protect the First Amendment rights of citizens and news media across the country.
Monday, July 13, 2015
YLS professor Jack Balkin is quoted in a press release about a California Law Review article that examines what the introduction of robotics and artificial intelligence means for law and policy.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The Public Health in the Shadow of the First Amendment Conference will take place at Yale Law School on October 17 and 18.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Cass Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School, will speak at Yale Law School on Thursday, February 20, about the report on NSA surveillance delivered by the President’s Review Group.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
With a fervent debate raging over what actions should be taken against the Syrian government in the wake of a suspected chemical attack that killed more than 1,000 Syrians— including hundreds of children — Yale Law faculty offer their opinions and insights on a range of issues impacting the conversation. Below is a sampling of the most recent commentaries and interviews.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
“Constitutional Interpretation and Change: A Conference on Jack Balkin’s Living Originalism” will be held on April 27-28, 2012, at Yale Law School.
Friday, January 29, 2010
The Information Society Project at Yale Law School will host its fourth Access to Knowledge Conference February 11-13 at Yale Law School.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Yale Law School's Jack Balkin (behind left), Paul Gewirtz '70 (left), and Reva Siegel ’86 (right) attended.
Friday, February 1, 2008
On January 19 and 20, the China Law Center co-hosted a workshop on anti-discrimination law at Sichuan University Law School.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
In classrooms and offices at Yale Law School, a coterie of students, faculty, and fellows have been avidly discussing the concept of "access to knowledge." The Information Society Project has launched a broad initiative on the subject--the A2K Initiative--including a seminar, a reading group, and an upcoming conference. "It's been a very intense semester so far," says David Tannenbaum '07, one of the participants in those discussions.