Patrick E. Weil

Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law
(fall term)

Ph.D. (Political Science), Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris

M.B.A., ESSEC Business School

B.A., Public Law, University of Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne

Courses Taught
  • Comparative Church-State Relations: Laws and Policies
  • Religion and the Constitution(s)
  • Refugee and Immigration Law, Policy and Practice in Crisis
  • Citizenship in Crisis
Patrick Weil

Patrick Weil is a Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School, and a senior research fellow at the French National Research Center in the University of Paris1, Pantheon-Sorbonne. Professor Weil's work focuses on comparative immigration, citizenship, and church-state law and policy. His most recent books are The Madman in the White House. Sigmund Freud, Ambassador Bullitt and the Lost Psychobiography of Woodrow Wilson (Harvard University Press, 2023) and De La Laïcité en France (Grasset, 2021).

Among his other recent publications are "Citizenship, Passports, and the Legal Identity of Americans: Edward Snowden and Others Have a Case in the Courts," 123 Yale Law Journal Forum, 565 (2014); "Headscarf versus Burqa: Two French Bans with Different Meanings," in Constitutional Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival, Susanna Mancini and Michel Rosenfeld ed., Oxford University Press, 2014, 196-21.

In France, Professor Weil has participated in a 2003 Presidential Commission on secularism, established by Jacques Chirac. In 1997, he completed a mission and a report on immigration and nationality policy reform for Prime Minister Lionel Jospin which led to the implementation of new immigration and citizenship laws adopted the following year.

Patrick Weil is also, since 2006, the founder and the chairman of the NGO Libraries Without Borders (Bibliothèques Sans Frontières).