Samuel Moyn

Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of History

(on leave, 2019-2020)


Samuel Moyn is Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and a Professor of History at Yale University. He has written several books in his fields of European intellectual history and human rights history, including The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (2010), and edited or coedited a number of others. His most recent books are Christian Human Rights (2015), based on Mellon Distinguished Lectures at the University of Pennsylvania in fall 2014, and Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (2018). Currently he is working on a new book on the origins of humane war for Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Over the years he has written in venues such as Boston Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Dissent, The Nation, The New Republic, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

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Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Harvard Law School, 2001

Ph.D. (History), University of California, Berkeley, 2000

A.B., Washington University in St. Louis, 1994

 

Courses Taught


  • Conservatism
  • Constitutional Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Supreme Court Alternatives

Samuel Moyn is Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and a Professor of History at Yale University. He received a doctorate in modern European history from the University of California-Berkeley in 2000 and a law degree from Harvard University in 2001. He came to Yale from Harvard University, where he was Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law and Professor of History. Before this, he spent thirteen years in the Columbia University history department, where he was most recently James Bryce Professor of European Legal History.

His areas of interest in legal scholarship include international law, human rights, the law of war, and legal thought, in both historical and current perspective. In intellectual history, he has worked on a diverse range of subjects, especially twentieth-century European moral and political theory.

He has written several books in his fields of European intellectual history and human rights history, including The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (2010), and edited or coedited a number of others. His most recent books are Christian Human Rights (2015, based on Mellon Distinguished Lectures at the University of Pennsylvania in fall 2014) and Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (2018). He is currently working on a new book on the origins and significance of humane war for Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Over the years he has written in venues such as Boston Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Dissent, The Nation, The New Republic, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

He helps with several book series: the Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought, the Cambridge University Press “Human Rights in History” series, and the University of Pennsylvania Press “Intellectual History of the Modern Age” series. He cofounded and for a decade served as coeditor of the journal Humanity; he served as coeditor for seven years of Modern Intellectual History. He solicits book reviews on human rights for Lawfare and is on the editorial boards of Constellations, Global Intellectual History, the Historical Journal, Humanity, the Journal of the History of International Law, Modern Intellectual History, and Modern Judaism.

He has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Berggruen Institute, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. His books have won the Morris Forkosch Prize of the Journal of the History of Ideas and the Sybil Halpern Milton Memorial Book Prize of the German Studies Association. At Columbia, he was given the Mark van Doren Teaching Award (46th Annual) by undergraduates.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019


What happened to the dream of global justice? — A Commentary by Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn is Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and a Professor of History at Yale University.

Thursday, September 26, 2019


Impeachment isn’t the answer to America’s political crisis — A Commentary by Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn is Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and a Professor of History at Yale University. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019


Le « marxisme culturel », fantasme préféré de l’extrême droite (in French)

Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of History Samuel Moyn is quoted in Le Monde about cultural Marxism.

Thursday, August 8, 2019


There is a Need for Fresh Thinking on Human Rights

Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of History Samuel Moyn is cited in a commentary on human rights.

Friday, July 26, 2019


The Mueller Fantasy Comes Crashing Down — A Commentary by Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence and a Professor of History at Yale Law School.

Friday, March 22, 2019


If the Liberal World Offered More Economic Security, Maybe Authoritarians Would Lose Their Appeal — A Commentary by Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019


The Lawfare Podcast: Progressive Critiques of Liberal Internationalism

Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence Samuel Moyn discussed liberal internationalism on the Lawfare podcast with Jack Goldsmith ’89.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Legal Historian Samuel Moyn on Why Human Rights are not Enough

In his recently published book, legal historian Samuel Moyn explores how human rights connect to global economic fairness and takes a look at the role human rights have played in the history of humanity globally.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018


Investigations Won’t Defeat Trumpism. Strengthening Democracy Will.

Professor of Law Samuel Moyn is quoted in a piece in Politico.

Monday, December 3, 2018


Neoliberalism, Not Liberalism, Has Failed: A Response to Patrick Deneen

Professor of Law Samuel Moyn has a review of the book Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick J. Deneen in Commonweal.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


The Alt-Right’s Favorite Meme Is 100 Years Old—A Commentary by Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a Professor of History at Yale University.

Sunday, November 4, 2018


The Great Unravelling: Human Rights

Professor of Law Samuel Moyn was one of several law professors interviewed by the BBC about the state of human rights.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018


A War Without Civilian Deaths?

Professor of Law Samuel Moyn has a review of the new book The Bodies in Person by Nick McDonell.

Friday, October 5, 2018


Resisting the Juristocracy—A Commentary by Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a Professor of History at Yale University.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


Stop worrying about Kavanaugh, liberals. Start winning the political argument.—A Commentary by Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a Professor of History at Yale University.

Thursday, July 5, 2018


Inside the AEL’s celebrated summer school

Professor of Law Samuel Moyn is quoted in a report on his lecture at the Academy of European Law summer session.

Thursday, June 14, 2018


The Mask It Wears

A review of Professor of Law Samuel Moyn's book Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World.

Thursday, May 3, 2018


“The Right to Have Rights” and the Plight of the Stateless

An essay by Professor of Law Samuel Moyn is cited in an article about the rights of refugees.

Monday, April 23, 2018


How the Human Rights Movement Failed—A Commentary by Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a Professor of History at Yale University.

Monday, April 9, 2018


Economic Rights Are Human Rights—A Commentary by Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a Professor of History at Yale University.

Monday, March 19, 2018


Hype for the Best

Professor of Law Samuel Moyn has a review of Steven Pinker’s new book Enlightenment Now.

Friday, March 16, 2018


Human Rights Are Not Enough: We must also embrace the fight against economic inequality.—A Commentary by Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a Professor of History at Yale University.

Thursday, March 1, 2018


Professor Moyn's New Book on Human Rights in an Unequal World

In his latest book, Professor Samuel Moyn explores the social and economic history of human rights alongside the inequalities that resulted from the triumph of neoliberal globalization.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Mark Lilla and the Crisis of Liberalism

Professor of Law Samuel Moyn has a review of "Mark Lilla and the Crisis of Liberalism." 

Sunday, February 25, 2018


Beyond Human Rights

Professor of Law Samuel Moyn was a guest on a podcast where he discussed neoliberalism and human rights.

Thursday, January 25, 2018


'A crisis for human rights': new index reveals global fall in basic justice

Professor of LawSamuel Moyn is quoted in an article about declining human rights around the globe.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


The Historical Origins of Human Rights: A Conversation with Samuel Moyn

Professor of Law Samuel Moyn was interviewed about history and human rights.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


The Limits of Resistance: Are Democrats focused on the wrong things?

Professor of Law Samuel Moyn was interviewed about his upcoming book Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World.

Monday, November 20, 2017


Why Did Humanity Ignore the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?—A Commentary by Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a Professor of History at Yale University.

Thursday, October 5, 2017


Barbarian Virtues

Professor of Law Samuel Moyn reviews James C. Scott’s book Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States.

Friday, September 15, 2017


The Parochialism of American Cosmopolitanism—A Commentary by Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a Professor of History at Yale University.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


A Problem Worse Than Tyranny—A Commentary by Samuel Moyn and David Priestland

Samuel Moyn is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a Professor of History at Yale University and David Priestland is a Professor of Modern History at Oxford University.