Samuel Moyn

Professor of Law and Professor of History


Samuel Moyn is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a Professor of History at Yale University. 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 20th-century European moral and political theory.

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Rosanna Gonsiewski

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


  • International Human Rights

Samuel Moyn is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a Professor of History at Yale University. 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 20th-century European moral and political theory. He was previously Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law and Professor of History at Harvard. He began his teaching career at Columbia University, where he taught for 13 years in the history department, ending as Bryce Professor of European Legal History.

Moyn has written several books in his fields of European intellectual history and human rights history, including The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (Harvard University Press, 2010). More recently, he gave Mellon Distinguished Lectures at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 that appeared as Christian Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015). He is a co-editor of the journal Humanity, and is currently finishing a book for Harvard University Press on the relationship between human rights and distributive justice in modern times.

Moyn received a doctorate in modern European history from the University of California-Berkeley in 2000 and a law degree from Harvard University in 2001.

 

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.