Herbert L. Bernstein Memorial Lecture in Comparative Law


The Herbert L. Bernstein Memorial Lecture in Comparative Law began in 2002 and honors the many contributions to Duke Law School and to the legal community made by the late Professor Bernstein. This series is sponsored by Duke Law School's Center for International & Comparative Law (CICL).

Each entry below includes a complete video recording of the lecture and the full text of the published paper inspired by the presentation. The more recent lectures include the poster used to promote the event.

In the spring of 2009, the Duke Law Center for International & Comparative Law launched an occasional paper series - CICLOPs. Prof. Ralf Michaels' foreword to the inaugural issue describes the project and the articles included in this issue that comprise the first six lectures in The Herbert L. Bernstein Memorial Lecture in Comparative Law.


Executive Power: Rethinking the Modalities of Control, Sundaresh Menon
November 1, 2018

Battles of Reproductive Technologies: Comparative Tales, Daphne Barak-Erez
August 30, 2017

Banning Burqas: A View from Postsecular Comparative Law, Ralf Michaels
March 2, 2017

Dispute Settlement in the WTO: An Evolving Process Under Challenges, Seung Wha Chang
October 7, 2015

Federalism for Severely Divided Societies: Possibilities and Pathologies, Donald L. Horowitz
November 3, 2014

Adjudicating Inequalities: Some Observations from the Bench, Susanne Baer
September 30, 2013

Comparative Criminal Justice: An Institutional Approach, Nicola Lacey
April 4, 2013

Constitutionalism, Rights, and International Law: The Glenister Decision, Edwin Cameron
September 8, 2011

Proportionality in Constitutional Law: Why Everywhere But Here?, Bernard Schlink
April 5, 2011

The Relevance of Foreign Examples to Legal Development, John Bell
February 23, 2010

Normative and Legal Pluralism: A Global Perspective, William Twining
April 7, 2009

Desperately Seeking Subsidiarity: Danish Private Law in the Scandinavian, European, and Global Context, Joseph M. Lookofsky
November 7, 2007

Political Parties in China's Judiciary, Zhu Suli
November 2, 2006

Comparative Law as a Bridge Between the Nation-State and the Global Economy, Richard M. Buxbaum
September 27, 2005

Constitutions for the 21st Century: Emerging Patterns - The EU, Iraq, Afghanistan, Chibli Mallat
September 28, 2004

Europeanization as a Process: Thoughts on the Europeanization of Private Law, Christian Joerges
September 16, 2003

Civil Justice Systems in Europe and the United States, Hein Kötz
September 10, 2002