Katharine Young joined the faculty as Associate Professor in July 2013. Before
coming to Boston College, she was an Associate Professor at the Australian National
University, and has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Boston University and a Byse
Teaching Fellow at Harvard Law School. Her fields of expertise are economic and social
rights, comparative constitutional law and international human rights law. 

Professor Young’s recent book, Constituting Economic and Social Rights (OUP, 2012), is
published in the Oxford Constitutional Theory series. Other recent publications have
appeared in the Harvard Human Rights Journal, the Harvard Law Review Forum, the
International Journal of Constitutional Law, the Australian Year Book of International
Law, and the Yale Journal of International Law. 

Professor Young completed doctoral and masters studies in law (the S.J.D. and LL.M.) at
Harvard Law School and legal studies at Melbourne University and at the University of
Heidelberg. She has been a Fellow at Harvard University’s Project on Justice, Welfare and
Economics, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the Weatherhead Center for
International Affairs. Professor Young has professional legal experience in Melbourne,
New York, in the United Nations and in an NGO in Accra, Ghana. She served as Clerk for
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG at the High Court of Australia. At Boston College, she
teaches Contracts and Human Rights and Global Poverty. 

Representative Publications


The Comparative Turn: Accident, Coincidence or Fate, Harvard Law Review Forum (2012)


The World, through the Judge’s Eye, Australian Year Book of International Law (2009)




The Avoidance of Substance in Constitutional Rights, Constitutional Court Review (2014)


A Reply to Jamal Greene, I-CONnect Blog (2013)
The New Economic and Social Rights, American Society of International Law, Proceedings of the Annual Meeting (2013)

Contributions to Books

Introduction: A Public Law of Gender?, The Public Law of Gender: From the Local to the Global (2016)


Adjudicating Social and Economic Rights: Can Democratic Experimentalism Help? (with Sandra Liebenberg), Social and Economic Rights in Theory and Practice: A Critical Assessment (2014)
Securing Health through Rights, Incentives for Global Public Health: Patent Law and Access to Essential Medicines (2010)


Proportionality and Economic and Social Rights, Proportionality in Transnational Perspective, Harvard Law School (2015)
Experimentalism and Economic and Social Rights, Twenty Years of South African Constitutionalism, New York Law School (2014)


Moderator, In the Balance: The Law and Politics of the Supreme Court, The Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy, Boston College Law School (2014)
Panelist, Comparative Constitutional Law Roundtable, George Washington University Law School (2014)

Reports and Other Publications


Australian Capital Territory Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Research Project Report (with Hilary Charlesworth, Andrew Byrnes, and Renuka Thilagaratnam) (2010)