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About Katharine G. Young

Katharine Young is a Professor of Law at Boston College Law School. She has studied law in a number of countries, completing a BA and LLB(Hons) at Melbourne University, a law exchange in German at the University of Heidelberg, and an LL.M. and SJD at Harvard Law School. She served as clerk for Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG of the High Court of Australia. Her scholarship focuses on comparative constitutional law, economic and social rights, constitutional theory and positive state obligations, international human rights law, and public law and gender.

Professor Young’s monograph, Constituting Economic and Social Rights (Oxford University Press, 2012), is published in the Oxford Constitutional Theory series, and she has also edited The Future of Economic and Social Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2019), and The Public Law of Gender (Cambridge University Press, 2016) (with Kim Rubenstein).  Other recent publications have appeared in the Toronto Law Journal, the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, 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. She has also published a casebook, with James S. Rogers, The Law of Contracts, Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 2017). In 2016, her article Rights and Queues: Distributive Contests in the Modern State, was selected for the Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum.

Before coming to Boston College, Professor Young was an Associate Professor at the Australian National University, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Boston University and a Byse Teaching Fellow at Harvard Law School. 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. At Boston College, she teaches Contract Law, Feminist Jurisprudence, and an interdisciplinary workshop on Human Rights.


Present Associate Professor, Boston College Law School

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  • Fall 2020: No courses taught
  • Spring 2021: Feminist Legal Theory

Contact Information

Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Telephone: 617-552-1790


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