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About Katharine G. Young

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 was recently editor, with Kim Rubenstein, of The Public Law of Gender: from the Local to the Global (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2016) and she is the author of Constituting Economic and Social Rights (Oxford Univ. Press, 2012), which is published in the Oxford Constitutional Theory series. Other recent publications have appeared in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, the Boston University Law Review, 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, Feminist Jurisprudence, and seminars on International & Comparative Rights, and Human Rights & Global Poverty.


Present Associate Professor, Boston College Law School

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  • Fall 2018: Contracts
  • Spring 2019: Feminist Jurisprudence, Federal Courts, International & Comparative Rights: Economic & Social Rights

Contact Information

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


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