Owen Fiss

Owen Fiss

Owen Fiss, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale University, holds degrees from Dartmouth, Oxford, and Harvard. Having clerked for Thurgood Marshall and Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., he also served in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Before joining Yale, he taught at the University of Chicago. Fiss specializes in teaching procedure, legal theory, and constitutional law. A prolific author, his notable works include “The Civil Rights Injunction,” “Liberalism Divided,” and “A War Like No Other: The Constitution in a Time of Terror.” Recognized for his scholarly impact, four of his articles were listed among the top 100 most-cited law review articles of all time in a 2012 study. Fiss co-founded Law School programs in Latin America and the Middle East and directs the Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has received honorary doctorates from several universities and was awarded the 2020 Henry M. Phillips Prize in Jurisprudence by the American Philosophical Society.

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Guest Appearances
January 31, 2024

Yale Law’s Owen Fiss talks about threats to democracy and ‘Why We Vote’

After 50 years as a professor at Yale Law School, Owen Fiss says his students are still idealistic and passionate about the rights won in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and...