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David Fagelson

Associate Professor Department of Justice, Law & Criminology

Professor Fagelson's research interests include ethical issues in law, politics and international relations as well as jurisprudence and and political theory. He has published one book on the nature of justice in an interpretive theory of law and co authored another about international legal development and the problem of corruption. Professor Fagelson has also written numerous articles in journals of law and politics addressing issues such as the ethical obligations of lawyers to serve the poor, the constitution and national security, and the ethical foundations of sovereignty in international law. He has also published in philosophy journals on questions such as the role of tolerance in the concept of law and the moral basis of american constitutionalism. Before coming to American, he practiced law. He then became a foreign legal adviser under the auspices of USAID, The World Bank, and other international organizations, to both donors and donee government officials, lawyers and journalists from Russia to Cambodia. He worked mainly on issues of corruption and the creation of legal institutions in the post Communist transition. Courses that Professor Fagelson teaches include Concept of Justice, Law and Social Theory, American Legal Culture and Law and Human Rights.


DPhil Oxford University
MPhil Oxford University
JD University of Michigan
BA Wesleyan University

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SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology
Kerwin Hall - 255
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See Also


  • Fall 2018

    • JLC-410 Topics in Legal Theory: Legal Theory
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  • Spring 2019

    • JLC-410 Topics in Legal Theory: Law and Human Rights
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    • JLC-413 Topics in Law & Social Science: Foundations of Knowledge
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