Richard S. Kay

Wallace Stevens Professor of Law

Richard S. Kay is a senior member of the Law School faculty which he joined after clerking for a year on the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. The holder of a B.A. from Brandeis University, an M.A. in economics from Yale University and a J.D. (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School, Professor Kay teaches basic and advanced courses in constitutional law, comparative law and commercial law, as well as European Human Rights and Evidence. During his tenure at UConn Law, he has held visiting professorships at Boston University School of Law, the University of Exeter (England), the University of San Diego, and Boston College Law School.

Professor Kay is a leading scholar on constitutional interpretation, a subject on which his work is frequently cited. His recent scholarship has focused on comparative constitutional law and more particularly on the social and political preconditions for establishing a successful constitutional system. He is the co-editor (with Anthony W. Bradley and Law School colleague Mark Weston Janis) of European Human Rights Law, a casebook published by Oxford University Press now in its third edition; and the editor of and contributor to Standing to Raise Constitutional Issues: Comparative Perspectives, published by Bruylant. His most recent book, The Glorious Revolution and the Continuity of Law, a historical study of the relationship between revolution and legality, is due to be published next year by the Catholic University of America Press. Professor Kay is also the author of numerous articles, book reviews and popular press pieces on constitutional law, constitutional theory and comparative law. He has been an invited speaker and panelist at numerous academic conferences in the United States and abroad.

Professor Kay currently serves as treasurer of the American Comparative Law Society and is an elected member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. He also is past chair of the Constitutional Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Richard S. Kay, Changing the United Kingdom Constitution: The Blind Sovereign in Sovereignty and the Law (Richard Rawlings, Peter Leyland and Alison Young, eds., Oxford University Press, 2013) (forthcoming)
Richard Kay, Constituent Authority, 59 Am. J. Comp. L. 715 (2011)
Richard S. Kay, Original Intention and Public Meaning in Constitutional Interpretation 103 Nw. U. L. Rev. 703 (Special Issue 2009)
Richard S. Kay, Book Review, Canada’s Constitutional Cul-de-Sac, 35 Am. Rev. Canadian Studies 705 (2006) (reviewing Peter Russell, Canada's Constitutional Odyssey: Can Canadians Become Sovereign People? (3d ed. 2005))
Richard S. Kay, Standing to Raise Constitutional Issues: A Comparative Analysis in  Standing to Raise Constitutional Issues: Comparative Perspectives (R. Kay, ed., 2005) 1-40 (reprinted in Convergence of Legal Systems in the 21st Century (Bruylant, 2006))