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Kermit Roosevelt

Professor of Law

Kermit Roosevelt

Kermit Roosevelt works in a diverse range of fields, focusing on constitutional law and conflict of laws. He has published scholarly books in both fields. Continue reading…


ALLEGIANCE: A NOVEL (Regan Arts 2015).
[Available Here]

CONFLICT OF LAWS: CONCEPTS AND INSIGHTS (Foundation Press 2nd ed. 2015).

CONFLICT OF LAWS: CASES, COMMENTS, QUESTIONS (West 9th ed. 2013) (with Herma Hill Kay and Larry Kramer.)


IN THE SHADOW OF THE LAW (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005).

Articles and Book Chapters

Certainty versus Flexibility in the Conflict of Laws, in PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL LAW: CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES AND CONTINUING RELEVANCE (F. Ferrari & D. Fernández Arroyo eds., Elgar 2019).

McCulloch v. Marbury, 34 CONST. COMMENT. 263 (2019) (with Heath Khan).

The Fight for Equal Protection: Reconstruction-Redemption Redux, 83 U. CHI. L. REV. ONLINE 36 (2016) (with Patricia Stottlemyer).

Brainerd Currie’s Contribution to Choice of Law: Looking Back, Looking Forward, 65 MERCER L. REV. 501 (2014).

Legal Realism and the Conflict of Laws, 163 U. PA. L. REV. ONLINE 325 (2015)

The Ironies of Affirmative Action, 17 U. PA. J. CONST. L. 729 (2015).

Bait and Switch: Why United States v. Morrison is Wrong About Section 5, 100 CORNELL L. REV. 603 (2015).

Valid Rule Due Process Challenges: Bond v. United States and Erie’s Constitutional Source, 54 WM. & MARY L. REV. 987 (2013).

Reconstruction and Resistance, 91 TEX. L. REV. 121 (2012).

Choice of Law in Federal Courts, 106 NW. U. L. REV. 1 (2012).

Law's Aspirations, 2 J. L. & INTERDISC. STUD. (2012)

What if Slaughter-House Had Been Decided Differently?, 45 IND. L. REV. 61 (2011).

Polyphonic Stare Decisis: Listening to Non-Article III Actors, 83 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 1303 (2008)

A Retroactivity Retrospective, With Thoughts for the Future: What the Supreme Court Learned from Paul Mishkin and What It Might, 95 CAL. L. REV. 1677 (2007).

Aspiration and Underenforcement, 119 HARV. L. REV. F. 193 (2006),

Forget the Fundamentals: Fixing Substantive Due Process, 8 U. PA. J. CONST. L. 983 (2006).

Constitutional Calcification: How the Law Becomes What the Court Does, 91 VA. L. REV. 1649 (2005).

Guantanamo and the Conflict of Laws: Rasul and Beyond, 153 U. PA. L. REV. 2017 (2005).

Justice Scalia’s Constitution – and Ours, 8 U. PA. J. L. & SOC. CHANGE 27 (2005).

Light From Dead Stars: The Procedural Adequate and Independent State Ground Reconsidered, 103 COLUM. L. REV. 1888 (2003).

More publications can be found here.

Research Areas

  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Law and Technology


Penn Law - Professor (2007- ); Assistant Professor (2002-05)

Associate - Mayer, Brown & Platt, Chicago (2000-02)

Yale Law - Fellow, Information Society Project (1998- )

Law Clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice David H. Souter (1999-2000)

Law Clerk to the Hon. Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (1997-98)

Professional Activities

Member, American Law Institute

Chair-Elect, AALS Section on Conflict of Laws, 2009-10; Chair, 10-11; Executive Board 10-11

Ad Hoc Peer Reviewer: Journal of Empirical Legal Studies; Public Administration Review; Polity; Yale University Press; Oxford University Press; Aspen; West.

Advisory Board, Law Leader Quarterly

Advisory Board, Roosevelt Institution


  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law

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