- Constitutional Law
- Comparative 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. He was appointed Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development in 2014. 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, will be published later this 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 is an elected member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and a past treasurer of the American Comparative Law Society. He also is past chair of the Constitutional Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools.