Richard S. Kay

Wallace Stevens Professor of Law Emeritus, Oliver Ellsworth Research Professor

Richard S. Kay joined the Law School faculty after clerking 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 School of Law, and Boston College Law School. From 2014 to 2016 he served as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development.

Professor Kay is a leading scholar on constitutional interpretation, a subject on which his work is frequently cited. His recent research 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, was published 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. He is currently Vice President of the American Comparative Law Society and previously served as its Treasurer. He also is past chair of the Constitutional Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Richard S. Kay, Construction, Originalist Interpretation and the Complete Constitution, 19 U. Pa. J. of Const. L Online 1 (2017)

Richard S. KayThe Glorious Revolution and the Continuity of Law, (Catholic University of America Press, 2014).

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)
Richard Kay, Constituent Authority, 59 Am. J. Comp. L. 715 (2011)
Richard S. Kay, 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))
Recent Faculty Notes
Richard Kay Speaks in Australia, New Zealand
Aug 1, 2017 -

Professor Richard Kay presented his paper Democracy, Mixed Government and Judicial Review on July 18, 2017, at a conference honoring Professor Jeffrey Goldsworthy at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. On July 20, he presented the same paper to the law faculty at Victoria University of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand.

Recent In The Media
Richard S. Kay in WFSB: Supreme Court Nomination (Jul 9, 2018)