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 monograph, The Glorious Revolution and the Continuity of Law published by the Catholic University of America Press, is a historical study of the relationship between revolution and legality. 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 is a past chair of the Constitutional Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He is currently President of the American Society of Comparative Law.

Richard S. Kay, Formal and Informal Amendment of the United States Constitution, 66 Am. J. Comp. L. 243-268 (2018)

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)
Recent Faculty Notes
Richard Kay to Speak at Northwestern Law Symposium
Oct 29, 2018 -

Professor Richard Kay will speak at the Northwestern University Law Review symposium "Originalism 3.0" on November 2, 2018 at Northwestern's Pritzker School of Law in Chicago.

Richard Kay to Speak on Connecticut Constitution
Aug 20, 2018 -

Professor Richard Kay will give a lecture commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Connecticut State Constitution in the Davis Courtroom at UConn School of Law at 5:30 p.m. on September 26, 2018. His presentation is part of a lecture series called "The Constitution of 1818: Debate and Dissent in the Land of Steady Habits" and is co-sponsored by UConn School of Law and the Connecticut Historical Society. 

Richard Kay Elected President of Law Society
Aug 7, 2018 -

Professor Richard Kay was elected president of the American Society of Comparative Law, the leading organization in the United States promoting the comparative study of law, at its annual meeting in Fukuoko, Japan, in July 2018.

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