Center for Law and Philosophy

Current Fellows

Jed Lewinsohn

Jed Lewinsohn received his JD from Yale Law School in 2012, and expects to receive his PhD in philosophy from NYU in 2014. Jed works primarily in the areas of moral and political philosophy, and maintains an interest in Jewish philosophy. 

As a Dworkin-Balzan Fellow, Jed will continue work on the “conventional” or “artificial” nature of property, promising, and political authority. In particular, Jed will consider practices that facilitate commercial life – practices that are given legal expression in doctrines that allow for the assignment of rights, the delegation of duties, and the delegation of powers to agents. Jed will also consider the role of the state in standard conventionalist accounts, as well as the prospect that other associations or institutions, either comparatively local or global, may fill this role.



Jacob Weinrib

Jacob Weinrib completed a JD/PhD in the Combined Program in Law and Philosophy at the University of Toronto in 2013. In 2013-2014, Weinrib held a Global Research Fellowship at the Center for Constitutional Transitions at NYU Law. His articles have appeared in the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Kantian Review, Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, Law and Philosophy, and the University of Toronto Law Journal. They can be accessed here.

Weinrib works primarily at the intersection of legal philosophy and comparative constitutional law. The overarching purpose of his research is to formulate an original theory of the normative, institutional, and doctrinal dimensions of public law. Uniting each of these dimensions is the idea that public authority must be justified in terms of the right of each person bound by it to equal freedom. This approach culminates in an innovative justification of the institutional arrangements and fundamental doctrines of rights-based constitutional democracies in the postwar world, including judicial review and proportionality. The inspiration for Weinrib’s approach lies in a re-interpretation and extension of Kant’s theory of the state.

As a Dworkin-Balzan Fellow, Weinrib will be completing a book entitled, Dimensions of Dignity: The Theory and Practice of Modern Constitutional Law. The book will be published by the Cambridge University Press in the Studies in Constitutional Law series. An outline of the book can be found here.