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Alma Diamond

Alma Diamond JSD

Dissertation Title: Law Beyond the State? A Genealogical Inquiry.

Doctoral Supervisor: Professor Jeremy Waldron


Alma Diamond holds Honors Degrees in Law and Economics as well as an LLM from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. In 2019, she completed an LL.M. in Legal Theory at NYU Law, where she was the recipient of the David H. Moses Memorial Prize (awarded to the LLM student with the highest academic average). In South Africa, she lectured Contract Law and Microeconomics. At NYU Law, Alma serves as Senior Articles Editor for the Review of Law and Social Change. She has also served as a research assistant to Prof. Richard Brooks and Prof. Mary Holland; as well as to Prof. David Dyzenhaus (University of Toronto) with whom she co-authored a paper during her LL.M. year.


While at the University of Stellenbosch, Alma’s research focused on comparative contract law. Since then, she has incorporated her interest in philosophy and economics into her research agenda. Her doctoral research focuses on the relationship between law and state in jurisprudential theories. She has also written on epistemic justice, vagueness in legal reasoning, constitutional legitimacy, and the ontology of legal entitlements.