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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 an undergraduate degree in economics as well as postgraduate degrees in law (LL.B. and LL.M) from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She worked as a senior lecturer in law and microeconomics before moving to the U.S. 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. At NYU Law, Alma serves on the board of the African Law Association. She has previously served as Senior Articles Editor at the NYU Law Review of Law and Social Change and as a research fellow at the NYU Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. She has also served as TA for the contract theory and law colloquium and as RA on various projects in the fields of contract law and constitutional theory.


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 offers a philosophical analysis of the social practices involved in the recognition of legal authority and on the implications of this analysis for our understanding of the scope and continuity of legal systems.