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Jud Mathews

Jud Mathews

Associate Professor of Law
Affiliate Professor, School of International Affairs

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Ph.D., Yale University 
J.D., Yale Law School
A.B., Princeton University 

Jud Mathews' scholarship brings a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to questions of public law. He has written extensively about techniques of constitutional rights adjudication, in the United States and in other jurisdictions, and in particular about proportionality review. His scholarship in administrative law has explored, among other topics, the political economy of judicial deference doctrines and the tensions between administrative law and democratic theory. His dissertation, which won the American Political Science Association’s Corwin Award for the best dissertation in the field of public law, is the basis of a forthcoming book to be published by Oxford University Press. Titled Extending Rights’ Reach: Constitutions, Private Law, and Judicial Power, the book explores how constitutional rights reshape legal relations among private parties in different jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Penn State Law, Professor Mathews was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. After law school, he worked as a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 

"Presidential Administration in the Obama Era," in The U.S. Supreme Court and Contemporary Constitutional Law: The Obama Era and Its Legacy (Anna-Bettina Kaiser, Niels Petersen, and Johannes Saurer eds., Routledge / Nomos, forthcoming 2018)

"Proportionality and Rights Protection in Asia: Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan – Whither Singapore?" 30 Singapore Academy L.J. (forthcoming 2017) (with Alec Stone Sweet)

Extending Rights’ Reach: Constitutions, Private Law, and Judicial Power (in press, Oxford University Press) 

"The State Action Doctrine and the Logic of Constitutional Containment," 2016 U. Ill. L. Rev. 655 (2017)

"Proportionality Review in Administrative Law​," in Comparative Administrative Law (2017, Edward Elgar)

"Minimally Democratic Administrative Law," 68 Admin. L. Rev. (2016).

"Searching for Proportionality in U.S. Administrative Law," in The Judge and the Proportionate Use of Discretion (Routledge, 2015).  

"Strategic Delegation, Discretion, and Deference:  Explaining the Comparative Law of Administrative Review," 62 Am. J. Comp. L. 101 (2014) (with Nuno Garoupa)

"Deference Lotteries," 91 Tex. L. Rev. 1349 (2013)

"All Things in Proportion? American Rights Review and the Problem of Balancing," 60 Emory L.J. 797 (2011) (with Alec Stone Sweet)

Proportionality Balancing and Global Constitutionalism,” 47 Colum. J. Transat'l L. 72 (2008) (with Alec Stone Sweet)