Charles Fried

Stephen and Barbara Friedman Visiting Professor of Law (Fall 2012)

Office: Jerome Greene Hall
435 West 116 Street
New York NY 10027

Assistant Info

Name: Natalia Chavez
Phone: (212) 854-8118
Courses/Current Research
  • Constitutional Law
  • Expert Evidence
  • Legal and Moral Philosophy


  • Princeton University A.B. 1956
  • Oxford University B.A. 1958
  • Columbia Law School J.D. 1960
  • Oxford University M.A. 1960

Media Contact:

  • Public Affairs, (212) 854-2650.

Detailed Biography:

Professor Fried has been the Beneficial Professor of Law at Harvard University since 1999 and a member of the faculty since 1961. He served as United States Solicitor General from 1985 to 1989, representing the Reagan Administration before the Supreme Court in 25 cases.

From September 1995 until June 1999, Fried served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, while teaching constitutional law at Harvard Law School as a Distinguished Lecturer.

Fried is a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Law Institute.

He has published extensively, including work in moral and political theory.

Selected Publications:

  • Modern Liberty and the Limits of Government (W.W. Norton and Company 2006).
  • Saying What the Law Is: The Constitution in the Supreme Court (Harvard University Press 2004).
  • Making Tort Law: What Should Be Done and Who Should Do It (AEI Press 2003), with David Rosenberg.
  • "An Unreasonable Reaction to a Reasonable Decision" in Bush v. Gore: The Question of Legitimacy (Yale University Press, 2002).
  • "Five to Four: Reflections on the School Voucher Case," 116 Harvard Law Review 163 (2002).
  • "Perfect Freedom or Perfect Control?" 114 Harvard Law Review 606 (2000).
  • "Perfect Freedom, Perfect Justice," 78 Boston University Law Review 3 (1998).
  • Order and Law: Arguing the Reagan Revolution -- A Firsthand Account (New York: Simon & Schuster 1991).
  • Contract As Promise: A Theory of Contractual Obligation (Harvard University Press 1981).