Claudia E. Haupt


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  • George Washington University, LL.M., with highest honors, 2009
  • University of Cologne, Dr. phil. (Political Science), magna cum laude, 2008
  • State of North Rhine Westphalia, Second Juridicial State Exam, 2007
  • State University of New York at Albany, M.A. (Political Science), 2004
  • University of Cologne, First Juridicial State Exam, 2003


Claudia E. Haupt’s research focuses on constitutional theory, the First Amendment, comparative constitutional law, and torts. Her current work is situated at the intersection of the First Amendment and torts in the context of professional speech. She is also interested in questions of civil liability for certain forms of speech in light of varied concepts of constitutional protection for speech. In earlier work, she explored themes of nonestablishment in domestic and comparative perspective. She is also currently a Research Fellow at Columbia’s Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life.

Claudia Haupt comes to Columbia Law School from the George Washington University Law School, where she was a Professorial Lecturer in Law and International and Comparative Law Fellow. At George Washington, she taught jurisprudence, comparative constitutional law, and professional responsibility. She previously clerked at the Regional Court of Appeals of Cologne and practiced law at the Cologne office of the law firm of Graf von Westphalen, with a focus in information technology law. She is admitted to practice in Germany and New York.

She has published articles in journals including the George Washington Law Review, Boston College Law Review, and Tulane Law Review, among others. Her book “Religion-State Relations in the United States and Germany: The Quest for Neutrality” was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.



Religion-State Relations in the United States and Germany: The Quest for Neutrality (Cambridge University Press 2012) 

Selected Articles

Professional Speech 125 Yale L. J.___(forthcoming 2016)

Active Symbols, 55 B.C. L. REV. 821 (2014)

Transnational Nonestablishment, 80 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 991 (2012)

Mixed Public-Private Speech and the Establishment Clause, 85 TUL. L. REV. 571 (2011)

The Scope of Democratic Public Discourse: Defending Democracy, Tolerating Intolerance, and the Problem of Neo-Nazi Demonstrations in Germany, 20 FLA. J. INT’L L. 169 (2008)

Free Exercise of Religion and Animal Protection: A Comparative Perspective on Ritual Slaughter, 39 GEO. WASH. INT’L L. REV. 839 (2007)

Regulating Hate Speech—Damned If You Do and Damned If You Don’t: Lessons Learned from Comparing the German and U.S. Approaches, 23 B.U. INT’L L.J. 299 (2005)

Selected Book Chapters

Transnational Nonestablishment (Redux), in Religion, Secularism and Constitutional Democracy, Jean L. Cohen & Cecile Laborde, eds. (Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2015)


When the State Tells Professionals What They Can Say, San Francisco Daily Journal (Nov 6, 2014)

Speaking Professionally, The Huffington Post (Sept. 9, 2014)