Associate in Law
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 613
435 West 116th Street
New York N.Y. 10027
Areas of Expertise
Princeton University, Public and International Affairs, A.B., 2001
University of Oxford, Russian and Eastern European Studies, M.Phil, 2003
University of Oxford, Modern History, D.Phil., 2006
Stanford Law School, J.D., 2009
- Constitutional law
- Constitutional theory
- Comparative law
- Law and Development
- Law and Society
William Partlett’s scholarship draws on his background in law, history, and comparative politics. His most recent publications explore the best process for drafting and ratifying a new constitution in order to build enduring constitutionalism. His current work focuses on the role of constitutional law in both state-building and political change.
Before coming to Columbia Law School, Partlett clerked for the Honorable Phyllis A. Kravitch of the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and worked as a Fellow at the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Austin, Texas. Partlett also is a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
Making Constitutions Matter: The Dangers of Constitutional Politics in Post-Authoritarian Constitution-Making, BROOKLYN J. INT’L L. (Forthcoming Fall 2012);
Liberal Revolution, Legality, and the Russian Founding Period, REV. CEN. & E. EUR. LAW (Forthcoming Fall 2012);
Separation of Powers Without Checks and Balances: The Failure of Semi-Presidentialism and the Making of the Russian Constitutional System, 1991-1993, in The Legal Dimension in Cold War Interactions: Some Notes from the Field (William Simons, ed., 2012)
Enforcing Oil and Gas Contracts Without Courts: Reputational Constraints on Resource Nationalism in Russia and Azerbaijan, 18 DEMOKRATIZATSIYA: J. OF POST-SOVIET DEMOCRATIZATION 74 (2010);
Reclassifying Russian Law: Mechanisms, Outcomes, and Solutions for an Overly Politicized Field, 2 COLUM. J. E. EUR. L. 1 (2008) (republished in Chinese by Tsinghua Univ. Press, 2011).