William Partlett

Associate in Law

Office: Jerome Greene Hall, Room 613
435 West 116th Street
New York N.Y. 10027
Tel: 212-854-2606
Email: wpartl@law.columbia.edu
  • 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

Areas of Expertise   

  • Constitutional law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal law
  • Comparative law
  • Evidence Law


William Partlett’s scholarship draws on his background in law, history, and comparative politics. His research generally explores the way in which constitutional and criminal law can be used to undermine individual rights and erode pluralistic democratic governance. Before coming to Columbia Law School, Partlett clerked for the Honorable Phyllis A. Kravitch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and worked as a Community Service Fellow at the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Austin, Texas. Partlett is also a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.


We the Mediated People (work in progress)

Criminal Law and Federalism (work in progress)

The Legality of Liberal Revolution, 38 REV. CEN. & E. EUR. LAW (forthcoming 2013)

The Dangers of Popular Constitution-Making, 38 BROOK. J. INT’L L. 193 (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, & Tatiana Borisova, eds., 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)