Julie C. Suk

Professor of Law


A.B. 1997, Harvard University
J.D. 2003, Yale University
M.Sc., D.Phil. 2004, University of Oxford 

Areas of Expertise

Antidiscrimination Law
Comparative Law
Employment Law


Professor Suk is a leading scholar of comparative equality law. Her research has developed a transnational perspective on the theory and practice of antidiscrimination law. Professor Suk's articles compare European and American approaches to a broad range of problems, including the stakes of criminal, civil, and administrative enforcement of antidiscrimination norms, the state’s role in mitigating work-family conflict, the law of Holocaust denial and hate speech, and constitutional limits on race-consciousness and affirmative action.  Her current research examines race and class quotas in Brazil, and gender quotas in Europe. 


Selected publications include: Are Gender Stereotypes Bad for Women?  Rethinking Antidiscrimination Law and Work-Family Conflict (Columbia Law Review), Discrimination at Will: Job Security Protections and Equal Employment Opportunity in Conflict (Stanford Law Review), Procedural Path Dependence: Discrimination and the Civil-Criminal Divide (Washington University Law Review), Gender Parity and State Legitimacy: From Public Office to Corporate Boards (International Journal of Constitutional Law). 


She has lectured widely in the United States and Europe, and has also commented in the media, including the New York Times on transatlantic legal comparisons.  Professor Suk recently served as Chair of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Comparative Law, and the Section on Employment Discrimination.  She is a founding executive committee member of the newly formed AALS Section on European Law.  She was a Jean Monnet fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and a Law and Public Affairs fellow at Princeton University.  She has taught as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, the University of Chicago Law School, and UCLA Law School. Before entering law teaching, she clerked for Harry T. Edwards on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She obtained her A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard in English and French literature, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a D.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University, where she was a Marshall Scholar.