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 Constitutional Law
Comparative Law
Employment Law
European Law
Law and Literature


Professor Suk is a leading scholar of comparative equality law. Her research brings a transnational perspective to  equality and antidiscrimination law in the United States, drawing on primary legal materials in multiple languages from multiple jurisdictions.  Professor Suk's articles compare European and American approaches to a broad range of issues in law and public policy, such as the enforcement of antidiscrimination norms in various legal systems around the world, holocaust denial, maternity leave, and women’s equal representation in political and corporate leadership positions.   Professor Suk’s current research projects focus on women, work, and family in comparative constitutional law, as well as education rights in the context of persistent inequality and failed integration.   


Representative 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, Europe, and Australia, and has also commented in the media, including the New York Times, on issues of gender and race equality.  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, Columbia Law School, the University of Chicago Law School, and UCLA Law School. Recently, she held a Visiting Fellowship at University LUISS – Guido Carli in Rome. 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.