Michel Rosenfeld is the University Professor of Law and Comparative Democracy, Justice Sydney L. Robins Professor of Human Rights and Director of the Program on Global and Comparative Constitutional Theory at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Professor Rosenfeld was an associate with both Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Rosenman, Colin, Freund, Lewis & Cohen.
Rosenfeld is the author of several books, including Affirmative Action and Justice: A Philosophical and Constitutional Inquiry (Yale Univ. Press 1991), which in 1992 was named outstanding book on the subject of human rights in the U.S. by the Gustave Meyers Center; Just Interpretations: Law Between Ethics and Politics (Univ. of California Press 1998), which was translated into French and Italian; Comparative Constitutionalism: Cases and Materials, ( 4th Ed., West 2022) (with Baer, Dorsen, Mancini and Sajo); The Identity of the Constitutional Subject: Selfhood, Citizenship, Culture, and Community (Routledge 2010); Law, Justice, Democracy and the Clash of Cultures: A Pluralist Account (Cambridge U. Press 2011); and Democracies sous stress: les defis du terrorisme global (“Democraties under stress: the challenges of global terrorism”) (Presses Universitaires de France “PUF” 2016) (co-authored with Antoine Garapon); and A Pluralist Theory of Constitutional Justice; Assessing Liberal Democracy in Times of Rising Populism and Illiberalism (Oxford Univ. Press 2022). He is the co-editor of The Longest Night: Perspectives and Polemics on Election 2000; Hegel and Legal Theory; Habermas on Law and Democracy: Critical Exchanges; Deconstruction and the Possibility of Justice; with Andras Sajo of The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law (Oxford Univ. Press 2012) with Susanna Mancini of Constitutional Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival (Oxford Univ. Press 2014) and The Conscience Wars: Rethinking the Balance between Religion, Identity, and Equality (Cambridge Univ. Press 2018) and with Peter Goodrich of Administering Interpretation: Derrida, Agamben, and the Political Theology of Law (Fordham Univ. Press, Just Ideas Series, 2019); and editor of Constitutionalism, Identity, Difference and Legitimacy: Theoretical Perspectives. Several among Professor Rosenfeld’s works have been translated into: Chinese, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish and Spanish.
Rosenfeld has been an affiliated member of the graduate faculty of the New School University. He is a founding member and president of the United States Association of Constitutional Law, the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I•CON) from 2001 to 2014, and was president of the International Association of Constitutional Law (1999-2004). He was an editor of the University of California Press’ Series on Philosophy, Social Theory and the Rule of Law (1991-2002), and since 2003 an editor of the Series on Discourses of Law published by Routledge. Professor Rosenfeld has lectured widely throughout the world, and has been a recurring visiting professor at The University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), The University of Paris X (Nanterre), The University of Aix-en Provence in France, The University of Carlos III in Madrid, Spain, The University of Bologna, in Italy, and the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. In 2007-2008, Professor Rosenfeld was awarded an International Blaise Pascal Research Chair at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. He was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto in 2007. He held the Fresco Chair in Jurisprudence at the University of Genoa in 2007, was a Senior Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, in 2009, the Chaim Perelman Chair in Legal Philosophy at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, in 2011, The Fulbright –Tocqueville Distinguished Chair at the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) in 2013, and the Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of London Birkbeck College of Law in 2014, and was Distinguished Visiting Professor, Kings College London School of Law, in the Fall of 2015. Among his many honors, in 2004 he received the French government's highest and most prestigious award, the Legion of Honor.