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Halberstam, Daniel

Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
Eric Stein Collegiate Professor of Law
Director, European Legal Studies Program

342 Hutchins Hall

Daniel Halberstam, the Eric Stein Collegiate Professor of Law and associate dean for faculty and research, teaches and writes about U.S. constitutional law, European Union law, comparative constitutional law, and global governance. An internationally recognized expert on constitutional law and federalism, and one of the principal architects of the theory of constitutional pluralism, he writes more generally about comparative public law and legal theory.

Professor Halberstam was founding director of the University's EU Center in 2000, and continues to serve as director of the Law School's European Legal Studies Program. He lectures regularly throughout Europe, holding a position as external professor in the European Law Department at the College of Europe, Bruges. Professor Halberstam was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg), Berlin, and now serves on the Institute's advisory board. He also serves on several advisory editorial boards, including the Common Market Law Review.

In 2012, Professor Halberstam delivered the General Course on the European Union at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. In 2013, he was named chair of the faculty advisory board of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law, Heidelberg. In 2014, Professor Halberstam co-organized and chaired substantive discussions at a joint meeting in Luxembourg of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2015, he co-organized and chaired a closed-door working group in Berlin of high-level European policymakers and officials on EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights.

Professor Halberstam joined the Michigan Law faculty from the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served in the Office of Legal Counsel during the Clinton administration. He holds a BA (mathematics and psychology), summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Columbia College, and a JD from Yale Law School, where he was a Coker Fellow for Constitutional Law and articles editor of the Yale Law Journal. Professor Halberstam served as attorney-adviser to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Robert Pitofsky, and clerked for the Hon. Patricia Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter. He also was a judicial fellow for Judge Peter Jann at the European Court of Justice.

Recent Publications

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"Joseph Weiler, Eric Stein, and the Transformation of Constitutional Law." In The Transformation of Europe: Twenty-Five Years On, edited by Miguel Poiares Maduro and Marlene Wind, 219-33. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
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"Miller and Northern Ireland: A Critical Constitutional Response." Christopher McCrudden, co-author. In The UK Supreme Court Yearbook, edited by D. Clarry, 8, 299-343. UK: Appellate Press, 2018.
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"Commentary on The Emerging Constitutional Indigenous Peoples Land Rights in Tanzania." Review of "The Emerging Constitutional Indigenous Peoples Land Rights in Tanzania." K. Gastorn. J.L. Prop.& Soc'y 2 (2016): 181-221. J. L. Prop. & Soc'y 2 (2016): 223-7.
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"Introductory Note to Opinion 2/13 of the Court (C.J.E.U.)." Int'l Legal Materials 55, no. 2 (2016): 267-306.
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"'It's the Autonomy, Stupid!' A Modest Defense of Opinion 2/13 on EU Accession to the ECHR, and a Way Forward." German L.J. 16, no. 1 (2015): 105-46.
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Served as a moderator for "The 'War on Terror' and the Rule of Law" and as a commentator for "Docket Management and the Role of Highest Courts" at the 2015 International Judicial Conference, Antalya, Turkey, May 2015.

Participated in a roundtable on "Law and Politics—The Potential of Difference" at The Max Weber Conference 2015: The Power of Constitutional Courts in a Global World, New York University, April 2015.