Daniel Halberstam, the Eric Stein Collegiate Professor of Law and associate dean for faculty and research, teaches and writes on 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 on 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 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 (D.C. Circuit) and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter. He was also judicial fellow for Judge Peter Jann at the European Court of Justice.