July 24, 2017
Susanne Baer, LLM '93, a William W. Cook Global Law Professor at Michigan Law, has been elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. The British Academy recognizes highly distinguished academics for their outstanding research, and Fellows represent the full range of the academy's subject areas.
Founded in 1902, the British Academy recognizes scholars who have achieved distinction in the humanities and social sciences, and has a Fellowship of about 1,300 academics. Each year, the Academy elects a small cadre of UK-based scholars to its Fellowship, along with Corresponding Fellows who are selected from overseas. In 2017, only 20 Corresponding Fellows were selected. Other Michigan Law Fellows of the British Academy include Professors Paul Brand, John G.H. Hudson, and Christopher McCrudden, as well as the late Professor A.W. Brian Simpson.
Baer, who joined the Michigan Law faculty in 2010, was elected a justice of Germany's Federal Constitutional Court in 2011 for a 12-year term. She also is a professor of public law and gender studies at Humboldt University in Berlin, and directs the Law and Society Institute Berlin. Her research focuses on comparative constitutionalism, fundamental rights, interdisciplinary studies of law, gender studies, and critical and feminist legal theory.
In January 2017, Professor Baer, with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, headlined the University of Michigan's first Presidential Bicentennial Colloquium titled, "The Future University Community,” and focusing on the importance of fostering diverse communities. Baer received an honorary doctorate from the University of Michigan in 2014.
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