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Emiliana Versteeg

Professor
Director
Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
WB179G
580 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
LL.M. Harvard Law School 2007
D.Phil. University of Oxford 2011
Meester in Rechten Tilburg University 2006
Biography

Mila Versteeg joined the Law School in 2011. Her research and teaching interests include comparative constitutional law, public international law and empirical legal studies. Most of her research deals with the origins, evolution and effectiveness of provisions in the world’s constitutions. Her publications have, amongst others, appeared in the California Law Review, the New York University Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Legal Studies, the American Journal of International Law, and the Journal of Law, Economics and Organizations. A number of her works have been translated into Chinese, Portuguese and Turkish.

In 2017, Versteeg was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, which provided her with a $200,000 award to expand her research into the world's constitutions to better understand how constitutional rights are enforced in different countries.

Versteeg earned her B.A. in public administration and first law degree from Tilburg University in the Netherlands in 2006. She earned her LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 2007 and a D.Phil. in socio-legal studies in 2011 from the University of Oxford, where she was a Gregory Kulkes Scholar at Balliol College and recipient of an Arts and the Humanities Research Council Award.

Prior to joining the Law School, Versteeg was an Olin Fellow and lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School. Versteeg previously worked at the U.N. Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Turin and at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre in Johannesburg. While at UVA, Versteeg has been a visiting associate professor at the University of Chicago Law School (fall 2013) and Columbia Law School (spring 2016), and a visiting professor at the law schools of Hebrew University, the University of Hamburg (summer 2015) and Tel Aviv University (spring 2017).

LAW 7011: Comparative Constitutional Law
Credits: 3
The seminar will explore the issues entailed in the drafting and uses of a constitution. To what extent do constitutions reflect universal values (such as human rights), and to what extent are they grounded in the culture and values of a particular people? How much borrowing goes on in the writing of a constitution?
LAW 7055: International Human Rights Law
Credits: 3
This course focuses on the theory and practice of international human rights law including the basic principles as well as the international mechanisms and institutions established in the past half-century to protect human rights. The difficulties involved in converting those principles into practice and the effectiveness of different ways of using international human rights law to further human rights protection will also be explored.
LAW 7784: Constitutional Crises (SC)
Credits: 1
What is a constitutional crisis? How does it happen? And can it be prevented? This short-course probes these questions. It will study recent crises in Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Venezuela, amongst each others, and use these examples to reflect upon the United States.
LAW 7802: Negotiating Constitutions (SC)
Credits: 1
This class is a constitutional negotiation exercise, whereby students will be negotiating and drafting a constitution for a hypothetical country (but based on real-world dilemmas).
LAW 8804: FT Externship: Directed Study
Credits: 3
This directed study is one part of a two-part full-time externship combining academic study and work experience under the supervision of a faculty member and an educational, charitable, governmental or nonprofit host organization.
LAW 8810: Directed Research
Credits: 1
Eligible students receive credit for serving as research assistants supervised by selected law school faculty members.
LAW 8811: Independent Research
Credits: 1
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 8812: Independent Research
Credits: 2
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member
LAW 8813: Independent Research
Credits: 3
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 8820: Exchange: University of Auckland
Credits: 12
Selected students may participate in this international exchange program during the fall semester of their third year.
LAW 8821: Exchange: Bucerius Law School
Credits: 12
Selected students may participate in this international exchange program during the fall semester of their third year.
LAW 8822: Exchange: University of Melbourne
Credits: 12
Selected students may participate in this international exchange program during the fall semester of their third year.
LAW 8824: Exchange: Tel Aviv University
Credits: 12
Selected students may participate in this international exchange program during the spring semester of their second year.
LAW 8825: Exchange: Waseda University
Credits: 12
Selected students may participate in this international exchange program during the fall semester of their third year.
LAW 8826: Exchange: University of Sydney
Credits: 12
Selected students may participate in this international exchange program during the fall semester of their third year.
LAW 8827: Exchange: Instituto de Empresa (IE)
Credits: 12–13
Selected students may participate in this international exchange program during the fall semester of their third year.
LAW 8828: Exchange: Seoul National University
Credits: 12
Selected students may participate in this international exchange program during the fall semester of their third year.
LAW 8844: Dual Degree: Sciences Po (YR)
This course is the first semester of a yearlong international combined-degree with University Paris 1 Pantheon - Sorbonne Law School and Sciences Po/Paris in which selected students can participate during their third year.
LAW 8845: Dual Degree: Sciences Po (YR)
Credits: 27
This course is the second semester of a yearlong international combined-degree with University Paris 1 Pantheon - Sorbonne Law School and Sciences Po/Paris in which selected students can participate during their third year.
LAW 9089: Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)
This is the first semester of a yearlong seminar designed to enhance students' understanding of ethical issues and address the broader ethical and moral responsibilities of the lawyer as citizen and leader.
LAW 9090: Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)
Credits: 1
This is the second semester of a yearlong seminar designed to enhance students' understanding of ethical issues and address the broader ethical and moral responsibilities of the lawyer as citizen and leader.
LAW 9254: Human Rights Study Project (YR)
Credits: 1
This is the first semester of a yearlong study project. Part of the class will be focused on identifying research topics in advance of a fieldwork trip to a site country to be determined. The second goal of the class is to practically prepare for human rights fieldwork.
LAW 9255: Human Rights Study Project (YR)
Credits: 2
This is the second semester of a yearlong study project. Part of the class will be focused on identifying research topics in advance of a fieldwork trip to a site country to be determined. The second goal of the class is to practically prepare for human rights fieldwork.
LAW 9359: Current Issues in Human Rights Law (YR)
Credits: 1
This is the first half of a year-long seminar exploring important current topics and issues in international human rights law.
LAW 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 15
For doctoral research taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.