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Jedediah S Purdy, Assistant Professor, Law

Please note: Jedediah has left the "Duke International" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  Duke Law School 210 Science Drive
Email Address: send me a message

Research Interests:

Jedediah Purdy joined the Duke Law faculty July 1, 2004. He graduated from Harvard College, summa cum laude, with an A.B. in Social Studies, and received his J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 2001. While at Yale, he led seminars on environmental politics and culture at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Century Institute Summer Program at Williams College, and was a teaching assistant in civil procedure at Yale Law School . Professor Purdy will teach in the areas of property, constitutional law, and environmental law. His other areas of teaching and research interest include comparative law, intellectual property, international law, and intellectual history/political theory and law. Before joining the Duke faculty, Professor Purdy clerked for the Honorable Pierre N. Leval, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York City, and was a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.. Professor Purdy's recent publications include Democratic Vistas: Reflections on the Life of American Democracy (editor), Yale University Press; Being America: Liberty, Commerce, and Violence in an American World (Knopf 2003); "A Freedom-Promoting Approach to Property" (forthcoming in U. Chicago L. Rev.); "The American Transformation of Waste Doctrine" (forthcoming in Cornell L. Rev.); "The Ethics of Empire, Again" (forthcoming in Cal. L. Rev.); and "The Limits of Courage and Principle" (forthcoming in Mich. L. Rev.). He is also the author of For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today (Knopf 1999), and many essays in publications including The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Op-Ed Page and Book Review, The American Prospect, and Die Zeit.


International • Law • Intellectual history • political theory • comparative law • environment

Recent Publications

  1. J.S. Purdy, The Ethics of Empire, Again (reviewing Noah Feldman's 'What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building'), California Law Review (forthcoming)
  2. J.S. Purdy, The Limits of Courage and Principle (reviewing Michael Ignatieff's 'The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror'), Michigan Law Review (Review of Books in the Law) (forthcoming)
  3. J.S. Purdy (editor), Democratic Vistas Reflections on the Life of American Democracy (2004), Yale University Press
  4. J.S. Purdy, Being America: Liberty, Commerce, and Violence in an American World (2003), Knopf
  5. J.S. Purdy, Liberal Empire: Assessing the Arguments, Ethics and International Affairs, vol. 17 no. 2 (2003) (reprinted in 'Global Institutions and Responsibilities', Christian Barry and Thomas Pogge, ed.s, forthcoming from Blackwell Press.)