Faculty Biography

Pierre Legrand

Board of Visitors Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law

  • PhD, 1999, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • PhD, 1993, Lancaster University
  • M Litt, 1986, University of Oxford
  • DEA, 1985, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • LLB & BCL, 1982, McGill University

Areas of Expertise

Professor Legrand teaches and writes with specific reference to salient theoretical issues arising from comparative interventions in a globalized world.

Professional Experience

Legrand teaches law at the Sorbonne where, after having acted for ten years as director of postgraduate comparative legal studies, he is now responsible for the postgraduate program on globalization and legal pluralism. He also teaches regularly in the postgraduate program at the University of Melbourne Law School, within the undergraduate law degrees at the University of Timisoara in Romania and at the Centro Universitário Curitiba in Brazil, and as part of the University of Cambridge’s summer school on English law.

Honors and Affiliations

Legrand was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Toronto, the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, the University of Copenhagen, Georgetown University, and the National University of Singapore.

Key Works

Legrand's publications include Le Droit comparé, 4th Ed. (Presses Universitaires de France, 2011); "On the Singularity of Law" in 47 Harvard International Law Journal (2006); "Issues in the Translatability of Law" in Nation, Language, and the Ethics of Translation (eds., Bermann and Wood) (Princeton University Press, 2005); and "The Same and the Different" in Comparative Legal Studies: Traditions and Transitions (ed. with Munday) (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

Fall 2014 Classes

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