Erin F. Delaney

Associate Professor of Law
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (Courtesy)


Erin Delaney is an Associate Professor of Law with a courtesy appointment in political science.  Her research focuses on constitutional design and comparative constitutional law, with particular attention to the role of courts in multi-level governance systems.  In 2014, she held the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in the Theory and Practice of Constitutionalism and Federalism at McGill University.  She has also been a MacCormick Visiting Fellow at the University of Edinburgh Law School and a Wiener-Anspach Visiting Research Fellow at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. 

Prior to her position at Northwestern, Professor Delaney was an Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School and served as a law clerk to Associate Justice David H. Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  She earned a Ph.D. from Cambridge University; her dissertation, Promoting Federation: The Role of a Constitutional Court in Federalist States, received the 2004 Walter Bagehot Prize from the United Kingdom Political Studies Association for the best dissertation in government and public administration.  She received a J.D., magna cum laude, from NYU School of Law and an A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Federalism
  • Immigration Law

Selected Publications

  • Analyzing Avoidance: Judicial Strategy in Comparative Perspective in 66 duke law journal 1 (2015).
  • Judiciary Rising: Constitutional Change in the United Kingdom in 108 northwestern university law review 543 (2014).
  • Becoming Supreme: The Federal Foundation of Judicial Supremacy in 111 columbia law review 1137 (2011) (with Barry Friedman).

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  • JD, New York University School of Law
  • PhD, University of Cambridge
  • MPhil, University of Cambridge
  • AB, Harvard College

Prior Appointments

  • Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in the Theory and Practice of Constitutionalism and Federalism, Fall 2014, McGill University
  • Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • MacCormick Fellow, 2014, Edinburgh Law School
  • Academic Fellow and Lecturer-in-Law, Columbia Law School
  • Law Clerk, Hon. David H. Souter, Supreme Court of the United States
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Guido Calabresi, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

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