Erin F. Delaney

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


Erin F. Delaney joined the Northwestern faculty in 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Law.  During the fall 2014 semester, she will hold the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in the Theory and Practice of Constitutionalism and Federalism at McGill University. Professor Delaney’s teaching and research focus on constitutional design, U.S. constitutional law, and comparative constitutional law, with particular attention to the role of courts in multi-level governance systems.

Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • European Union Law
  • Federalism

Selected Publications

  • Judiciary Rising: Constitutional Change in the United Kingdom in 108 northwestern university law review 543 (2014).
  • Justifying Power: Federalism, Immigration, and Foreign Affairs in 8 duke journal of constitutional law & public policy 153 (2013).
  • Becoming Supreme: The Federal Foundation of Judicial Supremacy in 111 columbia law review 1137 (2011) (with Barry Friedman).


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

Prior Appointments

  • 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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