Joshua Kleinfeld

Associate Professor of Law
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Philosophy


Joshua Kleinfeld writes and teaches about criminal law, international law, and moral, political, and legal philosophy.  Much of his work uses philosophical tools to bring to light the values implicit in legal doctrine and practice.  He received a JD and BA from Yale University and is a PhD candidate in philosophy with Axel Honneth and Rainer Forst at the Goethe University of Frankfurt.

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Law
  • Public International Law
  • Moral and Political Philosophy

Selected Publications

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  • BA, Yale College
  • JD, Yale Law School
  • PhD in Philosophy (expected), Goethe University Frankfurt

Prior Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Law Clerk, Hon. J. Harvie Wilkinson III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Janice Rogers Brown, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • Law Clerk (summer), Hon. Aharon Barak, President (Chief Justice), Supreme Court of Israel
  • Senior Research Analyst, The President's Council on Bioethics

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