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Katharine G. Young

Associate Professor


Katharine Young joined the faculty as Associate Professor in July 2013. Before coming to Boston College, she was an Associate Professor at the Australian National University, and has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Boston University and a Byse Teaching Fellow at Harvard Law School. Her fields of expertise are economic and social rights, comparative constitutional law and international human rights law.

Professor Young’s recent book, Constituting Economic and Social Rights (OUP, 2012), is published in the Oxford Constitutional Theory series. Other recent publications have appeared in the Harvard Human Rights Journal, the Harvard Law Review Forum, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, the Australian Year Book of International Law, and theYale Journal of International Law.

Professor Young completed doctoral and masters studies in law (the S.J.D. and LL.M.) at Harvard Law School and legal studies at Melbourne University and at the University of Heidelberg. She has been a Fellow at Harvard University’s Project on Justice, Welfare and Economics, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Professor Young has professional legal experience in Melbourne, New York, in the United Nations and in an NGO in Accra, Ghana. She served as Clerk for The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG at the High Court of Australia. At Boston College, she teaches Contracts and Human Rights and Global Poverty.