PhD'21 (US history) University of Chicago

Research Interests

Legal history; the United States in the world; international law; human rights; law and religion


American Lawyers and International Law from Arbitration to Human Rights, 1900-1954


Lael Weinberger is the Olin-Searle-Smith Fellow in Law at Harvard Law School. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Chicago, where he studies American legal history. Lael earned a JD with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School and clerked for Judge Frank Easterbrook on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and for Chief Justice Daniel Eismann on the Idaho Supreme Court. He was the Raoul Berger-Mark DeWolfe Howe Legal History Fellow at Harvard from 2019-20. Lael is currently writing a dissertation on American lawyers’ ideas about international law, world order, and human rights in the first half of the twentieth century. His research interests include constitutional law, international law, civil procedure, law and religion, and the legal profession. Lael's academic articles and reviews have appeared in such venues as the University of Chicago Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, and the International Journal of Constitutional Law. Reviews and essays have appeared in Newsweek, Los Angeles Review of Books, Claremont Review, and the New Rambler Review.