Justin Desautels-Stein

Associate Professor of Law

403 Wolf Law Building
University of Colorado
401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309
Office: 403
Phone: (303) 492-5058
E-mail: jjdstein@colorado.edu

Justin Desautels-Stein joined the University of Colorado Law School faculty in 2009. He teaches courses on Property, Law and Economic Development, International Law, Conflict of Laws, Globalization, Critical Race Theory, and Jurisprudence. His scholarship concentrates on the history of legal thought, with special emphases on the United States and International Relations. His most recent books, both with Cambridge University Press, include The Jurisprudence of Style: A Structuralist History of American Pragmatism and Liberal Legal Thought, and the co-edited volume, Searching for Contemporary Legal Thought. His current project explores the role of white ideology in the history of international legal thought. Prior to joining CU, Professor Desautels-Stein practiced for three years in the Antitrust and Competition Group at Latham & Watkins in Washington, DC, served in the Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, and worked as a consultant to the Afghanistan Constitutional Commission. During his graduate education, he was awarded a fellowship with a South African development organization, and taught a course on the U.S. Civil Rights Movement at Changzhou College in China. Professor Desautels-Stein holds graduate degrees from Harvard Law School, The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Published Books

The Right to Exclude: Racial Ideology, Borders, and the Global Legal Order, (forthcoming with Oxford University Press).
The Jurisprudence of Style: A Structuralist History of American Pragmatism and Liberal Legal Thought, (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
Searching for Contemporary Legal Thought, (Cambridge University Press, 2017) (co-edited with Christopher Tomlins).

Book Chapters

The Rule of Law, in Tipping Points in International Law (Jean d'Aspremont and John Haskell, eds.) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020).
The Realist and the Visionary: On the Problem of Social Change in the History of International Legal Thought, 1919-2019, in Contingency in the Course of International Law : How International Law Could Have Been (Kevin Jon Heller and Ingo Venzke, eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2019).
Structuralist and Poststructuralist Legal History, in The Oxford Handbook of Legal History (Markus Dubber, ed.) (Oxford University Press, 2018).
The Market as a Legal Concept: Classic Liberalism, Modern Liberalism, Pragmatic Liberalism, in Political Economy And Law: A Handbook Of Research, Theory, and Practice (Ugo Mattei & John Haskell, eds., Edward Elger Press, 2015).


On the Deradicalization of Legal History, History & Theory (forthcoming 2020) (Co-Authored with Sam Moyn) (peer-reviewed journal).
If Law is Politics, Law is History: On Legal Justification and Historical Explanation, Yale Journal of Law & Humanities, 31(1) pp. __ (forthcoming 2019).
A Context for Legal History, or, This is Not Your Father's Contextualism, 56 Am. J. Legal Hist. 29 (2016) (peer-reviewed journal).
From Apology to Utopia's Point of Attack, 29 Leiden J. Int'l L. 677 (2016) (peer-reviewed journal).
International Legal Structuralism: A Primer, 8 Int'l Theory 201 (2016) (peer-reviewed journal).
Structuralist Legal Histories, 78 Law & Contemp. Probs. 37 (2015).
Foreword: Theorizing Contemporary Legal Thought, 78 Law & Contemp. Probs. i (2015) (co-authored with Duncan Kennedy).
Book Review (Joel Trachtman, The Future of International Law), J. Int'l Econ. L., 18(1) pp. 479-486 (2015) (peer-reviewed journal).
Classcrits Mission Statement, 43 Southwestern L. Rev. 651 (2014) (co-authored with Angela Harris, et al).
The Judge and the Drone, 56 Ariz. L. Rev. 117 (2014).
Chiastic Law in the Crystal Ball: Exploring Legal Formalism and its Alternative Futures, 2 London Rev. Int'l L. 263 (2014) (peer-reviewed journal).
Back in Style, 25 L. & Critique 141 (2014) (peer-reviewed journal).
Pragmatic Liberalism: The Outlook of the Dead, 55 B.C. L. Rev. 1041 (2014).
A Structuralist Approach to the Two State Action Doctrines, 7 N.Y.U. J. L. & Lib. 254 (2013).
Experimental Pragmatism in the Third Globalization, 9 Contemp. Pragmatism 181 (2012) (peer-reviewed journal). (An extended version of the essay was reprinted as Economic Development and the Problem with the Problem-Solving Approach, 5 Wash. U. Juris. Rev. 1 (2012)).
The Market as a Legal Concept, 60 Buff. L. Rev. 387(2012).
Race as a Legal Concept, 2 Colum. J. Race & L. 1(2012).
Extraterritoriality, Antitrust, and the Pragmatist Style, 22 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 499(2008).
At War with the Eclectics: Mapping Pragmatism in Contemporary Legal Analysis, 2007 Mich. St. L. Rev. 565 (2007).


Spring 2020 Property LAWS 5624-801
Fall 2019 Conflict of Laws LAWS 6108-801
Fall 2019 International Law LAWS 6400-801
Fall 2019 Special Topics LAWS 6708-801
Spring 2019 Property LAWS 5624-801
Fall 2018 Conflict of Laws LAWS 6108-801
Fall 2018 International Law LAWS 6400-801
Fall 2018 International Law LAWS 6400-902
Spring 2018 Property LAWS 5624-802
Fall 2017 Foundations of International Legal Thought LAWS 6008-801
Fall 2017 Seminar: Special Topics in International Law LAWS 8400-801
Spring 2017 Property LAWS 5624-802
Spring 2016 Property LAWS 5624-802
Fall 2015 International Law LAWS 6400-001
Fall 2015 Global Law and Global Governance LAWS 6540-001
Spring 2015 Property LAWS 5624-802
Spring 2015 International Law LAWS 6400-001
Fall 2014 Foundations of International Legal Thought LAWS 6008-001
Spring 2014 International Law LAWS 6400-001
Fall 2013 Foundations of International Legal Thought LAWS 6008-001
Fall 2013 Seminar: Conflict of Laws LAWS 8650-001
Spring 2013 Philosophy of Law LAWS 6508-001
Fall 2012 Foundations of International Legal Thought LAWS 6008-001