Michael S. Green

Michael S. Green

Woodbridge Professor of Law
Degrees: J.D., Yale; Ph.D., Yale; B.A., University of California, Berkeley
Email: [[msgre2]]
Office phone: (757) 221-7746
Office location: Room 260
Full resume: here (.pdf in new window)
Personal blog: here
Personal web page: here
Areas of Specialization

Civil Procedure; Conflict of Laws; Constitutional Law; Continental Philosophy; Federal Courts; Jurisprudence; Philosophy of Law; Professional Responsibility

Teaching Interests

Civil Procedure; Conflicts; Philosophy of Law

Representative Professional Activities and Achievements

Joined the faculty in 2006 after teaching law at George Mason Law School. Clerked for Judge Richard A. Posner on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Practiced law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City. Was assistant professor of philosophy at Tufts University and visiting lecturer in philosophy at the University of Alabama (Huntsville), Wesleyan University and Yale University.

Author of The Philosophical Foundations of Private International Law (Oxford U. Press, forthcoming), The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Civil Procedure (Oxford U. Press, forthcoming) and Nietzsche and the Transcendental Tradition (U. Ill. Press, 2002), as well as numerous articles and essays, including publications in the Duke Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, and the Virginia Law Review.

Scholarly Publications
  • The Philosophical Foundations of Private International Law (Roxana Banu, Michael S. Green and Ralf Michaels eds., Oxford U. Press, forthcoming).
  • The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Civil Procedure (Oxford U. Press, forthcoming).
  • Nietzsche and the Transcendental Tradition (International Nietzsche Studies Series, U. Ill. Press 2002).
Articles and Book Chapters
  • Jurisdiction and the Moral Impact Theory of Law, 29 Legal Theory __ (forthcoming 2023). SSRN.
  • Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins in a Private International Law Context, in The Common Law Jurisprudence of the Conflict of Laws (Sarah McKibbin and Anthony Kennedy eds., Hart Publ'g, 2023).
  • Authority and Interest Analysis, in The Philosophical Foundations of Private International Law (Roxana Banu, Michael S. Green & Ralf Michaels eds., Oxford U. Press, forthcoming). SSRN.
  • Permissions Deontic Voids, and the Karamazov Argument, 66 American Journal of Jurisprudence 291 (2021). SSRN.
  • Hans Kelsen's Non-Reductive Positivism, in Cambridge Companion to Legal Positivism 272-300 (Torben Spaak & Patricia Mindus, eds., Cambridge U. Press 2021).
  • The Semantic Thesis in Legal Positivism, in Cambridge Companion to Legal Positivism, 536-58 (Torben Spaak & Patricia Mindus, eds., Cambridge U. Press 2021). SSRN.
  • The Erie Doctrine: A Flowchart, 52 Akron L. Rev. 215 (2019). SSRN.
  • L'anglo-américanisation de Kelsen, in Un Classique Méconnu: Hans Kelsen (Magnon, & Ponsard eds. 2019).
  • Legal Monism: An American History, in Vienna Lectures on Law and Philosophy 50 (Hart Publ'n. 2018). SSRN.
  • Logic and Legal Realism, in Research Handbook in Law and Logic (Krimphove & Simon eds., Dunker & Humblot 2017). SSRN.
  • The Return of the Unprovided-For Case, 51 Ga. L. Rev. 761 (2017). SSRN.
  • A Puzzle about Hart's Theory of Internal Legal Statements, in Pragmatics and Law, 195-221 (Poggi & Capone eds., Springer Verlag 2016). SSRN.
  • Marmor’s Kelsen, in Hans Kelsen in America (D. A. Jeremy Telman ed., Springer 2016). SSRN.
  • Was Afrikan Spir a Phenomenalist? (and What Difference Does It Make for Understanding Nietzsche)?, 46 Journal of Nietzsche Studies 152 (2015) (symposium). SSRN.
  • Eternal Recurrence in a Neo-Kantian Context, 54 Kriterion: Revista de Filosofia 459 (2014) (symposium). Online.
  • Prediction Theories of Law and the Internal Point of View, 51 San Diego L. Rev. 921 (2014) (symposium).
  • Vertical Power, 48 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 73 (2014). SSRN.
  • Erie's International Effect, 107 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1485 (2013) (previously published at 107 Nw. U. L. Rev. Colloquy 165 (2012)). SSRN.
  • Felix Cohen on Legislation, 1 The Theory and Practice of Legislation 113 (2013) (symposium article).
  • Law's Dark Matter, 54 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 845 (2013) (symposium article). SSRN.
  • On Hart's Category Mistake, 19 Legal Theory 347 (2013) (symposium article). SSRN.
  • The Twin Aims of Erie, 88 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1865 (2013). SSRN.
  • Erie's Suppressed Premise, 95 Minn. L. Rev. 1111 (2011). SSRN.
  • Choice of Law as General Common Law: A Reply to Professor Brilmayer, The Role of Ethics in Private International Law (Donald Earl Childress III ed., Cambridge U. Press 2011) (essay). Online.
  • Horizontal Erie and the Presumption of Forum Law, 109 Mich. L. Rev. 1237 (2011). SSRN.
  • Leiter on the Legal Realists, 30 Law & Phil. 381 (2011) (reviewing Brian Leiter, Naturalizing Jurisprudence (Oxford Univ. Press 2007)) (review essay) (symposium). SSRN.
  • Kelsen, Quietism, and the Rule of Recognition, in The Rule of Recognition and the United States Constitution (Matthew D. Adler & Kenneth E. Himma eds., Oxford U. Press 2009) (essay). SSRN.
  • Two Fallacies about Copyrighting Factual Compilations, in Intellectual Property Protection of Fact-Based Works: Copyright and Its Alternatives (Robert Brauneis ed., Edward Elgar Press 2009) (essay). SSRN.
  • Does Dworkin Commit Dworkin's Fallacy?, 28 Oxford J. Legal Stud. 33 (2008). Online.
  • Why Protect Private Arms Possession? Nine Theories of the Second Amendment, 84 Notre Dame L. Rev. 131 (2008). SSRN.
  • Dworkin v. The Philosophers, 2007 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1477 (2007) (reviewing Ronald Dworkin, Justice in Robes (Harvard U. Press 2006)) (essay review) (symposium). SSRN.
  • Explaining Tort Law, 48 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1953 (2007) (introduction) (symposium).
  • Halpin on Dworkin's Fallacy: A Surreply, 91 Va. L. Rev. 187 (2005). SSRN.
  • Legal Realism as Theory of Law, 46 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1915 (2005). SSRN.
  • Legal Revolutions: Six Mistakes About Discontinuity in the Legal Order, 83 N.C. L. Rev. 331 (2005). SSRN.
  • White and Clark on Nietzsche and the Transcendental Tradition: A Response, 36 Int'l Stud. Phil. 169 (2005) (symposium article).
  • Nietzsche's Place in Nineteenth Century German Philosophy, 47 Inquiry 168 (2004) (reviewing Will Dudley, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Philosophy: Thinking Freedom (Cambridge U. Press, 2002)) (book review). Online.
  • Copyrighting Facts, 78 Ind. L.J. 919 (2003). SSRN.
  • Dworkin's Fallacy, Or What the Philosophy of Language Can't Teach Us About the Law, 89 Va. L. Rev. 1897 (2003). SSRN.
  • Hans Kelsen and the Logic of Legal Systems, 53 Ala. L. Rev. 365 (2003). SSRN.
  • The Paradox of Auxiliary Rights: The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, 52 Duke L.J. 113 (2002). SSRN.
  • The Privilege's Last Stand: The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination and the Right to Rebel Against the State, 65 Brook. L. Rev. 627 (1999). Online.
  • Note, Legal Realism, Lex Fori, and the Choice-of-Law Revolution, 104 Yale L.J. 967 (1995). Online.
  • Nietzsche on Pity and Ressentiment, 24 Int'l Stud. Phil. 63 (1992).

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