Karl Klare

Karl Klare is the George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law. Professor Klare focuses on labor and employment law, human rights, and legal theory, fields in which he has written and lectured extensively. He is considered a leading voice in the field of critical legal studies. In recent years, he has worked on numerous projects with lawyers in South Africa. He is a founder of the International Network on Transformative Employment and Labor Law and is currently active in the International Social and Economic Rights Project. In 2015, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria in recognition of his leading work on critical legal theory and particularly for his scholarship on transformative constitutionalism, which, according to the University’s citation, “has precipitated in South Africa no less than a paradigm shift in post-apartheid legal thinking.” Professor Klare has taught as a visitor at the Universities of British Columbia, Michigan, Toronto and Cape Town, and he held a senior Fulbright chair at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He is a graduate of Columbia University, Yale University, and Harvard University Law School.