Faculty Profiles

Richard Weisberg

Richard H. Weisberg

Visiting Professor
B.A. Brandeis University, 1965
Ph.D. Cornell University, 1970, Asst. Prof., French and Comp. Lit, U of Chicago (1970-75).
J.D. Columbia Law School, 1974

Richard Weisberg teaches Legal Systems in Hitler’s Europe and their Aftermath in US Federal Courts at UCLA School of Law. He is the Walter Floersheimer Professor of Constitutional Law at Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. His areas of expertise include constitutional law, Torts, Legal Systems during the European Holocaust, and Law and Literature.

Weisberg has litigated in US Federal Courts on behalf of Holocaust victims seeking restitution from various European governments and private entities. In recognition of his work for the human rights of Vichy France's victims, President Nicholas Sarkozy of France awarded Weisberg the Legion of Honor in 2008.

The founding director at Cardozo of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Program and the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy, Weisberg writes widely in those areas, including his book Vichy Law and the Holocaust in France and essays on First Amendment developments in the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a pioneer in the growing law and literature movement worldwide, and his books The Failure of the Word and Poethics have been translated into many languages. His most recent book is In Praise of Intransigence: The Perils of Flexibility (Oxford University Press). He has visited at many undergraduate institutions in the U.S., at law schools around the country, and in France, Denmark and China, where he is an honorary professor of law at Wuhan University.

His staging of legal dilemmas in great fictional works has won notices from The New York Times, the National Law Journal, and The New Yorker magazine. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of Rockefeller Foundation, NEH and ACLS grants. He holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, and his Ph.D. from Cornell is in French and Comparative Literature. While teaching those subjects on the graduate faculty of the University of Chicago, Professor Weisberg earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was an editor of Columbia Law Review. He has been associated with the firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York and Coudert Freres in Paris.