Faculty Profiles

Stephen Munzer

Stephen R. Munzer

Distinguished Research Professor of Law
B.A. Kansas, 1966
B.Phil. Oxford, 1969
J.D. Yale, 1972
UCLA Faculty Since 1982

Stephen Munzer teaches Contracts, Property, and courses and seminars in legal philosophy and biotechnology. The American Philosophical Association awarded him the David Baumgardt Memorial Fellowship for 1997-98, and the Berger Prize in the Philosophy of Law in 1999. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship in 1991. In 2018 he was awarded the Oliver C. Schroeder, Jr. Prize.

Professor Munzer studied philosophy at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He graduated from Yale Law School and was an associate at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. Thereafter, he taught in the philosophy department of Rutgers University before entering law teaching. His interests include Christian theology and sports.

Professor Munzer's current research interests include intellectual property, indigenous peoples, and moral and political philosophy. He is the author of A Theory of Property (1990), and editor of New Essays in the Legal and Political Theory of Property (2001).  In 2009 the American Philosophical Association published a tribute to his work on legal philosophy and biotechnology.