Essays on Legal Theory

A Social Psychological Interpretation of the Hermeneutic of Suspicion in Contemporary American Legal Thought, in Justin Desautels-Stein and Christopher Tomlins, Searching for Contemporary Legal Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Proportionality and ‘Deference’ in Contemporary Constitutional Thought, in Tamara Perišin and Siniša Rodin (eds.), The Transformation or Reconstitution of Europe, The Critical Legal Studies Perspective on the Role of the Courts in the European Union (Hart, 2018)

Property as Fetish and Tool, Duncan Kennedy on Property, the Commons, and the Law, Grassroots Economic Organizing, May 17, 2017

The Globalisation of Critical Discourses on Law: Thoughts on David Trubek’s Contribution, in Grainne de Burca, Claire Kilpatrick and Joanne Scott, eds., Critical Legal Perspectives on Global Governance: Liber Amicorum David M. Trubek (Hart Publishing, 2014)

The Hermeneutic of Suspicion in Contemporary American Legal Thought, 25 Law and Critique 91 (2014)

Critical Legal Studies: Duncan Kennedy, in James Hackney, ed., Legal Intellectuals in Conversation (NYU Press, 2012)

Political Ideology and Comparative Law, in Mauro Bussani and Ugo Mattei, The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Law (Cambridge University Press 2012)

Éloge de Duncan Kennedy, par Christophe Jamin, et Réponse de Duncan Kennedy, in Remise d'un doctorat honoris causa à Duncan Kennedy, Petites Affiches, La Loi, Le Quotidien Juridique (Lextenso éditions, 27 décembre 2011)

Savigny's Family/Patrimony Distinction and its Place in the Global Genealogy of Classical Legal Thought, 58 Am. J. Comp. L. 811 (2010)

A Left Phenomenological Alternative to the Hart/Kelsen Theory of Legal Interpretation, in Duncan Kennedy, Legal Reasoning, Collected Essays (The Davies Book Publishers, Aurora CO, 2008)

Interview met Duncan Kennedy, by Pauline Westerman, 3 Nederlands tijdschrift voor Rechtsfilosofie & Rechtstheorie 258 (2004)

Prólogo to Diego López Medina, Teoría impura del derecho, la transformación de la cultura jurídica latinoamericana (Legis, 2004)

The Disenchantment of Logically Formal Legal Rationality, or Max Weber's Sociology in the Genealogy of the Contemporary Mode of Western Legal Thought, 55 Hastings L. J. 1031 (2004)

Pierre Schlag's The Enchantment of Reason, 57 Univ. of Miami L. Rev. 513 (2003)

Three Globalizations of Law and Legal Thought: 1850-2000, in The New Law and Economic Development. A Critical Appraisal, David Trubek and Alvaro Santos, eds., (Cambridge, 2006)

The Critique of Rights in Critical Legal Studies, in Brown and Halley, eds., Left Legalism/Left Critique (Duke University Press 2002)

The Political Stakes in “Merely Technical” Issues of Contract Law, 1 European Review of Private Law 7 (2001)

A Semiotics of Critique, 22 Cardozo L. Rev. 1147 (2001)

Legal Formalism, The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences 8634 (2001)

François Gény aux États-Unis, in Francois Gény, Mythe et Realités 1899-1999 Centenaire de Methode d’Interpretation et Sources en Droit Privé Positif, Essai Critique (Claude Thomasset, Jacques Vanderlinden & Philippe Jestaz, eds., Editions Yvon Blais, Montreal, 2000), with Marie Claire Belleau

From the Will Theory to the Principle of Private Autonomy: Lon Fuller’s Consideration and Form, 100 Colum. L. Rev. 94 (2000)

Law and Economics from the Perspective of Critical Legal Studies, 2 The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law 465 (P. Newman, ed., Macmillan, New York, 1998)

A Critique of Adjudication [fin de siècle] (Harvard University Press, 1997)

Three Papers on Four Boards, 1997 Utah L. Rev. 371

American Constitutionalism as Civil Religion: Notes of an Atheist, 19 Nova L. Rev. 909 (1995)

Sexy Dressing, etc. (Harvard University Press, 1993)

Sexual Abuse, Sexy Dressing and the Eroticization of Domination, 26 New England L. Rev. 1309 (1992) [also in Sexy Dressing, Etc.]

A Semiotics of Legal Argument, 42 Syracuse L. Rev. 75 (1991)

The Stakes of Law, or Hale and Foucault!, 15 Legal Studies Forum 327 (1991) [also in Sexy Dressing, Etc.]

Comment on Rudolf Wietholter's "Materialization and Proceduralization in Modern Law," and "Proceduralization of the Category of Law," in C. Joerges & D. Trubek, eds., Critical Legal Thought: An American-German Debate (Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden, 1988)

Freedom & Constraint in Adjudication: A Critical Phenomenology, 36 J. Leg. Ed. 518 (1986)

The Role of Law in Economic Thought: Essays on the Fetishism of Commodities, 34 Amer. Univ. L. Rev. 939 (1985)

Roll Over Beethoven, 36 Stan. L. Rev. 1 (1984) (with Peter Gabel)

The Political Significance of the Structure of the Law School Curriculum, 14 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1 (1983)

Antonio Gramsci and the Legal System, 6 ALSA Forum, No. 1, p. 32 (1982)

Distributive and Paternalist Motives in Contract and Tort Law, with Special Reference to Compulsory Terms and Unequal Bargaining Power, 41 Maryland L. Rev. 563 (1982)

The Stages of the Decline of the Public/Private Distinction, 130 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1349 (1982)

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Entitlement Problems: A Critique, 33 Stanford L. Rev. 387 (1981)

Cost-Reduction Theory as Legitimation, 90 Yale L. J. 1275 (1981)

Critical Labor Law Theory: A Comment, 4 Industrial Relations L.J. 503 (1981)

Are Property and Contract Efficient? 8 Hofstra L. Rev. 711 (1980), with Frank Michelman

Toward an Historical Understanding of Legal Consciousness: The Case of Classical Legal Thought in America, 1850-1940, 3 Research in Law & Soc., Spitzer, Ed. (1980)

The Structure of Blackstone's Commentaries, 28 Buffalo L. Rev. 205 (1979)

Form & Substance in Private Law Adjudication, 89 Harv. L. Rev. 1685 (1976)

The Rise and Fall of Classical Legal Thought, unpublished manuscript, 1975; reformatted 1998, published with a new preface by the author, "Thirty Years Later" (Washington D.C.: Beard Books, 2006)

Legal Formality, 2 J. Leg. Stud. 351 (1973)