Karl E. KlareGeorge J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law
Columbia University, BA 1967
Yale University, MA 1968
Harvard University, JD 1975
Mail: 400 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-3290
Fax: (617) 373-5056
Professor Klare focuses on labor and employment law 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; his activism and writing now focus on workplace issues and human rights. 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 (INTELL) and is currently active in the International Social and Economic Rights Project (ISERP). In 2015, he was recognized by the University of Pretoria with an honorary doctorate in recognition of his leading work on critical legal theory and particularly for his scholarship on transformative constitutionalism, which, according to the University of Pretoria, “has precipitated in South Africa no less than a paradigm shift in post-apartheid legal thinking.”
In 1993, Professor Klare was named Matthews Distinguished University Professor, one of Northeastern’s highest honors. He has taught as a visitor at the universities of British Columbia, Michigan, Toronto and Cape Town, and held a senior Fulbright chair at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
During the 1960s, Professor Klare participated in the civil rights, antiwar and student movements.
Fields of Expertise
- American Legal Theory
- Critical Legal Theory
- Employment Law
- Labor Law
- Social and Economic Rights
- Social and Economic Rights in Theory and Practice: Critical Inquiries (ed., with Alviar and Williams), Routledge (forthcoming 2014).
- Labour Law in an Era of Globalization: Transformative Practices & Possibilities (Oxford University Press, 2002) (ed., with Conaghan and Fischl)
- The Unknown Dimension: European Marxism Since Lenin [New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1972; Translations: Japanese (1973), Spanish (1974)] (ed., with Howard)
- "Teaching Local 1330 - Reflections on Critical Legal Pedagogy," 7 Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left 58 (2011).
- "Concluding Reflections: Legal Activism After Poverty Has Been Declared Unconstitutional," 22 Stellenbosch Law Review 865 (2011).
- “Transformative Constitutionalism and the Common & Customary Law,” 26 South African Journal on Human Rights 403 (2010) (with Dennis Davis)
- “Legal Culture & Transformative Constitutionalism,” 14 South African Journal on Human Rights 146 (1998)
- “Toward New Strategies for Low-Wage Workers,” 4 Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 245 (1995)
- “Power/Dressing: Regulation of Employee Appearance,” 26 New England Law Review 1395 (1992)
- “Legal Theory and Democratic Reconstruction: Reflections on 1989,” 25 University of British Columbia Law Review 69 (1991)
- “Workplace Democracy & Market Reconstruction: An Agenda for Legal Reform,” 38 Catholic University Law Review 1 (1988)
- “The Labor-Management Cooperation Debate: A Workplace Democracy Perspective,” 23 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 39 (1988)
- “The Public/Private Distinction in Labor Law,” 130 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1358 (1982)
- “Judicial Deradicalization of the Wagner Act and the Origins of Modern Legal Consciousness,” 62 Minnesota Law Review 265 (1978)
- “The Horizons of Transformative Labour and Employment Law,” in Labour Law in an Era of Globalization: Transformative Practices and Possibilities, Conaghan, Fischl and Klare, eds., Oxford University Press (2002)
- “Countervailing Workers’ Power As a Regulatory Strategy,” in Legal Regulation of the Employment Relation, Collins, Davies and Rideout, eds. Kluwer Law International (2000)