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Columbia University, BA 1967
Yale University, MA 1968
Harvard University, JD 1975
University of Pretoria, LLD 2015


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 (INTELL) and is currently active in the International Social and Economic Rights Project (iSERP). 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.”

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. In 1983, he was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.

During the 1960s, Professor Klare participated in the civil rights, antiwar and student movements. His activism now focuses on workplace issues.

Fields of Expertise

  • American Legal History
  • Contracts
  • Critical Legal Theory
  • Employment Law
  • Labor Law
  • Social and Economic Rights
  • Torts

Selected Works

Karl E. Klare

George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law


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