Prof. Mark S. Weiner

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´Professor of Law´ an der ´Rutgers School of Law-Newark´ (NJ, USA)

Lehrveranstaltung an der Universität Salzburg

WS 12 (1SSt) – VO Einführung in das Verfassungsrecht der USA

Interview with Austrian national public service broadcaster (ORF) on July 17, 2015

Ever since I can remember, I have been interested in how people across the world have used law to organize their communities in profoundly different ways. When I was twelve, I stapled a copy of the Code of Hammurabi to my bedroom door. My love of law and its development grew while I was in school, at Stanford and Yale, and in time I wrote three  books on the subject: The Rule of the Clan, Black Trials, and Americans without Law.
In 2001, I got married, bought a house, and began teaching at Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. I adored my students, and I relished the opportunity to introduce them to the American constitutional tradition. But my commute to work was three hours door-to-door, and my life was getting out of balance. What’s more, I was continually taken away from the basic questions that had drawn me to a scholar’s life to begin with.
A  Fulbright Fellowship through the U.S. Department of State brought me and my wife to a small town in northern Iceland. For five months, we lived  a much slower, simpler life—it was beautiful—and the lack of institutional obligations freed me to share my passion for the study of legal differences far more than I ever could as a harried professor with an extreme commute. I asked myself, why not try to reproduce this life at home?
After some years of scrimping and saving, we made the leap. In 2012, I let my Dean know that I would not be returning the following year (thanks to his generosity, I am still formally on the  faculty), and I moved my books from my office in New Jersey to our home in Connecticut.
My website ( is a forum in which I’ll be sharing my interest in law around the world and exploring issues I could only consider at a glance as a professor. I’ll be telling stories, commenting on contemporary events, and musing about legal history in ways that I hope you’ll find exciting even—in fact, especially—if you have no previous knowledge about law. I’ll also be experimenting with ways to write about and present global legal ideas to a general audience, including through the audio and video resources of the Web.