David Lieberman

  • James W. and Isabel Coffroth Professor of Jurisprudence
  • dlieberman@law.berkeley.edu
  • Tel: 510-643-2667 | Fax: 510-643-2673
  • 445 Law Building (North Addition),
  • Faculty Support Contact: Amy Zakimi

David Lieberman joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 1984. Before coming to Berkeley, he taught at Cambridge University and was a fellow and director of studies in history at Christ’s College, Cambridge. He served as associate dean of the Jurisprudence and Social Policy program and chaired the undergraduate Legal Studies Program from 2000-04. In 2003, he helped found the Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs, an international organization of law and society departments and undergraduate majors. He currently is president of the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies.

Lieberman is a recipient of research fellowships and awards from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, the Institute of Historical Research, the American Bar Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. He was an honorary research fellow of the Department of History at University College, London; a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School; and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences. His book, The Province of Legislation Determined: Legal Theory in Eighteenth Century Britain, received honorable mention for the 1990 British Council Prize.

Lieberman recently completed a critical edition of Jean Louis De Lolme’s 1771 The Constitution of England; or, An Account of the English Government. His other recent publications include “Adam Smith on Justice, Rights, Law” in Cambridge Companion to Adam Smith (2006); “The Mixed Constitution and the Common Law” in The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Political Thought (2006); “Legislation in a Common Law Context”, Zeitschrift fur Neuere Rechtsgeschichte (2005); and “Law/Custom/Tradition” in Questions of Tradition (2004).


B.A., Cambridge University (1974)
M.A., Cambridge University (1978)
Ph.D., London University (1980)