Yes, I admit it: I read Brian Leiter’s Blog. While it might not be as hard to admit that as it is to admit that I also read Above the Law, not all law professors freely admit that they read Leiter’s Blog.
But of the many sources of helpful information it provides, one is information about visiting faculty at the highest-rated American law schools. A review of the list of next year’s visitors suggests several people with some level of interest in comparative constitutional law visiting at the highest-rated law schools.
A preliminary note: I know from talking to many law professors, including many of the contributors to this blog, that having someone in your field hired by a highly-ranked law school provides a degree of legitimacy and recognition to your field. So Yale’s decision to hire Alec Stone Sweet, Harvard’s decision to hire Mark Tushnet (now writing a lot about comparative constitutional law, even if he has written about other topics for many years), NYU’s decision to hire Mattias Kumm, Chicago’s decision to hire our own Rosalind Dixon and Tom Ginsburg, and so on, were major legitimating moments for the field of comparative constitutional law.
Leiter’s list of visitors for next year includes many with interest in comparative constitutional law (my apologies if I miss some names, particularly from the group of foreign visitors with whose work I am less familiar): Cristina Rodriguez and Kim Lane Scheppele visiting at Yale, Kumm, Maximo Langer (more interested in comparative criminal law), Sanford Levinson and Rodriguez at Harvard, Youngjae Lee at Chicago, Daphne Barak-Erez at Stanford, and Jacqueline Ross (more interested in comparative criminal law) at NYU.