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Prof. Saikrishna B. Prakash

James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

Saikrishna Prakash's scholarship focuses on separation of powers, particularly executive powers. He teaches Constitutional Law, Foreign Relations Law and Presidential Powers at the Law School. 

Prakash majored in economics and political science at Stanford University. At Yale Law School, he served as senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and received the John M. Olin Fellowship in Law, Economics and Public Policy. After law school, he clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. After practicing in New York for two years, he served as a visiting professor at the University of Illinois College of Law and as an associate professor at Boston University School of Law. He then spent several years at the University of San Diego School of Law as the Herzog Research Professor of Law. Prakash has been a visiting professor at the Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Chicago Law School. He also has served as a James Madison Fellow at Princeton University and Visiting Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. 

Among Prakash's articles are "50 States, 50 Attorneys General and 50 Approaches to the Duty to Defend," published in the Yale Law Journal; "The Imbecilic Executive," published in the Virginia Law Review; and "The Sweeping Domestic War Powers of Congress," published in the Michigan Law Review. He is the author of Imperial from the Beginning: The Constitution of the Original Executive (Yale University Press 2015).

Education
  • B.A. 1990, Stanford University
  • J.D. 1993, Yale University

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Publications and Multimedia
Young Legal Scholars Paper Presentations - Event Audio/Video
18th Annual Faculty Conference
January 15, 2016
Syria and the President’s Authority to Intervene - Podcast
International & National Security Law and Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Groups Podcast
August 29, 2013
The President's Authority in Libya - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
April 07, 2011
2008 Bator Award Presentation - Event Audio/Video
2008 Annual Student Symposium
March 08, 2008
Judicial Philosophy/Originalism-The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law - Event Video
A Conference Discussing the Contributions of Judge Robert H. Bork
June 26, 2007
Responses to Judicial Corruption - Event Audio/Video
Las Vegas Lawyers Chapter
May 04, 2007