Richard Abel (lawyer)

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Richard Abel
BornSeptember 13, 1941 (1941-09-13) (age 82)
New York, New York

Richard L. Abel (born September 13, 1941)[1] is a professor of law (now emeritus), a specialist in African Law Studies and a renowned socio-legal scholar. He received his B.A. from Harvard University (1962), his LL.B. from Columbia University (1965) and his Ph.D. from the University of London (1974) where he was a Marshall Scholar. He has been a member of the faculty of the UCLA School of Law since 1974.[2] He is a past president of the Law and Society Association and editor of the Law & Society Review.[3]

Selected publications[edit]

  • "Contesting Legality in the United States After September 11", in Fighting for Political Freedom: Comparative Studies of the Legal Complex and Political Liberalism, edited by Terence Halliday, Lucien Karpik, and Malcolm Feeley (Onati International Series in Law and Society). Oxford (2008).
  • English Lawyers between Market and State: The Politics of Professionalism (2003).
  • Speaking Respect, Respecting Speech (1998).
  • Politics by Other Means: Law in the Struggle Against Apartheid, 1980–1994 (1995);
  • (edited with Philip S.C. Lewis) Lawyers in Society. An Overview. (1995).
  • "Transnational Law Practice", 44 Case Western Reserve Law Review (1993), 737;
  • The Politics of Informal Justice (editor, 1982).
  • (with William Felstiner and Austin sarat) "The Emergence and Transformation of Disputes: Naming, Blaming, Claiming" 15 Law & Society Review, (1980), 631.


  1. ^ Duffy, J.; Hevelin, J.; Osterreicher, S. (1981). International directory of scholars and specialists in Third World studies. Crossroads Press. ISBN 9780918456403. Retrieved 2014-10-11.
  2. ^ UCLA Law
  3. ^ "Abel, Richard | UCLA Law". Retrieved 2023-04-26.

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