Public Law is the study of legal institutions and law from the perspective of political science. It is concerned with the analysis of legal institutions, the behavior of legal decision-makers and citizens, and the study of legal and constitutional doctrine and culture. Public law seeks to understand the role of law in society and in government. Courses and faculty research may consider how the actions of legal decision-makers (judges, police, regulatory officials, bureaucrats, etc.) are shaped both by legal doctrine and by political, institutional, and social constraints. Public Law at UC Irvine includes consideration of domestic legal topics at the state and national level, comparative and international law, as well as law and legal regimes as global institutions.
Faculty members include:
Charles A. Smith