Lael (‘Lulu’) Weis joined Melbourne Law School in July 2010 as a McKenzie Post-Doctoral Fellow and commenced as a Lecturer in July 2013. She holds a PhD and JD from Stanford University from the Department of Philosophy and Law School. She completed her dissertation, Public Purpose, Common Good: Constitutional Property in the Democratic State, while a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center.
Dr Weis’s principal research interests lie at the intersection of constitutional legal theory, democratic political theory, and comparative constitutional law. She is particularly interested in methodological questions concerning the use of comparative constitutional law to analyse issues in constitutional theory. Her work in this area has examined how assumptions about the purpose and function of constitutionalism inform theoretical debates about constitutional interpretation. Dr Weis’s research also encompasses topics concerning property law and theory, including the place of property in philosophical theories of justice and issues concerning the constitutionalization of property rules.
Dr Weis is the founder and convenor of Melbourne Law School’s Legal Theory Workshop, a discussion group for works in progress in legal theory that draws guests from around Australia and overseas. She is also the current Treasurer of the Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy.