Neil Komesar

Professor Emeritus


B.A., M.A., J.D. University of Chicago
Ph.D. (Economics) University of Chicago


Neil Komesar is the Miller Professor of Law Emeritus. During his career at Wisconsin, he has been the Doyle-Bascom Professor, the Burrus-Bascom Professor, the Bosshard Professor and held the Miller Chair.  He teaches or has taught torts, property, land use, legal process, constitutional law, law and economics and advanced legal analysis. This Spring, he will be teaching Comparative Constitutional Law at EUI (the European University Institute) in Florence.

Professor Komesar has written on a wide variety of subjects, including constitutional theory, tort reform, land use, damages, criminal victimization, public interest law, law and economics, property rights, landlord-tenant law and class actions. He has developed an approach to the analysis of law and public policy called comparative institutional analysis and has authored two books on the subject, "Imperfect Alternatives - Choosing Institutions in Law, Economics, and Public Policy" (University of Chicago Press, 1994) and "Law's Limits - The Role of Courts, the Rule of Law and the Supply and Demand of Rights" (Cambridge University Press, 2001) .

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  • Constitutional Law
  • Land Use
  • Law & Economics
  • Torts
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