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Dr Jacob Eisler BA Political Science (Williams College); MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History (Cambridge); JD (Harvard Law School); PhD (Harvard University)

Associate Professor of Public Law

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‘May I count him rich who is wise, and as for gold, may I possess so much of it as only a temperate man might bear and carry with him. – Socrates’. Plato, Phaedrus, Hamilton & Cairns ed.

Dr Jacob Eisler is Associate Professor of Public Law at Southampton Law School. His current research examines popular autonomy in democratic societies (particularly the US and the UK), seeking to understand the impact of judicial decisions on citizen self-governance. Dr Eisler’s research seeks to inform analysis of case law and its practical impact through political and moral philosophy, thereby unifying theoretical and doctrinal understandings of law.

Dr Eisler has published work in the UC Davis Law Review, the First Amendment Law Review, and the Cambridge Law Journal, among others. He is currently completing a book manuscript (under contract with the Cambridge University Press) titled Election Law and the Crisis of Mass Democracy.

Prior to joining Southampton Law School, Dr Eisler served as College Lecturer and Yates Glazebrook Fellow in Law at Jesus College, University of Cambridge. Prior to joining Jesus College, Dr Eisler spent three years practising transactional corporate law, primarily capital markets, for two leading international English law firms. He also clerked for the Honourable Gerard E. Lynch on the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals from 2013-2014.



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Research interests

My primary research interest is law and democratic theory, with a particular interest in law of electoral process, campaign finance, and corruption. I also have an interest in how technology is re-shaping the social context of voting and other types of political expression.

I have additional interest in jurisprudence (especially its relationship to both intellectual history, particularly Plato, Aristotle, and Hobbes, and contemporary philosophy, particularly Dworkin) and tort (particularly product liability and duty of care).



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I teach in both public law (with a focus on constitutional law, law and politics, and human rights) and private law (particularly tort and related subjects).


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