Dr Jacob Eisler is an Associate Professor of Public Law at the University of Southampton Law School. Jacob teaches and researches in public and private law, serves as co-director of the Law School's Postgraduate Researcher Programme, and is co-director of the Centre for Global Constitutionalism.
- Constitutional and public law, particularly law of democratic and electoral process
- Human rights, particularly those related to political process and representation
- Anti-corruption law, both public and criminal
- Jurisprudence and legal theory
- Tort law
Jacob’s primary research interest is law and democratic theory, with a particular interest in law of electoral process, campaign finance, and corruption. Jacob also has an interest in how technology is re-shaping the social context of voting and other types of political expression.
He has 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).
Jacob’s approach to these topics is interdisciplinary, integrating close analysis of statute, doctrine, and legal structures with methods drawn from political philosophy and social science. His research has been published in leading journals in the US (Emory Law Review, First Amendment Law Review, UC Davis Law Review) as well as the UK (Modern Law Review, Public Law, Journal of Law and Society). Jacob has a monograph, The Law of Freedom: Elections and the Supreme Court, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, on the normative challenges of judicial review of electoral process and American election law doctrine.
Current PhD Students
Jacob teaches both public (Public Law 1) and private law (Tort and Remedies in Contract and Tort), contributing lecturing and small group teaching to core LLB courses. Jacob also supervises PGRs in a variety of subjects, primarily in public law and politics.
Prior to joining Southampton, Jacob held a position as a College Lecturer at Jesus College, Cambridge, and completed a JD at Harvard Law School and a PhD in Political Science at the Harvard University Department of Government. Jacob also has four years of high-level legal practice experience, at Allen & Overy LLP and Herbert Smith LLP in London and as a clerk on the Federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City to the Honorable Judge Gerard E. Lynch.