Richard Albert is a Visiting Associate Professor of Law and the Canadian Bicentennial Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale Law School, and an Associate Professor at Boston College Law School. A specialist in constitutional law and comparative constitutional law, he holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Yale Universities.
Since December 2014, he is Book Reviews Editor for the peer-reviewed American Journal of Comparative Law, which awarded him the Hessel Yntema Prize in 2010 for "the most outstanding article" on comparative law by a scholar under the age of 40. He is also an elected member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, an elected member of the Executive Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law, a member of the Governing Council of the International Society of Public Law, a fellow of the Centre for Jurisprudence and Constitutional Studies at Kabarak University in Kenya, a Distinguished Academic Associate at the Centre for Law and Religion at Cardiff Law School, and a founding editor of I-CONnect, the new scholarly blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law.
Prior to joining the faculty of Boston College Law School, Albert served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of Canada, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin. He is currently engaged as a consultant on constitutional reform in Europe and the Caribbean.
What do you do best?
I build communities of thinkers and doers, bring people together around big ideas, and always reserve a seat at the table for new and younger voices.
What makes you the best?
At an early age, I learned from my mother that hard work, persistence and generosity of spirit are the only ingredients you need to bake success.
What are your aspirations?
To be remembered for my ideas, for the opportunities I created for others, and for how I made people feel about themselves.
Professionally, to have signed a contract for my first book, coming soon-ish to a store near you.
Most Challenging Moment?
My most challenging moment has also been my most rewarding: climbing Heartbreak Hill at mile 20 of the Boston Marathon in 2014, thinking that no one would notice if I stopped running but knowing that I could never forgive myself for giving up on the race, an infinitely easier battle in comparison to the one my father was fighting against cancer at the time.
"Dig and be dug in return." --Langston Hughes
My favorite people are the ones I choose to surround myself with every day. Our time in this world is too short to spend it any other way.
Sydney for its healthy and fun lifestyle, Vienna for its remarkable architecture of tradition and modernity, Rome for its hidden treasures, Jacmel for its beaches unlike any others, New York for being New York, and Ottawa because it is home.
My Asics running shoes, my Samsung Galaxy (after years of refusing to give up my Blackberry), my RAV Power supercharger, and my HP laptop.
Writing. Travel. Saxophone. Poker. Politics.