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Justin Collings

Affiliated Scholar

Dr. Justin Collings joined the BYU faculty in 2013, when he began teaching at the J. Reuben Clark Law School. He received continuing faculty status at the Law School and was promoted to the rank of professor of law in 2019. Prior to his service as AAVP for Faculty Development, he served from 2020 to 2022 as an Associate Dean at the Law School. From January to June 2019, he was a Fulbright Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Dr. Collings has taught a variety of courses, most of them focused on constitutional law and constitutional history. He is the author of two books, Democracy's Guardians: A History of the German Federal Constitutional Court, 1951-2001 (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Scales of Memory: Constitutional Justice and Historical Evil (Oxford University Press, 2021).

Dr. Collings is a graduate of Brigham Young University, where he double-majored in English and Italian, and of Yale University, where he earned a JD and a PhD in history. Before beginning his teaching career, he worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Guido Calabresi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Dr. Collings and his wife, Lia, are the parents of seven remarkable children who are the seven wonders of their world. As a family, the Collingses enjoy music, literature, languages, travel, and time together.