Karl  Klare Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Karl Klare

George J. & Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor
Northeastern University School of Law

Karl Klare is a scholar-activist. He combines a career in legal education with support for social justice through research, writing, pro-bono legal work, and cause-activism. Karl teaches and writes on labor and employment law, critical legal theory, and human rights with a focus on social and economic democracy.


I came of age politically in the 1960s and was active in the civil rights, anti-war movement, and student movements.  I taught political science and later practiced as a labor attorney before settling into a teaching career at Northeastern University School of Law.  I have taught as a visitor at the Universities of British Columbia, Cape Town, Michigan, and Toronto and have held a Fulbright chair at the European University Institute in Florence.  In addition to working in my core area of labor and employment law, I have had the good fortune to observe and write about South Africa‚Äôs transition to democratic constitutionalism.  My work has been enriched by participation in networks of progressive legal scholars including the Critical Legal Studies movement, the International Network on Transformative Employment & Labor Law, and most recently the International Social & Economic Rights Project.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Labor law, collective bargaining, employment law, social and economic rights, constitutional theory, legal theory, US legal history.


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