Justin Collings – BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School

Justin Collings

Professor of Law

Professor Collings is a scholar of constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, and legal history. His first book, Democracy's Guardians: A History of the German Federal Constitutional Court, 1951-2001, was published with Oxford University Press in 2015. His current book project, Scales of Memory: Constitutional Justice and the Burdens of the Past, explores the ways in which the constitutional courts of Germany, Italy, South Africa, and the United States have grappled with the legacies of their national histories.

Professor Collings holds a BA from Brigham Young University and a JD and PhD from Yale University. He was a law clerk to the Honorable Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Courses Taught

  • History of the Common Law
  • Structures of the Constitution
  • Torts
  • Anglo-American Legal History
  • Property
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Structures of the Constitution
  • U.S. Constitutional History
  • Constitutional History


  • Ph.D., Yale University, 2013
  • J.D., Yale University, 2010
  • B.A., Brigham Young University, 2006