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Zoë Robinson

  • Professor of Law
  • Full-time
  • (312) 362-8541
  • ​738 O'Malley Place
Prior to joining DePaul, Zoë Robinson was a law clerk for the Honorable Diane P. Wood, Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. She also clerked for the Honorable Margaret Ackary Stone, Federal Court of Australia, and worked as a researcher and adjunct lecturer at the Australian National University. Professor Robinson's research focuses on questions of institutional design, the intersection of law and religion, and constitutional and administrative law. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University; a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University; a Bachelor of Laws with first class honors from the Australian National University, where she was awarded the University Medal in Law; and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago, where she graduated with high honors and was elected into the Order of the Coif.


BMus, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University; BA, Australian National University; LLB, Australian National University; JD, University of Chicago

Courses Taught

  • Constitutional Law
  • First Amendment: Religion Clauses
  • Torts

  • Articles
  • Books
  • Book Chapters


2017 With Robert J. Smith, Constitutional Liberty and the Progression of Punishment, 102 Cornell L. Rev. 413 (2017). string;#Click Here
2016 Constitutional Personhood, 84 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 605 (2016). string;#Click Here
2015 With Robert J. Smith & Justin Levinson, Implicit White Favoritism in the Criminal Justice System, 66 Ala. L. Rev. 871 (2015). string;#Click Here
2015 Lobbying in the Shadows: Religious Interest Groups in the Legislative Process, 64 Emory L.J. 1041 (2015). string;#Click Here
2014 What is a “Religious Institution”? 55 B.C. L. Rev. 181 (2014). string;#Click Here
2014 The Contraception Mandate and the Forgotten Constitutional Question, 2014 Wis. L. Rev. 749 (2014). string;#Click Here
2014 With Robert J. Smith & Sophie Cull, The Failure of Mitigation?, 65 Hastings L.J. 1221 (2014). string;#Click Here
2012 A Comparative Analysis of the Doctrinal Consequences of Interpretive Disagreement for Implied Constitutional Rights, 11 Wash. U. Global Stud. L. Rev. 93 (2012). string;#Click Here
2011 Rationalizing Religious Exemptions: A Legislative Process Theory of Statutory Exemptions for Religion, 20 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 133 (2011). string;#Click Here
2011 Comparative Judicial Attitudinalism: A Preliminary Study of Judicial Choices in Westminster Legal Systems, 2011 U. Chi. Legal F. 209. string;#Click Here
2006 (as Zoe Guest) The Judiciary and the Freedom of Political Communication: The Constitutional Protection of Judgment on Australia’s Judges, 17 Pub. L. Rev. 5 (2006). string;#


2016 The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty (ed., with Micah Schwartzman & Chad Flanders, Oxford University Press, 2016). string;#
2008 Law and Religion in Theoretical and Historical Context (ed., with Peter Cane & Carolyn Evans, Cambridge University Press 2008). string;#

Book Chapters

2018 Federal and State Cases on the First Amendment, in Cambridge Companion to the First Amendment (Michael Breidenbach & Owen Anderson, eds.) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018) string;#
2017 What Does Innocence Have to Do With Cruel and Unusual Punishment? (with Robert J. Smith & G. Ben Cohen), in Wrongful Convictions and the DNA Revolution: Twenty-Five Years of Freeing the Innocent (Daniel Medwed, ed.) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017). string;#
2016 Introduction: The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty (with Micah Schwartzman & Chad Flanders), in The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty: Hobby Lobby and the New Law of Religion in America (Zoë Robinson, Micah Schwartzman & Chad Flanders, eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2016). string;#
2016 Hosanna-Tabor After Hobby Lobby, in The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty: Hobby Lobby and the New Law of Religion in America (Zoë Robinson, Micah Schwartzman & Chad Flanders, eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2016). string;#