Pamela Laufer-Ukeles

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Pamela Laufer-Ukeles

Professor of Law

  • Full-Time Faculty


Pamela Laufer-Ukeles joined the School of Law faculty in the fall 2006. Her research interests include family law, feminist theory, issues of religion and state, Jewish law, bioethics and international law. Before joining the faculty, Professor Laufer-Ukeles was a litigator focusing on international arbitration, securities arbitration and general litigation at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City and Meitar, Liquornik, Geva & Leshem, Brandwein in Israel. She clerked for the Honorable Judge Victor Marrero of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York.

Professor Laufer-Ukeles graduated from Columbia College magna cum laude with a degree in Philosophy and Economics and received her law degree from Harvard Law School. During law school, she was an Equal Justice Fellow at the Hale & Dorr Family Law Clinic and was also a Teaching Fellow at Harvard College in political philosophy. From 1999 to 2000, Professor Laufer-Ukeles received a Fulbright Fellowship and Harvard Kennedy Fellowship to perform research at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

Courses Taught

LAW 6102 Torts I
LAW 6103 Torts II
LAW 6515 Ethical and Legal Dilemmas of Parenthood
LAW 6831 Family Law
LAW 6847 Gender and the Law


J.D., Harvard University
B.A., Columbia College magna cum laude

Research Interests

Family Law, Bioethics, Torts, Feminist theory, Assisted Reproductive Technologies & Adoption, Parent-Child Relationships, Maternal-Fetal Tension, Reproductive Rights, Children’s Rights, Jewish Law.

Selected Publications

Research and scholarship available at SSRN »

Book Chapters

"Muller v. Oregon" in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (Cambridge University Press 2016) (edited by Bridget Crawford, Linda Berger and Kathryn Stanchi).

"Multiplying Motherhood: Gestational Surrogate Motherhood and Jewish Law" in Mishpacha: Jewish Family Law in Tradition and in Transition (Purdue University Press 2016) (edited by Leonard J. Greenspoon). 


"The Relational Rights of Children," 48 Connecticut Law Review 741 (2016)

"Family Formation and the Home," 104 Kentucky Law Journal 449 (2016) (with Shelly Kreiczer-Levy)

"Mothering for Money: Regulating Commercial Intimacy," 88 Indiana Law Journal 1223 (2014) 

"The Case against Separating the Care from the Caregiver: Reunifying Caregiver Rights and Children’s Rights," 15 Nevada Law Journal 236 (2014)

"The Lost Children: When the Right to Children Conflicts with the Rights of Children," Journal of Law and Ethics of Human Rights (forthcoming, 2014) (2014 Intergenerational Justice Conference Symposium Edition)

"Between Function and Form: Towards a Differentiated Model of Functional Parenthood," 20 George Mason Law Review 419 (2013) (co-authored with Ayelet Blecher-Prigat)

"Cross-Dressers with Benefits: The Role of Female Combat Soldiers in the U.S. and Israel," 41 University of Baltimore Law Review 321 (2012) (Center for Applied Feminism 2011 Annual Conference Symposium Edition)

"Custody through the Eyes of the Child, Introduction to the 2011 Gilvary Symposium," 36 University of Dayton Law Review 299 (2012) (Symposium Edition)

"Reproductive Choices and Informed Consent: Fetal Interests, Women’s Identity and Relational Autonomy," 37 American Journal of Law and Medicine 567 (2011)

"Reconstructing Fault: The Case for Spousal Torts," 79 Cincinnati Law Review 207 (2010)

"Leadership in Her Own Image: Valuing Women's Different Lives," 30 Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy 493 (2009) (symposium issue; article presented at the AALS 2009 annual meeting)

"Money, Caregiving and Kinship: Should Paid Caregivers Be Able to Obtain De Facto Parental Status?" 74 Missouri Law Review 25 (2009)

"Selective Recognition of Gender Difference in the Law: Revaluing the Caretaker Role," 31 Harvard Journal of Law & Gender 1 (2008) (lead article) (reprinted in Women and the Law (West 2009))

"Approaching Surrogate Motherhood: Reconsidering Difference," 26 Vermont Law Review 407 (2002)

"Gestation: Work for Hire or the Essence of Motherhood? A Comparative Legal Analysis," 9 Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy 91 (2002)

"Note, State Tax on Health Care Facilities is Held to Supersede the Tax Preemption Clause of ERISA," Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (1998)