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List of famous jurists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top jurists in the world? This includes the most prominent jurists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable jurists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic jurists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned jurists.

List is made up of many different people, including William Howard Taft and Thurgood Marshall.

From reputable, prominent, and well known jurists to the lesser known jurists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the jurist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous jurists ever?" and "What are the names of famous jurists?" then you're in the right place. (408 items)

Thurgood Marshall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Thurgood Marshall Thurgood Marshall was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court's 96th justice and its first African-American ...more

Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Sonia Sotomayor Sonia Maria Sotomayor is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving since August 2009. She is the 111th appointment to the Court, has the distinction of being its ...more

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She ...more

William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Jurists
William Howard Taft William Howard Taft was the 27th President of the United States and later the tenth Chief Justice of the United States. He is the only person to have served in both of these offices. Before ...more

Earl Warren is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Earl Warren Earl Warren was an American jurist and politician, who served as the 30th Governor of California and later the 14th Chief Justice of the United States. He is best known for the decisions of the ...more

Pierre Trudeau is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Pierre Trudeau Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau, PC CH CC QC FSRC, usually known as Pierre Trudeau or Pierre Elliott Trudeau, was the 15th Prime Minister of Canada from April 20, 1968 to June 4, ...more

John Jay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Jurists
John Jay John Jay was an American statesman, Patriot, diplomat, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, signer of the Treaty of Paris, and first Chief Justice of the United States. Jay was born ...more

Dan Quayle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Dan Quayle James Danforth "Dan" Quayle, the 44th Vice President of the United States, served with President George H. W. Bush. He served as a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from the state ...more

Hugo Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Hugo Black Hugo Lafayette Black was an American politician and jurist. A member of the Democratic Party, Black represented Alabama in the United States Senate from 1927 to 1937, and served as an Associate ...more

Bud Spencer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Bud Spencer Bud Spencer is an Italian actor, filmmaker and a former professional swimmer. He is known for past roles in action-comedy films together with his long-time film partner Terence Hill. Growing ...more

Hugo Grotius is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Hugo Grotius Hugo Grotius, also known as Huig de Groot, Hugo Grocio or Hugo de Groot, was a jurist in the Dutch Republic. With Francisco de Vitoria and Alberico Gentili he laid the foundations for ...more

William Rehnquist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Jurists
William Rehnquist William Hubbs Rehnquist was an American lawyer, jurist, and political figure who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and later as the 16th Chief Justice of ...more

Pinheiro Machado is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Pinheiro Machado José Gomes Pinheiro Machado was a Brazilian republican politician. He fought for the establishment of the Republic in Brazil and for its consolidation. He fought on the republican side in ...more

Marco Biagi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Marco Biagi Marco Biagi was an Italian jurist. A native of Bologna, he was professor of labour law and industrial relations at the University of Modena. In 1984 Marco Biagi was appointed Professor of Labour ...more

Michael Kirby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Michael Kirby Michael Donald Kirby AC, CMG is an Australian jurist and academic who is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, serving from 1996 to 2009. He has remained active in retirement: in May ...more

John Marshall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Jurists
John Marshall John Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. His court opinions helped lay the basis for United States constitutional law and made the Supreme Court of ...more

Maria Lourdes Sereno is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Maria Lourdes Sereno María Lourdes Aranal-Sereno is the 24th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. At age 52, she is the second youngest and the first female to head the judiciary. In August ...more

Kenji Yoshino is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Kenji Yoshino Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law. Formerly, he was the Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at ...more

Lance Ito is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Lance Ito Lance Allan Ito is an American Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, best known for presiding over the O.J. Simpson murder trial. He currently hears felony criminal cases at the Clara ...more

M. E. Bradford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Jurists
M. E. Bradford Melvin E. "Mel" Bradford was a conservative political commentator and professor of literature at the University of Dallas. Bradford is seen as a leading figure of the paleoconservative ...more

John Marshall Harlan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Jurists
John Marshall Harlan John Marshall Harlan was an American lawyer and politician from Kentucky who served as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. He is best known for his role as the lone dissenter in the ...more

Pierre de Fermat is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Pierre de Fermat Pierre de Fermat was a French lawyer at the Parlement of Toulouse, France, and a mathematician who is given credit for early developments that led to infinitesimal calculus, including his ...more

Antonio Cassese is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Antonio Cassese Antonio Cassese was an Italian jurist who specialized in public international law. He was the first President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the first ...more

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. was an American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902 to 1932, and as Acting Chief Justice of the United States ...more

Frank Murphy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Frank Murphy William Francis "Frank" Murphy was a politician and jurist from Michigan. He was named to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1940 after a political career as Governor of Michigan and Mayor of ...more

Eleftherios Venizelos is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Eleftherios Venizelos Eleftherios Venizelos was an eminent Greek leader of the Greek national liberation movement and a charismatic statesman of the early 20th century remembered for his promotion of ...more

John Marshall Harlan II is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Jurists
John Marshall Harlan II John Marshall Harlan was an American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from 1955 to 1971. His namesake was his grandfather John Marshall Harlan, another associate ...more

Lee Strobel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Lee Strobel Lee Patrick Strobel is an American Christian author, journalist, apologist and pastor. He has written several books, including four which received ECPA Christian Book Awards and a series which ...more

Joseph Story is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Joseph Story Joseph Story was an American lawyer and jurist who served on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1811 to 1845. He is most remembered for his opinions in Martin v. Hunter's Lessee and The ...more

James P. Gray is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Jurists
James P. Gray James Polin "Jim" Gray is an American jurist and the 2012 Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee. He was the presiding judge of the Superior Court of Orange County, California. ...more

Felix Frankfurter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Felix Frankfurter Felix Frankfurter was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Frankfurter was born in Vienna and immigrated to New York at the age of 12. He graduated from Harvard Law School ...more

Nanabhoy Palkhivala is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Nanabhoy Palkhivala Nanabhoy "Nani" Ardeshir Palkhivala was an Indian jurist and economist.

Ibn Battuta is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Ibn Battuta Ibn Baṭūṭah, or simply Ibn Battuta, was a Moroccan explorer of Berber descent. He is known for his extensive travels, accounts of which were published in the Rihla. Over a period of thirty ...more

Fred Teeven is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Fred Teeven Fredrik "Fred" Teeven is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. He has been a Member of the House of Representatives since 26 March 2015. Teeven previously ...more

Harry A. Cole is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Harry A. Cole Harry A. Cole was an American lawyer and jurist from Baltimore, Maryland. Cole was also a member of the Maryland State Senate and the first African-American ever elected to the Maryland Senate ...more

Karolos Papoulias is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Karolos Papoulias Karolos Papoulias was the President of Greece from 2005 to 2015. He was previously the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1985 to 1989 and from 1993 to 1996.

E.T.A. Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Jurists
E.T.A. Hoffmann Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, who was born Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, was a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror, a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist. His ...more

Dries van Agt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Dries van Agt Andreas Antonius Maria "Dries" van Agt is a retired Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal. He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 19 December 1977, until 4 ...more

Carl Schmitt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Carl Schmitt Carl Schmitt was a German philosopher, jurist and political theorist. Schmitt is a major figure in 20th century legal and political theory, writing extensively on the effective wielding of ...more

William Blackstone is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Jurists
William Blackstone Sir William Blackstone KC SL was an English jurist, judge and Tory politician of the eighteenth century. He is most noted for writing the Commentaries on the Laws of England. Born into a ...more

Alex Kozinski is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Alex Kozinski Alex Kozinski is an American federal appellate court judge. He served as Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from November 2007 to December 1, 2014. In ...more

George Halas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Jurists
George Halas George Stanley Halas, Sr., nicknamed "Papa Bear" and "Mr. Everything", was a player, coach, owner and pioneer in professional American football. He was the iconic founder and ...more

Bora Laskin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Bora Laskin Bora Laskin, PC CC FRSC was a Canadian lawyer, academic and judge. He served on the Supreme Court of Canada for fourteen years, including a decade as the fourteenth Chief Justice of Canada.

Stephen Toope is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Stephen Toope Stephen J. Toope, was the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia. He assumed the presidential post on July 1, 2006 and held the position for eight years, until June ...more

Adish Agarwal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Adish Agarwal Dr. Adish C. Aggarwala is a jurist and the president of International Council of Jurists, chairman of All India Bar Association, Convener of Indian Council of Jurists, Chairman of India Legal ...more

Charles Fried is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Charles Fried Charles Fried is an American jurist and lawyer. He served as United States Solicitor General under President Ronald Reagan from 1985 to 1989. He is a professor at Harvard Law School and has been ...more

Arthur Lehman Goodhart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Arthur Lehman Goodhart Arthur Lehman Goodhart, KBE, KC was an American-born British academic jurist and lawyer; he was Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford, 1931–51, when he was also a Fellow of ...more

Job Cohen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Job Cohen Marius Job Cohen is a Dutch social democratic politician and former legal scholar. Cohen obtained his Master of Laws degree at the University of Groningen and his PhD at Leiden University. In ...more

Julio César Strassera is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Julio César Strassera Julio César Strassera was an Argentine lawyer and jurist. He served as Chief Prosecutor during the historic 1985 Trial of the Juntas.

Constantin Stere is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Jurists
Constantin Stere Constantin G. Stere or Constantin Sterea was a Romanian writer, jurist, politician, ideologue of the Poporanist trend, and, in March 1906, co-founder of the literary magazine Viața ...more