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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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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
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 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 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, 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 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
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 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 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 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
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 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 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
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 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 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 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. 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
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