Anthony Kronman is Sterling Professor of Law. He teaches in the areas of contracts, bankruptcy, jurisprudence, social theory, and professional responsibility. He directs The Middle East Legal Studies Seminar (MELSS), an annual meeting held since 1998 in which lawyers, judges, and law professors from the Middle East gather with Yale professors and students. The Seminar has successfully brought together established and emerging leaders who are open to reform and committed to democracy in their own countries. Past topics have included the concept of legal authority, fundamental rights, and religious pluralism. Along with Owen Fiss, he also directs the Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization.