Richard Albert is an elected member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, an elected member of the Executive Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law, and a member of the Governing Council of the International Society of Public Law. He is also a Distinguished Academic Associate at the Centre for Law and Religion at Cardiff Law School in the United Kingdom and a fellow of the Centre for Jurisprudence and Constitutional Studies at Kabarak University in Kenya.
From February 2011 to October 2015, he served as Chair of the Younger Comparativists Committee (YCC) in the American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL). As Chair, he led a group effort to enliven the study of comparative law among younger scholars, most notably by creating the annual YCC Global Conference in comparative law, now the premiere gathering in the world for younger comparativists. The first global conference--New Perspectives in Comparative Law--was held in 2012 held at George Washington University and the second--New Voices in Comparative Law--was held in 2013 at Indiana University. The third annual global conference was held in 2014 at Lewis & Clark University, the fourth was held in 2015 at Florida State University and the fifth is scheduled for 2016 at Tulane University. Prior to completing his tenure as Chair, he secured sites to host the YCC Global Conference in 2017 (Koc University in Istanbul), 2018 (Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland) and 2019 (McGill University in Montreal). In recognition of his service as Chair, the YCC Board and the ASCL named a scholarship in his honor; the Richard Albert Scholarship will support the travel of younger scholars to the annual YCC Global Conference.
Separately, he has organized 30 conferences, workshops and symposia on six continents, in over 15 countries, on a variety of subjects in comparative public law. In 2013, the Association of American Law Schools selected his proposal on comparative constitutional change as the inaugural Academic Symposium to be held at its 2014 Annual Meeting in New York City. In 2014, he was invited to chair a session at the quadrennial World Congress of Constitutional Law. In the same year, he convened a major symposium on Constitution-Making and Constitutional Design. In 2015, he convened scholars from 13 countries for a global workshop on comparative constitutional amendment under the auspices of the International Association of Constitutional Law.
He sits on the scientific advisory board of the International Journal of Constitutional Law and on the editorial boards of the ASCL Series in Comparative Law at Cambridge University Press, the Revista de Investigações Constitucionais and of the Africa Journal of Comparative Constitutional Law. Since 2015, he is a co-editor of the Ashgate Series on Comparative Constitutional Change. And since 2015, he is a member of the Constitutional Law Group in Canada, authors of the leading textbook on Canadian constitutional law.
Richard Albert is a Senior Research Fellow at the Council for Canadian Democracy, a member of the Board of Advisors at the Harlan Institute, a director for the Yale Alumni Fund, an at-large delegate to the Assembly of the Association of Yale Alumni, and a founding member of the national board of the Yale Black Alumni Association. In 2013, he was named to the 50 under 50 list honoring the most influential minority law professors of 50 years of age or younger.