Faculty Profiles

Robert B. Ahdieh

Robert B. Ahdieh

K.H. Gyr Professor of Private International Law

Areas of Expertise

Contracts, Comparative Law, Federalism, Corporate Federalism, Emerging Markets Law, International Trade Law, Russian Law

Curriculum Vitae

A graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Yale Law School, Robert B. Ahdieh served as law clerk to Judge James R. Browning of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before his selection for the Honor's Program in the Civil Division of the US Department of Justice.

While still in law school, Ahdieh published what remains one of the seminal treatments of the constitutional transformation of post-Soviet Russia: "Russia's Constitutional Revolution—Legal Consciousness and the Transition to Democracy." Ahdieh's work has also appeared in the Michigan Law Review, the NYU Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, and the Emory Law Journal, among other journals.

Ahdieh's scholarly interests revolve around questions of regulatory design. His particular emphasis has been various non-traditional modes of regulation, including those grounded in dynamics of coordination. Paradigms of coordination, though relatively less attended to in the legal literature, hold significant promise both in helping us to theorize existing regulatory patterns and in fostering new regulatory constructs.

Ahdieh has explored these issues in a variety of transactional areas, including corporate and securities law, international trade and finance, and contracts. Within these, Ahdieh’s work has emphasized two particular patterns of coordination. The first—intersystemic governance—draws on domestic regimes of federalism and transnational regimes of global governance and subsidiarity, to highlight patterns of jurisdictional overlap that, in their very complexity, may offer significant benefits. The second—patterns Ahdieh places under a rubric of "The New Regulation"—draws more directly on coordination game dynamics, to highlight various non-traditional regulatory forms, as well distinct occasions for potential regulatory intervention.

During the 2007–2008 academic year, Ahdieh was a visiting professor and the Microsoft/LAPA Fellow at Princeton University's Program in Law and Public Affairs. In Spring 2014, he served as Douglas McK. Brown Visiting Chair in Law, University of British Columbia.

Education: JD, Yale University, 1997; AB, Princeton University, 1994


Russia's Constitutional Revolution: Legal Consciousness and the Transition to Democracy 1985-1996. The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997.

Journal Articles  

"Toward a Jurisprudence of Free Expression in Russia: The European Court of Human Rights, Sub-National Courts, and Intersystemic Adjudication," 18 UCLA Journal of International and Foreign Affairs  (forthcoming 2014).

"A Man in Full," 61 Emory Law Journal 1015 (2012). 

"Beyond Individualism in Law and Economics," 91 Boston University Law Review 43 (2011) Published with response essays by Professors Rick Brooks, Ken Dau-Schmidt & Tom Ulen.

"The Visible Hand: Coordination Functions of the Regulatory State," 95 Minnesota Law Review 578 (2010).

"Imperfect Alternatives: Networks, Salience, and Institutional Design in Financial Crisis," 79 Cincinnati Law Review 527 (2010).

"After the Fall: Financial Crisis and International Order," 24 Emory International Law Review 1 (2010).

Book Chapters

"Varieties of Corporate Law-Making: Competition, Preemption, and Federalism," in Research Handbook on the Economics of Corporate Law 373 (Claire A. Hill & Brett H. McDonnell, eds.) (2012).

Recent Paper Presentations

Cost, Benefits and the Analysis of Financial Regulation

  • University of Illinois, Corporate & Securities Litigation Workshop, Chicago, IL, Nov. 9, 2013
  • Administrative Conference of the United States, Washington, D.C., April 4, 2013
  • University of California, Irvine School of Law, Irvine, California, March 15, 2013
  • University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law, Hong Kong, January 25, 2013
  • University of Minnesota School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 5, 2012

The Visible Hand: Coordination Functions of the Regulatory State

  • China University of Political Science & Law, Beijing, China, December 19, 2013
  • Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China, December 19, 2013
  • Renmin University School of Law, Beijing, China, December 19, 2013
  • Tsinghua University School of Law, Beijing, China, December 18, 2013
  • East China University of Political Science & Law, Shanghai, China, December 17, 2013
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Law, Shanghai, China, December 16, 2013
  • City University of Hong Kong School of Law, Hong Kong, January 28, 2013

Imperfect Alternatives: Networks, Salience, and Institutional Design in Financial Crisis

  • University of Hong Kong, Conference on Reconceptualizing Global Finance and Its Regulation, Hong Kong, December 14, 2013
  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 12, 2010 American Society of International Law, Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., March 26, 2010

Other Recent Presentations

“Freedom of Expression in Post-Soviet Russia,” February 15, 2013, Conference on ‘Building BRICs: Human Rights in Today’s Emerging Economic Powers,’ University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California

Administrative Law “New Voices” Program, January 6, 2013, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana (Respondent)

“International Regulatory Cooperation and its New Executive Order,” October 25, 2012, ABA Section of