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Anupam Chander

Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law and Director, California International Law Center


A.B., magna cum laude Economics, Harvard University 1989

J.D., Yale Law School 1992


Professor Anupam Chander is the Director of the California International Law Center and Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall Research Scholar. His research focuses on the regulation of globalization and digitization. His new book, The Electronic Silk Road: How the Web Binds the World Together in Commerce, was released in June 2013 by Yale University Press.

He has been a visiting professor at Yale Law School, the University of Chicago Law School, Stanford Law School, and Cornell Law School. He has published widely in the nation’s leading law journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the NYU Law Journal, the University of Chicago Law Review, Texas Law Review, and the California Law Review.

A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, he clerked for Chief Judge Jon O. Newman of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge William A. Norris of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He practiced law in New York and Hong Kong with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.

He serves as a judge and commentator at the Harvard-Stanford Junior International Law Faculty Forum. His writing has received honors from the American Association of Law Schools and been selected for presentation by the Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Forum.

Subject Areas

Cyberlaw, International Finance, Intellectual Property, International Trade, Law And Development, International Business Transactions, Corporate Law, Public International Law

Selected Career Highlights

  • Visiting Professor, University of Chicago Law School, 2008-2009
  • Visiting Professor, Yale Law School, Spring 2008
  • Law Clerk to Chief Judge Jon O. Newman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1993-94
  • Associate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, 1994-99 (New York and Hong Kong)
  • Law Clerk to Chief Judge Jon O. Newman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1993-94
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable William A. Norris, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1992-93
  • Essays Editor, Yale Law Journal
  • Book Review Editor, Yale Journal of International Law

Selected Publications

THE ELECTRONIC SILK ROAD, Yale University Press (2013); Cambridge University Press for South Asian edition with new foreword (Feb. 2014)

SECURING PRIVACY IN THE INTERNET AGE, Stanford University Press, 2008 (co-edited with Lauren Gelman & Margaret Jane Radin)

FRED KOREMATSU, ALL-AMERICAN HERO, (Carolina Academic Press, 2011) (with Madhavi Sunder)

Data Nationalism, Emory L. J. (with Uyen Le) (forthcoming 2014)

Free Speech, Iowa L. Rev. (with Uyen Le) (forthcoming 2014)

How Law Made Silicon Valley, 63 Emory L. J. 639 (2014)

Unshackling Foreign Corporations: Kiobel’s Unexpected Legacy, 107 Am. J. Int’l L. 829 (2013)

Copyright's Cultural Turn, 91 Texas L. Rev. 1397 (2013) (with Madhavi Sunder)

Jasmine Revolutions, 97 Cornell L. Rev. 1505 (2012)

Facebookistan, 90 N.C. L. REV. 1807 (2012)

Golan v. Holder, 105 AM. J. INT’L L. (forthcoming 2012) (with Madhavi Sunder and Uyen Le)

Googling Freedom, 99 CAL. L. REV. 1

The Asian Century?, 44 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 717 (2011)

Youthful Indiscretion in an Internet Age, in THE OFFENSIVE INTERNET, 124 (Harvard U. Press, 2011; edited by Saul Levmore and Martha Nussbaum)

Clearing Credit Default Swaps: A Case Study in Global Legal Convergence, 10 CHI. J. INT’L L. 639 (2010) (with Randall Costa)

International Trade and Internet Freedom, 102 Am. Soc’y Int’l L. Proc. 37 (2009)

Trade 2.0, 34 YALE J. INT’L L. (2009)

Critical Corporate Law, Colorblind Constitutional Law, 118 Yale L.J. Online 61 (2008)

Corporate Law's Distributive Design, 118 Yale L.J. Online 82 (2008)

Globalization Through Digitization, in 2 GLOBALIZATION COMES HOME 73, Beverly Crawford, ed., 2008

Flying the Mexican Flag in Los Angeles, 75 Fordham L. Rev. 2455 (2007) (symposium on global citizenship)

Is Nozick Kicking Rawls' Ass? Intellectual Property and Social Justice, 40 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 563 (2007) (symposium introduction)

Everyone's a Superhero: A Cultural Theory of Mary Sue Fan Fiction as Fair Use, 95 Cal. L. Rev. 597 (2007)

Homeward Bound, 80 N.Y.U. Law Review 60 (2006)

Globalization and Distrust, 114 Yale L. J. (2005)

Apple Rips Whilte Grokster Burns: How MGM v. Grokster Benefits Information Technology Companies, (June 29, 2005) (with Madhavi Sunder)

Odious Securitization, 53 Emory L. J. 923 (2004)

The Romance of the Public Domain, 92 Cal. L. Rev. 1331 (2004) (with Madhavi Sunder)

Illegal Art? The Artists' Group Superflex Co-Opts Global Trademarks, (May 13, 2004)

Guarana Power to the People, (May 2004) (exhibition catalog) (translated into Danish)

Minorities, Shareholder and Otherwise, 113 Yale. L. J. (2003)

The New, New Property, 81 Texas L. Rev. 715 (2003)

This Penguin May Bite: Linux's Counter-attack Against SCO, (Nov. 13, 2003)

Secrets and Lies: How Secret Bidding and the Shut-Out of Foreign Corporations in Iraqi Reconstruction Violates International Trade Principles, (Apr 24, 2003)

Whose Republic?, 69 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1479 (2002)

Next Stop, Kazaakhstan?, The Legal Globe-trotting Of Kazaa The Post-Napster File-Sharing Company, (Oct. 24, 2002)

Verizon's Solution in the Napster Debate,, May 30, 2002

Guantanamo and the Rule of Law,, March 7, 2002

Diaspora Bonds, 76 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1005 (2001)

Why is the programmer, not the pirate, the criminal?, SF Chronicle, Aug. 30, 2001

Copyright "Criminals": How the Sklyarov Case Exposes the Power of the Copyright Lobby,, Aug. 21, 2001

Song may not be over for Napster, CNN.Com, Aug. 1, 2001

The New York Times and Napster: How the Supreme Court's Ruling in Favor of Freelance Writers Could Keep Online Music Sharing Alive,, Jul. 30, 2001

"Freedom of Movement" in the UNHCR NGO Manual on International Human Rights, (1998) (published in English and Russian; coauthored with Joanne Mariner)

Designating the Place of Confinement in Probation Sentences: A Judge's Prerogative, 8 Fed. Sentencing Rep. 173 (1995).

Sovereignty, Referenda, and the Entrenchment of a United Kingdom Bill of Rights, 101 YALE L.J. 457 (1991)

The Fight Over Patent Protection for Pharmaceuticals,

Liberating Afghanistan but Yielding Freedoms at Home: Reflections On The Year Since September 11