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Anupam Chander

Professor of Law, School of Law

Anupam ChanderOffice: 2085 King Hall
Phone: (530) 754 5304
Email: achander (at) ucdavis(dot) edu


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, is forthcoming in June 2013 from 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, theNYU Law Journal, the University of Chicago Law ReviewTexas 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.

Special Interests

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
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Selected Publications


  • 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, CAL. L. REV. (forthcoming 2010)
  • Youthful Indiscretion in an Internet Age, in THE OFFENSIVE INTERNET, (Harvard U. Press, forthcoming 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)
  • Trade 2.0, 34 YALE J. INT’L L. (2009)
  • Globalization Through Digitization, in 2 GLOBALIZATION COMES HOME 73, Beverly Crawford, ed., 2008
  • Everyone's a Superhero: A Cultural Theory of Mary Sue Fan Fiction as Fair Use, 95 Cal. L. Rev. 597 (2007)
  • Globalization and Distrust, 114 Yale L. J. (2005)
  • Homeward Bound, 80 N.Y.U. Law Review 60 (2006)
  • Odious Securitization, 53 Emory L. J. 923 (2004)
  • The Romance of the Public Domain, 92 Cal. L. Rev. 1331 (2004) (with Madhavi Sunder)
  • Minorities, Shareholder and Otherwise, 113 Yale. L. J. (2003)
  • The New, New Property, 81 Texas L. Rev. 715 (2003)
  • Whose Republic?, 69 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1479 (2002)
  • Diaspora Bonds, 76 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1005 (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)
  • Apple Rips Whilte Grokster Burns: How MGM v. Grokster Benefits Information Technology Companies, Findlaw.com (June 29, 2005) (with Madhavi Sunder)
  • Illegal Art? The Artists' Group Superflex Co-Opts Global Trademarks, Findlaw.com (May 13, 2004)
  • Guarana Power to the People, Superflex.net (May 2004) (exhibition catalog) (translated into Danish)
  • This Penguin May Bite: Linux's Counter-attack Against SCO, Findlaw.com (Nov. 13, 2003)
  • Secrets and Lies: How Secret Bidding and the Shut-Out of Foreign Corporations in Iraqi Reconstruction Violates International Trade Principles, Findlaw.com (Apr 24, 2003)
  • The Fight Over Patent Protection for Pharmaceuticals, Findlaw.com
  • Next Stop, Kazaakhstan?, The Legal Globe-trotting Of Kazaa The Post-Napster File-Sharing Company, Findlaw.com (Oct. 24, 2002)
  • Liberating Afghanistan but Yielding Freedoms at Home: Reflections On The Year Since September 11
  • Verizon's Solution in the Napster Debate, Findlaw.com, May 30, 2002
  • Guantanamo and the Rule of Law, Findlaw.com, March 7, 2002
  • 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, Findlaw.com, 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, Findlaw.com, Jul. 30, 2001
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