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Gillian K. Hadfield

Gillian K. Hadfield is the Richard L. and Antoinette Schamoi Kirtland professor of law and professor of economics at the University of Southern California and visiting Professor at the University of Chicago. She studies the design of legal and dispute resolution systems; contracting; and the performance and regulation of legal markets and the legal profession. Her recent work focuses on the innovation and design of legal institutions and regulations to promote access to justice and economic growth in both advanced and developing countries. Her book, Rules for a Flat World: Why Humans Invented Law and How to Reinvent It for a Complex Global Economy will be published by Oxford University Press in November, 2016.

Professor Hadfield holds a B.A.H. from Queen’s University, a J.D. from Stanford Law School and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. She served as clerk to Chief Judge Patricia Wald on the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Columbia, NYU and Hastings law schools, a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on the Future of Technology, Values and Policy, former director of the American Law and Economics Association and the International Society for New Institutional Economics, and past president of the Canadian Law and Economics Association.