Adam Chilton

Adam Chilton

Assistant Professor of Law, Walter Mander Research Scholar

Adam Chilton's research interests lie at the intersection of international law, comparative law, and empirical legal studies. His current research projects include using quantitative research methods to study the effectiveness of constitutional rights at improving the protection of human rights; coding the development and enforcement of antitrust regimes around the world; testing the political determinants of the United States polices in a variety of areas of international economic law; and mapping the ideology of the legal profession. 

Adam received a BA and MA in Political Science from Yale University. After college, Adam worked as a management consultant for BCG. He then went to Harvard University, where he earned a JD as well as a PhD in Political Science. Before joining the faculty, Adam taught at the Law School as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law.

Education

Harvard University

JD, 2013
PhD in Political Science, 2013
MA in Political Science, 2012

Yale University

MA in Political Science, 2007
BA in Political Science, 2007

Experience

The University of Chicago Law School

Assistant Professor of Law, 2014-present
Walter Mander Research Scholar, 2017-present
Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law, 2013-2014

O'Melveny & Myers, LLP Washington, D.C.

Summer Associate, 2010 and 2012

Department of Justice, Office of the Assistant Attorney General - Civil Division

Summer Law Intern Program, 2011

Boston Consulting Group

Associate, 2007-2009

Journal Articles

  • "Rights Without Resources: The Impact of Constitutional Social Rights on Social Spending," __ Journal of Law and Economics __ (forthcoming) (with Mila Versteeg). ssrn
  • "Why Countries Sign Bilateral Labor Agreements," __ Journal of Legal Studies __ (forthcoming) (with Eric Posner). ssrn
  • "The Legal Academy's Ideological Uniformity," __ Journal of Legal Studies __ (forthcoming) (with Adam Bonica & Kyle Rozema & Maya Sen). ssrn
  • "Courts’ Limited Ability to Protect Constitutional Rights," 85 University of Chicago Law Review 293 (2018) (with Mila Versteeg). ssrn
  • "Country Specific Investments and the Rights of Non-Citizens," __ Virginia Journal of International Law __ (forthcoming 2017) (with Eric Posner). ssrn
  • "Reciprocity and Public Opposition to Foreign Direct Investment," British Journal of Political Science __ (2017) (with Helen Milner & Dustin Tingley). www
  • "Book Review of The Continent of International Law: Explaining Agreement Design by Barbara Koremenos," 111 American Journal of International Law 801 (2017). www
  • "Experimentally Testing the Effectiveness of Human Rights Treaties," 18 Chicago Journal of International Law 164 (2017). ssrn
  • "The Political Ideologies of Law Clerks," 19 American Law and Economics Review 96 (2017) (with Adam Bonica, Jacob Goldin, Kyle Rozema & Maya Sen). ssrn cu www
  • "Measuring Judicial Ideology Using Law Clerk Hiring," 19 American Law and Economics Review 129 (2017) (with Adam Bonica, Kyle Rozema, Jacob Goldin & Maya Sen). ssrn cu www
  • "Has Trump's Promised Assault on International Law Materialized?," 2017 University of Illinois Law Review Online: Trump 100 Days __ (2017). cu www
  • "The Influence of History on States’ Compliance with Human Rights Obligations," 56 Virginia Journal of International Law 212 (2017) (with Eric Posner). ssrn cu
  • "Making Doctrinal Work More Rigorous: Lessons from Systematic Reviews," 84 University of Chicago Law Review 37 (2017) (with William Baude & Anup Malani). ssrn cu
  • "A Call for Developing a Field of Positive Legal Methodology," 84 University of Chicago Law Review 1 (2017) (with William Baude & Anup Malani). cu
  • "The Limitations of Supply Chain Disclosure Regimes," 53 Stanford Journal of International Law 1 (2017) (with Galit Sarfaty). ssrn cu
  • "The Political Ideologies of American Lawyers," 8 Journal of Legal Analysis 277 (2016) (with Adam Bonica & Maya Sen). ssrn cu www
  • "Simplification of Privacy Disclosures: An Experimental Test," 45 Journal of Legal Studies S41 (2016) (with Omri Ben-Shahar). ssrn cu
  • "Did the Creation of the United Nations Human Rights Council Produce a Better ‘Jury’?," 58 Harvard International Law Journal Online 7 (2016) (with Robert Golan-Vilella). ssrn cu www
  • "Do Constitutional Rights Make a Difference?," 60 American Journal of Political Science 575 (2016) (with Mila Versteeg). ssrn cu www
  • "Revisiting Procedure and Precedent in the WTO: An Analysis of US-Countervailing and Anti-Dumping Measure (China)," 15 World Trade Review 375 (2016) (with Mostafa Beshkar). ssrn cu
  • "International Law, Constitutional Law, and Public Support for Torture," 3 Research & Politics 1 (2016) (with Mila Versteeg). ssrn cu www
  • "The Motivations of the United States' Bilateral Investment Treaty Program," 23 Review of International Political Economy 614 (2016). ssrn cu www
  • "Challenging the Randomness of Panel Assignments in the Federal Courts of Appeals," 101 Cornell Law Review 1 (2015) (with Marin Levy). ssrn cu
  • "The Failure of Constitutional Torture Prohibitions," 44 Journal of Legal Studies 417 (2015) (with Mila Versteeg). ssrn cu
  • "An Empirical Study of Political Bias in Legal Scholarship," 44 Journal of Legal Studies 277 (2015) (with Eric Posner). ssrn cu
  • "Reconsidering the Motivations of the United States' Bilateral Investment Treaty Program," 108 American Society of International Law Proceedings 373 (2015). ssrn cu
  • "Foreign Sovereign Immunity and Comparative Institutional Competence," 163 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 411 (2015) (with Christopher Whytock). ssrn cu
  • "The Laws of War and Public Opinion: An Experimental Study," 171 Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 181 (2015). ssrn cu
  • "The Political Economy of Inward FDI: Opposition to Chinese Mergers & Acquisitions," 8 Chinese Journal of International Politics 27 (2015) (with Dustin Tingley, Christopher Xu & Helen Milner). ssrn cu
  • "Supplying Compliance: Why and When the US Complies with WTO Rulings," 39 Yale Journal of International Law 201 (2014) (with Rachel Brewster) (Data). ssrn cu
  • "The Influence of International Human Rights Agreements on Public Opinion: An Experimental Study," 15 Chicago Journal of International Law 110 (2014). ssrn cu
  • "Why the Study of International Law Needs Experiments," 52 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 173 (2013) (with Dustin Tingley). ssrn cu
  • "A Reply to Dworkin's New Theory of International Law," 80 The University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue 105 (2013). ssrn cu
  • "The Earned Income Tax Credit, Low-Income Workers, and the Legal Aid Community," 3 Columbia Journal of Tax Law 176 (2012) (with Jonathan P. Schneller & Joshua L. Boehm). ssrn cu
  • "The Doctrinal Paradox & International Law," 34 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 67 (2012) (with Dustin Tingley). ssrn cu
  • "Book Review (reviewing Charles R. Beitz, The Idea of Human Rights)," 25 Harvard Human Rights Journal 237 (2012). cu
  • "Recent Developments in Health Law: Brazil's Pregnancy Registration Requirement and International Commitments to the Rights of Women," 40 Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 696 (2012). cu
  • "Equality, Procedural Justice, and the World Trade Organization," 7 Intercultural Human Rights Law Review 277 (2012) (with Ryan W. Davis). ssrn cu
  • "Book Review (reviewing Beth A. Simmons, Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics)," 24 Harvard Human Rights Journal 243 (2011). cu
  • "India's Evolving Patent Laws and the WTO Obligations: The Rejection of Abbott Laboratories' Application for a New Kaletra Patent," 39 Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 296 (2011). cu

Working Papers

  • "Political Discrimination in the Law Review Selection Process," Coase-Sandor Working Paper Series in Law and Economics, No. 832 (2018) (with Jonathan Masur & Kyle Rozema). ssrn
  • "Why Countries Sign Bilateral Labor Agreements," Coase-Sandor Working Paper Series in Law and Economics, No. 807 (2017) (with Eric Posner). ssrn cu
  • "Influence and Ideology in the American Judiciary: Evidence from Supreme Court Law Clerks," Coase-Sandor Working Paper Series in Law and Economics, No. 795 (2017) (with Adam Bonica & Jacob Goldin, Kyle Rozema & Maya Sen). ssrn cu
  • "Rights Without Resources: The Impact of Constitutional Social Rights on Social Spending," Coase-Sandor Working Paper Series in Law and Economics, No. 781 (2016) (with Mila Versteeg). ssrn cu
  • "Respect for Human Rights: Law and History," Coase-Sandor Working Paper Series in Law and Economics, No. 770 (2016) (with Eric Posner). ssrn cu
  • "United Nations Endorsement & Support for Human Rights: An Experiment on Women's Rights in Pakistan," Coase-Sandor Working Paper Series in Law and Economics, No. 747 (2016) (with Gulnaz Anjum & Zahid Usman). ssrn cu

Other Publications

  • "Trump just blocked a Chinese takeover of a sensitive U.S. company. Here's what's going on.," Washington Post, September 15, 2017 (with Helen Milner & Dustin Tingley). www
  • "The Political Donations Made by Robert Mueller’s Team Are Not Evidence of Bias," Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2017 (with Adam Bonica & Maya Sen). www
  • "The Potential Silver Lining in Trump’s Travel Ban," Washington Post, July 5, 2017 (with Genevieve Lakier). www
  • "Using Experiments to Improve Women's Rights in Pakistan," openDemocracy, May 3, 2017 (with Gulnaz Anjum). www
  • "New Data Show How Liberal Merrick Garland Really Is," Washington Post, March 30, 2016 (with Adam Bonica & Jacob Goldin, Kyle Rozema & Maya Sen). www
  • "Gaming the Laws of War," The New Rambler, July 1, 2015. www
  • "The Failure of Constitutional Torture Prohibitions," Washington Post, April 25, 2015 (with Mila Versteeg). www
  • "Rappers v. Scotus," Slate, June 12, 2014 (with Kevin Jiang & Eric Posner). www

2018

Book Conference on the Effectiveness of Constitutions at the University of Virginia; University of Chicago Law School Faculty Workshop

2017

Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS); University of Chicago Law School Faculty Workshop; International Religious Liberty Association Meeting of Experts at Princeton University; Conference on Constitutions and Inequality at the University of New South Wales; Conference on Empirical Legal Studies in Asia (CELSA); Law, Competition, & Markets Conference hosted by Columbia University in Paris; University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy - Development Workshop; University of Illinois Law School; Berkeley Law School Colloquium on International and Comparative Law; Temple University Beasley School of Law International Law Colloquium

2016

Hebrew University Law & Economics Workshop; Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS); Columbia Law & Economics Workshop; University of Chicago Law School Faculty Workshop; The Optimal Design of Guest Worker Programs Workshop at the University of Chicago Law School; Conference on the Regulation of Multinational Corporations at Princeton University; UCLA Law & Economics Workshop; The External Dimensions of Constitutions Conference at Cambridge University; Conference on Empirical Legal Studies in Europe (CELSE); University of Hamburg; Law and Society Association (LSA); American Law & Economics Association (ALEA); Berkeley Law School Colloquium on International and Comparative Law; Hobart William & Smith College; Seventh Circuit Bar Association Symposium on Immigration Law; University of Chicago Law School Faculty Workshop

2015

SELS Global Junior Empirical Legal Studies Workshop; ASIL International Law in Domestic Courts Workshop; Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS); University of Chicago Law School Faculty Workshop; Contracting over Privacy Conference at the University of Chicago; Northwestern Law School Law & Economics Workshop; European Association for Law & Economics (EALE); Cornell Law School International Law & International Relations Workshop; Shanghai Jiao Tong University & University of Chicago - Securities Law Forum; University of Chicago Law School Faculty Workshop; WTO Case Law Conference; Constitutional Effectiveness Conference at the University of Chicago; Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA); Loyola Law School; Arizona State University Law School; Chicago Area Junior Faculty Workshop

2014

University of Chicago Law School Faculty Workshop; American Society of International Law - International Law as Behavior; Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS); Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy International Law & Relations Workshop; Has International Law Failed? Conference at the University of Chicago; Chicago Area Junior Faculty Workshop; Duke Law School Faculty Workshop; Max Planck Institute 32nd Conference on New Institutional Economics; Political Economy and Public Law (PELP); Midwest Colloquium on Int'l Organizations & Int'l Relations; American Law & Economics Association (ALEA); American Society of International Law (ASIL); Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA); University of Chicago Law School Faculty Workshop

2013

American Society of International Law (ASIL) -- IEcLIG Junior Scholars Forum; Chicago Law School Conference on the Economic Foundations on Int'l Law; Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS); Midwest Law & Economics Association; Chicago Area Junior Faculty Workshop; Harvard International Relations - International Law Workshop; Harvard Government Department International Relations Workshop; Harvard Weatherhead Center Graduate Student Associates Workshop

2012

Tobin Project Research Forum on National Security; International Political Economy Society (IPES); American Society of International Law (ASIL) Research Forum; Harvard Weatherhead Center Political Violence Workshop; Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA); Harvard IQSS Political Economy Workshop

2011

Harvard International Relations - International Law Workshop; Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS); Tobin Project Research Forum on National Security; American Political Science Association