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

  • "Competition Gone Global: The Comparative Competition Law and Enforcement Datasets," __ Journal of Empirical Legal Studies __ (forthcoming) (with Anu Bradford, Christopher Megaw & Nathaniel Sokol).
  • "Legal Rasputins? Law Clerk Influence on Voting at the U.S. Supreme Court," __ Journal of Law, Economics and Organization __ (forthcoming) (with Adam Bonica, Kyle Rozema, Jacob Goldin & Maya Sen).
  • "Competition Law Around the World from 1889 to 2010: The Competition Law Index," __ Journal of Competition Law and Economics __ (forthcoming) (with Anu Bradford).
  • "Treaties and Human Rights: The Role of Long-Term Trends," __ Law & Contemporary Problems __ (forthcoming) (with Eric Posner).
  • "Trade Openness and Antitrust Law," __ Journal of Law and Economics __ (forthcoming) (with Anu Bradford).
  • "Country Specific Investments and the Rights of Non-Citizens," 57 Virginia Journal of International Law 575 (2018) (with Eric Posner). ssrn www
  • "Optimal Design of Guest Worker Programs: An Introduction," 47 Journal of Legal Studies 1 (2018) (with Tom Ginsburg & Eric Posner). www
  • "Why Countries Sign Bilateral Labor Agreements," 47 Journal of Legal Studies 45 (2018) (with Eric Posner). ssrn www
  • "Courts’ Limited Ability to Protect Constitutional Rights," 85 University of Chicago Law Review 293 (2018) (with Mila Versteeg). ssrn
  • "The Legal Academy's Ideological Uniformity," 47 Journal of Legal Studies 1 (2018) (with Adam Bonica & Kyle Rozema & Maya Sen). ssrn www
  • "Reciprocity and Public Opposition to Foreign Direct Investment," British Journal of Political Science __ (2017) (with Helen Milner & Dustin Tingley). www
  • "Rights Without Resources: The Impact of Constitutional Social Rights on Social Spending," 60 Journal of Law and Economics 713 (2017) (with Mila Versteeg). ssrn 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 (online) (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
  • "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