Adam Chilton

Adam Chilton

Professor of Law, Walter Mander Research Scholar

Adam Chilton is a Professor of Law and the Walter Mander Research Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School. Adam's primary research interests lie at the intersection of international law, comparative law, and empirical legal studies.

Adam recently published his first book, How Constitutional Rights Matter, with his co-author Mila Versteeg. The book is part of an ongoing research project focused on using a variety of research methods—including survey experiments, statistical analyses, and case studies from around the world—to study whether including rights in constitutions improves protection of human rights.

Adam’s other ongoing projects include documenting the development and enforcement of competition law regimes around the world, studying how Bilateral Labor Agreements can be used to promote international labor migration, and researching how to improve the quality of life in India’s slums.

In addition to these international and comparative projects, Adam researches the ideology of the American legal profession, judicial decision making, and how to improve the legal academy. Adam co-writes a blog, Summary, Judgment, with Will Baude that covers many of these topics.

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 and 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
AM in Political Science, 2007
BA in Political Science, 2007

Experience

The University of Chicago Law School
Professor of Law, 2019-present
Assistant Professor of Law, 2014-2019
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

Books (Author)

  • How Constitutional Rights Matter (Oxford University Press, 2020) (with Mila Versteeg).

Journal Articles

  • "Trade Openness and Antitrust Law," __ Journal of Law and Economics __ (forthcoming) (with Anu Bradford).
  • "United Nations Endorsement and Support for Human Rights: An Experiment on Women’s Rights in Pakistan.," __ Journal of Peace Research __ (2020) (forthcoming) (with Gulnaz Anjum & Zahid Usman). ssrn www
  • "Do Legal Origins Predict Legal Substance?," __ Journal of Peace Research __ (2020) (forthcoming) (with Anu Bradford, Yun-chien Chang & Nuno Garoupa). ssrn
  • "Small-c Constitutional Rights," __ International Journal of Constitutional Law __ (2020) (forthcoming) (with Mila Versteeg). ssrn
  • "Political Ideology in the Law Review Selection Process," 22 American Law and Economics Review __ (2020) (with Jonathan S. Masur & Kyle Rozema). ssrn
  • "Land, Politics, and Insecurity in Slums: A Photo Essay," EPW Engage __ (2020) (with Anup Malani & Shafali Sharma & Lakshmee Sharma). www
  • "The Chicago School’s Limited Influence on International Antitrust," University of Chicago Law Review __ (2020) (with Anu Bradford & Filippo Lancieri). ssrn
  • "Political Ideology and the Law Review Selection Process," 22 American Law and Economics Review 211 (2020) (with Jonathan S. Masur & Kyle Rozema). ssrn www
  • "Reciprocity and Public Opposition to Foreign Direct Investment," 50 British Journal of Political Science 129 (2020) (with Helen V. Milner & Dustin Tingley). www
  • "The Global Dominance of European Competition Law Over American Antitrust Law," 16 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 731 (2019) (with Anu Bradford, Katerina Linos & Alex Weaver). ssrn www
  • "Competition Gone Global: The Comparative Competition Law and Enforcement Datasets," 16 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 411 (2019) (with Anu Bradford, Christopher Megaw & Nathaniel Sokol). ssrn www
  • "Legal Rasputins? Law Clerk Influence on Voting at the U.S. Supreme Court," 35 Journal of Law, Economics and Organization 1 (2019) (with Adam Bonica, Kyle Rozema, Jacob Goldin & Maya Sen). cu www
  • "Trade Openness and Antitrust Law," 62 Journal of Law and Economics 29 (2019) (with Anu Bradford). ssrn www
  • "What Should Law School Rankings Measure and How Should We Measure It: A Comment on Heald and Sichelman’s Rankings," 60 Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science & Technology 61 (2019) (with Jonathan S. Masur). ssrn www
  • "What Should Law School Rankings Measure and How Should We Measure It: A Comment on Heald and Sichelman’s Rankings," 61 Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science & Technology __ (2019) (with Jonathan S. Masur). ssrn www
  • "Treaties and Human Rights: The Role of Long-Term Trends," 81 Law & Contemporary Problems 1 (2018) (with Eric A. Posner). ssrn cu www
  • "Competition Law Around the World from 1889 to 2010: The Competition Law Index," 14 Journal of Competition Law and Economics 393 (2018) (with Anu Bradford). ssrn cu www
  • "Country Specific Investments and the Rights of Non-Citizens," 57 Virginia Journal of International Law 575 (2018) (with Eric A. Posner). ssrn cu www
  • "Optimal Design of Guest Worker Programs: An Introduction," 47 Journal of Legal Studies 1 (2018) (with Tom Ginsburg & Eric A. Posner). cu www
  • "Why Countries Sign Bilateral Labor Agreements," 47 Journal of Legal Studies 45 (2018) (with Eric A. Posner). ssrn cu www
  • "Courts’ Limited Ability to Protect Constitutional Rights," 85 University of Chicago Law Review 293 (2018) (with Mila Versteeg). ssrn cu
  • "The Legal Academy's Ideological Uniformity," 47 Journal of Legal Studies 1 (2018) (with Adam Bonica & Kyle Rozema & Maya Sen). ssrn cu www
  • "Reciprocity and Public Opposition to Foreign Direct Investment," British Journal of Political Science __ (2017) (with Helen V. Milner & Dustin Tingley). cu 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 cu www
  • "Book Review of The Continent of International Law: Explaining Agreement Design by Barbara Koremenos," 111 American Journal of International Law 801 (2017). cu www
  • "Experimentally Testing the Effectiveness of Human Rights Treaties," 18 Chicago Journal of International Law 164 (2017). ssrn cu
  • "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 A. 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 A. 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 A. 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 V. 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 Ideology in the Law Review Selection Process," (2020) (with Jonathan S. Masur & Kyle Rozema). ssrn
  • "Rethinking Law School Tenure Standards," (2019) (with Jonathan S. Masur & Kyle Rozema). ssrn

Other Publications

  • "Red and Blue America Agree That Now Is the Time to Violate the Constitution," The Atlantic, March 2020 (with Kevin Cope, Charles Crabtree & Mila Versteeg). www
  • "Academic Highlight: The 'Odd Party Out' Theory of Certiorari,"," SCOTUSblog, February 21, 2020 (with Adam Bonica & Maya Sen). www
  • "The Chicago School's Limited Influence on International Antitrust," Oxford Business Law Blog, January 6, 2020 (with Anu Bradford & Filippo Lancieri). www
  • "Competitive Tensions," Reuters Breakingviews, November 26, 2019 (with Anu Bradford & Katerina Linos). www
  • "Randomizing Policy and the Risk of Multiple Hypothesis Testing," The Regulatory Review, November 20, 2019. www
  • "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 V. 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 A. Posner). www