Robert B. Ahdieh

Vice Dean, Professor of Law and Director, Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance

Curriculum Vitae



Areas of Expertise
Contracts, Comparative Law, International Trade Law, Corporate Federalism, Emerging Markets Law, Russian Law


A graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Yale Law School, Robert B. Ahdieh served as law clerk to Judge James R. Browning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before his selection for the Honor's Program in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

While still in law school, Ahdieh published what remains one of the seminal treatments of the constitutional transformation of post-Soviet Russia: Russia's Constitutional Revolution - Legal Consciousness and the Transition to Democracy. Ahdieh's work has also appeared in the Michigan Law Review, the NYU Law Review, the Southern California Law Review and the Emory Law Journal, among other journals.

Ahdieh's scholarly interests revolve around questions of regulatory design. His particular emphasis has been various non-traditional modes of regulation, including those grounded in dynamics of coordination. Paradigms of coordination, though relatively less attended to in the legal literature, hold significant promise both in helping us to theorize existing regulatory patterns and in fostering new regulatory constructs.

Ahdieh has explored these issues in a variety of transactional areas, including corporate and securities law, international trade and finance, and contracts. Within these, Ahdieh’s work has emphasized two particular patterns of coordination. The first—intersystemic governance—draws on domestic regimes of federalism and transnational regimes of global governance and subsidiarity, to highlight patterns of jurisdictional overlap that, in their very complexity, may offer significant benefits. The second—patterns Ahdieh places under a rubric of ‘The New Regulation’—draws more directly on coordination game dynamics, to highlight various non-traditional regulatory forms, as well distinct occasions for potential regulatory intervention.

During the 2007-2008 academic year, Ahdieh is a visiting professor and the Microsoft/LAPA Fellow at Princeton University's Program in Law and Public Affairs.

Ahdieh's courses include Contracts, Comparative Law, International Trade Law, Corporate Federalism and Emerging Markets Law.

Education: AB, Princeton University, 1994; JD, Yale University, 1997.

The Strategy of Boilerplate
Michigan Law Review, Vol. 104, p. 1033, 2006

The Role of Groups in Norm Transformation: A Dramatic Sketch, in Three Parts
Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 05-9, Emory Law and Economics Research Paper No. 05-9, Chicago Journal of International Law Vol. 6, No. 1, p. 233, 2005 2005

The Strategy of Boilerplate
Emory Law and Economics Research Paper No. 05-22 2005

From 'Federalization' to 'Mixed Governance' in Corporate Law: A Defense of Sarbanes-Oxley
Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 05-34 2005

From 'Federalization' to 'Mixed Governance' in Corporate Law: A Defense of Sarbanes-Oxley
Buffalo Law Review, Vol. 53, p. 721, 2005

The Role of Groups in Norm Transformation: A Dramatic Sketch, In Three Parts
6 CHI. J. INTL. L. 231 2005

Between Dialogue and Decree: International Review of National Courts
New York University Law Review, Vol. 79, p. 2029, 2004

Law's Signal: A Cueing Theory of Law in Market Transition
Southern California Law Review, Vol. 77, No. 2, pp. 215-306, 2004

Between Mandate and Market: Contract Transition in the Shadow of the International Order
Emory Law Journal, Vol. 53, p. 691, 2004

Cueing Transition in Sovereign Debt Contracts: Network Effects, Coordination Games, and Focal Points in the Choice of Mandate Versus Contract
Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 03-23 2004

Making Markets: Network Effects and the Role of Law in the Creation of Strong Securities Markets
Southern California Law Review, Vol. 76, p. 277, 2003


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