Faisal Chaudhry is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Arizona, where he teaches courses on property law, environmental justice, and related subjects. His scholarly interests include property rights and private law theory, legal history, intellectual property and public health, law and social movements, and legal globalization. The overarching focus of his scholarship is on law's relationship to political and economic development and questions of distributional justice in the contemporary and long-term historical perspectives. As a historian, Professor Chaudhry's expertise is in the legal, economic and political cultures of western and southern Asia and the linkages of these regions to other parts of Afro-Eurasia across the routes of the Indian Ocean and Silk Road from the 17th to 20th centuries. In his legal writing, he is currently at work on two articles relating to intellectual property rights and access to medicines/other forms of preventative public health care and another piece on property rights, the concept of an economic externality and carbon trading schemes as a regulatory approach to climate change.
Professor Chaudhry earned his B.A. from Columbia University, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his Ph.D. (in history) at Harvard University. Before coming to the University of Arizona Professor Chaudhry taught in the Departments of History and South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked in various spheres of public interest law—including civil legal services, federal antitrust and international human rights—and at the intersection between law and social organizing on issues of labor rights and corporate/governmental transparency.
Graduated summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa