Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
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Biographical Information

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.

Representative Publications

  • Globalizing Classical Legal Thought:  India in the Age of Colonialism, 1757-1914 (forthcoming, Oxford University Press)
  • A Rule of Proprietary Right for British India:  From Revenue Settlement to Tenant Right in the Age of Classical Legal Thought, 15 Modern Asian Studies 345 (2016).
  • The TAFTA/TTIP and Treatment Access:  What does the Agreement Mean for Intellectual Property Rights Over Essential Medicines?, in The Transatlantic Colossus:  Global Contributions To Broaden The Debate On The EU-US Free Trade Agreement 71 (David Cardoso, et al., eds., 2014).
  • The Political Economy of Energy in Pakistan:  Perspectives from Balochistan's Natural Gas Fields and the Port City of Gwadar, in 3 Globalization, Development And Security in Asia:  The Political Economy Of Energy In Asia 133 (Zhiqun Zhu ed. 2014).
  • Revisiting Hallaq's Sharīʿa:  Between Legal Orientalism and a Rule of Islamic Law, 15 J. Islamic L. & Culture 44 (2014).
  • The Promise and Paradox of Max Weber's Legal Sociology:  The 'Categories Of Legal Thought' as Types of Meaningful Action and the Persistence of the Problem of Judicial Legislation, 20 S. Cal. Interdisc. L.J. 249 (2011).
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Ph.D. & M.A.
Harvard University
Harvard Law School
Columbia University

Graduated summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Admitted to Practice

New York
District of Columbia

Work Experience

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law
2016 - present
Post-Doctoral Fellow & Lecturer
Departments of South Asia Studies/History, University of Pennsylvania
2012 - 2016
Contract Attorney
Labaton Sucharow LLP, New York, New York
Center for the Study of Law & Culture, Columbia University Law School
2008 - 2009
Research Assistant
Professor Lani Guinier, Harvard Law School
2004 - 2005
Goldstein & Feuer LLP, Cambridge Massachusetts
2003 - 2005