Robert Ahdieh

Prof. Robert Ahdieh

K.H. Gyr Professor of Private International Law, Emory University School of 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 US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before his selection for the Honor's Program in the Civil Division of the US 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 Boston University Law Review, Michigan Law Review, theMinnesota Law Review, the NYU Law Review, and the Southern California Law Review, among other journals.

Ahdieh’s scholarly interests revolve around questions of regulatory and institutional design, especially in the financial arena. His particular focus has been on various non-traditional regulatory structures and modes of regulation, including those grounded in dynamics of coordination. Though relatively less studied in the legal literature, the framework of coordination holds significant promise both in helping us theorize existing regulatory patterns and in defining new regulatory constructs for the future.

Ahdieh has explored regulatory and institutional design in a variety of transactional areas, including corporate and securities law, international trade and finance, and contracts. Within these, his 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 the potential benefits of complex systems of overlapping jurisdiction. The second draws on the dynamics at work in so-called “coordination games” to highlight distinct occasions for potential regulatory intervention, as well as various non-traditional regulatory forms, in our modern economic, social, and political order.

During the 2007–2008 academic year, Ahdieh was a visiting professor and the Microsoft/LAPA Fellow at Princeton University's Program in Law and Public Affairs. In Spring 2014, he served as Douglas McK. Brown Visiting Chair in Law, University of British Columbia.  He has also visited at Columbia and Georgetown law schools, as well as numerous law schools overseas.