Gillian Hadfield is a professor of law and economics at the University of Southern California. She writes, teaches, and speaks about the challenges we face in developing legal frameworks for an inclusive and robust complex global economy–how to make law more accessible, effective, and good at doing its job of balancing innovation, growth, and fairness. She is currently thinking a lot about how to develop regulatory systems to manage innovations like self-driving cars and other applications of artificial intelligence, how to dismantle the regulatory barriers in the U.S. and elsewhere that make legal help for ordinary people too expensive and inaccessible, and how to build better legal platforms for the 4 billion people in the world currently living without the benefits of stable rule of law. Her book, Rules for a Flat World: Why Humans Invented Law and How to Reinvent It for a Complex Global Economy was published by Oxford University Press in November 2016.
Born in Canada and now a U.S. and U.K. citizen as well, she holds a J.D. and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. She served as clerk to Chief Judge Patricia Wald on the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Chicago, Columbia, NYU, and Hastings law schools, a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Technology, Values and Policy, former director of the American Law and Economics Association and of the International Society for New Institutional Economics, and past president of the Canadian Law and Economics Association