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Daniel Markovits

Guido Calabresi Professor of Law
Daniel Markovits is Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School and is the Director of the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Private Law which promotes teaching and research in contracts (including commercial law, corporate finance, bankruptcy, and arbitration), property (including intellectual property), and torts at Yale Law School and in the broader legal community. He works in the philosophical foundations of private law, moral and political philosophy, and behavioral economics. He has written articles on contract, legal ethics, distributive justice, democratic theory, and other-regarding preferences. Professor Markovits concentrates, in each area, on the ways in which legal orderings engage the human instinct in favor of sociality to sustain cooperation even among persons who pursue conflicting interests and endorse competing moral ideals. He finds respectful relations in surprising places, for example in contracts between self-interested buyers and sellers, litigation between adversary disputants, and political competition between partisan parties. In each case, Markovits argues, seemingly competitive interactions contain, in their immanent logic, forms of reciprocal recognition and respect. After earning a B.A. in Mathematics, summa cum laude from Yale University, Markovits received a British Marshall Scholarship to study in England, where he was awarded an M.Sc. in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the L.S.E. and a B.Phil. and D.Phil. in Philosophy from the University of Oxford. Markovits then returned to Yale to study law and, after clerking for the Honorable Guido Calabresi, joined the faculty at Yale.

J.D., Yale, 2000
B.Phil./D.Phil. (Philosophy), Oxford, 1994/1999
M.Sc (Econometrics and Mathematical Economics), London School of Economics, 1992
B.A. (Mathematics), Yale, 1991

Courses Taught
Advanced Contracts
Federal Income Taxation
Law and Globalization
The Theory & History of Toleration