|Born||December 5, 1965|
Harvard Law School
|Known for||The Limits of International Law (2005, ISBN 0-19-516839-9; with Jack Goldsmith).|
|Institutions||University of Chicago Law School|
Eric Andrew Posner (//; born December 5, 1965) is an American law professor at the University of Chicago Law School. He is a professor of international law, contract law, and bankruptcy, among other areas. As of 2014, he was the 4th most-cited legal scholar in the United States. He is the son of retired Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner.
Posner attended Yale University (B.A., M.A. in philosophy, summa cum laude) and received his law degree from Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude) in 1991. He clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the D.C. Circuit.
Posner is the Kirkland and Ellis Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he joined the faculty in 1998. From 1998 to 2011, he was an editor of The Journal of Legal Studies. He is the author or co-author of many books and articles, on subjects including international law, cost-benefit analysis, and constitutional law.
He has taught courses in international law, foreign relations law, contracts, and game theory and the law[when?]. His current[when?] research focuses on international law, foreign relations law, and international tribunals.
In 2005, he posted about the trial of the deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
In June 2013, Posner and Jameel Jaffer, fellow at the Open Society Foundations, participated in The New York Times's Room for Debate series. Posner responded to concerns about expanded National Security Agency (NSA) programs that vacuum information about the private lives of American citizens. Those who oppose the surveillance claim that the collection and storing of unlimited metadata is a highly invasive form of surveillance of citizens' communications. Posner claimed that Americans obtain the services they want by disclosing private information to strangers such as "the market services of doctors, insurance companies, Internet service providers, employers, therapists and the rest, or the nonmarket services of the government like welfare and security." Posner in 2013 argued that since 2001 there had not been a single instance of "war-on-terror-related surveillance in which the government used information obtained for security purposes to target a political opponent, dissenter or critic".
In 2015, Posner co-founded the book review The New Rambler. In 2018, Eric Posner co-wrote an article advocating a system of market-oriented, privately-sponsored work visas as a supplement to U.S. immigration policy.
He has a wife and two children. He is son of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit judge Richard Posner.
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