David Harfst

Visiting Lecturer in Law

(fall term)


David Harfst is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and a retired partner in the international law firm of Covington and Burling, where he served as managing partner of the firm’s Brussels office from 1992 to 2009. He is the co-author, with Jerry Mashaw, of several publications in the field of administrative law, including The Struggle for Auto Safety (Harvard, 1990), which was awarded the Sixth Annual Scholarship Prize of the ABA’s Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy in 1992. 

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Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Yale Law School, 1982

B.A., Wesleyan University, 1972

Courses Taught


  • Regulation and Legal Culture: The Case of Automobile Safety Regulation

David Harfst is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and a retired partner in the international law firm of Covington and Burling, where he served as managing partner of the firm’s Brussels office from 1992 to 2009. He is the co-author, with Jerry Mashaw, of several publications in the field of administrative law, including The Struggle for Auto Safety (Harvard, 1990), which was awarded the Sixth Annual Scholarship Prize of the ABA’s Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy in 1992. Harfst’s research interests include regulatory theory, interest group politics, and bureaucratic behavior, particularly in the context of health and safety regulation. He is a graduate of Wesleyan and Yale Law School.