David Singh Grewal

Professor of Law


David Singh Grewal is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and holds a secondary appointment in the Yale Political Science Department. His teaching and research interests include legal and political theory; global economic governance, particularly international trade law; intellectual property law and biotechnology; and law and economics. 

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Education & Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. (Political Science), Harvard University, 2010

J.D., Yale Law School, 2002

A.B., Harvard University, 1998

Courses Taught


  • Torts
  • International Trade Law
  • Markets, Morals and the Law
  • The Politics of Method
  • History of Political Economy
  • Open Source Systems

David Singh Grewal is Professor of Law at Yale Law School and holds a secondary appointment in the Yale Political Science Department. During 2016-2017, he is on leave as the Herman Phleger Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford University. His teaching and research interests include legal and political theory; intellectual history, particularly the history of economic thought; global economic governance and international trade law; intellectual property law and biotechnology; and law and economics. His first book, Network Power: The Social Dynamics of Globalization, was published by Yale University Press in 2008. His second book, The Invention of the Economy, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press. He has published on legal topics in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, and several other law reviews, and on a variety of questions in political theory and intellectual history in several peer-reviewed journals. His public writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, and elsewhere. He is a Faculty Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School and a member of the Board of Directors of the BioBricks Foundation. Before joining Yale Law School, he was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows. He holds B.A. (Economics) and Ph.D. (Political Science) degrees from Harvard and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Thursday, December 8, 2016


'Developing democracies, not China, should fill in gap left by US'

Professor of Law David Singh Grewal ’02 is interviewed about a variety of issues related to international trade law and law and economics.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


The TPP’s Last Stand—A Commentary by David Singh Grewal ’02

David Singh Grewal ’02 is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and holds a secondary appointment in the Yale Political Science Department.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


The History of Economics

David Singh Grewal ’02 received tenure and was promoted to the title of Professor of Law at Yale Law School on July 1, 2016. His teaching and research interests include legal and political theory; global economic governance, particularly international trade law; intellectual property law and biotechnology; and law and economics.

Monday, January 11, 2016


Resist Pressure at Any Price—A Commentary by David Singh Grewal ’02 and Amy Kapczynski ’03

David Singh Grewal ’02 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Amy Kapczynski ’03 is a Professor of Law and Director of the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Why Hillary Clinton Is Right on the TPP—A Commentary by David Singh Grewal ’02

David Singh Grewal ’02 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Yale ACS Hosts Conference, October 16–17

The American Constitution Society at Yale Law School will host a national conference to discuss how law shapes and is shaped by extreme economic inequality on October 16 and 17, 2015, at Yale Law School.

Sunday, July 5, 2015


Time for Change at the IMF—A Commentary by David Singh Grewal ’02

David Singh Grewal ’02 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Thursday, June 11, 2015


Why Fast Track Isn’t Free Trade—A Commentary by David Grewal ’02

David Singh Grewal ’02 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Thursday, June 4, 2015


Another Leaked Trade Agreement, Another Reason to Oppose Fast Track—A Commentary by David Singh Grewal ’02

David Singh Grewal ’02 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Why President Obama Is Wrong on Trade—A Commentary by David Singh Grewal ’02

David Singh Grewal ’02 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Monday, May 11, 2015


Put Trade on the Right Track—Not the Fast Track—A Commentary by David Singh Grewal ’02

David Singh Grewal ’02 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Thursday, March 26, 2015


The president wants to 'fast track' two massive trade deals. Congress should slow him down—A Commentary by David Singh Grewal ’02

David Singh Grewal ’02 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Let India Make Cheap Drugs—A Commentary by David Singh Grewal ’02 and Amy Kapczynski ’03

David Singh Grewal ’02 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Amy Kapczynski ’03 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and director of the Global Health Justice Partnership. 

Friday, June 21, 2013


Open Science Initiative Developed by YLS Associate Professor David Grewal '02 and Stanford Bioengineer Receives White House Honor

The White House honors The BioBricks Foundation, a non-profit that Associate Professor of Law David Grewal has been working with for the past five years. The foundation was recognized for its contribution to open science.

Monday, June 27, 2011


Anne Alstott ’87, James Forman Jr. ’92, and David Singh Grewal ’02 Appointed to Law School Faculty

Anne Alstott ’87, James Forman Jr. ’92, and David Singh Grewal ’02 will join the Yale Law School faculty on July 1, 2011.

Books  

The Invention of the Economy (Harvard University Press, forthcoming).

Network Power: The Social Dynamics of Globalization (Yale University Press, 2008; Oxford University Press, India ed., 2009).

Reviewed/discussed in New York Times, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, Times Literary Supplement, Honolulu Advertiser, O Globo (Brazil), Daily Times (Pakistan), Choice (four star review), Primera Revista Latinoamericana de Libros, Ethics & International Affairs, Journal of Power, German Law Review, International Journal of Communication, and elsewhere.


Law Journal Articles, Essays & Reviews 

The Original Meaning of Originalism, Yale Law Journal (forthcoming 2017) (with Jedediah Purdy).

Before Peer Production: Infrastructure Gaps and the Architecture of Openness in Synthetic Biology, Stanford Law and Technology Review (forthcoming 2017).

Law and Inequality after the Crisis, 35 Yale Law & Policy Review 13 (2017).

Inequality Rediscovered, 18 Theoretical Issues in Law 61 (with Jedediah Purdy).

Two Views of International Trade in the Constitutional Order, 94 Texas Law Review 1495 (2016) (with Cory Adkins).

Democracy and Legitimacy in Investor-State Arbitration, 126 Yale Law Journal Forum 65 (2016) (with Cory Adkins).

The Domestic Analogy Revisited: Hobbes on International Order, 125 Yale Law Journal 620 (2016).

Make Me Democratic, But Not Yet: Sunrise Lawmaking and Democratic Constitutionalism, 90 New York University Law Review 1975 (2015) (with Daniel Herz-Roiphe).

The Laws of Capitalism, 128 Harvard Law Review 626 (2014) (book review). Italian translation by Alessandro Aresu, “Le leggi del capitalismo,” Lo Spazio della Politica, April 2015.

Law and Neoliberalism, 77 Law and Contemporary Problems 1 (2014) (with Jedediah Purdy).

Empire’s Law, 14 Yale Journal of Law and Humanities 211 (2002) (book review).


Peer-Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters 

The Legal Constitution of Capitalism, in After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality (Harvard University Press, 2017).

The Market Mirage, in Money Talks (Princeton University Press, 2017).

The Political Theology of Laissez-Faire, 17 Political Theology 417 (2016).

Conspiracy Theory in a Networked World, 28 Critical Review 24 (2016).

Markets, The Encyclopedia of Political Thought 2267 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

Is Globalization Working? 20 Ethics & International Affairs 247 (2006).

Network Power and Global Standardization: The Controversy over the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, 36 Metaphilosophy 128 (2005). Republished in: Global Institutions and Responsibilities: Achieving Global Justice, ed. Christian Barry and Thomas Pogge (Blackwell, 2005), 124-40.

Network Power and Globalization, 12 Ethics & International Affairs 89 (2003).

Economics of Rainforest Preservation across Scales, 288 Science 1828 (2000) (with C. Kremen, J. Niles, M. Dalton, G. Daily, P. Ehrlich, J. Fay, and R.P. Guillery.)