Aditya Bamzai

  • Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law

Aditya Bamzai is a professor of law at the University of Virginia. He teaches administrative law, advanced administrative law, civil procedure, computer crime and conflicts of law, and he has written about these and related subjects. His work on the development of American administrative law has been published in the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review and various other journals. He is a coauthor of the forthcoming ninth edition of the casebook Administrative Law: The American Public Law System, Cases and Materials.

Bamzai has argued cases relating to the separation of powers and national security in the U.S. Supreme Court, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, D.C. Circuit and other federal courts of appeals. From 2019 to 2021, he served as a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a federal agency charged with ensuring that the government’s national security efforts are balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Before entering the academy, Bamzai was an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, and an appellate attorney in both private practice and for the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. Earlier in his career, he was a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is a graduate of Yale University and of the University of Chicago Law School, where he was the editor-in-chief of the law review.



  • J.D.
    University of Chicago Law School
  • B.A.
    Yale University

Articles & Reviews

Judicial Deference and Doctrinal Clarity, 82 Ohio State Law Journal 585–610 (2021).
Taft, Frankfurter, and the First Presidential For-Cause Removal, 52 University of Richmond Law Review 691–726 (2018).
The Attorney General and Early Appointments Clause Practice, 93 Notre Dame Law Review 1501–1516 (2018).
The Origins of Judicial Deference to Executive Interpretation, 126 Yale Law Journal 908–1001 (2017).
A Trespass Framework for the Crime of Hacking (with Josh Goldfoot), 84 George Washington Law Review 177–1499 (2016).
Justice Scalia and the Evolution of Chevron Deference, 21 Texas Review of Law and Policy 295–301 (2016).
Marbury v. Madison and the Concept of Judicial Deference, 81 Missouri Law Review 1057–1073 (2016).
Counting the Hands on Borden Ranch (with Timothy S. Bishop & Christina Tilley), 34 Environmental Law Reporter News & Analysis 10040–10044 (2004).
The Wasteful Duplication Thesis in Natural Monopoly Regulation Comment, 71 University of Chicago Law Review 1525–1548 (2004).

Reports & Datasets

Op-Eds, Blogs, Shorter Works

What Can Philosophy Teach Us About Administrative Law?, Yale Journal on Regulation Notice & Comment (April 21, 2021).
The Takings Clause, the Tucker Act, and Knick v. Township of Scott (with David N. Goldman), Yale Journal of Regulation: Notice & Comment (October 9, 2018).
The Constitutional Law of “You’re Fired” (with Saikrishna Prakash), National Review (January 24, 2017).
Is Barney Frank Right about the President’s Power to Remove the CFPB Director? (with John F. Duffy), Notice & Comment (January 10, 2017).
The President’s Removal Power and the PHH Litigation, Notice & Comment (November 22, 2016).
The Somewhat Independent FBI Director (with Saikrishna Prakash), LA Times A15 (2016).

Current Courses

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Civil Procedure
Computer Crime Law


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