- John A. Ewald Jr. Research Professor of Law
- Director, Graduate Studies Program
Pierre-Hugues Verdier joined the faculty in 2009 and was appointed professor of law in 2014. He specializes in public international law, banking and financial regulation, and international economic relations. His current research focuses on the reception of international law in domestic legal systems, foreign state immunity and customary international law. He is the author of the book “Global Banks on Trial: U.S. Prosecutions and the Remaking of International Finance.” His research has appeared in multiple law reviews, peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, and he has delivered numerous lectures on his work in the United States and internationally.
Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Law, Verdier was a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Canada, practiced corporate and financial law with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York City, and was a visiting assistant professor at Boston University School of Law. Since joining the UVA Law faculty, he has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School (Spring 2017), the University of Chicago Law School (Fall 2014), and the University of Münster (Summer 2014).
Verdier is a graduate of the joint civil law and common law program of the Faculty of Law, McGill University, and obtained LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from Harvard Law School, where he was a Trudeau Scholar, a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics, and a Graduate Student Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He has also held scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture du Québec. Verdier is a member of the bars of New York and Ontario.
- S.J.D.Harvard Law School2010
- DiplomaHague Academy of International Law2007
- LL.M.Harvard Law School2004
- LL.B.McGill University2001
- B.C.L.McGill University2001
Global Banks on Trial: U.S. Prosecutions and the Remaking of International Finance (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2020).
Comparative International Law (editor with Anthea Roberts, Paul B. Stephan and Mila Versteeg) (Oxford University Press, 2018).
“The Strength of Weak Review: National Courts, Interpretive Canons and Human Rights Treaties” (with Yonatan Lupu and Mila Versteeg), 63 Int’l Stud. Q. 507 (2019).
“The New Financial Extraterritoriality,” 87 Geo. Washington L. Rev. 239 (2019).
“Separation of Powers, Treaty-Making, and Treaty Withdrawal: A Global Survey” (with Mila Versteeg), in Curtis Bradley, ed., Oxford Handbook of Comparative Foreign Relations Law (Oxford University Press, 2019).
“Conceptualizing Comparative International Law” (with Anthea Roberts, Paul B. Stephan, and Mila Versteeg), in Anthea Roberts et al., eds., Comparative International Law 3 (Oxford University Press, 2018).
“Modes of Domestic Incorporation of International Law” (with Mila Versteeg), in Wayne Sandholtz & Christopher Whytock, eds., Research Handbook on the Politics of International Law 149 (Edward Elgar, 2017).
“Comparative International Law: Framing the Field” (with Anthea Roberts, Paul B. Stephan, and Mila Versteeg), 109 Am. J. Int’l L. 467 (2015).
“How Does Customary International Law Change? The Case of State Immunity” (with Erik Voeten), 59 Int’l Stud. Q. 209 (2015).
“International Law in National Legal Systems: An Empirical Investigation” (with Mila Versteeg), 109 Am. J. Int’l L. 514 (2015), reprinted in Anthea Roberts et al., eds., Comparative International Law 209 (Oxford University Press, 2018).
“US Implementation of Basel II: Lessons for Informal International Lawmaking,” in Joost Pauwelyn et al., eds., Informal International Lawmaking 437 (Oxford University Press, 2012).
"Book Review – Daniel K. Tarullo, Banking on Basel: The Future of International Financial Regulation", 104 Am. J. Int'l L. 338 (2010).
"The Enforcement of International Judgments and Decisions in Canada," 103 Am. Soc. Int’l L. Proc. 48 (2009).
"International Decisions – R. v. Hape," 102 Am. J. Int’l L. 143 (2008).