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Pierre-Hugues Verdier

Professor
Director
Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
WB374
580 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
S.J.D. Harvard Law School 2010
Diploma Hague Academy of International Law 2007
LL.M. Harvard Law School 2004
LL.B. McGill University 2001
B.C.L. McGill University 2001
Biography

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 also working on a book-length project on U.S. and foreign prosecutions targeting global banks. 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.

LAW 6107: International Law
Credits: 3–4
This is the introductory course in public (government-to-government) international law.  Topics include the International Court of Justice, the United Nations, recognition and statehood, diplomatic immunity, sovereign immunity, the law of the sea, torture, the Geneva and Hague Conventions, treaties, the European Union, and the World Trade Organization. 
LAW 7092: International Trade Law and Policy
Credits: 3
This course introduces the institutions and rules governing international trade. The principal focus is the World Trade Organization and its rules governing tariffs, non-tariff barriers, dumping, subsidies, trade in services, health and safety standards, and intellectual property rights, as well as its international dispute settlement mechanism. The course also covers the U.S. legal framework for international trade relations.
LAW 7121: International Trade and Investment
Credits: 3
This course introduces the institutions and rules governing international trade and investment. Policy perspectives are taken from international economic theory and theories of international relations. The focus is the emergent World Trade Organization, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and various institutions of U.S. trade policy; and other treaties and international legal regimes that provide international arbitration of disputes.
LAW 7162: International Finance
Credits: 3
This course will examine the regulation of international finance and how that regulation affects cross-border financial activities and transactions. After an introduction to the history of modern international finance and regulatory cooperation efforts, it will cover U.S. and European regulation of cross-border banking and securities, capital adequacy rules, financial derivatives, sovereign debt restructurings, and other selected topics.
LAW 7173: International Business Law
Credits: 3
This course is an introduction to the private and public law regimes that govern cross-border business activities and dispute resolution mechanisms. Topics covered will include: cross-border contracting; choice of law and jurisdiction; international business litigation; recognition of foreign judgments; foreign direct investment; anti-corruption regimes; bilateral and multilateral investment treaties; investor-state arbitration; and corporate social responsibility.
PLIR 7500: Special Topics in International Relations
Credits: 3
Special Topics in International Relations
LAW 8810: Directed Research
Credits: 1
Eligible students receive credit for serving as research assistants supervised by selected law school faculty members.
LAW 8813: Independent Research
Credits: 3
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 8843: Directed Research
Credits: 2
Eligible students receive 2 credits for participating in a sustained, productive and educationally valuable project for at least 85 hours of work supervised by an eligible faculty member.
LAW 9323: Law and International Politics Seminar
Credits: 3
This seminar is an introduction to the analysis of the rules and institutions of international law from the perspective of international politics.
LAW 9997: Dissertation Colloquium - Fall (YR)
Credits: 0–2
The Colloquium assists S.J.D. candidates in planning and writing their dissertation, as well as to expose candidates to a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives widely used in legal scholarship. The Colloquium will also allow candidates to present their work in progress, to comment on each others work, and to receive comments from the instructors.
LAW 9998: Dissertation Colloquium - Spring (YR)
Credits: 1
The Colloquium assists S.J.D. candidates in planning and writing their dissertation, as well as to expose candidates to a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives widely used in legal scholarship. The Colloquium will also allow candidates to present their work in progress, to comment on each others work, and to receive comments from the instructors.
LAW 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 15
For doctoral research taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.