Empirical Law Scholar Joins Stanford Law School Faculty

This winter, Stanford Law School (SLS) welcomed Julian Nyarko as an assistant professor of law. Nyarko’s scholarship combines quantitative methods, natural language processing and machine learning to gain novel insights into the practice of contract design and drafting under U.S. and international law. 

Julian Nyarko
Assistant Professor Julian Nyarko

“Julian is an exceptional scholar and teacher whose work is pivotal in the application of data analysis to contract law,” said Jenny Martinez, dean and Richard E. Lang Professor of Law. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the SLS faculty.”

Taking advantage of the vast variety of legal data available in the 21st century, Nyarko explores the empirical realities of commercial and consumer contract design under U.S. and international law. His work has been published in the Journal of Legal Studies, the American Journal of International Law and the International Review of Law and Economics. Nyarko has a paper forthcoming in the Cornell Law Review. 

Prior to joining SLS, Nyarko studied law at the University of Hamburg Law School and received an LL.M. and a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. Afterwards, he joined Columbia Law School in 2018 as a Fellow in Empirical Law and Economics. 

“I am really excited to be joining Stanford Law and for the opportunity to work with its excellent scholars, teachers and students,” said Nyarko. “In addition, I very much look forward to collaborating with world-class experts throughout Stanford’s larger community, including the Graduate School of Business and the School of Engineering.”

About Stanford Law School

Stanford Law School is one of the nation’s leading institutions for legal scholarship and education. Its alumni are among the most influential decision makers in law, politics, business, and high technology. Faculty members argue before the Supreme Court, testify before Congress, produce outstanding legal scholarship and empirical analysis, and contribute regularly to the nation’s press as legal and policy experts. Stanford Law School has established a model for legal education that provides rigorous interdisciplinary training, hands-on experience, global perspective and focus on public service, spearheading a movement for change.