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Professor Sarah Dadush

LL.M. in International and Comparative Law, Duke
J.D., Duke
B.A., Barnard


Contracts, International Development Law and Finance, and Transnational Business Regulation


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Sarah Dadush

Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Dadush graduated cum laude with a B.A. in economics and political science from Barnard College and received a J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law. From 2004 to 2008 she worked as an associate attorney at Allen & Overy L.L.P., where she specialized in international investment arbitration and banking transactions. She then spent two years as a fellow with the Institute for International Law and Justice at New York University School of Law, where she administered and contributed to the Institute’s research program on financing for development. In 2010, Dadush moved to Rome, Italy where she served as legal counsel and partnership officer for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations. In addition, as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, she designed and co-taught a course on the architecture of international development for the Rome-based LL.M. Program on the Rule of Law for Development. 

Dadush's research focuses on the regulation of social finance, i.e., privately-generated capital flows aimed at solving social and environmental problems in developed and developing nations. 



Sarah Dadush, “Regulating Social Finance: Can Social Stock Exchanges Meet the Challenge?” (University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law) (makes the case for regulating social finance and evaluates the potential of social stock exchanges (SSEs) for bringing this regulatory project to fruition.)

Rutsel S.J. Martha & Sarah Dadush, “Going Against the Grain: When Private Rules Shouldn’t Apply to Public Institutions,” 9 INT’L ORG. L. REV. 87 (2012) (peer-reviewed) (critiques the application of the International Financial Reporting Standards—developed to harmonize financial reporting practices by businesses—to the International Fund for Agricultural Development, an international governmental organization)

Sarah Dadush, “Profiting in (Red): The Need for Enhanced Transparency in Cause-Related Marketing,” N.Y.U. J. Int’l L. & Pol. 1269 (2010) (reviews the business model and contractual structure underlying the Product RED campaign to fight AIDS in Africa as a case study of the privatization of development assistance. Recommends upgrading charities’ regulation to enhance transparency for cause-related marketing transactions that cross the line between profit and philanthropy) 

Kevin E. Davis & Sarah Dadush, “The Privatization of Development Assistance: An Overview,” 42 N.Y.U. J. Int’l L. & Pol. 1079 (2010) (introduces the Symposium Issue and highlights the legal challenges involved with privatizing the international development architecture)


Sarah Dadush, “Impact Investment Indicators: A Critical Assessment,” in Governance by Indicators: Global Power Through Quantification and Rankings (Kevin Davis, Angelina Fisher, Benedict Kingsbury & Sally Engle Merry eds., Oxford University Press, 2012) (assesses the challenges of capturing and reporting on social impact through indicator-based systems, such as the Global Impact Investing Rating System and the Impact Reporting & Investment Standards, two tools designed to grow the market for impact investing)


Regulating Social Finance: Can Social Stock Exchanges Meet the Challenge?, Sarah Dadush, Columbia Blue Sky Blog (April 8, 2015) http://clsbluesky.law.columbia.edu/2015/04/08/regulating-social-finance-can-social-stock-exchanges-meet-the-challenge/

Cui Bono? The murky finances of Project (RED), William Easterly and Laura Freschi (December 8, 2009) (reviewing Profiting in RED) at http://aidwatchers.com/2009/12/cui-bono-the-murky-finances-of-project-red™/

Sarah Dadush addresses RED’s Response to Her Paper, Sarah Dadush (December 9, 2009) http://aidwatchers.com/2009/12/sarah-dadush-addresses-red’s-response-to-her-paper/