Sadie Blanchard

Sadie Blanchard

Associate Professor of Law

Office: 3118 Eck Hall Of Law
Phone: 574-631-9503
Staff Assistant: Beth Smith
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Sadie Blanchard teaches and writes about contracts, corporations, and international business law. Her research examines how legal institutions interact with social forces to shape behavior, especially in markets. Before coming to Notre Dame, she was the Fellow in Private Law at Yale Law School and a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute on International Procedural Law in Luxembourg. She also practiced law in the field of international arbitration in Paris, representing individuals, corporations, and sovereigns, and clerked for the "reigning king of international arbitration" and "world's busiest arbitrator," The Honorable Charles N. Brower, in The Hague.

Blanchard earned a B.A. in economics summa cum laude from Louisiana State University, where she studied in the Honors College, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Courses Taught

  • Contracts
  • Contract Design
  • International Business Transactions
  • Private Law Workshop


Contract or Prison (forthcoming, University of Chicago Law Review 2025)

Quasi-Legal Corporate Governance for ESG Investing (forthcoming, Law and Economics of Corporate Governance 2024)

Contracts Without Courts or Clans: How Business Networks Govern Exchange, 57 Georgia Law Review 233 (2022)

Nominal Damages as Vindication, 30 George Mason Law Review (2022)

  • Featured in Omri Ben-Shahar, Bang for the Buck: How to Compensate Without Money, JOTWELL
  • Cited in Restatement Third, Torts: Remedies

The Limits of Comparative Institutional Analysis, 112 American Journal of International Law Unbound 255 (2018), 

Courts as Information Intermediaries: A Case Study of Sovereign Debt Disputes, 2018 BYU Law Review 497

Legal Certainty During EU Accession: What Can a Foreign Investor in a Future Member State Legitimately Expect?, in Towards A Universal Justice? Putting International Courts and Jurisdictions into Perspective 290 (Dário Moura Vicente, ed. 2015)

What’s in a Meme? The Truth about Investor-State Arbitration: Why It Need Not, 2 and Must Not, Be Repossessed by States, 52 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 617 (2014) (with Charles N. Brower)

International Development Loans and Compliance with Investment Arbitration Awards, in A Revolution in the International Rule of Law: Essays in Honor of Don Wallace, Jr. 529 (Borzu Sabahi, Nicholas J. Birch, Ian A. Laird & José Antonio Rivas, eds. 2014) (with Charles N. Brower and Charles Rosenberg)

International Decision, Republic v. High Court of Accra, ex parte Attorney General (Supreme Court of Ghana), June 2, 2013, Case Note, 108 American Journal of International Law 73 (2014)

Ambiente Ufficio S.p.A. v. Argentine Republic, ICSID Case No. ARB/08/9, Decision on Jurisdiction and Admissibility and Dissent, Case Note, 15 Journal of World Investment and Trade 314 (2014)

2013 Harvard International Law Journal Symposium Keynote Address, From “Dealing in Virtue” to “Profiting from Injustice”: The Case Against “Re-Statification” of Investment Dispute Settlement, Harvard International Law Journal Online, vol. 15 (2014) (with Charles N. Brower)

State Consent, Temporal Jurisdiction, and the Importation of Continuing Circumstances Analysis into International Investment Arbitration, 10 Washington University Global Studies Law Review 419 (2011)