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 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 2018, she was the Fellow in Private Law at Yale Law School, a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute on International Procedural Law in Luxembourg, and a law clerk to The Hon. Charles N. Brower of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, in his capacity as an independent arbitrator in foreign direct investment disputes. She also practiced law in Paris in the international arbitration group of King & Spalding.

Blanchard earned a B.A. in economics summa cum laude from Louisiana State University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Courses Taught

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


Contracts Without Courts or Clans: How Business Networks Govern Exchange, Georgia Law Review (forthcoming 2023)

  • Featured on Business Law Scholarship Podcast
  • SSRN Top-Ten Lists in Microeconomics: Asymmetric & Private Information eJournal
  • SSRN Top-Ten List in Economics of Contract: Theory (Topic)
  • SSRN Top-Ten List in Insurance Law, Legislation, & Policy eJournal

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

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

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)