My Story

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Antara Haldar holds the inaugural position in Empirical Legal Studies at the University of Cambridge, where she is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and teaches courses on law, economics and philosophy. She simultaneously holds appointments at the Faculty of Philosophy and the Judge Business School, and is a Governing Body Fellow at Peterhouse (Cambridge’s oldest college). She is currently on academic leave from Cambridge, and on a Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She is also Visiting Faculty at the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.

She has held various senior roles at Cambridge, including as the Deputy Director of the LLM program and a member of the Faculty Board of the Department of Land Economy for Environment, Law and Economics. She holds degrees in both law and economics, and was educated at Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, Columbia University and St. Stephens College, University of Delhi. She was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the prestigious Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University (where she collaborated extensively with Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz), won a competitive Jean Monnet-Global Governance Fellowship at the European University Institute and was an Early Career Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at Cambridge. She is regularly invited to speak and teach around the world, and has been a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law at Lund University in Sweden.

She has served as a consultant to the United Nations, been an invited member of the inaugural academic committee of the American Bar Association’s World Justice Project and holds several senior advisory positions including to the Law Society of Scotland. She has been cited extensively by the World Development Report, International Labor Organization and the Indian Parliament. Her research appears in top international journals including Politics and Society, Law and Society Review and the International Journal of Law in Context and has been supported by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council, the European Union, the Government of India and the Law and Society Association.

Her writing has appeared to wide acclaim in major public platforms like The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The Independent and her work has been featured extensively in media outlets ranging from NPR, the LA Times, Chicago Tribune and Elle Magazine. She writes a monthly column for Project Syndicate, and her writing has been published in over forty countries. She has been the recipient of many top awards including the Indian government’s Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust Award, the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship, the University of Cambridge’s Yorke Prize for legal scholarship that makes a “significant contribution to its field” and the European Commission’s Marie Curie Award for “excellence in science”.

She convenes The Common Currency Project, an international alliance of some of the world’s leading scholars engaged in rethinking economics, is the PI on a major European Union grant project, Limen, and serves on the Advisory Board of META, a consortium of artists and academics contemplating the future of capitalism.

Writing & Publications

Selected Academic Papers
‘Trump vs. The Rule of Law’, in B. Faedda, ed., Rule of Law: Cases, Strategies, and Interpretations (Ronzani) (2021)‘The “Inner Logic” of Institutional Evolution’, in M. Guzman, ed., Toward a Just Society: Joseph Stiglitz and Twenty-First Century Economics (Columbia University Press) (2018)‘The Emperor’s New Clothes: An Epistemic Critique of the Current Legal Discourse’, The International Journal of Law in Context, Vol. 13, Issue 4, pp. 566-9 (2017)‘Group Lending, Joint Liability and Social Capital: Insights from the Indian Microfinance Crisis’ (with Joseph Stiglitz), Politics and Society, Vol. 44, Issue 4, pp. 459-97 (2016). [cited by the World Bank]‘Review of The International Rule of Law Movement’, Law and Society Review, Vol. 50, Issue 2, p. 526-9, June 2016.‘How Should India Reform its Labour Laws?’ (with Simon Deakin), Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. L, No. 12, March 21 2015. [cited by the Indian Parliament]‘Law and Development in Crisis: An Empirical Challenge to the Current Theoretical Frames’, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, Vol. 65, Issue 3, p. 303-321, Autumn 2014.‘Analysing Legal Formality and Informality’ (with Joseph Stiglitz) in D. Kennedy & J. Stiglitz, eds., Law and Economics with Chinese Characteristics: Institutions for the Twenty-First Century (OUP) (2013)‘Social Norms, Rule of Law and Gender Reality’ (with Katharina Pistor and Amrit Amirapu) in J. J. Heckman, R.L. Nelson & L. Cabatingan, eds., Global Perspectives on the Rule of Law (Routledge – Cavendish) (2009) [cited in the World Development Report 2017]
Public Writing