David J. Gerber

University Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Professor of Law Emeritus
Co-Director of the Program in International and Comparative Law Emeritus
565 W. Adams St., Room 733
Chicago, IL 60661


  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School
  • M.A., Yale University
  • B.A., Trinity College


David J. Gerber is Distinguished Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology. Professor Gerber is currently President of the American Society of Comparative Law.   

He writes and teaches primarily in the areas of antitrust/competition law, comparative law, international economic law and globalization studies. He received his B.A. from Trinity College (Conn.), his M.A. from Yale, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago. In 2013 he was awarded the degree of Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

He has been a visiting professor at the law schools of the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, and Washington University in the United States as well as on the law faculties of the University of Munich and Freiburg in Germany, Stockholm and Uppsala in Sweden, and the Global Law Faculty of Catolica University in Portugal. He has been a distinguished visitor at numerous universities, including the University of Rome (Sapienza), the University of Paris II, the University of Zurich, the University of Aix-en-Provence, and Meiji University (Japan). He has also been a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn, Germany. Before beginning his teaching career, Professor Gerber practiced law in New York and in Europe.

He is also a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law.  He is a founding co-editor of the new books series American Society of Comparative Law Studies in Comparative Law.  He was a member of the Executive Editorial Board of the American Journal of Comparative Law from its inception (2007) until 2014, and he is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of International Economic Law and Concurrences (France). His most recent book is Global Competition: Law, Competition and Global Markets (Oxford U. Press., 2010, pbk, 2012).

Selected Publications


Prisms of Distance and Power: Viewing the U.S. Regulatory Tradition, 93 Business History Review 781 (2019).

Searching for a Modernized Voice: Economics, Institutions and Predictability in European Competition Law, 37 Fordham International Law Journal 1421 (2014). 

Method, Community & Comparative Law: An Encounter with Complexity Science, 16 Roger Williams University Law Review 110 (2011).

Competition Law and the WTO: Rethinking the Relationship, 10 Journal of International Economic Law 707 (2007).

Globalization and Legal Knowledge: Implications for Comparative Law, 75 Tulane Law Review 949 (2001).

The Transformation of European Community Competition Law?, 35 Harvard International Law Journal 97 (1994).

The International Court of Justice and Problems of International Adjudication, 82 Northwestern Law Review 1262 (1987).

Beyond Balancing: International Law Restraints on the Reach of National Laws, 10 Yale Journal of International Law 185 (1984).


Competition Law and Antitrust (2020).

Global Competition: Law, Markets and Globalization (2010).

Book Chapters

International Law as an Adaptive System: Implications and Opportunities, to be published in Tipping Points In International Law: Commitment and Critique (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021).

Chinese Competition Law in the World, in The Pioneer of Competition Law in China (Concurrences: Antitrust Publications & Events, edited by Adrian Emch and Wendy Ng, 2019).

Comparative Competition Lawin The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law (2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 2019). 

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