Pierre-Hugues Verdier

  • E. James Kelly, Jr. Class of 1965 Research Professor of Law
  • Director, Graduate Studies Program

Pierre-Hugues Verdier joined the faculty in 2009 and was appointed professor of law in 2014. He specializes in public international law, banking and financial regulation, and international economic relations. His current research focuses on the reception of international law in domestic legal systems, foreign state immunity and customary international law. He is also working on a book-length project on U.S. and foreign prosecutions targeting global banks. His research has appeared in multiple law reviews, peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, and he has delivered numerous lectures on his work in the United States and internationally.

Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Law, Verdier was a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Canada, practiced corporate and financial law with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York City, and was a visiting assistant professor at Boston University School of Law. Since joining the UVA Law faculty, he has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School (Fall 2014) and the University of Münster (Summer 2014). He will be a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in the spring of 2017.

Verdier is a graduate of the joint civil law and common law program of the Faculty of Law, McGill University, and obtained LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from Harvard Law School, where he was a Trudeau Scholar, a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics, and a Graduate Student Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He has also held scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture du Québec. Verdier is a member of the bars of New York and Ontario.


  • S.J.D.
    Harvard Law School
  • Diploma
    Hague Academy of International Law
  • LL.M.
    Harvard Law School
  • LL.B.
    McGill University
  • B.C.L.
    McGill University

“How Does Customary International Law Change? The Case of State Immunity” (with Erik Voeten), 59 Int’l Stud. Q. (forthcoming 2015).

“Comparative International Law: Framing the Field” (with Anthea Roberts, Paul B. Stephan, and Mila Versteeg), 109 Am. J. Int’l L. 467 (2015).

“How Does Customary International Law Change? The Case of State Immunity” (with Erik Voeten), 59 Int’l Stud. Q. 209 (2015).

“International Law in National Legal Systems: An Empirical Investigation” (with Mila Versteeg), 109 Am. J. Int’l L. 514 (2015).

"Precedent, Compliance and Change in Customary International Law: An Explanatory Theory" (with Erik Voeten), 108 Am. J. Int'l L. 389 (2014).
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"The Political Economy of International Financial Regulation," 88 Indiana L. J. 1405 (2013).
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“US Implementation of Basel II: Lessons for Informal International Lawmaking,” in Joost Pauwelyn et al., eds., Informal International Lawmaking 437 (Oxford University Press, 2012).

"Mutual Recognition in International Finance," 52 Harv. Int'l L.J. 55 (2011).
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"Book Review – Daniel K. Tarullo, Banking on Basel: The Future of International Financial Regulation", 104 Am. J. Int'l L. 338 (2010).
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"The Enforcement of International Judgments and Decisions in Canada," 103 Am. Soc. Int’l L. Proc. 48 (2009).
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"Transnational Regulatory Networks and Their Limits," 34 Yale J. Int’l L. 113 (2009).
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"International Decisions – R. v. Hape," 102 Am. J. Int’l L. 143 (2008).
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"Cooperative States: International Relations, State Responsibility and the Problem of Custom," 42 Va. J. Int’l L. 839 (2002).
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