Barak D. Richman

Barak Richman

Barak D. Richman

Alexander Hamilton Professor of Business Law


2000 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20052

Barak Richman’s primary research interests include the economics of contracting, new institutional economics, antitrust, and healthcare policy. His work has been published in the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law ReviewLaw and Social Inquirythe New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Health Affairs. In 2006, he co-edited with Clark Havighurst a symposium volume of Law and Contemporary Problems entitled "Who Pays? Who Benefits? Distributional Issues in Health Care,” and his book Stateless Commerce was published by Harvard University Press in 2017.

Professor Richman represented the NFL Coaches Association in an amicus curiae brief in American Needle v. The Nat’l Football League, which was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in January 2010 and again in Brady v. The Nat’l Football League in 2011. His recent work challenging illegal practices by Rabbinical Associations was featured in the New York Times. And in 2020, he was a member of the Working Group on Platform Scale at Stanford University’s Program on Democracy and the Internet that proposed middleware as a solution to stem the economic and political power of dominant internet platforms.

Professor Richman also is on the Health Sector Management faculty at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and is a Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He won Duke Law School's Blueprint Award in 2005 and was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. He has had visiting appointments at Columbia, Harvard, and Stanford.

"NC unveils plan to incentivize hospitals to forgive medical debt, beef up charity care"

WFAE-FM quoted Barak Richman on hospital’s legal and moral responsibility on medical debt.

"FTC maintains strong hospital merger record after Novant/CHS case"

Modern Healthcare quoted Barak Richman.

AB, Brown University; JD, Harvard University; PhD, University of California, Berkeley