Eric Posner
#5432 Overall Influence

Eric Posner

American legal scholar


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Eric Posner is a professor of law at the University of Chicago’s Law School. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. His interests have included game theory, international law, foreign relations law, cost-benefit analysis, and national security privacy issues.

He has defended the programs deployed by the National Security Agency to harvest unlimited information about citizen behavior and communications online and via telephone. He argues that American citizens voluntarily hand over an absurd amount of their personal data to strangers and that there had been no evidence that the NSA had ever used the data gathered to improperly target a citizen.

He has published books such as The Twilight of Human Rights Law and Last Resort: The Financial Crisis and the Future Bailouts. He is a co-founder of The New Rambler, an online site for reviews of books dedicated to the social sciences. Most recently, Posner collaborated with a colleague to write “Sponsor an Immigrant Yourself” an article for Politico Magazine, in which they argue in favor of a controversial approach to immigration reform, in which citizens can sponsor a migrant who might live in their home and work for below minimum wage.

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Eric Andrew Posner is an American law professor at the University of Chicago Law School. He teaches international law, contract law, and bankruptcy, among other areas. As of 2014, he was the 4th most-cited legal scholar in the United States. He is the son of retired Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner.

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University of Chicago
University of Chicago

Private research university in Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Yale University
Yale University

Private research university in New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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#104 World Rank #57 USA Rank
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