Anu Bradford

  • Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization

S.J.D., Harvard Law School, 2007
LL.M., Harvard Law School, 2002
Licentiate in Laws, University of Helsinki, 2001
Master of Laws, University of Helsinki, 2000

Areas of Specialty

European Union Law
Digital Regulation
International Trade Law and International Political Economy
Comparative and International Antitrust Law

A leading scholar on the EU’s regulatory power and a sought-after commentator on the European Union, global economy, and digital regulation, Anu Bradford coined the term the Brussels Effect to describe the European Union’s outsize influence on global markets. She is the author of The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World (2020), named one of the best books of 2020 by Foreign Affairs. Her newest book, Digital Empires: The Global Battle to Regulate Technology, was published by Oxford University Press in September 2023, and was recognized as one of the best books of 2023 by Financial Times.

Bradford is also an expert in international antitrust law. She spearheads the Comparative Competition Law Project, which has built a comprehensive global data set of antitrust laws and enforcement across time and jurisdictions. The project, a joint effort between the Law School and the University of Chicago Law School, covers more than a century of regulation in over 100 countries and has been the basis for Bradford’s recent empirical research on the antitrust regimes used to regulate markets. 

Before joining the Law School faculty in 2012, Bradford was an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School. She also practiced EU and antitrust law in Brussels and has served as an adviser on economic policy in the Parliament of Finland and as an expert assistant at the European Parliament. The World Economic Forum named her Young Global Leader ’10. 

At the Law School, Bradford is the director of the European Legal Studies Center, which trains students for leadership roles in European law, public affairs, and the global economy. She is also a senior scholar at Columbia Business School’s Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business, and a nonresident scholar at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


Honors and Awards

40 in their 40s Notable Women Competition Professionals in Americas


World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader


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