- J.D., Stanford Law School, 1989
- A.B., Harvard University, 1985
Michael A. Heller
Michael A. Heller
Michael Heller is Lawrence A. Wien Professor of Real Estate Law at Columbia Law School and has served as the school’s vice dean for intellectual life. He writes and teaches on private law theory, with a focus on property, contract, and land use.
Heller has authored several books, including The Choice Theory of Contracts (Intro available on SSRN) (Cambridge University Press, 2017) (with Hanoch Dagan) and The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation, and Costs Lives (Intro available on SSRN) (Basic Books, 2008). He is the editor of the two-volume set Commons and Anticommons (Elgar, 2009), and co-editor of Corporate Governance Lessons from Transition Economy Reforms (Princeton University Press, 2006) (with Merritt Fox). He has published dozens of articles on legal theory, including The Tragedy of the Anticommons (Harvard Law Review, 1998).
Prior to joining the Columbia faculty in 2002, Heller taught at the University of Michigan Law School where he received the L. Hart Wright Award for excellence in teaching. Heller has been a visiting law professor at UCLA and NYU; visiting lecturer at Yale Law School; fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; and term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In the early 1990s, Heller worked at the World Bank on post-socialist legal transition. He clerked for the Honorable James R. Browning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
- Private Law Theory
- Land Use
- Law and Development
Professor Heller is currently working on Mine: How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives (Doubleday/Knopf, forthcoming 2021, with Jim Salzman). He also has a series of articles on contract theory in draft with Hanoch Dagan, now available on SSRN.
Books - Click here for Amazon
- The Choice Theory of Contracts (Intro available on SSRN) (with Hanoch Dagan), Cambridge University Press, 2017
- Commons and Anticommons (editor, with original introduction, 2 volumes), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010
- The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Property Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation, and Costs Lives (Intro available on SSRN), Basic Books (2008, paperback 2010; Korea edition with an original forward, 2009; China, 2009; Taiwan, 2010; Thailand, 2011)
- Corporate Governance Lessons from Transition Economy Reforms, Princeton University Press (co-edited with Merritt Fox, 2006, paperback 2008)
Selected Articles - Click here for SSRN
- “The Tragedy of the Anticommons: A Concise Introduction and Lexicon,” 76 Modern Law Review 6 (2013)
- “Land Assembly Districts,” 121 Harvard Law Review 1465 (with Rick Hills) (2008)
- “Conflicts in Property,” 6 Theoretical Inquiries in Law 37 (2005) (with Hanoch Dagan)
- “The Liberal Commons,” 110 Yale Law Journal 549 (2001) (with Hanoch Dagan)
- “The Dynamic Analytics of Property Law,” 2 Theoretical Inquiries in Law 79 (2001)
- “The Boundaries of Private Property,” 108 Yale Law Journal 1163 (1999)
- “Deterrence and Distribution in the Law of Takings,” 112 Harvard Law Review 997 (1999) (with James E. Krier)
- “Can Patents Deter Innovation? The Anticommons in Biomedical Research,” 280 Science 698 (1998) (with Rebecca S. Eisenberg)
- “The Tragedy of the Anticommons: Property in the Transition from Marx to Markets,” 111 Harvard Law Review 621 (1998)