Sanjukta Paul

Sanjukta Paul

Assistant Professor of Law, Romano Stancroff Research Scholar


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Sanjukta Paul

  • Biography

    Sanjukta Paul earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as a Coker Fellow, and subsequently completed a judicial clerkship on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. For several years she was a public interest attorney in Los Angeles focusing on labor and civil rights issues, and then a research and clinical teaching fellow at UCLA School of Law, where she taught the Workers Rights Litigation Clinic. Paul joined Wayne State as Assistant Professor of Law in Fall 2017. She has also served as a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota Law School (Fall 2020).

    Paul’s work seeks to illuminate how law organizes economic coordination—focusing on core areas like labor and employment, antitrust, and corporations—and how these legal choices promote or undermine broader social aims. She is currently completing a book, Solidarity in the Shadow of Antitrust: Labor and the Legal Idea of Competition (Cambridge University Press), which reinterprets key aspects of the development of antitrust law in relation to labor and workers. Her scholarship has also appeared or will appear in the Yale Law Journal, the UCLA Law Review, Law & Contemporary Problems, and the Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law, among others. Her paper “The Enduring Ambiguities of Antitrust Liability for Worker Collective Action” was recognized with the Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund’s award for the best antitrust scholarship of 2016 (category prize). She is also currently co-editing a comparative and international law volume entitled Labor in Competition Law (Cambridge University Press), due out in early 2022.

    Paul has written for broader audiences in venues such as The American Prospect, The Nation, Barron’s, ProMarket, Project Syndicate, and Aeon, and also regularly contributes to legal blogs such as the LPE Blog and OnLabor. She and her work are frequently cited in the media. She has also presented and applied her research in a number of policy settings, including testimony in front of the U.S. House of Representatives (Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law) and in amicus briefs submitted to courts. Paul is the recipient of the 2020 Michael J. Zimmer Memorial Award to a Rising Scholar in work law, and of a research grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

  • Degrees and Certifications

    B.A., University of Iowa
    M.A. (Philosophy), University of Pittsburgh
    J.D., Yale Law School

  • Courses Taught

    Corporations, Labor Law, Advanced Topics in Work Law (dealing mainly with corporate & antitrust law from workers' perspective), Employment Law

  • Selected Publications

    Reconsidering Judicial Supremacy in Antitrust, 131 Yale Law Journal __ (2021) (forthcoming)

    Antitrust as Allocator of Coordination Rights, 67 UCLA Law Review 378 (2020)

    Fissuring and the Firm Exemption, 82 Law & Contemporary Problems 65 (2019)

    The Case for Repealing the Firm Exemption (A Modest Proposal, or a Response to Professor Epstein), Cambridge Handbook of U.S. Labor Law for the Twenty-First Century, R. Bales and C. Garden, eds. (2019)

    The Firm Exemption and the Hierarchy of Finance in the Gig Economy (with Nathan Tankus), 16 University of St. Thomas Law Journal 44 (2019)

    Recovering Labor Antimonopoly, 28 New Labor Forum 24 (2019)

    Uber as For-Profit Hiring Hall: A Price-Fixing Paradox and its Implications, 38 Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law 233 (2017)

    The Enduring Ambiguities of Antitrust Liability for Worker Collective Action, 47 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 101 (2016)

  • Social Science Research Network