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About Alexander Volokh

Alexander “Sasha” Volokh is an associate professor of law, who joined the Emory Law faculty in Fall 2009. He is a leading scholar of the law of privatization, particularly in connection with prisons.
His 2008 Stanford Law Review article, “Privatization and the Law and Economics of Political Advocacy,” remains the only detailed critique of the popular argument that private prison firms will distort criminal law by self-interestedly lobbying in favor of pro-incarceration policies. His 2012 UC Davis Law Review article, “Privatization and the Elusive Employee-Contractor Distinction,” is likewise the only detailed critique of the class of arguments that prison privatization is inherently illegitimate regardless of its empirical effects. And his 2012 University of Pennsylvania Law Review article, “Prison Vouchers,” introduces a novel thought experiment: what if prisoners were given vouchers that allowed them to choose their prison, much like school vouchers allow students and their families to choose their school?
His latest contributions include a critique of governments’ delegating regulatory authority to private organizations, published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy in 2014; this article explains how such delegations can violate the Due Process Clause, the non-delegation doctrine, and antitrust law. A forthcoming book chapter on “Privatization and Competition Policy” explores how privatization connects with antitrust law and competition policy more generally.
Professor Volokh’s other interests include law and economics, administrative law and the regulatory process, and legal history.
Professor Volokh earned his B.S. from UCLA and his J.D. and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. He clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit and for Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Samuel Alito. Before coming to Emory, he was a visiting associate professor at Georgetown University Law Center and a visiting assistant professor at University of Houston Law Center.


Present Associate Professor, Emory University

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

Regulation & Administrative Law, Privatization, Law and Economics, Economics of Antitrust, Constitutional Law, Torts, and Legal History

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Contact Information

Emory Law School
1301 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30322
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c 626-354-4581


Articles in Student-Edited Law Reviews (14)

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals (4)

Working Papers & Works in Progress (5)

Contributions to Books (4)