Baker, Waters Named Treiman Fellows in Support of Scholarly Work
Professors Scott Baker and Melissa Waters have been named Treiman Fellows for 2011–12. The fellowship, which supports faculty scholarship, is named in memory of Israel Treiman, an alumnus, a faculty member, and a longtime supporter of the law school.
Baker is a prolific and widely-respected law and economics scholar. His research interests lie at the intersection of law, economics, and game theory. He tackles a wide range of topics from judicial performance to the structure of law firms to problems in patent law. His work has appeared in numerous law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Law and Economics; Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization; Duke Law Journal; Texas Law Review; and the International Journal of Economic Theory. He is the recipient of a Tilburg University grant for studies in the law and economics of innovation. In addition to his JD from the University of Chicago, he holds a PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with his dissertation focusing on game theory and the law.
Waters is an expert in international law, foreign relations law, international human rights law, and international conflicts of law. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of international and domestic law, and in particular on the incorporation of treaties and other forms of international law into domestic legal regimes. She has written extensively on the role of transnational judicial dialogue in shaping international legal norms, and on the debate in Congress and in the media over the use of foreign and international law in interpreting the U.S. Constitution. Her work has been cited by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and has been published in numerous law journals and academic presses, including the Columbia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Yale Journal of International Law, and American Journal of Comparative Law. She is currently researching a book on the influence of European institutions in the evolution of international legal norms prohibiting the death penalty.