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Professor Alan Hyde Elected to the American Law Institute

January 28, 2010 – 
Rutgers School of Law–Newark Professor Alan Hyde, a labor and employment law scholar of worldwide stature who is also well known for his work in legal theory and law and society, has been elected a member of the influential American Law Institute (ALI). An independent organization comprised of distinguished lawyers, judges and law professors, ALI produces scholarly work intended to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.

The Rutgers University Board of Governors recently recognized Hyde’s accomplishments by designating him a Professor II, a rank reserved for faculty who have achieved national and international recognition. Among Hyde’s most significant work are the books Working in Silicon Valley: Economic and Legal Analysis of a High-Velocity Labor Market (2003) and Bodies of Law (1997). The former has been widely praised as an innovative analysis of how the experiences of the high technology labor market offer important insights about the law and economic forces for other industries in which job changes are frequent and the employment relationship is loose. Legal theory scholars applaud Bodies of Law as an original and highly sophisticated account of the way in which law regards the human body in contexts as diverse as workplace injuries, drug testing, criminal rights, and invasions of privacy.

Professor Hyde is also the co-author of Legal Rights and Interests in the Workplace: Cases and Materials on Employment and Labor Law (with C.W. Summers and K.G. Dau-Schmidt, 2007) and Cases and Materials on Labor Law (2nd ed., 1982) (with C.W. Summers and H.H. Wellington). His book in progress, titled Global Labor Law: Theory, Policy, Evidence, is an expanded treatment of his paper “A Stag Hunt Account and Defense of Transnational Labour Standards—A Preliminary Look at the Problem” in Globalization and the Future of Labour Law (John D.R. Craig and S. Michael Lynk, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2006).

This spring Professor Hyde will discuss his research at several conferences, including Primavera dei Diritti in Bari, Italy; the Idea of Labour Law at Cambridge University, UK; the Labor Law Group at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law; and the Commercialization and Informalization of Work in Onati, Spain.