Anup Malani

Lee and Brena Freeman Professor of Law,
University of Chicago Law School;
Professor by Courtesy,
Pritzker School of Medicine,
University of Chicago

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    • University of Chicago, Ph.D.
    • University of Chicago Law School, J.D. (high honors)
    • Georgetown University, B.S.F.S.

Anup Malani is a noted and multi-disciplined expert on the healthcare and life sciences industries, as well as in FinTech and blockchain technology. As an expert witness, Professor Malani has testified in depositions, and at trial in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

In healthcare and life sciences, Professor Malani specializes in matters involving medical innovation, drug regulation, infectious diseases, healthcare policy, and healthcare insurance. His expertise in these fields includes antitrust, product liability, breach of contract, securities, and intellectual property issues, as well as reimbursement, hospital, and insurance disputes arising in healthcare and pharmaceutical litigation. Professor Malani also studies the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and strategies for its implementation, particularly with respect to setting the Maximum Fair Price (MFP) to be used in drug negotiations.

Professor Malani is an expert on the COVID-19 pandemic. He has consulted with the World Bank and governments in India and Indonesia regarding COVID-19 vaccinations and policies, and is part of the COVID Crisis Group that evaluated the U.S. response.

In addition to consulting on healthcare issues, Professor Malani has addressed topics at the intersection of applied economics, FinTech, and law. In these contexts, he has analyzed initial coin offerings (ICOs), bankruptcies, and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). At the University of Chicago, he organizes the annual “Legal Matters in the Web3 Economy” conference that brings together blockchain and crypto attorneys to discuss emerging issues.

Professor Malani has published numerous articles in leading journals, including the Journal of Political Economy, Management Science, the Harvard Law Review, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Health Affairs, and the Journal of Public Economics. He also coauthored the book Can Blockchain Solve the Hold-up Problem in Contracts? (Cambridge University Press). Professor Malani serves as a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), focusing on development economics and healthcare.

At the University of Chicago Law School, Professor Malani has taught courses across an array of disciplines, notably in health law, food and drug law, law and economics, blockchain and cryptocurrency, corporate law, bankruptcy law, securities law, and insurance law. He has also taught health economics to fellows at the Pritzker School of Medicine, and a public policy course in the Chicago Booth School of Business.

An economist and lawyer by training, Professor Malani began his career clerking for Judge Stephen F. Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professor Malani previously served on the faculties of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the University of Virginia Law School. He was a visiting director at Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics, and a senior fellow at the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics at the University of Southern California.

Professional Affiliations
    • Elected Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    • National Bureau of Economic Research