Chua to discuss exporting free markets & democracy

Amy L. Chua, professor of law at Yale University and member of the American Society of International Law’s executive council, will discuss her new book Feb. 4 for the Assembly Series and the School of Law.

Amy Chua
Amy Chua

The book, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability, posits that the West’s exportation of free markets and democratic philosophies to developing countries does more harm than good.

Her talk will be at 11 a.m. in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom in Anheuser-Busch Hall. A panel discussion featuring Chua and Washington University faculty members immediately follows the lecture.

Chua is a past consultant for the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and Practice, and the Central and East European Law Initiative.

She earned a bachelor’s and a law degree at Harvard University, where she served as the executive editor of the Harvard Law Review. After graduation, Chua clerked for Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

She was an associate in private practice until 1994, when she became a professor at Duke University’s School of Law. In 2001, Chua joined the faculty at Yale, where she teaches contracts, international business transactions, law and development, ethnic conflict, and globalization and the law.

The program is sponsored by the Assembly Series, Student Union, the Asian American Law Student Association, the School of Law Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies and the Department of Political Science in Arts & Sciences. The talk is part of the School of Law’s sixth annual Public Interest Law Speaker Series.

Chua’s talk is free and open to the public. For more information, call 935-4620 or go online to