Matthew W. Finkin

Albert J. Harno and Edward W. Cleary Chair in Law
Director, Program in Comparative Labor and Employment Law & Policy
Center for Advanced Study Professor

Professor Finkin’s teaching centers on labor and employment law in both domestic and comparative context. He is the author or editor, singly or in collaboration, of nine books including For the Common Good:  Principles of American Academic Freedom (Yale U. Press 2009) (with Robert Post), the award-winning The Case for Tenure (Cornell U. Press 1996), and the last several editions of Labor Law (with the late Archibald Cox, Derek Bok, and Robert Gorman), long the leading casebook in American legal education. He is also the author of a substantial body of periodical writing on labor and employment law, comparative law, and legal issues in higher education.

His awards include the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Research Prize for "internationally acknowledged achievements in labor law" (1995), designation by the University of Illinois as a Center of Advanced Study Professor (2009), and an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens, Greece (2011). In 1997, Professor Finkin assumed joint editorship of the Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal with Professor Sanford Jacoby of the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. He also serves on the editorial boards of several professional publications including the Bureau of National Affairs book series, International Labor and Employment Laws, and periodicals, the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal, the European Labour Law Journal, and the Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Arbeits- und Sozialrecht.

Professor Finkin has has been a Fulbright Professor at Münster University and a German Marshall Fund Lecturer at Konstanz University.  Since 1999, he has been a member of the governing board of the Institute for Labor Law and Employment Relations in the European Community at Trier, Germany; and in 2010 was appointed to the international advisory board of the Giuseppe Pera Foundation in Tuscany.  He has lectured widely in Europe, Asia, and Israel.

For over four decades he has been active in the American Association of University Professors including service as general counsel, chair of its Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, and on numerous committees.  In addition to his academic work, Professor Finkin is active as a labor arbitrator. He was elected to the National Academy of Arbitrators and serves on several standing arbitral panels in the public and private sectors. He is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.