Paul MacMahon

Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law



Paul MacMahon's main areas of scholarly interest are contracts, civil procedure, and commercial law. He received his initial legal education from the University of Oxford, where he received a B.A. (with First Class Honors), and a Bachelor of Civil Law (with distinction). He then moved to the United States, where he received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge John Gleeson on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Between clerkships, he worked in the appellate litigation group at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP in New York. Before taking up his position as a Climenko Fellow, he taught contracts and torts at Cambridge University, where he was a Fellow of Wolfson College. He recently defended his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Oxford.

Publications and Works in Progress 

  • Good Faith, Fair Dealing, and Underenforced Norms in Private Law (work in progress)
  • Reliance in Morality and Law (completed doctoral dissertation)
  • Book Review: Revisiting the Contracts Scholarship of Stewart Macaulay (Jean Braucher, John Kidwell, and William C. Whitford, eds. 2013) (forthcoming, Modern Law Review (2014))
  • The Inquest: Death Investigation and the Virtues of Soft Adjudication (in draft form)
  • Proceduralism, Civil Justice, and American Legal Thought, 34 U. PA. J. INT’L L. _ (2013)
  • Self-Service Search Warrants and International Terrorism, 1 IR. L.J. 2 (2012)
  • How (Not) to Draft a Constitutional Amendment, 29 I.L.T. 194 (2011)

Areas of Interest

Griswold 117


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