Law Professor Named Among Top Five Antitrust Scholars in the Nation

Rutgers University School of Law, Camden

By Caroline Yount

A distinguished professor at Rutgers Law School is among the nation’s most influential legal scholars, according to a new ranking based on how often his research is referenced by other academics.

Distinguished Professor Michael A. Carrier, Rutgers University School of Law

Michael A. Carrier

Michael Carrier, a well-known scholar whose research is frequently cited in court opinions and by major media outlets, has been named the fifth-most cited antitrust professor in the country according to data from scholarly impact ratings by a team of researchers led by Gregory Sisk.

The scholarly impact ratings look at the mean and median citations to tenured faculty scholarship for 2010-2014, using 2015-16 faculty rosters as a benchmark. Carrier had 370 citations.

Carrier teaches courses in antitrust, intellectual property, and property law at the Rutgers Law School in Camden.

A leading authority in antitrust and intellectual property law and expert in the pharmaceutical, high-technology, and music industries, Carrier is a co-author of the leading IP/antitrust treatise IP and Antitrust: An Analysis of Antitrust Principles Applied to Intellectual Property Law, Second Edition (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business), which is frequently cited by courts.

Co-director of the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy and Law, Carrier also is the author of Innovation for the 21st Century: Harnessing the Power of Intellectual Property and Antitrust Law (Oxford University Press 2009, paperback 2011) and editor of Critical Concepts in Intellectual Property Law: Competition (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011).

Carrier has written more than 80 book chapters and law review articles in top journals including the Stanford, Michigan, Penn, and Duke law reviews. The articles cover topics as far-ranging as pharmaceuticals, high technology, music, climate change, patent trolls, smartphones, innovation, and sports.

In the past year alone, Carrier’s work has been cited in the California Supreme Court, Second Circuit, Third Circuit, and District of Massachusetts court. He also has filed several friend-of-the-court briefs on behalf of hundreds of professors. “In fast-moving, complex areas, I feel the obligation to make a difference,” Carrier explained. “And so it is an honor to have my work frequently cited.”

Carrier earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his Juris Doctor from University of Michigan Law School. He is a resident of Philadelphia.

The complete list of most-cited antitrust faculty, compiled by Brian Leiter of the University of Chicago Law School, can be found here.

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