Fred Einbinder

Associate Professor

  • Department: Economics and Management
  • Complementary Department(s): History and Politics
  • Graduate Program(s): International Management
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  • Office Hours: 
    Mondays 11:00–12:30 and Thursday 12:00–13:00

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Born (1952) and raised in Chicago, Professor Einbinder has taught law courses at The American University of Paris since 1979. Einbinder is a member of the Bar of the State of Illinois and  practiced law in Paris, principally as an in-house lawyer for over 25 years culminating as General Counsel of Alstom where he was in charge of a 225 worldwide legal team. Since his retirement from Alstom, he also teaches comparative and international law at Paris 11, ESSEC and HEAD.

Einbinder’s professional and research interests focus on US and international business law and comparative law. He is particularly interested in extraterritoriality, class actions, comparative contract and criminal law, public-private partnerships and anti-corruption efforts.


  • Executive MBA, HEC
  • Diploma, Institute of Comparative Law, University of Paris 2
  • JD University of Illinois College of Law
  • BA, Bradley University


  • "The role of the Intermediary between the Contractor and Owner on International Construction Projects: A French Contractor's Viewpoint". 11 The International Construction Law Review 175 (April 1994)
  • Chapter on Hotel and Restaurant law, coll. Club Internationzl, Maxim's de Paris (Demazet ed.) 1989
  • Book review, Labour relations and industrial relations by Lord Wedderburn, 81 American journal of International law 547 (1987)
  • Book review, Multinational Enterprises and the Oecd Industrial Relations Guidelines by Campbell and Rowan, 79 American Journal of International Law 231 1985
  • Book review, International Labour Conventions and National Law by Virginia A Leary, 78 American Journal of International Law 258 (1984)
  • Note, La Salle National Bank v. Evanston, Aesthetics are Properly Considered in Determining the Validity of Zoning Ordinances" Illinois Bar Journal 335 (1975)

Conferences & Lectures

  • Le Juriste D'entreprise Evolution et Dilemne, Science Po-CERI, May 14th, 2013
  • Public private partnerships, World Bank, March 22, 2013 Washington
  • Building the Global Company, PLUS annual conference, November 16th, 2012 Chicago
  • Legal Aspects of Disasters, Hague Academy of International Law, January 16th, 2012
  • US Class Actions, "Conventions", Paris, February 2011
  • Codes of conduct: importance of soft law, Forum des Affaires et du droit, November 18th, 2010
  • Handling multijurisdictional corruption criminal proceedings, London, 2009
  • Managing corporate law departments, several annual International Law associations annal meetings Chicago (2005), Vancover (2002) Paris (2001) London (1998) Joint ventures in emerging markets (Ho chi minh, 1990, New Dehli (1992)
  • Seminar on negotiating international infrastructure contracts for Vietnamese ministry of justice (1995)
  • Judge, Jessup International Moot Court Competition french nationals (2012, 2013)
  • Several other conferences 1990-2000's


  • Publications committe, Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy Review
  • Board of Advisors, Essec (Paris region business school (masters in law and business associated with Kings College, London
  • Member, Scientific committee for Law and Business Forum (Paris)
  • American Bar Association, International Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Academy of Legal Studies (for teachers of business law)
  • Association of Transportation law professionals

Research Areas

  • Comparative Law - notably, contracts, criminal procedure, corporate governance, class actions
  • International Law - extraterritoriality, anti-corruption
  • Public - Private Partnerships
  • Law and History - U.S. and France

Curriculum Vitae