Dissertation TitleThe Competitive Constitution: Political Autonomy and Economic Integration in Federal Systems

Doctoral Supervisor: Professor Gráinne de Búrca


Daniel Francis works at the intersection of constitutional law and business law.  His writing is focused on structural public law and competition in the United States and the European Union, with particular interests in federalism, interjurisdictional economic integration, and antitrust.  He is a candidate for the JSD degree at New York University School of Law and from Fall 2017 he will join Harvard Law School as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law.

Daniel holds degrees in law from Harvard Law School (LL.M. ‘07), where he held the Henry A. Hollond Scholarship, and Trinity College, University of Cambridge (B.A. ‘06).  He previously taught EU constitutional law and political history at Harvard College, for which he received a Harvard University teaching award.  Daniel currently serves as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Constitutional Law.

Daniel practices law with the firm of Hunton & Williams LLP, where he spent a number of years as a full-time commercial litigator in Washington, DC, and Brussels before joining NYU, specializing in US and EU antitrust law with a focus on the oil and gas, aerospace, defense, and entertainment sectors.  Daniel is admitted to the practice of law in New York and the District of Columbia, and is a membre associé of the Brussels Bar. 


Litigation as a Political Safeguard of Federalism, 49 Arizona State Law Journal (2017) (forthcoming) (invited symposium contribution) (SSRN)

Exit Legitimacy, 50 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law (2017) (forthcoming) (SSRN)

The Decline of the Dormant Commerce Clause, 94(2) Denver Law Review (2017) (forthcoming) (SSRN)

Competition Law in The European Union REACH Regulation for Chemicals: Law and Practice (Oxford 2013).

Including Exclusion in the 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines, 10(1) Antitrust Source (2010) (with D. Bruce Hoffman).

Exclusion, Invasion and Abuse: Competition Law and its Constitutional Context, 12 Cambridge Yearbook for European Legal Studies 183 (2010).

Merger Control in the Telecommunications Sector in EC Competition and Telecommunications Law (Kluwer 2009) (with Michael Rosenthal).