Barak Orbach

Professor of Law
The University of Arizona
James E. Rogers College of Law

Barak Orbach is a Professor of Law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, where he served as the founding director of the business law program. Professor Orbach is a member of the American Law Institute, the Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute, and the Executive Committee of the Antitrust Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), as well as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Salzburg Global Seminar.

Professor Orbach teaches and writes primarily about antitrust, regulation, corporate governance, and compliance. Additionally, Professor Orbach has published works about the history of the motion picture industry, populism, and con men. Professor Orbach’s study of movie exhibition is credited with contributing to a change in the pricing of movies in the United States.

Professor Orbach is often quoted in and contributes to discussions in leading media outlets, such as The Atlantic,, Businessweek, CNBC, Forbes, Fortune, Mother Jones, NPR, Slate, Sports Illustrated, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Professor Orbach holds undergraduate degrees in law and economics from Tel Aviv University and masters and doctorate degrees in law from Harvard Law School. Before joining academia, Professor Orbach served as an Advisor for Law & Economics to Israel Competition Authority and worked as an associate with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York. He has co-organized several significant antitrust conferences: Antitrust New Frontiers (Tel Aviv University, 2019); The Antitrust Legacy of Robert Bork (Yale University, 2013); The Goals of Antitrust Law (George Washington University, 2012); 100 Years of Standard Oil (George Washington University, 2011).

Areas of Expertise

  • Antitrust
  • Regulation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Intellectual Property
  • The Motion Picture Industry

Barak Orbach

Professor of Law
The University of Arizona
James E. Rogers College of Law

Expertise

  • Antitrust
  • Regulation
  • Corporate Governance`
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Intellectual Property
  • The Motion Picture Industry

Barak Orbach is a Professor of Law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, where he served as the founding director of the business law program. Professor Orbach is a member of the American Law Institute, the Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute, and the Executive Committee of the Antitrust Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), as well as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Salzburg Global Seminar.

Professor Orbach teaches and writes primarily about antitrust, regulation, corporate governance, and compliance. Additionally, Professor Orbach has published works about the history of the motion picture industry, populism, and con men. Professor Orbach’s study of movie exhibition is credited with contributing to a change in the pricing of movies in the United States.

Professor Orbach is often quoted in and contributes to discussions in leading media outlets, such as The Atlantic,, Businessweek, CNBC, Forbes, Fortune, Mother Jones, NPR, Slate, Sports Illustrated, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Professor Orbach holds undergraduate degrees in law and economics from Tel Aviv University and masters and doctorate degrees in law from Harvard Law School. Before joining academia, Professor Orbach served as an Advisor for Law & Economics to Israel Competition Authority and worked as an associate with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York. He has co-organized several significant antitrust conferences: Antitrust New Frontiers (Tel Aviv University, 2019); The Antitrust Legacy of Robert Bork (Yale University, 2013); The Goals of Antitrust Law (George Washington University, 2012); 100 Years of Standard Oil (George Washington University, 2011).

Academic Experience

The University of Arizona
James E. Rogers College of Law

2005 – Today

Professor of Law (2011-Present)
Associate Professor of Law (2005-2011) (tenured in 2009)
Founding Director, the Business Law Program (2010-2013, 2015-2018)
Affiliated Faculty, The Institute for LGBT Studies

Tel Aviv University
The Buchmann Faculty of Law

Spring 2019

Agmon Visiting Chair in Business Law

The University of Colorado Law School

Fall 2017

Visiting Professor of Law

Education

Harvard Law School

SJD (2002)
LL.M. (1999)

Tel Aviv University

B.A. (Economics, 1997)
LL.B. (1997)

Affiliations

Salzburg Global Seminar

Fellow

2019-Present

American Antitrust Institute

Member of the Advisory Board

2019-Present

Association of American Law Schools, Antitrust Section

Member of the Executive Committee

2019-Present

American Bar Foundation

Fellow

2015-Present

State Bar of Arizona’s Antitrust Section

Member of the Executive Council

2014-Present

The American Law Institute

Elected Member

2013-Present

Publications

The Consumer Welfare Controversy, CPI Antitrust Chronicle (November 2019), pp. 22-29

Interstate Circuit and Conspiracy Theories, 2019 University of Illinois Law Review 1447 (2019)

The Present New Antitrust Era, 60 William & Mary Law Review 1439 (2019)

Con Men and Their Enablers: The Anatomy of Confidence Games, 85 Social Research 795 (2018) (with Lindsey Huang)

Antitrust Populism, 14 NYU Journal of Law & Business 1 (2017)

Hub-and-Spoke Conspiracies, 15 Antitrust Source 1 (2016)

Scamming: The Misunderstood Confidence Man, 27 Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities 249 (2015) (with Jean Braucher)

Antitrust Stare Decisis, 15 Antitrust Source 249 (October 2015)

The Durability of Formalism in Antitrust, 100 Iowa Law Review 2197 (2015)

A State of Inaction: Regulatory Preferences, Rent, and Income Inequality, 16 Theoretical Inquiries in Law 45 (2015)

Was the Crisis in Antitrust a Trojan Horse?, 79 Antitrust Law Journal 881 (2014)

How Antitrust Lost Its Goal, 81 Fordham Law Review 2253 (2013)

What Is Government Failure?, 30 Yale Journal on Regulation Online 44 (2013)

What Is Regulation?, 30 Yale Journal on Regulation Online 1 (2012)

The Antitrust Curse of Bigness, 85 Southern California Law Review 605 (2012) (with Grace Campbell Rebling)

The Antitrust Consumer Welfare Paradox, 7 Journal of Competition Law & Economics 133 (2011)
Reprinted: The Library of Essays on Antitrust and Competition Law 1: 1-32 (Farham, UK: Ashgate Publishing, Rosa Greaves ed. 2012)

Arming States’ Rights: Federalism, Private Lawmakers, and the Battering Ram Strategy, 52 Arizona Law Review 1161 (2010) (with Kathleen Callahan and Lisa Lindemenn)

The Johnson-Jeffries Fight and Censorship of Black Supremacy, 5 NYU Journal of Law & Liberty 270 (2010)
Translated & Reprinted: El Combate del Siglo (Gallo Nero: Donatella Iannuzzi ed., 2011) (Spanish translation published with translated works of Jack London)

Prizefighting and the Birth of Movie Censorship, 21 Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities 251 (2009)

Micro-Motives for State and Local Climate Change Initiatives, 2 Harvard Law & Policy Review 119 (2008) (with Kirsten Engel)

מטרות דיני ההגבלים העסקיים: הלכה למעשה

The Goals of Competition Law: Theory and Practice, in Economic Foundations of Competition Law 63 (Michal Gal and Menachem Perlman eds., 2008) (in Hebrew)

Antitrust Vertical Myopia: The Allure of High Prices, 50 Arizona Law Review 261 (2008)

Uniform Prices for Differentiated Goods: The Case of the Movie-Theater Industry, 27 International Review of Law & Economics 129 (2007) (with Liran Einav)

Antitrust and Pricing in the Motion Picture Industry, 21 Yale Journal on Regulation 317 (2004)

The Durapolist Puzzle: Monopoly Power in Durable-Goods Markets, 21 Yale Journal on Regulation 67 (2004)

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