Rashmi Dyal-Chand

Professor Dyal-Chand's research and teaching focus on property law, poverty and economic development. Her recent projects examine credit, including microlending and credit card lending, as a means of economic development. Her current research explores property formalization and wealth accumulation by the poor in the United States. Professor Dyal-Chand's article, "Human Worth as Collateral," won the 2006 Association of American Law Schools scholarly papers competition for new law teachers. Her work has appeared in journals including the Stanford Journal of International Law, Tennessee Law Review, and Rutgers Law Journal. She teaches Modern Real Estate Development, Intellectual Property and Property. She is also an editor of the law school's SSRN online publication, Human Rights and the Global Economy.

Prior to joining the law school faculty in 2002, Professor Dyal-Chand served as an associate general counsel of The Community Builders, Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing developer, where she provided legal representation on all aspects of complex real estate and housing development transactions. Following law school, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Warren J. Ferguson of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, was a Public Interest Fellow at the law firm of Hall & Associates in Los Angeles and practiced in the business department of the Boston law firm of Foley Hoag, where she specialized in transactions involving intellectual property licensing and transfer.

Selected Publications
  • “What Would de Soto Say about the Subprime Meltdown?” in Hernando de Soto in a Market Economy, Ashgate Publishing, forthcoming 2010. 
  • “Property in Crisis” (with Nestor Davidson), 78 Fordham Law Review, forthcoming 2009.
  • “A Poor Relation? Reflections on a Panel Discussion Comparing Property Rights to Other Rights Enumerated in the Bill of Rights,” 16 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 849, 2008.
  • “Exporting the Ownership Society: A Case Study on the Economic Impact of Property Rights,” 39 Rutgers Law Journal 59, 2007.
  • “Human Worth as Collateral,” 38 Rutgers Law Journal 793, 2007.
  • “The Attorney’s Role in the Microlending Project,” Progressive Lawyering, Globalization and Markets: Rethinking Ideology and Strategy. Dalton, ed. William S. Hein & Co., 2007.
  • “From Status to Contract: Evolving Paradigms for Regulating Consumer Credit,” 73 Tennessee Law Review 303, 2006.
  • “Reflection in a Distant Mirror: Why the West has Misperceived the Grameen Bank’s Vision of Microcredit,” 41 Stanford Journal of International Law 217, 2005.
  • A Guide to Copyright Issues in Higher Education, Fourth Edition ed., et al, National Association of College and University Attorneys, 1997.